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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Amber Unmasked

Check this out!  You meet the most awesome people at Gypsy during brunch…And I also met David Wachter, who is nominated for an Eisner for The Guns of Shadow Valley.

Amber Unmasked


Dave has a blog here on blogspot and you can find him by going to Davedrawscomics.com

Cuff number two...purple!

Here is a simplified version of the blue cuff in a varegated purple.  This one was surprisingly easy to put together and I whipped it up in four or five hours.  I like the speed of putting a project this size up in the larger size 5 thread.  For the uninitiated: if you've seen a crocheted bedspread in someone's home you were looking at a size 10, or "bedspread weight" thread.  Most of my tatting is done in size 20 weight thread, the very lacy cuffs a few entries back are done in a size 40 ecru thread (never again!)  So while this thread was thinner than most of the string you'd use for anything around the house it's still pretty thick in tatting terms.  You can see the stitches more clearly and I think this detracts from the lacy appearance of the cuff...I guess I'm still on the fence about this one.

I definitely need to find a background and light that shows off the ribbon color better...the white ribbon is much more dramatic in real life than in this photo. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Corset-laced blue cuff

These are shots of the cuff from beginning design to completion...I will have a simpler purple one up in the next day or two...

Monday, April 5, 2010

An assortment of tatted motifs

My first tatting project...lace cuffs!

Lace covered Easter eggs!

Pineapple Doily

Two adorable bunnies!

Beaded glass bottle

Old Photos of Crocheted Lace Snowflakes

Thanks to my grandmother who kindly gave me a hook, thread and the set of patterns when I was a kid...these were my first forays into lace and now I'm hooked!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Few Of My Favorite Things

So I toss around the term "favorite author" and "favorite book" a lot.  I wonder if I actually know what those lists look like...so I guess I'm going to answer that question right now:

Favorite Authors:

1) Peter Beagle
2) - 5) (there's no way I can rank these people...)
Neil Gaiman
Brandon Sanderson
Joe Hill
Orson Scott Card
6) Margaret Atwood
7) Alan Moore
8) Dave Eggers
9) James Morrow
10) Stephen Millhauser

Favorite Books (No way to put these in order!)
House of Leaves
The Book of Flying
Promethius Rising
Folk of the Air
The Hunger Games
Harry Potter
The Wheel of Time

Did you notice that only three female authors show up here? 
Also one non-fiction writer and two graphic novels.
BUT there are also seven titles with exremely powerful lead females or authors who write the same.