I know I just started this blog, but this week will not have my usual Monday/Wednesday posts because I am freaking out about a meeting with the Sculpture Department Head at a school where I very much wish to get my graduate degree. I’m going in dreading the worse, so things can only go up from there, right? So don’t expect much from me this week and possibly next week. Wish me luck.


More on Tambour Beading and a Review

I received my order from Lacis for a .9mm Tambour Pointed Latch Hook (For wool chain-stitch embroidery). This is a little bit of a review for anyone who thinks they might want to buy supplies or tools from this company.

First of all, I ordered from their online website. As long as you are not buying wholesale, they offer free shipping. Of course this is still tricky because there is a $4.50 processing fee, but it’s still better than paying for both this fee and shipping. The tambour beading section is under the “Needlework Techniques” section and “Embroidery” subsection.

I had a hard time deciding which needle to buy as I am not sure what size needle works best for the sheer fabric that I am using. I decided to go somewhere in the middle at .9mm (from .055mm to 3mm), skewing towards a smaller needle. This will also give me a better gauge as to whether or not I should get a finer or larger needle. We shall see.

For payment, Lacis takes both Mastercard and Visa (Sorry American Express).

Lacis shipped my order to me super fast. Like, incredibly fast. You wouldn’t think it came from California and got across the US to me in like a week. I am always surprised by fast shipping. The package was a sturdy envelope, to keep the needle and its holder from getting damaged.

Overall I was very happy with my experience with Lacis. I think that if this embroidery thing works out I’ll be getting more needles from them.

I’ve tried using it once so far, but I failed miserably. I think it’s partly because I didn’t have something supporting the frame for me, and partly because I was impatient. Any sort of tutorial you find online for this technique tells you that patience is essential, especially at the beginning when you’re learning. Once you settle into a groove it will go a lot smoother. Let’s hope I can get over the hump.

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2012 RTW

Maybe not tambour beading, but I am obsessed with glittery shiny everything right now. And so is the rest of the fashion world (lucky for me).


Craft Magic

Hello everyone!

I am a big crafter and the best community of crafters online, that I have found, is that of Craftster. Their forums are fantastic even though I’ve only been a bit of a lurker. I’ve finally taken the plunge and signed up for one of their craft swaps. Now, what exactly is a craft swap you say? It’s ¬†exactly what it sounds like. Everyone who is interested signs up, an organizer pairs people up, and then they swap crafts (by mail)! Craft swaps are organized by topic or theme, something that all of the participants find interesting. I’ve signed up for the Doctor Who swap, since I am a rather large Whovian. I’ve looked at the galleries of past Who Swaps and I must say that I’m really excited by the range of possibilities.

Lolita is a big thing for me, so maybe I’ll make some Loli-Who things. Frilly bowties and TARDIS cuffs. That’s silly sounding… for now. I know that as soon as I make them, they’ll be ah-mazing. Oh silly ideas in my head that need to come out…

I guess I will know more when I get my partner about what I should make but I’m rather overwhelmed at the moment. Too many possibilities? Psh…. I do know that I will be learning how to write Circular Gallifreyan specifically for this. Not sure what it’s going to be on but I do know that it is going to be awesome. Any Whovians out there with some brilliant ideas I can steal?


Let’s Make Some Magic

Magic is essential, I believe. We only get one shot at this thing called life so we should fill it with as much wonder and enchantment as we can. I love learning so if you have any great resources to share with me I’d love to see them!