Structured Purse Part II

I have been remiss in updating my structured purse progress! Lots have happened in the last month and we only have a couple of weeks left in our Advanced Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier! And yes, both my sister and I have signed up for the Master Workshop to complete our full-year leather learning fun!

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I am using black grain leather with an accent of snake skin. This is the classic-style structured purse with leather rope handles and reinforced bottom.

Here is an action shot! Hand stitching! The awl is to pierce through the multiple layers of the bottom.

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Here is a quick shot of the front and flap showing the python accent, slim silver-tone hardware, and asymmetrical design.

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Feet and closure hardware set, rope handles attached. I have finished hand stitching the handles onto the front and back (an extremely persnickety process!) It’s finally looking like a purse!!!

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Sea Foam Cowl

When some of my knitting friends from my Ravelry group – enVision – had our first meet up in Colorado last year, some of them went on a yarn crawl and purchased a skein of Malabrigo Caracol, a super-bulky-weight yarn. They all knitted a cowl that evening! I finally picked up a skein in Diana colorway and got a chance to knit one myself. I have written up this simple pattern and it’s available free on Ravelry!

Here is the official write up:

Sea Foam Cowl is a quick knit using super-bulky-weight yarn. It uses one skein of Malabrigo Caracol or equivalent – 90y / 83m on size us15 / 10mm needles with a gauge at 8-9 sts / 4” / 5.0 cm. Final size after blocking is approximately 12” x 13” / 30.5 mm x 33.0 mm (w x h). If you prefer a long cowl/infinite scarf, cast on double the stitches and use two skeins.

Sea Foam Cowl may also be knitted in worsted weight but you will need to adjust the number of cast-on stitches (in increments of 10). For example, if you elect to use Malabrigo Rios in worsted weight with a gauge of approximately 18 sts / 4” / 5.0 cm, you will need to cast on 100 sts). Please note that your required yardage will differ.

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OD – Ovale Decke Shawl

Just published another Herbert Niebling adaptation – Ovale Decke Shawl! This is my fifth Niebling adaptation and one I modified the most (including adding an interesting edge to the design) yet retaining the integrity of a Niebling.

OD – Ovale Decke Shawl is a large deep-crescent shaped shawl based on a lesser-known Herbert Niebling pattern of the same name, Oval Doily in English. OD is worked from the top down with increases throughout the body. The original pattern is in an oval shape. I modified it into a softer deep-crescent shape.

OD uses approximately 437-475 yards / 400-435 meters of fingering-weight yarns for the regular version and 920-1300 yards/840-1200 meters of lace-weight yarns for the large version, as well as anything in between. The yardage is just a guide for OD is a very adaptable pattern. Knitters may elect to omit some sections thus allowing OD to be knitted in one 100-g skein (fingering or lace weight). It may also be knitted using multiple colors, a set of coordinated colors, as well as leftover yarns.

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The Beauty of Double Helix Newest Release, Phoebe, and 2018 Test Batches

It’s not surprising that Clio is one of Double Helix Glassworks‘ most popular silver glass – with its translucent/transparent quality, flameworkers can layer Clio on top of colored glasses and achieve different results. Getting hot pink was all the rage when Clio was first introduced – layering transparent orange with a clear coat, then Clio, and finally encasing everything in Zephyr. With the introduction of RHEA – the clean, non-reactive gold ruby – one can achieve pinks without the clear coat.

Now we have other translucent/transparent reduction colors that work just as wonderfully with the layering technique… ZL-689 released as Phoebe and the 2018 Transparent Luster Test Batches, CA-706, EL-702, OX-696, OX-705, PL-699, ZL-707. Layer them over RHEA or experiment over other Effetre and CiM colors!

Here are a couple of examples:

Over RHEA test batch

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Over various Effetre colors

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That’s the best way to create a unique palette with just a couple of silver glass colors!

Disclaimer: I don’t work for Double Helix nor am I paid as a tester.

 

Double Helix Test Batches 2018

The International Society of Glass Beadmakers annual glass conference, the Gathering, is next week in Las Vegas, and after a year of absences, Double Helix Glassworks will again be there with its very-sought-after test batches! As I have done in years past, I had the honor to create sample beads for Jed and Julie! I think all my glassy friends will be thrilled with these batches so make sure you queue up early Friday morning! 😀

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I created  beads from my Enchantment, Dragon Scale, and Celestial Series, along with unencased spacer beads…

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OX-696

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OX-705

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ZL-689 – released as Phoebe

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Channel Setting

After realizing that nine of the last 10 entries were all about leather, I think it’s time to write about something else… 😉 Guess with my new passion, I have neglected to share many of my metalsmithing pieces!

I continue to take classes with the fabulous Lisa D’Agostino at the Community Education Program at College of Marin – a Bay Area Community College 30 minutes north of San Francisco. Every seven-week session, we work on a project that hones our skills on a different metalsmithing technique – various stone settings (and there are LOTS of them!), forging, fold forming, etching, enameling, riveting, cold connections, casting, mold making, tool making, etc. etc.

This channel setting project started with carving a wax piece. It was the first time working with engravers and I enjoyed the process very much – probably because it feeds on my anal-retentive tendency! Here is the back of the wax piece.

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After it was cast in sterling silver, there was quite a bit of cleaning up and fitting the stones in the channel. I picked peridot – my favorite semi-precious stone. No surprise there for it’s green! 😉

 

Instead of a simple pendant like everyone else, I decided to create an interchangeable “bail” for my glass beads especially since I rarely wear necklaces unless it’s to showcase my glass work. I added a curved tube for the chain and a loop to hang the bead. This picture also shows  the channel setting well.

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Here it is – complete with one of my Celestial Series glass beads!

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Nephthys Shawl

Now that we have completed our annual MKAL (Mystery Knit A Long) on our Ravelry group, enVision, the full pattern of my latest lace shawl design is released!

Nephthys Shawl is a deep-crescent shaped shawl named after Nephthys: an Egyptian goddess who was the personification of darkness and all that belongs to it and sister to goddess Isis. Nephthys means “lady of the house” but in this case, it’s referred to a house of worship, thus referring to the goddess as being in the role of a priestess rather than a homemaker.

Nephthys is a mostly solid shawl with lace accents and is the result of Hayley’s current love of knitting lace and her early obsession with cables. Nephthys uses approximately 675-750 yards / 615-685 meters for the regular version and 825-1050 yards / 755-960 meters for the large version in fingering-weight yarn. It may also be knitted in heavier weight yarn for a warmer and cozier shawl. Nephthys may be knitted with or without beads.

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