Jewelry Board

A simple and highly utilitarian craft project I came up with some time ago that serves the dual function of storing jewelry and decorating the walls. Materials: Canvas Acrylic Paint Paint Brush enough Lace to stretch over your canvas Staple Gun small, screw in, wall hooks Instructions: Paint the canvas with the acrylic paint.  I…

Weave Along Pillow

In my next foray into weaving I decided to attempt the weave along I found on The Weaving Loom.  This project ended with mixed results.  I figured out early on that my discrepancy in the weight of the yarn I chose to use for the wrap and the weft was not conductive to some of…

Santiago Atitlan: 3rd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Santiago Atitlan: 2nd Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  I embroidered the pattern below on white fabric instead of a…

Red, Blue, and Pink Plaid

This is my first attempt at weaving.  My trip to Guatemala inspired me to learn.  This first project was very much an experimental test run in what works, what doesn’t, how a pattern comes together, how the colors combine, what happens if you use different thicknesses of yarn, and how all of this might vary…

Santiago Atitlan: 1st Huipil Pattern

Santiago Atitlan is known for its purple and white striped huipils decorated with embroidered birds.  Sometimes the birds are embroidered within the gird pattern formed by the purple horizontal stripes, and other times the birds are embroidered freeform on top of the vertical stripes.  Embroidered flowers ring the opening of the huipil.  The two types…

Floral Necklines: Huipil Patterns

Quetzaltenango’s huipil patterns favor floral designs such as the violet design I have created below.  The floral designs ring the neckline of the huipil, and the three woven huipil panels are elaborately embroidered together with a matching floral pattern.  The below pattern mimics the neckline of a violet themed huipil.  An animal, usually a bird,…

Rose: Huipil Pattern

Like the Violet pattern, this Rose pattern was inspired by Quetzaltenango’s floral huipil designs.  The below design also mimics the side panels of a rose themed huipil.  This is another one of my Guatemalan inspired textile projects. Materials: Printer and paper – to print out the embroidery pattern Heat Transfer pen or pencil – to…

Violet: Huipil Patterns

Quetzaltenango’s huipil patterns favor floral designs such as the violet design I have created below.  The floral designs ring the neckline of the huipil, and the three woven huipil panels are elaborately embroidered together with a matching floral pattern.  The below pattern mimics the side panels of a violet themed huipil.  This is the first…

Guatemala – a Study in Color

Guatemala is often referred to as the land of eternal Spring, and it’s textiles’ vibrant colors and nature motifs reflect that.  Guatemalan textiles have alway stood out as uniquely beautiful to me with their bright colors, intricate patterns, and silky textures.  I came home from my last trip inspired to incorporate some of those colors…

Retro Dish Towels

One of the craft items that I inherited from my Grandmother were these iron on decals.  I have yet to determine how they will do in the wash, or if I even applied them correctly, but I decided to test them out on a few tie-dyed dish towels that I dyed a few years ago….

Vintage Embroidery Patterend Napkins

When my Grandmother passed, she left behind a large collection of old, transferable embroidery patterns.  Most of the patterns were odds and ends of larger embroidery packets or projects that were never fully completed.  At one point, I think, she may have been receiving embroidery patterns through the mail, like some sort of embroidery pattern…