Designer Craft Connection :: Multistrand Knit Necklace

Lindsay Obermeyer Multistrand Knit Necklace copy

I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape. — Laurie Halse Anders0n

Need a quick project with a bit of sparkle to chase the winter blues?  The necklace looks great paired with a casual sweater and jeans, but could easily work with a shell and blazer for the office.  

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Textile / Yarny Arts Round Up from CHA 2014 Mega Show


Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!  ~Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

As usual, there was much to see in regards to the textile arts at the Craft and Hobby Association's trade show. I love the embroidery kits at Simplicity. They were witty and well designed.  Look carefully at the one featured above and you will see the embroidery itself is a bit messy.  Perfect! They also had these cute kits which had me drooling.

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Christmas Ornament Earrings


At Christmas, all roads lead home.  --  Marjorie Holmes

The holiday party season is in full swing.  Decorate your ear lobes with a pair of miniature Christmas ornaments.  They
are a breeze to make, taking under an hour total using a Smoothfoam ball for a base and washi tape for the embellishment.  
Make a pair for yourself and another for the hostess!

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Disco Lives! - glittery disco ball earrings with Smoothfoam

Disco lives!  Oh yeah!  Make these glittery earrings and you will soon be strutting your stuff across the dance floor.  They are super lightweight as the core is Smoothfoam.  They are a snap to make. For the full directions, check out my post on the Smoothfoam blog.  Don't forget to post a picture of your version on my Facebook page

Designer Crafts Challenge :: Vacation Memory - Beaded Coin Necklace


Laughter is an instant vacation -- Milton Berle

This month's Designer Crafts Connection theme is vacation memories.  I didn't take a vacation this year, but I have a jar full of coins from my travels around the world.  This particular coin is an Australian dollar that I saved from a vacation 14 years ago.  I've been itching to get back to Australia, so I figured a little talisman around my neck may bring the funds required.

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jewelry :: you have to start somewhere


Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.  ~William Morris

These past few weeks I've been slowly cleaning out my studio.  It's been a job given that my studio is filled with 14 years of accumulation.  I like to create from chaos.  When I bead, I don't keep my colors separate, I pour a little of each into several trays allowing for serendipity to happen.  So yes, I'm that person who saves buttons, keys, old stamps and other ephemera.

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Designer Crafts Connection :: Rowlux® Illusion Film Design Challenge & Blog Hop


Color is the fruit of life.  --  Guillaume Apollinaire  

I'm a magpie.  I love shiny objects and rich saturated color.  When a sample packet of Rowlux® Illusion Film arrived in the mail,
I instantly fell in love with the product.  These 12" x 12" sheets are perfect for a multitude of projects.  Inspired by the roses in 
my front garden, I made this bracelet.  The colors shift with the light, hot pink, light pink, magenta, deep red, fire engine red.  The 
illusion of depth and motion is the result of thousands of tiny parabolic lenses that are molded into the surface of both sides of
of the material.  These lenses create a pattern of light reflection and refraction resulting in stunningly brilliant optical effects.  

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Take Risks!


"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."  --  Pablo Picasso

The time is now for me to make the changes I've been planning.  I'm both excited and scared witless.  The workload
to prepare is not for the faint of heart.  While out with a friend this weekend, I found this necklace and knew it was to be
my talisman as I navigate new waters.  

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DIY Slide Bracelet Components from Cousin

I love my bling and Cousin makes it so easy!  Their new slide bracelet components are gorgeous and simple to use.  I had to keep my daughter out of the studio as I worked.  She kept trying to sneak off with the finished bracelets before I had a chance to photograph them!  For each bracelet I was able to coordinate and add as I wanted. The slide beads come in pre-coordinated sets for all tastes from rock-n-roll to girly romantic.  I rarely wear bracelets as they are generally too big
for my skinny wrists, so I especially love that I can cut the leather bands to size. 

©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Cousin Slide Bracelet   ©2013 Lindsay Obermeyer Cousin Slide Bracelet


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Free Pattern :: Crochet Twist Necklace


"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles."  --  Sonja Henie

Spring weather is fickle.  I am ready to pull out the t-shirts, but there is still a chill in the air.
I'm bored with scarves, so I made this twisted, crocheted choker. It adds a warm dash of color.

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