Friday, November 30, 2012

Creative Embroidery finished piece

Finally finished my creative embroidery piece for same subject brief! Actually finished it last week, only blogging about it now (I know, I know, lazy blah blah blah). What can I say? I love it! Didn't expect it be soo amazing (khe khem, very shy hah?:)). Its based on my bog drawings and my imagination.
Techniques I used:

  • Embelishing (with Janome Embelisher)
  • Loads and loads of stitching with Bernina sewing machine
Now will be loads of pictures, enjoy!
Work in progress...

Monday, November 26, 2012

New tatting stuff...

Back from college today and found envelope on my table! So I opened it and guess what I got? More tatting stuff! Got everything from Roseground Supplies. Amazing site, reasonable prices and quite quick delivery!
So here is what I got:
  • Lizbeth Size 20 Thread 'Wildflower Garden'
  • Orange Clover shuttle
  • Light Purple Prym shuttle
  • Christmas painted Brown shuttle
  • Simple Pink shuttle
  • Spare bobbin for my Aero Shuttle
  • Lacis Teal shuttle

So happy right now! And by the way another vintage shuttle is on its way from America (its Boye metal one dated 1923(!!!), so really happy days!
Gone to Tatting Wonderland! :)
Froggy XXX

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Raindrops Socks KAL Part Six Final

Finished my Raindrops socks! Happy Happy Joy Joy! Love the finished result! Definitely be knitting few more pairs :)

Going to add more pictures after the blocking. I always block socks, they \
look much nicer after that.

P.S. If you wonder how I block socks, here is the recipe:
  • I soak them in slightly warm water with few drops of fabric softener for say 15-20 min
  • Carefully squeeze excess water and wrap them with old towel (or new if you like) to get rid of rest of the water
  • Put washed socks on Sock Stretchers (my dear father kindly made me a pair)
  • Leave them to dry
  • Wear them proudly

Froggy XXX Tatting...or my new hobby

 Hello Blog!
Hope everyone doing well on this lovely but cold Sunday morning!
Finally managed myself to sit down with cup of coffee and make this post.
As you can see from the name it will be about tatting!
What can I say? I love it and cant get enough of it. I'm totally obsessed!!! 
I just constantly tatting and tatting and tatting! 
And have loads of stuff to show (was taking pictures all evening yesterday) so this post gonna be quite long!
more stuff here...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Raindrops Socks KAL Part Five

Was knitting socks nearly all day today, so here my part five (wasn't hard really to do heel):
Heels done

That how hell looks from the side
Gone to knit last part,
Froggy XXX

My paintings and a bit of embroidery

So finally made myself to write this post! Been long time! :)
So don't think its gonna be long post, just want to share my paintings that I did for my painting brief.

Harmony with sanctuary

Me and my son
Also I'm working on my embroidery piece, its nearly finished, so here few sneak peak pictures:

And as well I'm working on my tatting! Tatting a lot actually, and got few new things for my stuff, and painted few tatting shuttles and made Victorian style purse, and waiting for more stuff to come! But about all this in next post. Stay tuned!
Froggy XXX

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Raindrops Socks KAL Part Four

Hello hello! Wasn't blogging for a while, was busy busy. Was finishing part four of Raindrop KAL, and was tatting like MAD hatter! :) Will show my tatting shortly. As well got and made some things for my tatting, and some is ordered and is on its way.
OK, so enough about tatting, heres my Part Four:
They look big, but they are fine on my feet (I have big feet by the way)

And here close up of increasing

See you very soon, have loads of stuff to show (just need to sit down and make few posts) :)
Keep tuned!
Froggy XXX

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Raindrop Socks KAL Part Three

This is going to be very short post! Just want to share my finished Part 3 of Raindrop Socks KAL. Cant wait to start next one!!!
So here we go, my third part:
Love it! Really cant wait to wear them in cold winter months! 

See you all very soon,
Froggy XXX

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Raindrop Socks KAL Part Two

So here is my second part of Raindrop Socks KAL. Love it! Can't wait to start third one.
As I blogged in my previous post (but going to blog it here again):
Yarn: Katia Ole Sock Woll - Denim 61
Needles: Bamboo circular needles in size 2.75 mm
I'm doing small size, so I ended up with 56 stitches (28 for each side).
If you wondering where is KAL going on, you can find it here.
My second part:

Gone for a third part,
Busy busy Froggy XXX

Witch - Home Key-holder by Primitive Hare

Found this lovely free design by Primitive Hare and had to stitch it straight away! Love it! Made it to little my house key holder.

Design: Primitive Hare
Size: 8,53 cm x 6,53 cm
Fabric: 32 Count Belfast Linen Vintage Country Mocha
Threads: Anchor 236
Stitched by: Froggy

Back to stitching,
Froggy XXX

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Raindrops Socks KAL

Like I was blogging ages ago, I love to knit...SOCKS!!! Not just love, adore! And when I saw that lady, which blog I follow, started KAL (knit along I think, don't know how to translate Russian word ''sovmestnik''), I couldn't resist not to jump into puddle join too. Her start and post about it you can see and join here.
Pattern is from Melissa Morgan-Oakes ''Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks and is absolutely to die for!
So I wasn't lazying around and started straight away.
Yarn: Katia Ole Sock Woll - Denim 61
Needles: Bamboo circular needles in size 2.75 mm
And here is my first part:

Gone to knit more of it, I'm terribly late! :)
Froggy XXX

Art Post (Painting)

Before Elvis, there was nothing... - John Lennon -

Today I did a painting. First I did few samples, then I did one big one.
We were given a painting brief, and it was called Sanctuary. I did a bit of research, and came to conclusion that my sanctuary is consisting from 3 things:

  • Time with my son Cillian
  • Harmony + Sanctuary = Harmony with myself
  • Elvis Presley and his music
So based on that I going to do 3 paintings.(or maybe 4 or 5, i'm not sure). Here is the first one:

Acrylics on canvas
And here some practice pieces in my journal:
''Me and my son''

Elvis (stencil made from my drawing)
Keep tuned for more...
Froggy XXX

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Post about Cross stitching...

When I started my blog ( that was 2 years ago), my blog was mainly about stitching.  I was so in love with cross stitching. But them I started to do different things, then my baby boy was born, so was no time really for cross stitching. And as well my love to it and inspiration was gone on holidays! :(
But today I woke up with amazing felling - want to go back to my cross stitching! Yes Yes Yes! My inspiration back and I'm full of beans to start new cross stitch project!
Just prepared chart, threads and needles! Wish me luck! :)
Your back on track Froggy xxx

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Yarn Tower, Tatted Earrings and Autumn Bracelet

Lovely Saturday, all family is home. Doing random stuff today and playing with Cillian, Hes so funny, took his toy phone and pretending to ring his imaginary friend and talk! ''Hello! OK!  See you later, Bye, Bye!" - Cillian. :) Then he took my little yarn balls (plenty of them around house, thanks to my wonderful Granny), and started to build Yarn Tower! Here is result:
Just before Tower big Fall

Starting again
When Cillian was playing peacefully I managed to finish Tatted Earrings and Autumn Bracelet. Love them! Thinking to sell them on the next Craft Fair in my town.
My first finished Tatting project

Close up

Autumn Bracelet, crocheted with size 1,5 hook  from size 8 Perle Cotton
Fastens with Vintage Button

Sorry for dark pictures, lighting is not at its best today. Cant wait for Xmas (Santa mite bring me new camera) :)

Hope everyone having good weekend, we sure do!
Froggy XXX

Friday, November 9, 2012

Design Brief or how I invented..flower pot!

We were asked to design  a product in my art course. Product have to be functional and have to be ceramic based. So I decided to design...Ta-Dah... Ceramic flower pot with crochet top! :) So here my design board and samples of my work.

Crochet samples of pot's top all made by myself

Little cactus in the pot represents sample of how finished product will look like

See you soon,


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Yarn post, or how much I love my Granny...

Week ago or so I rang my Granny, who is living in Lithuania, to get me few balls of lace yarn (seriously just few balls, cause yarn is so much cheaper over there). And what I got? 48 BALLS OF YARN! Happy happy days, now I have loads yarn to practice my lace-making skills! My granny is seriously the best granny in the world, love her to bits!!! Thank you so much!!!
And the colors are amazing, full RAINBOW colors! Now I be gone for few days and going to come up with few masterpieces! :)))
Yummy colors!!!

See you soon,
covered in rainbow, FROGGY XXX

Monday, November 5, 2012


My new passion - Tatting. Absolutely loving it! So what is tatting (I think it's Frivolite in other languages)?

Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops.Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doiliescollars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.
Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique. The technique was developed to imitate point lace.
In German tatting is called Schiffchenarbeit, which means the work of the little boat, referring to the boat-shaped shuttle, and in Italian tatting is called occhi, which means eyes, referring to the rings which make up the lace. (Wikipedia, 2012)

Me practicing with shuttle tatting

 What  I'm doing is called shuttle tatting. Remember my last post about Knitting&Stitching Show, was picture there about lady who gave me her shuttle? So there it is, the grey (its grey, right, just quality of pictures not good, cant wait for Xmas to get myself new camera) shuttle (my favorite by now). Another one just came in the post today, didn't tried it yet.
So what is Shuttle Tatting?

Vintage tatting shuttles from the early twentieth century.

Newer type of shuttle with hook.
Tatting with a shuttle is the earliest method of creating tatted lace. A tatting shuttle facilitates tatting by holding a length of woundthread and guiding it through loops to make the requisite knots. It is normally a metal or ivory pointed oval shape less than 3 inches (76 mm) long, but shuttles come in a variety of shapes and materials. Shuttles often have a point or hook on one end to aid in the construction of the lace. Antique shuttles and unique shuttles have become highly sought after by collectors — even those who do not tat.
To make the lace, the tatter wraps the thread around one hand and manipulates the shuttle with the other hand. No tools other than the thread, the hands, and the shuttle are used, though a crochet hook may be necessary if the shuttle does not have a point or hook. (Wikipedia, 2012)
Close up of my practice piece

Love this Book, its called Tatting Collage as you see, and have loads of nice patterns for beginner and not only (got this book in local library, but mite actually buy it for myself. 

Butterfly I made and stick to my Art Journal

I was searching internet for good tatting sites and tutorials and came over to this one, its called Tatted Treasures, and its absolutely amazing, and has good tutorials, videos and all stuff you need if you want to start tatting.

So Happy Tatting Everyone!
Tatted Froggy XXX


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