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Monday, March 26, 2018

Making a wave stitch scarf - a tutorial

My Dr Who Scarf
Cyndi Lavin, 2018

My deepest appreciation to Cori Dodds, who designed the scarf that I first saw using the wave stitch.  She got the wave stitch from MyPicot.com, home of gazillions of stitches that I now want to try!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post for easy instructions for my version of the wave stitch.


If you are a beginner crocheter, I would suggestion that you go to MyPicot and follow the instructions there for doing the stitch.  I am abbreviating everything here, because teaching crochet is just not my strong suit.  I also changed the stitch slightly from the original, to better suit the way I work.  This one only looks complicated though, I promise you!

Wave Stitch - lengthwise


Wave Stitch Instructions

The basic pattern is 16 stitches in each repeat, plus 3 at the end to finish.  So if you want to make my Dr Who scarf with the pattern running crosswise, you'll start with a chain of 35 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  A 36" traditional scarf with the pattern running lengthwise needs about 8 repeats, so chain 131 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  And if you want to make an infinity loop, I found 6 repeats to be perfect for me, so I chained 99 (+ 1 stitch to turn).  It's easy to work out for yourself if you want a different size.

Here's how the pattern works, using the 2 repeat pattern as an example:

Chain 35 + 1 to turn.
Each stitch or chain in the following rows corresponds to 1 stitch in the base chain, so when you ch 1, skip the stitch below it.

row 1: *sc3, ch1, hdc, ch1, dc, ch1, trc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc, ch1, hdc, ch1, repeat from *.  End with sc3.

rows 2 + 3: sc in each stitch (including chains) in front loop only.

row 4: same pattern as row 1, but starting with trc.  *trc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc, ch1, hdc, ch1, sc3, ch1, hdc, ch1, dc, ch1, repeat from *.  End with trc, ch1, trc.

rows 4 + 5: repeat rows 2 + 3.

Alternate rows 1 + 4, adding rows 2 + 3 between each repeat.


Other crochet tutorial links, found on Beading Arts:
Part one
Part two
Part three

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Quilting inspiration on Pinterest



I love looking at art quilt books, magazines, and gazing at online examples!  It didn't take long before I decided I had to have an Art quilts board on Pinterest to collect up all the beautiful and inspirational images I was finding.  But before too long, some tutorials started creeping in, and in the interest of being able to find them again, I started a separate board...




...which I cleverly named simply Quilting tutorials!  Please visit them both :-)




Monday, March 19, 2018

Mounting raw-edged paintings - a tutorial

Anti-Doesn't Matter
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Original and prints for sale

There's a special way that I mount acrylic paintings when they're painted on paper and have interesting raw edges I want to show off rather than hide.  Framing is time-consuming because of the number of times you have to let things dry, so I like to frame many pieces at the same time.  I bought Dick Blick's super-value cradled wood panels.  I can get packages of 5 panels, 9x12", 3/4" thick for around $25 each pack.  The additional materials I needed are as follows:

Flat surface with a drop cloth or paper
Ruler and pencil
Small paper cups
Waxed or parchment paper 
Foam roller or brush
Brayer
1" paint brush
Carbon black acrylic paint
Krylon acrylic spray
Gloss medium
Gloss varnish
Matte varnish (or Satin, if you prefer)



1. Paint the sides and the edges of the clean wood panel with black acrylic paint.  Allow to dry completely.  Use your ruler and pencil to make very small dots where each corner of your painting will go.

2. If your painting hasn't already been sprayed with clear acrylic spray, do that now and let it dry.  Use a foam roller or brush to coat both the back of the painting and the surface of the wood panel (inside the lines where the painting will sit) with thin layers of gloss medium.  Place the painting carefully and brayer it down from the middle outward, being careful not to let the painting slip.  Place it on waxed paper on a super-flat surface and weight it down to dry overnight.


      

3. Place your painting up on several small paper cups and begin to apply the varnish with a 1" brush.  Begin with the gloss varnish and apply 3 thin coats, letting each dry completely.  Make sure you get the sides too.  I like a total of 5 coats, and even though I want these pieces to be finished matte, I still start with gloss varnish.  Too many layers of matte or satin varnish begin to look cloudy, whereas gloss varnish always stays nice and clear.  Also, matte varnish can sometimes dull the colors if it applied directly to the painting. 



4. Here the piece has 3 coats of gloss varnish, the current coat not completely dry yet.  Once it is dry, I will finish with 2 coats of matte varnish, letting each dry.  No more than 2 coats of either matte or satin on top of the base of 3 coats of gloss varnish!  I know, I'm repeating myself, but this is important!!



Here is a complete list of all the pieces in this series.  Originals and prints are available at this link:
Sacred Geometry
Charmed Particles
Anti-Doesn't Matter
Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?
Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell
Circuit-ous
(Really) Tiny Bubbles
Strange(er) in the Night
Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Just Passing Through
Neutrino Dreams

A tutorial for the basic techniques used in these paintings is at the link.

This post contains affiliate links: Dick Blick


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beautiful work with needle and thread!




I have loved handwork ever since I was a little girl, and I've found that Pinterest is a never-ending source of inspiration.  Almost as soon as I started collecting embroidery ideas, inspiration, and tutorials in my Hand embroidery board, I realized that I needed a separate board for Crazy quilt ideas.  Of course there's a lot of overlap, but it still suits me to keep two different boards.  You're welcome to visit and pin what you like to boards of your own!





Monday, March 12, 2018

Neutrino Dreams - a mixed media painting

Neutrino Dreams
Cyndi Lavin, 2018
Original and prints for sale

Here is my final piece in the most recent series!  I really had an awesome time painting these, and though I might think of another that I have to do in the future, for now I feel the series is complete.  This is my interpretation of a neutrino interaction that occurred in the Fermilab bubble chamber in 1976.  A neutrino is an elementary particle that only interacts with gravity and via the weak subatomic force. They have an infinitesimal mass and no electric charge.  As a doctoral candidate, my husband studied anti-neutrinos.  Why?  Why not?!

Next week, I'm going to show you how I mount the ones that I want to actually hang.  The technique is useful for any acrylic on paper pieces that might have interesting raw edges you want to show off rather than hide.

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.

Here is a complete list of all the pieces in this series:
Sacred Geometry
Charmed Particles
Anti-Doesn't Matter
Do Magnets Dream of Electron Pairs?
Gravity Waves a Fond Farewell
Circuit-ous
(Really) Tiny Bubbles
Strange(er) in the Night
Particle Shower Do-Si-Dos
Just Passing Through
Neutrino Dreams

Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Fabrics and fibers boards on Pinterest



I have so many tutorials and have found so many others online that focus on fabrics...printing, painting, manipulating, dyeing, bleaching, etc etc etc, that I put together a board called Fabrics transformed where all of them can live together.  I love being able to scroll through and see the picture of exactly what I'm looking for.




In addition, I made another board of pure inspiration... Fabric + fiber art





Monday, March 05, 2018

Just Passing Through - a mixed media painting

Just Passing Through
Cyndi Lavin, 2018
Original and prints for sale

This piece is my interpretation of an interesting event that was captured all the way back in 1964, where particles were detected in a bubble chamber as they were passing right through lead shielding.  That's kind of a mind-boggling thought.

A tutorial for the basic techniques is at the link.


Copyright 2018 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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