20091221

waldy fuffarumi



Say hello to waldy fuffarumi!  After wil fuffarumi was adopted through etsy, I decided to make a brother.

Waldy's name is one of my co-workers nickname.  I just loved the name and thought it fit my fuffarumi.  Today I brought my fuffalump in to work to show my co-worker.  He made a comment about how he tries to keep his hair tidy and laughed.  I said it's probably what he looks like when he gets stressed out from too many phone calls at the call center and he agreed.  Waldy's real name is Waldemar and it is a Russian name so the "w" is pronounced as "v."  Apparently, there were several European Monarchs named Valdemar, or Waldemar, a weightlifter, heavy metal artist, writer and bacteriologist :)

This amigurumi (crocheted toy) is my own design and is currently available on etsy. 

20091216

Bitty Baby Bird is in Stuffed Magazine!



YAY!  Stuffed Magazine, The Crafting of Softies Volume 3, Issue 1 has a full page for bitty baby bird.  He's not so bitty.  There are other cool creations from other artists too.

20091204

Money Matters

 


I just finished my very first video of one of my free form bead embroidery pieces.

I was very inspired to do free form embroidery by Robin Atkins.  The piece featured in this video started out with a upholstery fabric sample.  I had no idea what the end result would be but while I was stitching I thought of all the money matters in my life at that time: bills, future plans, my business and used it as art therapy.  I liked the play on words.  It could be read as "Money Matters?" (as in, does it really matter) or "Money Matters" (as in the stress of things associated with money).   I noticed the outer edge began to look like a traditional change purse.  I must admit, I had a very hard time finding a purse frame to fit my design.  One of the quirks of not knowing your end result when you begin free form.  Once I was done the first side, I placed a piece of card stock under it and poked holes along the edge with a needle.  Then, I had a template for the other side which progress is featured in most of this video.  After about 50 hours, the sides were completed and I turned once again to Robin Atkins with a terrificly helpful book of hers called Finishing Techniques For Bead Embroidery Projects.  The finished purse is 4 1/2" high by 4" at the widest width by 1/4" thick.


My next projects are ACEOs, or Artist Trading Cards for sale of free form bead embroidery so that I have lower cost "jewels."   Enjoy!