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Yep, You all know what that means…I’m a bridesmaid!

My best friend from High School is getting married this fall in Denver. Unfortunately, I can’t be there for all the fun planning stages (checking out venues, tasting sample menus, designing invitations, trying on bridal gowns, etc) so I’m largely in the dark. My major task right now is picking out my own dress. I’ve been told to wear “Any Blue Dress”. No length, fabric, texture, specific color restrictions. ¬†Now, I do very poorly with loose boundaries. If she mailed me a box of coffee filters, a bag of frozen blueberries and told me I was not allowed to use thread or an iron, I would be able to create something stunning. That’s what art school is great training for; doing incredible things within absurdly tight restrictions. I’d kick butt on Project Runway, except that I’m not such a great seamstress, ha ha!

Anyways, Here are a few of my blue dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal yesterday (some are not blue, but come in blue). I’m just trying to nail down what sort of thing she’s looking for. I’m not exactly clear on what to do with “very very casual, like … cocktail attire”.

My next wedding project is creating the bride’s garter and birdcage bandeau veil. Any tips or links for those would be much appreciated!

In the mean time, reminisce about your own bridesmaid dresses with this little ditty from Deirdre Flint!

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I Need Your Thoughts

Well, I always value my readers’ input, don’t get me wrong. But right now I would really appreciate your thoughts, advice, and comments as I move forwards. So, for your consideration:

Miss Eleni with the needlework I was working on from last week

I have an Etsy shop. I’ve had it for a while. I always knew that I wanted to sell my art and craft items. I started the shop before I really knew what to put in it because I knew that I wanted to reserve the name (The Knest). As an artist and crafter I tend to dabble. As mentioned in my previous post, my One True Love is knitting, but I don’t want to put my handknits in my etsy shop for lots of reasons. I have dabbled with selling my prints and drawings from art school, but honestly I know that they mean much more to me than they would to anyone else. I currently have some beaded stitch markers in the shop and I still think those are the right venue for that craft item, though I have not made any sales.

My personal notebook cover. Image Idea borrowed from SublimeStitching.com and will NOT be available for sale.

I am thinking that, as per my previous post, I want to offer embroidered items in the Etsy shop. I am thinking of putting in my embroidered interiors as higher-price-point items and putting in some lower price-point, more practical items. For example; embroidered Moleskine notebooks, embroidered vintage linens (living at my grandma’s house means that I have access to a ridiculous supply of totally unused vintage table linens), embroidered purse-lettes, notebook covers, laptop bags, etc the list goes on. I am thinking of keeping these items in the $20-$50 range depending on intricacy of work and cost of materials.

I would love to get your thoughts on this idea as I move forwards. What would you like to see in the Etsy shop? If I were to embroider an item just for you, what would it be? What would the image be? Can you find any inspiring images to share with me?

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Well, I have a confession. I have been having a torrid affair. We met years and years ago and the attraction was strong. There was an immediate chemistry that could not be ignored. Oh, it was hot and heavy for a while. A mad passion that consumed everything in our path. But, like most blazing romances, we burned out quickly. I then met my one true love; The One. I knew I would spend the rest of my life learning and growing and nurturing my relationship with The One. I devoted my life to The One. We have been together for years, building a strong and sturdy love. But, despite the deep satisfaction I find in my relationship with The One, I have always carried a torch for that early dalliance. We had our little flings over the years; a brief liaison in college here and there during more stressful times. Nothing I thought too seriously about. I always came home to my One True Love. But, I gave in to temptation last week. I cheated on The One, and I liked it. I felt an itching deep within my bones for something else…some Embroidery. Sure, Knitting will always be my home, my soulmate, but embroidery is my hot little thing on the side. She’s cheap, she’s fast, and she looks to-die-for with lingerie. Don’t tell knitting, but I like to take lots of pictures.

We even did it on my knitting notebook cover!

A tea towel set for my kitchen

My latest endeavor

Right now I am toying around with my latest artistic¬†endeavor… embroidering drawings from my personal sketchbook. I have frequently found embroidery to be a very satisfying bridge between my first love,; drawing, and my current love; fiber arts. My senior BFA exhibition was a series of white canvases embroidered with the subjects of previous screenprints and drawings. My most frequent drawing subject is interiors so now I am working on embroidering those images. I think I will use a 5 increment grey scale palette. The final products will be framed in wooden embroidery hoops, probably about 5 inches in diameter. Perhaps I will put them up for sale on Etsy? I am curious to hear what you think of this new foray into the needle arts.

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I am so over the moon to make this announcement:

I have my first pattern for sale on Ravelry!

Honeycomb Shawlette

The pattern is the Honeycomb Shawlette. I cast this on during my student teaching when I just wanted a project to meditate over. It needed to be simple to memorize but require my rapt focus. It needed to be small and smash into my purse without complaint. It needed to be absolutely beautiful. After a year, almost 2 years, on the needles I finally finished it. I wear it everywhere. It is lofty, soft, squishy and exactly what I wanted. I get tons of compliments on it everywhere I go. I have to thank Barbara, a customer at one of the shops I rep at. She went absolutely ga-ga for it. Her enthusiasm and support really pushed me over the edge to write out and code up the pattern and make it available to the public. And here it is! The first of many Knest Designs!

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Tea and Swatches

In preparation for a very exciting night this Thursday at Sister Arts Studio, in Chicago, I have been a’swatchin’!

You may remember, last fall I knit the Stitch Diva Endless Cardi Shawl. It was a delightfully simple yet satisfying project. I wore the resulting, um, cardi? shawl? wrap?…garment to knit night. It was a smash hit and I got knitters’ handshakes from every direction. Well, We decided that it needed to be a Knit-A-Long.

I knit my original garment using stash yarn, not yarn I sell. However, several of the yarns that I carry would be stellar subs for this project. The garment demands a drape and sheen to be successful. I have been swatching and sampling from my rep kits to help customers pick their favorite yarns for their projects.

If you are interested in joining this KAL, we will be kicking it off at Sister Arts Studio on Thursday at 6:30.

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Let’s Look Forward

Red Suitcase Brigade!

I hope everybody had a wonderful holiday full of friends, family, good food and good times!

Now that the Christmas holiday rush is behind us, let’s all look forward and re-group in preparation for a prosperous (fingers crossed) 2010!

I am planning to be in the Twin Cities area from January 6-9 (that’s Wed-Sat). I will have all sorts of wonderful show specials (like discounts, free shipping, etc) to offer for the month of January so book your appointments soon! I will be posting details on show specials on the “New and Noteworthy” tab at the top of the blog as I learn about them. Check back!

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Wrap-up

Base Wrapping Layer

Grandma and I are so on top of our holiday shopping! We are not only done with the shopping itself, but I even have a base layer of wrapping paper on on the gifts. I am so good I’ve even wrapped presents that aren’t finished or in their boxes yet. I’m that good.

Small, modern bits and bobs

Yes, I realize that I am OCD and that nobody else appreciates the level of care that I put into wrapping my gifts. But I enjoy it, so there! I have wrapped all the men’s presents in a base layer of green and the ladies’ gifts in a base layer of silver. Now I get to spend the next week just futzing around with accent papers and ribbon and bows and tags. It’s bliss! Plus I get to arrange them artfully on the dining room table when I’m finished. Sigh…

I wish you all luck, strength, and joy in finishing up your gift preparations! Tell me all about it in the comments.

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