I have a bunch of new hats finished! I haven't decided if I'm taking them to Rare Funk, the store in Kitchener where I sell hats, or listing them on Etsy.
These two are commissions for a friend, who wanted presents for her children for christmas. The first is made with Lions Brand Homespun, which looks really nice and feels super soft, but it is extremely annoying to work with.
This one is made with acrylic and wool stripes.
This red one I started ages ago but ran out of yarn...so I got more yarn last weekend and made it large enough to wear comfortably.
I used some of the yarn left over from the first hat for accents on this lacy cloche.
This one is made of wool I got off ebay. The sizing turned out smaller than I expected, so it's probably best for a child or someone with a very small head.
This varicoloured beanie I made as an option for a commission as I wasn't sure about the taste of the person in question. Acrylic yarn from Value Village.
An acrylic hat made in shell patterns:
And finally a fluffy red hat I made for my mother. She chose the yarn, which is Red Heart.
I got some ring bands from Michaels a while ago, and have just started using them. I've made 4 rings so far, in blue, green, red and black, so I think of them as water, earth, fire and night. I was going to make an 'air' one but I didn't have the right colours of beads on hand.
I've also made some new polymer clay monsters! The updated Etsy listing can be found here and more pictures by clicking the picture below.
I did, however, make 2 things at the fair, a hat:
and a tag:
While walking back to the bus station afterwards, we stopped in at a store called Rare Funk, which sells things on consignment from local artists. Long story short, you can now buy my hats at Rare Funk in Kitchener, ON!
And that includes these two new ones:
Selling things in an ACTUAL STORE (very exciting) means I had to make price tags/business cards. Since I'm a little terrible at photoshop/GIMP I decided to handmake them...this included cutting the card, writing the words and drawing the picture. (and colouring the picture with crayons!) It doesn't sound too bad except I made a lot of them.
There is a definite value to handmade things, but when there's lots and they're all pretty much the same...sometimes commercial solutions are perhaps more appropriate. (Though commercial solutions don't let you colour things with crayons)
In the spirit of making things from paper (including an ATC for a swap. I think I hate ATCs a little, but this was the first one I've done so now at least I know better) I made a postcard.
It's not a ...bad? postcard? But I think I'm not cut out for scrapbooking or similar things. I suppose it's just as well, the fewer craft supplies I'm addicted to buying, the better.
A little bit of gloating to end this now:
THAT'S RIGHT. I ORGANISED MY YARN, MOTHERFUCKERS! IT IS NO LONGER IN A BUCKET OF TANGLE.
Originally uploaded by Naleag Deco
Yarn bomb'd this last week! First time yarn bombing, it was very exciting.
I also gave the statue of Al Waxman (in Bellevue Square Park, Toronto) a hat yesterday. It wasn't a great hat since I made it in about half an hour and ran out of yarn halfway through, but I think it suits the statue rather well. Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture since it was dark and I only had my cellphone camera.
I used a spiral motif adapted from a pattern in Amazing Crochet Lace, by Doris Chan. (More pictures here)
I've been messing around with polymer clay, but since it's rather expensive I'm reluctant to use large amounts without knowing what I'm doing. These monsters hardly use any clay, so it doesn't matter if some of them turn out badly, plus they are super cute. My biggest problem at the moment is getting them into a nice shape without getting fingerprints all over them. I may try a different kind of clay, since I've heard Sculpey, which I'm currently using, is one of the softer brands.
But for now, monsters! (More pictures here)