Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
The edges on the coasters aren't completely straight. I could have cut them for a smoother edge but I personally like the look of the natural felting. Once I felted the coasters into square-ish shapes I began the needle felting. It's way easier than I was expecting, just keep stabbing away with a felting needle! Just make sure the object you're felting onto is resting on a surface that you can stab on. I put my coaster on a thick (new) kitchen sponge and it worked perfectly. I noticed they sell special "stabbing boards" at the craft store but they just looked like giant sponges. I opted not to spend the $10 on one and used my cheap-o sponge instead. It was great. Felting is great. Wool is great.
And, of course, weekends are great.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I found some really cute Japanese fabric when I went to the fabric store this morning (just a 10 minute walk from my apartment!) and bought some in blue and red. The tutorial was so easy to follow and I made both in just a couple hours (with a couple coffee breaks throughout of course). I'm really happy with how they turned out and they will fit perfectly into a padded mailer for a lovely birthday surprise.
If I had bought a couple more zippers I would be making a few more just for the heck of it. Instead, I'll probably end up watching a DVD and eating chocolate.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
For those of you who don't know, I'm currently residing in Japan. I've been here for just about 3 months now and have been overwhelmed by the amount of crafting cuteness around here. Amazing fabric, yarn, ribbons, buttons and even various types of moldable plastics to model your own plastic food (apparently a favorite craft of many people here). Needless to say, I'm loving it here. I've already started a rather large collection of fabric and yarn, even though I don't know quite what I'll do with them yet. Here are just a few (of the many) samples that I bought already:
The kids' fabrics are especially precious. I have one adorable neice (who just turned 5!) and one more neice or nephew on the way. I'm planning on using much of the kids' fabric I've acquired here making things for them. I'm looking forward to trying these cute reversible baby booties and this super cute shirt-dress. I might even try making one of those shirt-dresses in my size...we'll see.
Today, I'm off to see the wisteria blossoms in Ashikaga. I hope they're still in full bloom!
I'm no professional crafter, or blogger for that matter. But I want to keep track of, and share any and all crafts attempted, both successes and failures (and believe me, there have been many failed crafts).
So here I go. Let the crafting begin!