Geeky Tuesday #7 Care of Magical Creatures Charm Bracelet

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This week I’m gearing up for University term going back! I can’t wait! Books, lectures, reading lists, classes about magical creatures… Ok maybe that last one isn’t true but I think this bracelet was too cute not to have a link in sentence.

This lovely Pattern by Tiny Owl Knits is an intricate piece of craft, incorporating knitting and jewelry craft and more importantly, caring. This project isn’t just a lovely pattern, this is a whole zen ‘life changing’ project created to guide you into doing nice things for others.

The concept is lovely, you earn your charms by doing nice things for others, the environment, animals and the ones you love. Only once completing a task can you knit your charm and add it to your bracelet.

It makes the charm bracelet mean more to you, making lovely memories and being really special.

ThreadCetera will be making one! The lovely Cia Jackson over at Red Head Knits will be my knitting companion on this journey through stitches I have never tried and we will be blogging our progress in pictures! I, for one, am the most excited crafter! See what Cia has to say about it here.


See the designers video over at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFoeq_M-aHY&w=640&h=480

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#SupportCrafting Dragon Flower Jewllery

Dragon Flower Jewellery is the beautiful handmade jewelery store of Phillipa Ramsey-Baggs AKA my pal Pip.  She draws inspiration from her love of the chivalric and the world of geekdom (the avengers appears many times in her work) in creating a range of jewellery, stitch markers, bookmarks and, of course, dragons.

Pip runs the lovely blog over at Dreaming of Dragons which updates daily with various crafty goodness that inspires her; etsy, pintrest, yarn etc. Every day is something new! She is one of these rare types I call a ‘dualcrafter’- knitting and crocheting. O_O

Each piece she makes is handcrafted in Scotland. They are highly customisable in design and colour and made to order via her etsy store.

Even better! She will be selling at the Byres Road Makers Market this September!
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Show her love by either:
Following her blog
Repinning her lovely things
Liking her on Facebook
Buying her lovely things on etsy

#SupportCrafting Campaign!

Hello Fellow Crafters!

I love sticking things together and making things to show mum. You too?

I’ve having a look round the crafting community on my front door and realized just how many fantastic crafters there are. It’s amazing to see so many lovingly made products, originally designed and handmade.

From my home town in Glasgow, I love to wander round craft fairs, vintage fairs, boot fairs that I find. From the people who hang pictures on the botanic gardens on weekends to the people who sell vintage wares in Vespa Bar, I love it all. it puts seriously holes in my purse!

This week in celebration of my love of craft (and the fact I’m super busy with custom gloves at the moment, want a pair? Let me know!) I am featuring some of Glasgow’s local talent! ThreadCetera has been growing more popular recently (I’m looking at you Cult of Yarn) and I want to be able to share this love.

Everyday I will be posting local talent who knit, jeweler, play with wool, love sticking things etc. If you know someone you’d love to see blogged let me know by emailing threadcetera@gmail.com

We will be tweeting it all week @ThreadCetera (follow us!) using the hashtag #SupportingCrafting!

Let’s get this train going! See you this week!

~ThreadCetera Xx

Makers Markets Byres Road Confirmed

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ThreadCetera has a stall confirmed at the Makers Market in the Hillhead Library on the 28th September 2013 11am- 2pm!

The market is a great gathering of crafters selling all sorts of beautiful hand made craft. Everything you see is handmade.

ThreadCetera will be bringing our wares; our plastic necklaces, our charm necklaces, crochet bunting, crochet mug cosies, our ever popular crochet gloves and BRAND NEW fabric make up bags!

We are very excited. More details soon! Watch this space!

See more information on Makers Markets here!

Glasgow by Gaslight Pics

ThreadCetera had it’s own stall (my first!) at the Glasgow by Gaslight fair on Saturday just past. Here are a few photos from the event!

The best seller of the day was our superhero themed gloves, pictures. I am currently doing custom orders for these and have orders for all sorts thus far. Custom orders are only £9 including all postage. Drop me an email at threadcetera@gmail.com  or use the contact form below if you would like a design consultation or a quote! 

We had a blast at the fair and can’t wait for next years. Hope to see you at a craft fair soon!

Mid Week Etsy Finds #1- Geek Earings

I spend a lot of time online… a lot! Having dabbled in the handmade myself now I find it strange buying anything other that the utter basics from high street stores. I like buying vintage and handmade, especially if it’s something that a little special.

Having done the rounds on etsy, here are a few items that have caught my eye

Links here!

  1. Miniature “Heal & Mana” Bottle Earrings 
  2. Silver Glass Dangle Drop Earrings with Lord of the rings eye of sauron
  3. Nyan Cat Earrings
  4. Upcycled playstation controller button earrings
  5. Portal Earrings 

 

New Etsy Stock!

necklaces EMMA CRAFT 111necklaces EMMA CRAFT 096We have been busy! New etsy stock is up in our ThreadCetera store ready to order and ship!

We have been working on necklaces this week, using salvaged charms and crochet to create something cute, kitch and fun. Retailing at £4 (without P+P) they are a snap! Check them out!


For links click the pictures above

Casual Weekday Necklace Making

necklaces EMMA CRAFT 084So this week, as well as crocheting like a mad woman as per, I have been necklace making.

I have gathered various charms through magazines, cheeky finds, making cheeky shrink plastic efforts and my wonderful pal Cia has donated me a whole bunch of funky earings she no longer used.

The result has been a salvaged, recycled, crafty kinda week.

The results will be going up for sale online via my etsy store, I will blog when they are up this Sunday =D

Watch this space…

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Friendship Bracelet-ting Version 2.0- Cats

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First and foremost, sorry for the photo on webcam… I left my normal photo taking device (my htc desire) at my manpals house! D=

After the success of last weeks bracelet making I’ve been dabbling in the more complex patterns available to me– all FREE via friendship-bracelets.net

I have completed Pattern #6775 (click for link)
This one is 2 cute cats face to face. It was a 16 string, 62 row, 2 day, 2 colour affair.
I used my trusty pound shop wool in white and black, sellotape to strap it all down and normal scissors for cutting. I added washi tape in a contrasting colour to keep the ends together in a more interesting manner than a big old knot.

I find with the larger weaves they don’t make very good bracelets but I’m planning on making a tote bag to stitch this onto.

Tips:

  • Take it row by row, write down where you stop and start and that stops you repeating or missing rows out. It sounds like common sense but it is the MOST helpful tip I can give!
  • Make the middle strings twice as long as the inside ones. These strings will be doing much more knotting than the outside ones, I found this out halfway through when my middle 4 strings were 1/8 of the length of the rest left. A quick knotty patch job did the trick but the knots in the middle can be felt when running hands over. D=

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DIY: Friendship Bracelets (with pattern)

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This week I took a trip to the Art Store this week and invested in lots and lots of beads and thread.

I’ve been dabbling in the childhood craft of freindship bracelets after seeing some selling for over £5 in urban outfitters and downright refusing to pay the pricetag. At first I just braided for simple bracelets, pushing beads on every 10 repatitions or so. Before long I was trying more complex patterns and found a whole bunch of free patterns on http://friendship-bracelets.net/ which are really easy to follow. Knotting over and over is really calming.

I’m most proud of my cat bracelet. The bead is a ceramic shaped cat 50p from the art store. Thick cotton (35p a metre) is a nice alternative to leather, which when damp tends to smell a bit which with weather in Scotland is a real concern. :p. The pattern could not be easier (click for larger images):

Tips:

  • Sellotape  is your friend- want to avoid looking silly holding string between your teeth or toes? Yeah? Stick it to the table.
  • A little bit more- Although you might have measured enough to go round your wrist, remember that string will be knotted over and over and will shrink down. Add an inch or so to compensate.
  • UHU need some more in your life- Instead of making large knots, my bff UHU glue on the end of the strings, held for a few seconds and left to dry drys nice and clear while holding firm.