Archive for November, 2008

Supplies
November 30, 2008

To take a YarnJourney one needs lots of supplies. So while I was in search of more beads I happened upon a many other items. Items that were on sale since I embarked quite early on Friday morning. The beads I needed were 25 miles away, but they were indeed available and on sale at 40% off. The notions wall was marked at 50% off and I bought a few much needed/wanted notions. Buttons to cover in beads or embroidery, a marking pencil and a lovely leather thimble I have been eying for a few years. Then I went to Beverly’s which had a coupon for 33% off everything before 10:00AM. I found 3 lovely batiks to make shirts out of. Then back to JoAnn’s for matching buttons at 50% off, and the perle cotton I forgot the first time. So all in all a very wonderful morning, and I am all stocked up to continue on my adventure.

Supplies

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Batik Scraps
November 29, 2008

This is just a fun scarp of fabric in my collection. It is an African Batik fabric, and I have about 3 yards of mostly edging left. I think it was to commemorate a missionary since there is also a big portrait of a bearded man and symbols of crosses. Maybe he worked with children. I want to use the fabric for something special. Not sure what yet, though I have had this scrap for many years. It was about to be thrown out at a shop I worked in and I rescued it. The girl in the blue dress is in between the two boys as a repeat. The selvage says it was printed in Dakar, which is the capital of Senegal on the west coast of Africa. I have been sewing so many years and have so many scraps. Each one has its own story to tell.

Batik-Edging

“Count Twice, Buy Once”
November 28, 2008

The title of this post is what my loving son said to me when I discovered I didn’t buy enough beads. I was in the middle of sewing up the third square and noticed it took 24 beads. 24 x 27 is 648 beads, and that doesn’t include the edging or sewing the squares together. I really don’t know how my math could have been so off. I thought I only needed 600 and was so excited to find 6 tubes of 105 beads each. Those were the last ones at the JoAnn’s store in Porter Ranch. Now my options are to go to every Joann’s in a 25 mile radius or change to another bead that I can find 1000 of. So today all the JoAnn’s will open a 6:00AM. I will be going from store to store before I have to be home so my son can use the car to go to work at 1:00PM. This has been a very frustrating project, but I am not ready to give up yet.

Beaded-Yo-Yos

Happy Thanksgiving!
November 27, 2008

Here is a photo of a a bright dahlia I grew this summer. The blooms would have been pretty in a center piece for the Thanksgiving table. I am wishing everyone a wonderful holiday with their family and friends.

Bright-Dahlias

432 Yo-Yos
November 26, 2008

I have all 432 Yo-Yos divided into 16 color groups of 27 Yo-Yos. That way an equal number of each color will be in each of the 27 squares. I am making a triangular shaped bag out of 3 squares, which in turn are made out of nine squares of 16 Yo-Yos each. Confused yet? Anyway, I found I like the colors arranged best in little mini groups within each square. By putting like colors close to each other it brings out the brightness a bit more than just mixing them all up. This project is taking way too long. I need to put a bead in between each Yo-Yo and finding a bead with a big enough hole has been difficult. Add to that I need 600 beads that cost around 3 cents each, well the pickings are slim. I found a shiny lilac bead I am going to use. It isn’t perfect; I wanted a matte finish off white bead. I think it is going to make a nice beach bag. This project is giving me a better understanding of color management and I am learning more doing this than doing something I already have done successfully. It is frustrating though, since I don’t think the bag will look like it took any great deal of time or thought.

YoYo-Project-Layout