Thing #8 is complete. Here are some shots:
I’m not quite done with #8, but it’s been several days since I’ve posted an update, so here are some pics:
Thing #7 is finally done. Here it is…
I had to take a 2-night hiatus from the 100 Things in order to finish a mobile for my friends’ baby daughter. It is a “thing,” but it was begun before the 100 Things game started; plus it is more craft than art (not to mention that it’s from a pattern and not an original design) and I am really trying to move more toward art/originals. That being said, I thought I’d post a couple of pics because some of you will like to see it.
Paying work has been calling, so I haven’t had as much time to work on my 100 Things in the past few days. Number 7 is moving right along, albeit a little slowly. I thought I’d post a couple of “work in progress” pics.
On a side note… If you like seeing the creative alternative uses people find for everyday objects and would-be garbage, check out my sub-blog, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose.
I think I’ve covered enough tiles, so I’ve begun assembling Thing #7.
In other news, I’ve added a sub-blog to showcase the brilliant ideas of others. Check it out: Fates Guild: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose.
Who knew? Apparently, many people, I was just not one of them. Today is International Yarn Bombing Day. Now I’m slightly sorry that I spent a couple of hours working on Thing #7 today instead of my first yarn bomb.
Very rarely do I find a website that amuses and amazes me so that I need to share, but it happened today. Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please (possibly the most awesome name in the knitting world) has just about the most amusing website I’ve ever seen. Check it out and…
Happy Yarn Bombing!
Here is set number 2 of crochet-covered tiles that will some day be Thing #7.
It’s taken a rather long time (in Tina Reckoning) to get the ball rolling on Thing #7. The first step is to cover small glass tiles in tiny crochet. Being a big fan of making things harder than they need to be, I first tried making little crocheted *pouches* for the tiles. Most of the time these were either too solid (not enough light was allowed through to enjoy the glass) or too flimsy (a light tap would knock a corner out of the holder) or too bulky (I don’t want giant pillowed boarders surrounding the glass) or just too bloody hard to crochet. My fingers may be small, but they fumble. Finally, I found (and as many times as I’ve *discovered* this pearl of wisdom, you’d think it would be second nature by now) that simplifying does not necessarily mean defeat. In fact, it is often the best way to succeed.
Here you see a pile of failure — or to use a term more acceptable to the “glass half full” crowd: error…
Simplified and neat, we have some success. It is only the beginning. Thing 7 requires many more of these and if the Universe is behaving properly, they will get better with practice.
Number 6 is another glass piece. In addition to Jan Titus’s stained glass scraps, this one uses ribbon yarn, African trade Xmas beads, mercerized cotton and glass mosaic tiles.
Thing #7 is going to take a little longer to make. The original blog post that got the Ball of 100 rolling suggested making items/pieces as quickly as possible with little thought to perfection/greatness/etc., however, there is going to be a lot of trial-and-error in the pursuit of #7, so the rules I do bend.
I will start with a little pile of tile.