Thursday, April 18, 2013

Green Bookmark

Since getting into crochet a little over a year ago, I've been interest in thread crochet. It's much more delicate and allows for some beautiful, lacy patterns. I tried what seemed like a simple bracelet, but couldn't get it to work. So, logically, I decided to jump into a much more elaborate pattern. It worked out a lot better.

I made this bookmark using the Shell Stitch Filet Bookmark pattern by Julie A. Bolduc and Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Cotton in Sage.

This particular pattern also appealed to me because the central portion uses the same pattern of stitches to create a grid that's used in filet crochet. Since I'm also interested in giving that a try, this was a good introduction to both.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Candle Making (Part 2 of 2)

As I mentioned before, I made a foray into candle making for gifts this winter. Most of them were made to coordinate with either body products or another decorative gift.

Back: Camp fire, Middle: Bamboo, Front: Cranberry Fig
This batch ended up with more spots where the wax didn't adhere to the glass containers. Since I prepped the containers the exact same way for this batch, I have no idea why.

Making these seemingly simple container candles involved a lot of variables and was way more work than expected. The only real advantage to making these instead of buying them was the ability to match the scent to my body products.

In the end though, since basic candles are readily available and not very expensive, I don't think the extra energy required to make them is really worth it. I still want to try some more detailed candle crafts, but for simple container candles, I'll likely stick to buying ready made in the future.