Three Ts


These are Ts for Grandmeow, aka Mom.

She doesn’t get out much, but still likes to be colorful and have her sparkles.  The industrial washing her clothes go through probably doesn’t help them last either.  So, it was a bit of a trifecta.  One of the Big Box stores had jeans on sale, and those colors coordinated perfectly with the t-shirt blanks I had picked up.

The hardest decision was picking embroidery designs that were light stitching, and lent themselves to further embellishment.

I admit to making a mistake on the bottom one.  The design was denser than I anticipated.  Once the stabilizer washed out, the whole thing wrinkled up.  Thankfully I was able to correct this by using some iron-on mesh backing.  Soft against the skin, and it should hold everything in place.  Hmm.  I guess there’s a reason why one is always told to do a test stitch-out.  I should remember that advice.

I believe all the designs are from Urban Threads. The finishing touch was adding rhinestuds.




Fit for a Queen

This is another one of those projects that spoke in fits and starts.  First to pipe up was the green druzy focal.  It said “Make Me!  Make Me!” which I did.  Only to have it’s voice descend into senseless babble once completed.  Make you I did, but now what?

I put the focal aside, knowing it would pipe up once it’s partners in bead-dom appeared.  Bringing home some bright gold spacers had everyone chattering.  They were exactly what was needed.

Emerald green druks, various green and topaz crystals and a necklace fit for a queen.  I thought the rough and tumble nature of the druzy would fit Boudicca, Celtic Warrior Queen.



After spending what felt like forever on the kaliedocycle, I needed a beady palate cleanser.

Something simple which didn’t require too much thinking.

Crescent beads and a newly arrived package of two-holed cabochon beads were just the ticket.

Of course, me being me, I had to try a completely different thread path for the second bracelet, to see if it would assemble differently.  It did.

Not better. Not worse.  Just different.  Now I’ve a mind to try the same basic design with a few modifications, and see if I can’t get an sine wave going.  That could be fun.

Style Arc: Issy


With the warm weather we’ve been having, the wardrobe called out for another summer top.

Along came a sleeveless Issy.  Style Arc shows a line drawing of the top sleeveless on the pattern envelope, so why not give it a try?

This was the last of this fabric.  Given the single-layer layout for Issy, and the odd angles of the front, there was just enough. Whew!

It has been a while since I made this pattern, so  I had to get one of the sleeved versions out to remember how the front folds went.

Catching the folded cowl into the armhole seam required some concentration – best not done at the end of a long day at the office (or after a beer or two).  Once that was figured out, the rest was simple stitching on the serger.

Ta da!




This post is going to be full of eye candy, so if you’ve a mind to skip something so image rich, please do so now.

For some time the beading world has been taken with kaliedocycles.  I first came across them through the great photography and design descriptions over on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. Beady sculptures containing energy and a basis in science…where did this come from?

What is a kaliedocycle?  Good question.  What they remind me of are those folded paper puzzles we used to make in grade school, where each face had a name or number on it, and you’d generate sentences or find answer to questions or any number of things.  Anyone remember those?  I think they were called fortune tellers or chatterboxes.  So, a kaliedocycle is sort of like that, except with beads; tetrahedra that fold and bend.

The colored faces and engineering intrigued me.  So, of course, I had to try it.

This cycle was made with 10º delicas. The standard is to make them with 11s or 15s, but I wanted something a little larger.  I think it’s 9 beads on a side for each triangle, then they’re joined (the little white beads) and hinged.  The whole piece is about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

The fact that there are joins as well as hinges took my old brain a while to decipher.  Thankfully Kate McKinnon provided some wonderful videos on how it all works.

Now that it’s all done, I find I’m a bit disappointed.  While the whole structure moves, it feels floppy in the hand, not substantial as I thought it would.  Could be because I used larger beads, or because I made larger triangles, or both.

I have a mind to try again with smaller beads or smaller triangles, but that’s a project for the future.  For now, we stare at each other going “Hmmmmm.”

Twinkle, Twinkle


I’ve been working on this piece for a while.  It’s 11° Delicas, which take more time.  Now I’m stuck.  I like where the design has gone so far, from a flat zigzag to a lovely flower once some of the corners were joined.  Now I’m stuck.  Next?

Originally I had thought a brooch, but it’s too large (hence the ruler in the photo for scale).  The rivoli makes it more of a statement piece.  It’s too delicate to hang from a necklace as a focal.

I’m not one for making the types of huge neck pieces that the beading competitions seem to like.  As the song says, “Where Do I Go from Here?”

If women wore hats, I think it would look great on a fancy chapeau, maybe with some silk flowers and point d’esprit lace.  But really, when was the last time you wore a hat?  A Real Hat?

Think.  Think.  Think.

1 + 1 + 1 = Jammies


It’s no secret that I make a lot of my personal clothing, and every once in a while, something for someone else.

BUT, it’s also true that I frequent the Big Box stores, where sometimes they have things that are too good to pass up.

Such was the case for the pieces at left.  The top, courtesy of that fine french boutique Targét.  The bottoms courtesy of the charming Costco.  Cotton knit and french terry.

What’s not to like, other than the fact that grey and blue grey, however nice, are a bit boring.  While I am old (ish) I’m not yet ready to fade into the background.

Zentangle to the rescue!

Dig out that box of fabric pens.  Open the tangle books and see what catches my eye…  The most difficult part was getting the freezer paper to stick to the back of the t-shirt.  It and I just do not get along, despite ironing it on both sides!  Stick, darn you!  Stick!

I suppose I could go back and look up the names of the tangles.  I think one of them is a modified “rain”.  The rest are, well, tangles!  Leave a comment if you can identify them.

Once the drawing was done, there was just a wee bit more – sparkles!  A girl’s gotta have her sparkles.  Not too many.  A Goldilocks amount, to make it just right.  Difficult to see, but there are navy rhinestuds affixed within the designs.

Sweet Dreams!