Archive for November, 2008

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.



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.


“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.


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.


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.