From Felt

Learning a technique often presents you with some interesting opportunities. I have made a couple of felt cuffs before but they usually have some kind of clasp to fasten them on. Thought it would be interesting to make a felt cuff that just slipped over the hand. Well not only is wet felting something that needs much practice but calculating correct sizing does also. I followed all the sizing guidelines but found my end result was about 3 inches too large! That is fairly significant.

I let the cuff sit for a couple of days and periodically walked past it to give it an analyzing look. I didn’t want to cut off the excess to create another cuff with a clasp so I decided to go ahead and fold over the excess. Looked though my ‘stuff’ for a suitable embellishment and found this wonderful, huge button. Not only did the button need a piece big enough to not be overwhelming but it also needed a surface substantial enough to hold it. The cuff is approximately 3 inches wide and, with 3 layers of folded-over felt, the button would be proportionate and secure.

I like it so much I may make another before adjusting my guide to make the ‘correct’ size.

Great Fun

When placing an order with my suppliers, I like to browse through the available items rather than doing a ‘quick order’ by just entering the item numbers I need. This can sometimes be very dangerous or lead me to new and wonderful things.

As I was placing my C-Lon order, I came across the new neon colors. Well of course I had to get some. I have visions for using them in kumihimo, embroidery, crochet, macrame, etc., etc. (I’m thinking about a project or two I might do).

From Miscellaneous

Don’t you just love the colors? Clockwise, from top left, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Green and Neon Pink. As the other colors, they are just $3.75 for an 83 yard spool. All the colors I have in stock (over 65) can be found on my website –

Bayou City Bead Works

This is what I’ll be bringing to the Bayou City Beadworks sponsored by Houston Bead Society. The show is being held at the Norris Conference Center/City Centre (see for directions and other particulars). HBS did not sponsor a show last year so I know everyone will be eagerly awaiting this one. The venue is new and, for once in a very long time, all vendors will be in the same room. Should be fun. Hope to see you all there (Oct 25 – 27, 2013).

From Shows

Over 60 colors of C-Lon.

From Shows

Beautiful Czech cut beads. I’ll have one-cuts(charlottes), two-cuts and three-cuts.

Demo Braid

From Kumihimo

Finally had the opportunity to complete the braid I started for the Houston Area Fiber Artists meeting in August. Doesn’t usually take this long but having other projects to complete and not finding just the right material to use for the center binding caused delays. The primary braid was made from silk and acrylic yarns and the small center braid was made with CLon.

Now it’s back to some other projects that will probably be entered into the annual Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston sale. It’s scheduled to be held October 23-26 at the Guild House. Guild House is the new home for CHH and is located in Chelsea Market on Montrose. Check for details at

Spring Braiding

This spring my braids appear to belong to the same color family. Interesting, as they were made from two dissimilar and unlikely materials.

Desert Nights is made with raffia, wrapped with a very soft and smooth cotton yarn which was then covered with seed bead bands. I love the way the raffia tassels stand straight out.

From Gallery

Gold and Wisps is made from plastic yarn. It, too, is wrapped in a wonderful soft and smooth cotton yarn and topped with a band of beads. The ‘wisps’ are made with C-Lon (there are just too many things that that wonderful cord can be used for).

From Gallery

I’m happy with them. Now it’s time to start making another braid. Think we’ll deviate from the ‘gold/beige’ family of colors.