The Snow Queen: a study in yarn and paper

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Snow Queen

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn. 
-- Lewis Grizzard 

Last summer during a blistering heat wave, I made a garment inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's story "The Snow Queen."  The top is knit from Lion Brand's Vanna's Glamour®.  It's a lovely yarn to work and adds this gorgeous shimmer that shifts with the light - perfect for my Snow Queen Dress. Having recently invested in a large die cutter, I decided to put it to the test.  I cut a 100+ cardboard snowflakes which I then embellished.  Naturally, no two snowflakes are the same.  I painted, rubber stamped and colored with pencil and pen. I glued on sequins, wrapped threads and added small sparkling stickers.  The dress became an experiment in how far I could push a mixed media approach.  

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it's in the details :: Red Valentino Fall 2013

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"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick." -- Gwenyth Paltrow

Look at all the embroidery!  And those giant red velvet roses!  I'm in love! RED which stands for Romantic Eccentric Dress and is Valentino's trademark hue, is the sister line to the Valentino fashion house.  Granted, this middle-aged gal prefers skirts that are a tad longer, say to just above the knees, that little black suit is swoon worthy.

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Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Felt Hearts Valentine Decoration

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"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." -- Plato 

These easy to stitch felt hearts declare your love to all who see it.  

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As featured on LIVE at CHA Winter 2013 - Knitted Shell and Ombré Skirt

 

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Live at CHA Knit Shell ©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Live at CHA knit shell
Mary Lawrie and I created one of the garments Elena Lai Etcheverry wore for Charity Wings' LIVE at CHA.  During the event, Elena interviews designers and companies about their new projects and products live online. Viewers get sneak peeks and can purchase raffle tickets for fantastic giveaways.  All money earned goes to charity.  It is really an amazing win-win for all involved.  

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Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Show 2013 at CHA

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Lion Brand Fashion Show 2013

"Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful." -- Taylor Swift

Much to my delight I was invited to the 2013 Lion Brand Yarn fashion show at CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association).  I love their yarns, so I was excited to see what fashion design students from around the world would do with them.  

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Book Love: Penguin Classics - Covers with a Textile Theme

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. -- Charles Dickens

Every Christmas my Aunt Diane sends me a book, which I then promptly consume along with copious amounts of cookies and tea between now and the new year.  For the sake of variety, this year she sent an Amazon gift card.

Too many choices can be overwhelming.  I've narrowed my selection to a classic title I've not read. Scrolling through the eye candy of  the new Penguin Classics Clothbound editions, I was completely taken by this cover.  Not only does it feature a repeat of scarves mid-knit, but this is the only Dickens I've not read and one which Mom frequently quoted.  Fate! A must purchase!

Of course, one can't stop with just one book.  I've read this classic several times over, but the new cover is too sweet.

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The paperback version is equally delicious. I may have to get this edition if only to read the introduction by Jane Smiley, another favorite author.

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Last summer I wrote about the Penguin Thread series, but here is another gorgeous cover.  I wish the whole book was as sumptuously illustrated.  

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Crafty KT: KOOL TAK Manufacturer Challenge: Fabulously-Fall Blog Hop

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Crafty KT Blog Hop My Box ©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Crafty KT Blog Hop My Box
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"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."  -- Henri Matisse

I am addicted to making "knick knack" boxes.  These boxes holding everything from paper napkins in my kichen  to assorted sewing supplies in my studio.  They are also the perfect way to explore different crafting supplies.  

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When invited to participate in the Crafty KT Kool Tak Manufacturer Challenge, I knew what I would do!  To get started you need the following:

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MATERIALS:

Kool Tak™ 1 Layer Perfect Tool (Use it for centering, piercing, and edge stitching) 

Kool Tak™ 10 Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets (Earth Tones)
 
Kool Tak™ 1 pack of Clear Foam pads - ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick
 
Kool Tak™ 1 pack of Clear Foam tape - 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards
 

Wood box - 7" x 7" x  3"

Craft Acrylic Paint (to match cardstock)

Sponge Brush

Fine Glitter

Scalloped Circle Punch 1"

Assorted Patterned Cardstock 12" x 12" (to match paint)

Paper Lace or Paper Trim (I used a product from Martin Meyer Imports.) 

Paper Trimmer

2" circle of wood

Piercing Tool (or in my case, my high school biology probe!)

Embroidery Needle

Perle Cotton 5/2 Embroidery Thread

Phillip head screwdriver

Sandpaper

Scissors

Pencil / Ruler optional

DIRECTIONS:

 Take off the hinges and the closure on the box with the screwdriver.  Set these parts to the side.   HINT:  I put them in an envelope to prevent losing them.  Tiny screws have way of disappearing in one's studio.

Lightly sand the wood, removing any rough bits.  Don't sand it so much that you end up with rounded edges!

Paint the entire box with the craft acrylic paint using the sponge brush.  Do two coats allowing the paint to dry in between layer of paint.

Measure the top of your lid.  My box (from Darice) has a 6.5" interior.

Cut your paper into 4 squares using your paper trimmer (or use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark on the back and then use scissors).  You need a 6.5", 5.5",  4.5" and 3.5" square.  I used two papers, alternating between them.  

If you haven't used the Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool, checkout this great video before proceeding!

Using your Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool, mark the stitch holes on the 5.5" paper piercing as you go.  HINT: I put a piece of old cardboard underneath as I pierced to protect my worktable.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Crafty KT Blog Hop My Box
Cut a 24" piece of the perle cotton embroidery thread and thread your needle.   Embroider a running stitch around the edge of your 5.5" paper.  Finish off with a knot on the back.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Crafty KT Blog Hop My Box
Use your Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool to center the 3.5" square onto the 4.5" square.  Tear off a piece of the Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape - 2 ½ x 27 yards and place it on the back of the 3.5" square.  Peel off the paper backing and stick the smaller square to the larger square.  

Proceed to center and tape the 4.5" square onto the 5.5" square.  (Note: I centered and taped my 4.5" square to the 5.5" square prior to the stitching, hence why you see it in my photos.)

Center the 5.5" square within the 6.5" square.  Place 4 squares of Kool Tak™  Clear Foam pads in each corner of the 5.5" square, remove the backing and stick to the 6.5" square.

Place your layered squares to the side.

Next tear off a piece of the Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape that is approximately 2" x 2" and place it on your 2" wood circle.  Trim excess with scissors.  Peel off the paper backing and place a copper colored sheet of the Kool Tak™ Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets onto the sticky surface, pressing it in place as you go.  (HINT: Press from the center to the edges of the circle to prevent any ripples in the foil.)

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Carefully peel off the foil.  Use your finger nail to distress the surface a bit and shake some glitter on top.  It will stick to the distressed areas.  Brush off any excess. 

Center the circle within the the top square (the 3.5" one) using the Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool   Add some Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape to the back of the circle, remove the paper backing and firmly press int place.  Set the layers to the side.

Using the Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool, place ten squares of Kool Tak™ Clear Foam pads - ¼ x ¼ x 1/32” thick along the top edge of your lid spacing them evenly as you go.  HINT: It is easiest to place the squares at the corners and center and then the others to insure that they are evenly spaced apart. Proceed to add squares on the remaining 3 sides of the lid.

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Remove the backing of the squares and sprinkle fine glitter along them.  Brush off any excess glitter. (I removed the paper featured in the above photo from the lid before I shook on my glitter.)  I love how the glitter on the foam squares looks like mini pieces of glass mosaic!

Press a line of the Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape - 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards along the lower rim of the lid.  Don't cover the holes for the closure or the area for the hinges! Remove the backing and sprinkle the same glitter you just used.  

Proceed to now put your layered squares  / wood circle onto the lid.  The Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape is fabuously sticky, yet easy to tear.  I tore off large pieces, removed the paper backings and then tore off smaller bits to get into the corners.  

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Place your layered squares /wood circle onto the lid and press firmly.  I have to admit, having never used Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape until making this project, I love how it sticks to both paper AND wood. 

Measure two 6.5" x 1/2" pieces of paper lace or trim.  Cut two 6.5" pieces of the Kool Tak™ Clear Foam tape - 3/16 x 1/16 thick by 1.6 yards and press along the lower edge of the trim.  Remove the backing and press firmly into place along the top and lower edge of the 6.5" square.

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To make stickers to embellish the sides of your box  take one of your papers and add rows of the Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape to back.

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Punch 12 scalloped circles out of the paper with the Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape backing using your 1" scalloped circle paper punch.

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Turn your box to the side. Using the Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool center three of the scalloped circles.  Remove the paper backing from the punches and firmly press into place.

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Proceed to do the same on the other three sides.

Screw the hinges and closure back into place.

For the final touch, punch 7 scalloped circles from assorted matching papers. Layer the scalloped circles ontop of each other, sticking them in place with small bits of the Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape

Cut small notches into the circle at each scallop edge.

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Fold each petal forward.  Add a small bit of Kool Tak™ Premium EXTREME tape to the center of the back, remove the backing and place it on your copper circle.  Use the Kool Tak™ Layer Perfect Tool to center it.

And voila!  You have a new box, all glittery and beautiful, to store your favorite treasures.

Want to make one of your own?  From September 8 to the 18th, 2012: sign up for Crafty KT Newsletter and you can participate in the Blog Hop Giveaway.  You could win a box of the same Kook Tak™ supplies I used.  Good luck!

Be sure to check out the work of 11 other designers participating in this blog hop!  The variety of projects is fabulous!

 

 


Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop: Vintage: Needlepoint Coaster

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Needlepoint Coaster
"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." -- T.S. Eliot

This month's CHA Designer challenge is all things vintage.  It was difficult to settle on just one project.  There was my stash of skeleton keys begging to be made into more jewelry and  40 year old Dresden paper scraps perfect for cards and scrapbooking. but it was the giant box of Paternayan wool yarn that called  to me.  I inherited it from my aunt who was an avid stitcher and rarely seen without her "work."  The colors are rich and vibrant, reminding me of her different projects.  She always purchased a little extra to be sure she had enough of a certain dyelot.  I needed some coasters, so I chose 3 colors and got started.

MATERIALS:

10" x 13" piece of 7-count plastic canvas in white

3 colors of needlepoint yarn 

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tapestry needle (size 22 or 20)

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Needlepoint Coaster

DIRECTIONS:

I wanted a coaster that was 3.5"x3.5", so I cut a piece of canvas that has 24 holes x 24 holes as 7 holes = 1 inch.  

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Inspired by the paintings of the famous Bauhaus arist Josef Albers, I designed my pattern.

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I threaded the needle and began stitching with the darkest color first, in my case it was brown.  I used the continental tent stitch throughout the piece, preferring to work in concentric squares rather than row by row.  

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When I needed to start a new color, I tucked the tail of the old color into the back of the stitches prior to moving on to the next color.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Needlepoint Coaster
The process of starting a new color is similar to ending the previous one.  You simply pull your tail through the back of the stitches, pulling your needle out where you want to begin.  Note, when first starting, you don't have any previous stitches in which to tuck  in your tail's end.  You can do so later using the same procedure for ending a color or work your stitches over it as you go.

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Once you have completed the pattern and tucked in all ends, you will still need to stitch over the outer edge of plastic.  I used a light color whipstitching over the edge, giving the work a finished look.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Needlepoint Coaster

As you've worked the stitches in the continental tent stitch, the back of work will be equally coverd, adding a second layer of protection between your hot mug and the table top.  

You have enough plastic to make 4 coaster.  Make a matching set or have fun experimenting with color!

For more vintage craft ideas, checkout the work in the Designer Crafts Connection webring wherever you see this logo.

Each blog in the hop is written by a designer associated with the Craft and Hobby Assocition.  We each have unique styles, so be sure to hop through to see what each is doing with this month's theme on crafting vintage-style!


CHA Summer 2012, my booth

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer CHA Summer 2012 booth

"Patience is the ability to count down before you blast off."  - Author Unknown

I'm slowly making progress.  It's taken 4 shows to finally get a handle on how to develop a collection of ideas that fully show off my range of skills and ideas.  This is my table display at the CHA Summer 2012 Designer Showcase.  I decided to go for a theme, specifically DIY wedding.  

I had so much fun making everything, especially all the work with paper as my diecutter is a rather recent acquisition (ie - toy). I used it to cut out hundreds of paper flowers that I then snipped, bent and twirled into scores of flowers for the initials in the background. I considered different letters "I do," "We do" "Love" etc, but I settled on my own initials to advertise my business, LBO Studio, while also giving the impression that they are the monogram of a newly married couple.   

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer my CHA Summer 2012 Designer Showcase
There is a beaded bridal headpiece with matching groom's boutonnière and bridesmaid barrette. The French beaded daisy bridal bouquet is gorgeous and a great momento of the big day.  The flowers are among the easiest to make, so a great project for those just learning the art.  

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer CHA Summer 2012 booth

I carried the beaded flowers onto embellished boxes for the safe keeping of wedding notes and cards.  As I grew up with cornucopias as table top favors filled with candies and nuts, it was a nostalgic trip for me to make my own versions for the display.

I start several months in advance of the show researching trends and thinking about what resonates with me and my design sensibilities.  The hardest part is settling on one concept and then carrying it through different mediums.  I want to do everything, but have learned that without a bit of editing, I tend to confuse folks.  Feedback has been that editors aren't sure how to market me and my work. Thankfully, that's no longer a problem.  I am finding my niche.  To anyone wanting to enter this business, I have to say - be true to yourself, be patient, and keep making!  


CHA Summer 2012: Crafty Couture

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"Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable." -- Donna Karan

Ta da!  After several weeks of knitting, crocheting, cutting and embellishing, I unveiled The Snow Queen at the Craft and Hobby Association(CHA) 2012 Summer Trade Show.  Wow!  I am really pleased with it.  Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the dress is a play of textures, cool colors, and lots of sparkle.

The knit and crocheted shell is made with Vanna's Glamour® from Lion Brand Yarn.  They generously supported my entry by sending the yarn I needed.  Thank you!   The yarn's shimmer is perfect for the frosty look I wanted.  And before you ask, yep, I will be making the pattern available for purchase!  

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I bought a die cut machine earlier this year.  I admit it, I'm now a die cut addict.  So much fun!  I lost count after 50 snowflakes.  While each is cut the same, the embellishments are unique to each.  I stamped, collaged and even did some lacing with Kreinik threads.

The shoes are embellished with white and silver  sequins using Aleene's® Leather and Suede Glue™. I was skeptical, but gave the product a try.   Those sequins stayed put!  Not one flipped off despite packing and unpacking.  Yeah!  Simple white mules turned into evening bling!  Can't wait to embellish a pair of flats for the fall.  

There were 20 enteries in the Crafty Couture exhibition.  Each made by a member designer of CHA. Six designs were selected to be featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  Check out these gorgeous dresses!

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Kathy Cano-Murillo (Crafty Chica)
Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica) pulls out all the stops with her winning entry.  You have to see the mix of surface applications  - tie dye, stenciling, drawing and a bit of embroidery.  Too fab!

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Jennifer Priest
I adore the soft transition of color in this dress by Jennifer Priest of Hydrangea Hippo.  The paper is pages torn from a book and rolled to give that lovely texture.

I also loved the entry by Alexa Westerfield.  Her play with text, texture and color is lots of fun.

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Alexa Westerfield
No, my dress won't be featured in Cloth, Paper, Scissors, but for me, the best part was all that I learned.  I've been working in textiles for 25 years, so moving into paper crafts is opening up a whole new world for me.