Author: Erin G.

glazed and confused.

I went back to Play with Clay for the second step in my clay creations: glazing. We found our pieces on the student shelves. Looking good… We had a lesson in glazing, marked our pieces with our initials, and picked out our glaze colors. There were lots of colors and color variations to choose from. I went with more green/blue shades and decided to layer my colors to look like the tile glaze samples. In it’s liquid glaze form, the color is not the final color, which is kind of confusing, but that’s science for you! My pieces will match the tile samples after another fire in the kiln. I love glazing! It’s so simple and satisfying. I only had three pieces to glaze. I wish I had at least a dozen more pieces to dip. 🙂 After a second fire, here are my final pieces! My favorite of the three is the one on top. They turned out thicker than I was hoping for – something to work on should I do this again! …

chandeliers!

My window display at Mischief inspired a new workshop series: pajaki (pah-yong-kee) chandeliers with a modern twist! Pajaki chandeliers are a traditional Polish folk craft designed to brighten up the home with bold spring blooms during the long winter. They are made with natural straw and paper is used to create pom pons and flowers. For my workshop series I’m teaching how to construct the chandeliers with paper straws and decorate them with felt flowers (the modern twist!) instead. Here are some snaps from the last workshop! I begin class with pajaki construction. We pick out straws and coordinating paper and build the chandeliers together. Then a brief lesson in felt flower making and a show-and-tell of different ways to complete the chandeliers. Shop owner Julien constructed rope hangers in the studio space specifically for this class so our chandeliers could hang as we build them. Sweet! Student work! 🙂 I’ll be back at Mischief at the end of the month to teach a yarn pom pon and tassel version of this workshop. You’re invited, …

head west part 2.

I participated in my first Head West Marketplace; this time as a vendor! The market is largely vintage and second-hand. There were also jewelry merchants, painters, plant people, homewares shops, and then there was me! I’m pretty sure I had the cutest shoppers. And the best booth neighbors! Say hello to Ruth Tillman Designs, S for Sparkle, and Akshu and Ing! It was a beautiful day for an outdoor shop! Thank you to the Berkeley community for coming out to support small businesses and to Jimmy of Head West for inviting me to join the event! Join me at all my Feed the Fish co pop up shops. Follow along at http://www.feedthefishco.com. Post cover photo credit: @eboniewj

i like ’em chunky.

Comment below if you know the movie reference! 🙂 I’m all about chunky yarn always, but it’s especially appropriate for Fall. It’s so cozy looking. I saw these giant yarn balls in the sale section at Michaels and had to resist buying the whole shelf. (They were $10 versus $30 each!) I decided to practice some hand crochet and found a project online for a cat bed. I don’t have a cat, but it’s such a cute project. I used two pounds of chunky yarn, a pair of scissors, and a clip to mark my stitches. Here’s the tutorial I used by Be Cozi. I’m in no way a crocheter, but this tutorial is super easy to follow. Note: Since I used less yarn than in the video my cat bed ended up with less height. How to: Create slip knot. Make a chain stitch of three stitches. Crochet the first ‘row’ of the base: Create six single crochet stitches into the first chain stitch. Mark the sixth stitch with a clip. Crochet the second …

yarn wrap.

A cozy yarn craft for Fall! Materials: Wood ornament wreath – You can also wrap letter ornaments. Assorted yarn – Try a variety of colors and textures. Scissors Craft needle I removed the hanging string so I could wrap the entire ornament. Begin by tying a double knot. Trim the tail to less than an inch. Begin wrapping, keeping the wraps close together. I wrapped over the yarn tail to hide it. Overlap yarn to completely cover the ornament. Once you’re ready to switch colors, tie the first and second yarn ends to each other with an overhand knot. Continue wrapping, again wrapping over the yarn tails. You can “go back” and overlap the wraps to cover any gaps. Shortcut/style choice: double up the yarn and wrap two strands at the same time. Once you’ve wrapped the entire ornament (you can also partially wrap the ornament – it’s up to you!) use a craft needle to assist with tying a double knot. Then sew in the loose tail into a few of the yarn wraps …

summer weavings.

I’ve been trying to weave more, but like watercolor, it’s something I find challenging to do at home because home priorities and other craft distractions. So I’m trying this thing where I bring crafts on the go. Plus I’ve got this super cute bag from Rennie that I’ve deemed my weaving project bag. I’ve been going to many tennis events this summer (yay Hubby!), so I’ve been bringing my weavings on the road and all of these weavings are named after the tennis match. Last Regular Season Match. The last regular season match was held at Alameda City College. It was so cold and windy (#bayareasummer) so I had my blanket (also woven!) and my weaving in hand. This is a nice place to watch tennis because they actually have spectator seating not blocked by a fence. I use this as a sample for my Weaving Basics class because it demonstrates all the things I teach in the workshop: tabby stitch, rya (tassels), interlocking weave, and tips for adding texture. This piece measures 5.25 inches …

lake loop.

Another 24 Lake Tahoe vacay! My parents drove up for their annual Tahoe trip; Hubby and I met them over the weekend. Here’s a peek at our whirlwind adventure! En route we stopped at Rosemary’s Farm to Fork Cafe for avocado toast, chicken and waffles, lemonade, and tea. We also stopped for treats at Mahoroba Japanese Bakery. And when we got to Tahoe, a homecooked dinner was waiting for us! And we found snacks in the pantry. QT ensued! We woke up early to enjoy sunrise at our Tahoe home, but whoopsies, we didn’t realize the sun would rise more to the north so we couldn’t really see it break through from our vantage point. It was still pretty. We suited up and headed to breakfast before the crowds at The Old Post Office Cafe. I’ m a sucker for biscuits and gravy. And then for the first time, we looped the lake in one day. We weren’t planning to, but we just kept going. 🙂 We stopped every so often for nature views… Fancy …