New Star

A while back I realized that if I kept creating goods at my current pace (a byproduct of needing to busy my fingers while watching tv), I’d soon become a hoarder, or that friend who only gives gifts she’s made. So I picked up hand embroidery–a craft I hadn’t touched since I was very young. It’s incredibly labor intensive and slow going, so I knew the production line would slow its pace, plus I’ve been really inspired by modern takes on the ancient craft that have been popping up on the Internet in the last few years.

I’m not one for following patterns. Or recipes. Or direction of any kind, aside from my GPS… And even then…

Anyway, one of those cross stitch kits from the craft store was definitely not going to be for me. I knew I wanted to create a starfish entirely from French knots—the texture would be perfect—so I drew 5 lines radiating out from the center and got started!

Project in progress
Project in progress

A French knot is one of those things—like knitting and reformatting a hard drive—for which I always have to rely on YouTube to provide a refresher course. Here’s a great tutorial (skip the first 30 seconds).

I picked my colors at random—I already had a couple skeins of the vibrant poppy in the center of the star and knew I wanted to work my way out to something more muted to tie in to a chair we have in our living room. Not having a pattern meant many trips to the craft store, sometimes just for one skein, but sometimes I need an excuse to get out of the house these days anyway.

Some of the legs are a little crooked, some are a little bulgy, and the overall shape certainly isn’t a geometrically perfect star, but I like her and she adds the perfect touch. These days she’s happily keeping watch over our living room, right next to the window that looks out over the ocean!

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Craftophrenia

noun \ˈkraft-ə-ˈfrē-nē-ə\
The rapid creation of goods requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill

Yup, I’m making up words now. Apologies all around.

Have you ever been on one of those kicks where you just consume things? Books, levels on a video game, whatever—this winter I’ve been that way with crafts. You’ve already seen the felt flowers, but little did you know there’s also crochet (hats and plush pumpkins, yup, you read correctly, you’ll see them in the fall), painting, embroidery, various other fiber arts… I’ll binge for a week or two and move on to the next thing.

Since my house can’t seem to hold them all, I decided to give my other etsy shop (now lovingly called six twenty-two 2.0) a little revamp and start selling the fruits of these various pursuits. Just a few things up right now, more to come, enjoy!