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Allie
24 May 2006 @ 08:42 am

Here are some Overlay Crochet jewelry pieces that I designed using regular old #5 DMC perle cotton with a size 10 or 12 hook.  Oh so many colors!!!  The first one on the left is a brooch that I designed in the Overlay Crochet Designers workshop at CGOA, taught by Melody MacDuffee.  The other two are crocheted around mirrors.   
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Allie
23 April 2006 @ 12:34 pm
I had a GREAT day yesterday at the CGOA conference in Oakland. I took an all day class on designing in "overlay crochet" with Melody MacDuffee. It was so great to finally meet her and see all of her beautiful work in person. Her work is amazing. She makes jewelry in overlay crochet using sewing thread. The colors and textures are truly a feast for the eyes! Wonderful!!!

I started working on designing a pendant around a piece of dyed sea shell. I will post pictures when I finish it. I learned so much in the class about the technique and I had a chance to brainstorm with others on jewelry and crochet design. We discussed getting articles and books published. One of the other students showed us a couple of new crochet techniques. One was Romanian cord, which will be very good for fiber jewelry straps.

It was a very relaxing day away (better than a spa). I got to crochet all day long! What a wonderful day!!!
 
 
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Allie
05 April 2006 @ 01:51 am

Look!  I'm on the cover of the new Bead & Button book!!!  Well, my brooches are anyway.  Those are my flower brooches right there on the front cover (lower right).  Aren't they beautiful?  The book is about the best projects of the year in Bead & Button Magazine.
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Allie
03 April 2006 @ 09:49 pm

This is my first attempt at kumihimo!  It is so relaxing and fun to create braids on my new marudai.
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This is my marudai all set up with my current braiding project.  It's in my "studio".
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Here I am working on a braid. 
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I went to a meeting of the Diablo Weavers Guild last week.  We learned how to do kumihimo.  I can't believe that was the agenda that day, because the day before I had received my marudai in the mail.  I am totally hooked on kumihimo!  It is so relaxing and it takes a bit of brain power to figure out the patterns.  I went to the Bay Area Bead Bazaar on Saturday, and saw a lot of braiding and micro-knotting (macrame').  I am so amazed that as soon as I get into something, it seems that I meet all kinds of people doing it too.



I joined a small loom weavers Yahoo! group and a kumihimo Yahoo! group.  I am learning so much right now.  I am learning how to do Saxon braiding on a small cardboard loom and I just got a pretty little lucet to make simple cording.  It is similar to a knitting spool, but it only has 2 prongs.  I have also been doing A LOT of freeform crochet.  I have been playing around with thread crochet and adding beads.  I am signed up to take another class on Overlay Crochet at the CGOA conference at the end of April.  My fiber and bead art is really evolving right now.  If only I can get some more pictures of my work.  Watch for more creations from Creative Caravan coming soon! 

 
 
Allie
17 March 2006 @ 04:27 am
 
 
 
Allie
07 December 2005 @ 07:03 pm

Here are the Paisleys I made for the Freeform Crochet Paisley exchange, round 2.  We made three paisleys to exchange with another member of the group.  I guess I should also post the ones I got in exchange for these.  Maybe later.....
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Allie
30 October 2005 @ 09:46 pm

Here are the freeform crochet paisleys that I made for the exchange.  I'm so excited that I finally finished them.  I will send them out to the gal I'm exchanging with tomorrow morning.  The idea was to create 3 FFC paisleys, using any yarns and colors to exchange with someone else.  The gal that I'm exchanging with hasn't sent hers out yet either, so we ought to get them sometime in the next few days.  I'm looking forward to round 2 in the exchange.  I love this sort of thing. 
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Allie
04 October 2005 @ 09:16 am

This is a bracelet made in overlay crochet.  I used cotton crochet thread and a size E crochet hook.  It is a bangle style bracelet and the feels wonderful to wear.  The overlayed threads make for a substantial fabric.
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Allie
04 October 2005 @ 09:12 am

I designed this overlay crochet picture frame.  I LOVE overlay crochet!  I can use this technique for my freeform work. 
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Allie
04 October 2005 @ 09:09 am

Here is my second Overlay crochet piece.  I just made it up as I went along!
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