Time is really going by very quickly this year…it doesn’t seem possible but in another week Valentine’s Day will be here! I have been busy working on stamped jewelry designs. I have a fascination with llamas right now 🙂 I made several llama themed necklace pendants this week. I am very pleased with how they turned out.
Also I recently designed my first 2 punch needle patterns and the have been posted on my Etsy store (they will be posted here on the Sanders’ Crafts web store this weekend). They are heart shaped ornaments one features a cat and the other features a dog. I have a few minor changes I would make to the color threads I used but overall I am really happy with both. I have already started working on my next idea. This one will be for Christmas. Have no fear I will be working on patterns for other holidays as well as everyday designs too. While I was working on the heart ornament patterns I spent some time looking over the various thread colors of Valdani Pearl Cotton Thread. I love the variegated colors a lot. They really make some of my designs stand out giving shading to the background that I would not get if I would have used a solid color. While doing this research I stumbled onto their Twisted Tweed Collection. This is a set of 12 colors that instead of being variegated the colors are twisted through the whole ball of threat. I am in LOVE with these colors! I may have to put my current pattern I am working on aside as I really want to come up with a pattern that incorporates some of these tweed threads! I have a few ideas I am bouncing around in my head right now and I hope in the next few days I can get a basic pattern laid out.
Sounds like Spring is right around the corner so I better get back to creating! Happy crafting everyone!
Last April I learned how to punch needle! This has been so much fun learning. I have found I have a little more time on my hands over the winter now that my sales have slowed down a bit I can work on creating my own patterns/designs. I started last year working on my first design. I took a picture of Nutmeg (one of my goats) and created a punch needle pattern using the picture as my guide. I have titled it Nutmeg in the Barn Yard. I am not finished with it yet but I expect to be done in the near future. I hand drew the background around Nutmeg and I hope to create several more designs of the goats and of the dogs. As I finish up this design of her I find that I am struggling with how to finish it for displaying. I am checking out what others have done and I am leaning towards framing the design but I first want to decide on matting it or using fabric as a mat/border. Stay tuned as I finish this up I will post pictures of the finished design as well as the information for the first pattern I will be offering for sale!
I believe Winter is finally here…what a great time to work on some sewing and punch needle projects. I have been working on some of my punch needle projects as well as working on some original designs too. I am hoping to have some patterns available in a few weeks to share with you all. One of the neat simple devices I now use when punch needling is a valdani thread ball holder. My friend, Jacob Poff (owner of H3LD Climbing Holds) made me a thread ball holder using a 3d printer. This holder works great to hold my ball of valdani thread while I am working on a punch needle project! It is lightweight and easy to pack in a bag with my current project if I am traveling too! I just put my ball of thread in the holder and the thread comes out a hole on the side and the ball rolls around within the holder and doesn’t roll away and doesn’t get tangled up. I just sit the holder next to me in the chair (you can also binder clip clamp it if you want). I LOVE this thing!!! It has made my punch needling so much easier.
I have partnered with Jake to sell these on my website for several weeks now. I recently found a vendor for the materials to make these a little cheaper so I am passing this savings onto my customers. I also have a few of the holders that have a minor flaw that are available for an even lower price (it could be that the holder doesn’t sit perfectly flat on a table, it could be the walls of the holder aren’t as smooth or something similar). If interested in one of these or a few to give to your friends please check out my listing here on my store. I have gotten several reviews that people are happy with them and find they are useful.
Happy crafting this winter!!!
My first blog post on Sanders’ Crafts!!!
Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and I think this is a good time to reflect on what I am thankful for. I am thankful for my family, this year has been an especially hard year for us but we have pushed through and we continue to look for the positive in all situations. I have to say even though the various struggles have been difficult each one has taught me a lesson that I will care with me as I continue my journey. I have learned that
I also want to thank all of my customers for supporting my store. I would not be able to expand my designs if it wouldn’t be for you.
I have started working with some new styles with my jewelry and beaded ornaments/hooks and so far the feedback on the designs I have created has been positive. I am looking to continue building on these new designs and hope to be able to make them available to purchase very soon!
I am very excited to share the stamped jewelry I have been creating. I am still learning how best to stamp the various designs on the different metals. I have done a lot of trial and error with these. I really enjoy getting to be creative with these and hope the folks who have bought them are enjoying them too!
I welcome your feedback/comments so please feel free to share. Thanks for reading my first blog post.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!