This blog will be focused on sewing, crochet, knitting, lace-making, and whatever other crafty things I get up to. I plan to have a mix of journal entries where I talk about current projects, and pattern and tutorial entries where I give instructions, tips and guidelines for your own projects.
Sewing: I have been sewing since I was knee-high on a small-thing-of-your-choice, and I make a significant fraction of my own clothing, mostly working from commercially available patterns. I have some drafting/pattern making/improvising chops as well, but not as much as I would like. Mostly I sew by hand, but I have a regular sewing machine and a serger as well that I occasionally use.
Crochet and knit: I have been crocheting for a long while, and knitting for just a few years. Lately I have been into filet crochet (a lace technique good for pixelized images), Tunisian crochet (a sort of crochet-knit hybrid in effect, although not in origin), and learning the basics of knit lace, colorwork and construction. Folks on ravelry can find me here.
Lace: I do a lot of a lace technique called tatting, specifically needle tatting. My focus is generally apparel so I do tatted edgings and flat blocks for purses/shawls/scarves, rather than doilies and whatnot. I have only been tatting for a couple years, so I am not much of an expert, but I will probably post a lot of patterns because there just aren’t a lot of non-doily patterns out there, and drafting new patterns takes significant time and effort.
Miscellany: I have done some needlepoint, and wrote a reasonably functional matlab program to convert arbitrary photos to needlepoint patterns. I have done a little Teneriffe lace. I do macrame (friendship bracelet technique) on occasion, mostly to make straps for sewing projects. I can wind yarn so it unwinds smoothly from the middle of the ball. I have a math/science/engineering background in real life, so things may get dorky and/or technical from time to time.