Friday, October 31, 2014
this year's costume -- classic mermaid !
1| what you need:
-maxi skirt (I bought mine on sale at old navy for 68 cents!)
-sequins ( I used these )
-fin fabric (2 yards) (I just used some that I had already, but something shiny in green or purple would be perfect !)
-fish netting ( like this )
-other ornaments (shells, sea glass, starfish, seaweed, etc.)
2| make a ruche in the front of the hem on the maxi skirt (just pinch a fees layers of fabric & glue/sew)
3| cut fin fabric so it’s about the circumference of the hem of your skirt (wider is better, we’re going to ruche this too) and about 12” long. (I made mine a little longer in the middle to make a sort of half circle, but that’s a preference!)
4| ruche the fin fabric just like you did in the front of the skirt & sew/glue to the back hem, wrapping around the front a little. it doesn’t need to be neat, we’re going to embellish over it !
5| glue sequin-scales in random clusters as shown (use a pencil dipped in glue for spot placing)
6| if desired, cover bra with leftover fin fabric. embellish with pearls, shells, & anything else sea-themed !
(it helps to use pins/tape to hold down pieces while they dry so they don’t slide around)
7| add mermaid waves, a starfish hairpin, green/blue eyeshadow, & that’s it !!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
little projects here & there, a wire crocheted seaglass pendant. . .
still working on my rooftop sweater, I've got fronts & half a back !
& halloween costume preparation . . . (lots of superglue involved)
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I'm still working on this knit-in-pieces, light blue, silk & angora cardigan. I spent a large majority of this summer knitting it on nyc rooftops, hence the name.
above : bryant park movie festival . . catching the last few bits of summer in a little pencil exercise
& preparing for a (very very big) project in oils !!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
I'm in NYC this summer for an internship (!) & making some things here & there . . above is a pen & watercolor drawing I did from the top of the rock . . .
& a little knitting in central park . . a soon-to-be cardigan !
Saturday, November 2, 2013
I'm currently studying in Barcelona & I've really gotten into travel drawing/painting using this little "kit" . . .
I started with this $1 eyeshadow palette
- sanded off the label
- scraped out the eyeshadow
- painted the lid white to make a clean surface to mix colors on
-spray painted the outside (gold is best !)
- squeezed in my favorite watercolors (these are Koi brand)
& that's it! Some things I've done with it . .
[p.s. I'm still updating my travel blog if you're interested !]
Friday, September 6, 2013
After working for almost the entire summer, I have finished the hammock for my dad !! Above is a picture of him sitting in it.
Here's an in-progress picture with my giant needles . . .
We have the perfect spot to hang it !
& another angle from the lake . . .
If you'd like to make a hammock too, I did write up the pattern! You can buy it below or on Ravelry ! Feel free to comment or email me if you have any questions !
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
My big project for the summer . . . a hammock for my dad's birthday! I bought 2,000 feet of rope on amazon & started out with size 50 U.S. needles. The 50's were too small too so I moved to broomsticks. . . & eventually to pvc pipe with duct tape tips. (inspired by the "giganto blanket")
I'm working on a possible pattern !
Friday, July 19, 2013
I recently finished (sort of - I'm still considering backgrounds & frames) this watercolor of a champagne bottle. The foil bits are real (!) gold leaf! It doesn't show up well on camera but in real life it shines.
& on the needles I have this super-lightweight top-down sweater. It's slow going in the summer weather, though.
p.s. I'm currently interning at an amazing organization : Women4Women Knitting4Peace ! I'm teaching knitting lessons and attending knitting groups, trouble shooting patterns, & a ton more.
Learn more at website !
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Summer is in full swing at home & I've taken to learning french through podcasts ("coffee break french" in particular) while making things in the sun on the front porch.
Above: the beginnings of a crochet necklace.
& a sketch of a giant champagne bottle; color to be added soon.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
I haven't had much time for making things while studying abroad. But on spring break in Italy (!) I stumbled across an art store & jumped at the chance. It was so interesting for me to experience people being able to watch me work. Very strange. It felt so good to stretch my drawing muscles though.
Above: Florence, the Gold Bridge/Ponte Vecchio.
Florence: the Duomo.
The breathtaking view in Cinque Terre.
& a cheesy novel with espresso while waiting for my flight back to Barcelona from Venice.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I'm having an awesome time studying abroad! On the knitting side, I've found a great knitting group to practice my spanish. (Even though it's horribly embarrassing.) I head to Teixicòmanes every wednesday night. : )
Also, I visited the South of France last weekend & stumbled upon two yarn stores. Naturally I bought some Made-in-France souvenirs !
(my travel blog if you want to see more )
Sunday, January 13, 2013
& of course I brought a knitting project with me. . .
I'm knitting these stockings when I have time. : )
The view outside my apartment!
I also brought this notebook for drawings here & there. . .
. . . a quick sketch I did of the beautiful Sagrada Familia.
If you've been to/live in BCN, let me know if there's anything I must see or do!
p.s. if you want to keep up with what I'm doing, I'm keeping a photo blog here: http://erin-extranjera.tumblr.com