Thursday, October 17, 2013

Good morning, Geekcrafters!

It has been a while since I've been back on here, and I admit, I've not been doing any crafting recently. Actually, I have been renovating my bedroom, so that's taken a lot of my time and energy.

Although, I do come bearing good news! Guess who is now a guest designer at Fandom in Stitches? Ack! Yes, me! I submitted my alternate quilt design to them for the Doctor Who Stitch Along, and it was accepted.

If you're just tuning into the DWSAL and to Geekcraft, the SAL is a weekly update with a pattern that focuses around a particular fandom. The Doctor Who project is hand embroidery and quilting, and should you wish to join, you may do so from HERE.

I am not finished with mine yet, unfortunately - again, the whole renovating project has zapped me of time and energy. I have 10, 11, and my 12th block to do, and there are so many great 12th block designs that I don't know which to choose! (Do I want the Sonic Screwdriver, the 12th Doctor, the funky TARDIS, or the "Hello Sweetie?" Too many decisions!)

I also want to update those who have emailed me asking about the HP rings; I have developed a version as a charm, and it will be in my Etsy shop before long.

Til next time, Geekcrafters!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Of Harry Potter and Disney Princesses

I've been asked by a few people what other types of crafts I do... Well, the true question needs to be what types don't do. (The only that I've recorded that I can't physically do is knit and paper quilling.)

My longest running craft is crochet. I was only four-years-old when my older cousin taught me how to chain crochet. I've come a long way since then, but my favorite thing to make is still granny squares and scarfs! And sometimes granny square scarfs!

I definitely make my crochet projects on the geeky side. Hogwarts House Scarves, Hogwarts Afghans, TARDIS's... the list goes on and on. Currently, my favorite thing is the Hogwarts House Scarves. Quite honestly, if I meet a person and they tell me they're a HP fan, I'm going to make them a close friend so I can crochet them a scarf.

For example, my friend Adam is a photographer, and last year we did a craft exchange on Facebook. What did I make? Yes, I made a Gryffindor scarf. But here recently, Adam has used his scarf in a few self-photo shoots.


Although you can't see much of the gold, it is done in Gryffindor Crimson and Gold. Quite honestly, it's a simple double crochet all over, and they're not hard to bang out at all. They're easy gifts for Christmas when you're on a budget. I don't use any special yarn on these, just the Red Heart that you can get from Walmart. This particular scarf was one skeen burgundy and one skeen gold.

Now that Pottermore is opening more, and more chapters of the books to explore, I'm finding that more friends are joining the site... guess what they're going to be getting?

I'm also working on a Hogwarts inspired, Celtic Knot quilt. That sucker is a BEAST. The pattern can be found HERE at Ravelry. The pattern is free, all the creator asks is that you don't try to make a profit off anything you make with that pattern.

I can honestly tell you, I am one block in with my afghan. However, I am linking you to a friend's craft page as she already has one done.

Tales of a Caffeine Junkie

Speaking of Addie and her awesomeness. She is in the midst of making a Disney Princess quilt for a friend who runs the Disney Princess Marathons in Disney World. She's taking existing paper-piecing patters of the princesses faces, and taking the outline and embroidering them onto black.

She's doing a fantastic job, and I can't wait to see it done.


Until next time, Geekcrafters!

Jen

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mother's Pea Pods

For Mother's Day this year I really wanted to do something special for all the Mom's in my life. I knew that I couldn't take them all out to eat - I mean, I have a big-girl job and all, but I am still paying college loans and credit cards off. No money, plus no time, really didn't leave me with anything to work with.

One day while strolling through a craft show, I saw some of the cutest pendants hanging on a rack, and I knew I had to make them as my gift to the moms. It was a wire wrapped pendant to look like a pea pod with multi-colored pearls representing the birthstones of family members!

Needless to say, it was a simple, affordable way to make the moms something special to commemorate their day. (Actually, the hardest part was finding out all the birth dates of each family member.)

Here's my Grandmother's that I made her.

(This one is only for her children. Birthstones shown are Emerald (May), Alexanderite (June), Sapphire (September) and Pearl (April). The pea pods can hold up to 6 pearls and still retain shape; any more than that, the pea pod loses its shape.)

I also had an alternative to the pea pod that I made for my cousin Melissa. She and her husband do not have any children yet, but I didn't want to exclude her from the gift getting. I took some of my sterling dipped wire and made a "J" pendant and added their birthstones to the pendant.

(This particular "J" was made for my mother. There are three crystals at the bottom of the letter to represent her birthstone (April), my birthstone (September), and my sister's birthstone (April, again.) I added the touch of green because green is her favorite color.)

I will be having these in my Etsy Shop, but I really need to take some more photos before I post them there. They're $8 each, and wrapped with sterling dipped wire. Until then, they can be ordered by emailing me at jennakjohnson@live.com. If interested, just send me an email with your name, address, which type of pendant/charm is wanted, and the birthstones requested, and I can send you my Paypal information for payment.

These really did make perfect Mother's Day pendants. I am still getting phone calls from family to say thanks. And the new, and soon-to-be, moms really loved seeing this to celebrate their new family.

It just goes to show that not everything needs to cost an arm and a leg to be a sweet surprise for someone you love.

Until next time!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Doctor Who Quilt

I don't know of anyone who is not a member of at least one fandom. Personally, I am in many more than I can count, and I love to make things that's inspired by my favorite books, comics, and movies.

Whether I make something inspired by Jane Austen, or by Harry Potter, or by the Hunger Games, it doesn't matter. I'm using my love of something, and making something truly magnificent for it.

Currently, Fandom In Stitches is doing a hand embroidered Doctor Who quilt, and I am so excited to be part of it. Each week, for about twelve weeks, we are given a different Doctor to embroider onto squares, and at the end of the twelve weeks, we're to pull everything together and see what we get.

If you couldn't tell already, I am a Whovian, even though I entered the fandom pretty recently. However, this particular project is really close to my heart because this November marks the highest honor any show could ever hope to receive: 50 years running! Isn't that quite fantastic?

In honor of the 50th anniversary, and the Doctor Who SAL, I designed a quilt that incorporates the hand embroidered blocks, and one of the most iconic items in the shows history; the TARDIS. (Which for those non-Whovians reading this means Time And Relative Dimensions In Space; TARDIS for short. And this magical blue box just happens to be the spaceship that takes the Doctor, his companions, and a multitude of adventure from planet to planet, and from era to era.)

This TARDIS quilt/throw will be approximately 58" x 78" when completed. However, alterations may be made depending how large you make the embroidered blocks.

TARDIS (with dimensions)


I actually did the blocks for weeks 1 and 2 today. I was a little late to the game, and didn't have fabric handy when this project began. To be completely honest, I didn't even know what fabric I was looking for until I went to my local Ben Franklin Crafts on Saturday to look around. 

(William Hartnell, 1908-1975, played the First Regeneration of The Doctor on BBC from 1963 to 1966.)

(Patrick Troughton, 1920-1987, played the 2nd Doctor from 1966 to 1969, and again in 1973, 1983, and 1985.)

Talking of fabric, I was all set into using the Moda Marble Swirls for the entire thing. I wanted the piece to look uniform, but still have the mystery and mystique that the TARDIS offers companions, but outside of ebay, I could not find this fabric; no matter how hard I tried. 

But as luck would have it, it took three craft and fabric stores to find something I could use that gave me the uniformity I wanted, but that still had something to remind me of the television show.

For this project I'll be using Moda Marble Stars on Windsor Blue, Sky Blue, Jet Black, Natural, and Yellow. The star pattern on the fabric will allow it to have the feel of space around the TARDIS, but also give me the pattern that I was looking to having so I didn't have to deal with solid fabrics.

The color above is the Moda Windsor Blue. It's the perfect TARDIS blue. Now imagine having that pattern on black, yellow, light blue, and natural, too? 

For more information on this Stitch-a-Long, check out the Fandom in Stitches website. (Click the link in the right hand column, or click this link to be transported to the DW SAL on FIS.)

Happy crafting!

Jen