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It’s been a long long time since I updated my blog!
I picked up my tatting shuttles again in the beginning of 2020, and couldn’t put them down again. It’s been so much fun to tat than knit because the weather is so hot and humid in Hong Kong. I feel more comfortable to hold shuttles with thread rather than needles with yarn!
Tatting pieces are relatively small and delicate, and this is the main reason that I love tatting. After tatting for half a year, I decided to create my own pattern.
I was glad that the outcome was quite good, and I just tested my pattern yesterday in a succeed!
I would love to share it for free and if you can any mistake in there, please feel free to let me know!
My 1st pattern , Summer Breeze, hope you like it! And don’t forget to show it when you are done!
If you feel that the above diagram is too small, may be you can print out from the following pdf file.
Please also check out my tatting works on my IG too. 🙂
I had been to Osaka a month ago, and found a new craft there. It’s called Sashiko which is pattern embroidery. This is actually quite simple to do with some rules to follow.
I love their simple lines design, and it’s quite for meditation in a busy day.
I am working on the coasters, they look so neat and beautiful!
I havn’t post for a long time , and in these months, I tried something new in my life.
I used to hold needles to knit and crochet, but never touch with beads. At first, I browsed over the internet and found many pretty beaded purses. I told myself to find a teacher to teach me how to make one.
In Hong Kong, it is not easy to find handcraft teacher, but finally I found one introduced by my friend.
I made something like this in the following:
A bigger coin purse for my mom.
A slightly smaller coin purse for myself using Japanese delica metallic beads. They look really gorgeous!
It was fun, but it really took some time to thread the beads! And it did hurt my hands when crocheting with beads.
So, I knew that I could not do this too frequently.
Then, I found another kind of beading craft, this time, I just use beads and thread without crochet hook.
Peyote beading is so interesting, and I found that I can make lots of jewelries with this method!
It was also my first chance to touch those Japanese delica beads! Wow, they look so delicate and I could not believe that they were made of glass!! Their prices are expensive but worth!
I bought some in HK (luckily I found a store with a good price and they even had the whole collection of it! ) , and started to bead. I first started to make a simple ring with a heart design for my daughter.
Then I taught my little one to make one for herself (And she did it! Awesome!).
A bracelet and ring for myself!
Right now, I am working on geometric beading with the pattern help from Jean Power book.
Her design is really ‘powerful’ ! 🙂
I hope I can finish this off by September!
my dad also made me a beading loom in his wood workshop, and I am still designing a pattern to make a bracelet with it! It is really “FUN” to play with beads.
Japanese Delica beads are special cylinder shape beads and they are almost identical for each one. Their prices are different with colors and made, so, we have to be really careful to choose which one you like!
I wish I can make more and sell them in my etsy store. 🙂
beading pattern design software free download here: http://www.beadtool.net
Jean power : http://www.jeanpower.com
check out her design and books, I bought one of her digital beading book, really good!
another helpful geometric beading site, I also bought their digital books there too. Save the trees! 🙂
I have put down this blog for a very long time.
I was thinking to terminate this account, but when I read the old posts, I changed my mind.
I actually regret that I stopped to write in the past few years, and Erika already grew up like a big girl!!
She is now 7.5 years old, and there are so many good memories in the past few years. I shall wrote them all down to keep them refreshing from time to time.
I also did some knitting and other crafts in these years, however, I was so lazy to post them here. Instead of using the wordpress, I use Facebook more than anything else. Probably we people are becoming lazy and lazy from time to time.
I wish I can keep this blog going…. from now on!!
This is Erika with her school uniform (in winter), she is wearing a Japanese style backpack which is good for kids’ backs. 🙂
Education in HK is tough: lots of homework, activities. Does Erika enjoy the school here?
I think yes, but not enjoying the homework load.
When I first looked at others’ origami tessellation projects, I told myself that I had to start at least one in the near future.
And I was glad that I could make it!!
I made three in the last few days, for the squares one, it’s pretty easy to manage.
For the second one with hexagons, it’s a bit tricky to fold them, but still manageable.
For the third one, it includes the triangular twist which looks harder, but since I had tried the origami rose folding before, so, the idea is pretty much the same (same idea as folding the center of the rose).
I will try the more advanced ones very soon!!
The most amazing part is: they look totally different under the light source.