A list/library of works of physical arts and crafts I’ve learned/crafted in over the past ~15 years. Not all of them have photos, and I often don’t own the originals. I try to list the applicable skills/styles at a high level for those interested.
Roughly alphabetical by craft category. Mixed media is put where most appropriate.
Beading (Perler, mini perler, jewelry, etc)
Skills: Small and large (multi-plate) perler bead designs. Melting skills of standard (bead-shown) and flat (like the white-mage, no beads showing). Supplies for mini-perlers using all the hama colors.
No photos for: Hemp jewelry weaving, jewelry construction (see polymer clay images, basic jewelry skills there)
Next goals: beaded metal crochet for jewelry, bigger focal pieces. Massive perler/mini-perler pieces
- Sprites: http://www.spriters-resource.com/
- http://www.bakerskidscrafts.com/ Michelle Baker has been supplying the perler craft community in bulk for the best prices for years. She has every color and every size. A++ supplier, super great lady!
Skills: Transfering/free-drawing patterns, carving out designs at a variety of depths for a variety of purposes (fabric and clay mostly)
Next goals: Wood carving and wood burning!
Skills: Thread/standard/bulky weight crocheting, amigurumi, 2D and 3D pattern design, lace crochet, filet crochet, Irish crochet motifs, reading English and International charts. Also made an educational crochet game, Pattern, and a crochet pattern generator in Processing.
No photos for: afghans, gloves/accessories, other amigurumi dolls
Next goals: metal crochet, full Irish crochet motif garment
- Favorite amigurumi artist: http://nerdigurumi.com/
- And of course Ravelry for tons of free knit/crochet patterns https://www.ravelry.com
Skills: Sketching from life, on location, grid-based replication
No photos for: Lots of doodles
Next goals: Sketching in motion and better from my mind. Practice, practice, practice! Use as a base for paintings/drawings.
- Mix of pencil weights and charcoal hardnesses, including charcoal powder for mixed media and dry pastels
- Deviant art includes many helpful reference photos for real-life models
Dying & Fabric Painting
Skills: Tie-dying specific shapes, mandalas, and other designs. Dying with fiber-reactive dyes. Silk painting with gutta resists.
No photos for: Yarn/thread dying, painting with fabric paints and fabric medium-mixed acrylic paints using custom-made stamps and stencils.
Next goals: Long gradient yarn using batch-based acid dyes on wool.
- Dyes, paints, and pre-made clothing/fabrics: http://dharmatrading.com/
- MX Fiber Reactive Dyes (more colors!) www.prochemicalanddye.com
Skills: Pattern design of sprites or other custom work. Stitching on any count of aida fabric, evenweave linens, plastic canvas, and paper. A library of stitch types and styles.
No photos for: Needle point/crewel embroidery
Next goals: Beaded embroidery, more fun game designs
- Pattern making/editing using KGStitch (free!) https://www.iktsoft.net/kgchart-en/kgchart/download
- If you ever need someone to help make a game/geeky pattern and the free tools aren’t cutting it, Craftster (does non-geeky too) or the forum at Sprite Stitch can help!
- Honestly could condense with Sewing but it’d be too bulky of a section.
Painting (traditional, sumi-e)
Skills: Watercolor, Bob Ross-style oil painting, using a variety of brushes. The sumi-e up there was animation sheets for a game jam I did.
No photos for: oil paintings, light acrylic practice
Next goals: Acrylic with mediums, MORE WATERCOLORS!!
- Again, painting from life primarily.
- Mostly Cotman tubes/travel plates (watercolors) and Blick oil colors
Skills: Wire and/or foil armatures and cores, color mixing, clay canes and cane reduction, makume gane, and many other techniques.
No photos for: Sealing clay with gloss, finishing touches on jewelry/figures, making custom tools
Next goals: More figures, bigger applications, more advanced sculpting. I also want to get into resin casting to preserve designs.
- Firmer clay (primo clay), rubber sculpting tools, ball shapers, and a variety of cutters
- Good basic tutorials of a lot of techniques: The Polymer Clay Tutor
- I’m fans of a lot of artists on youtube who upload tutorials, here are a few:
Sewing (clothing and accessories)
Skills: Making lined and unlined bags and wallets, repairing clothing, following traditional patterns (and then altering them as necessary), and embroidery pattern generation (see blackwork article on this site!), designing stuffed animals (with gussets/complex 3D shapes)
No photos for: Cosplay outfits, sewing progress on the apron, sewing stuffed animals
Next goals: More stuffed animals! And sellable projects
- Harts fabric, the local non-chain supply store! http://www.hartsfabric.com
- Joann.com for regular large discounts on misc supplies http://www.joann.com/
- Felt is great when you are intimidated by complex seams or outlines.
- Love and a Sandwich is one of my favorite artists in this space http://loveandasandwich.bigcartel.com/
Thread/Fabric Misc (weaving, kanzashi, kumihimo)
Skills: Basic frame-building, weaving, fabric-folding (kanzashi) and a particular form of circular weaving (kumihimo).
No photos for: Kumihimo
Skills: Intricate paper-pieced pattern design, fabric picking, geometric quilts, hand-tying quilts
No photos for: Hand-applique, hand-quilting, free-style quilting, proper finished quilted quilt
Next goals: Improv quilting. Procedural space-filling algorithms to generate and sew, more patterns to design
- Anne Sullivan and Gillian Smith, two hard-core (ie not as distracted ;)) friends of mine
- Anne started the Quilt Design A Day page that I have been keeping an eye on but have been too lazy to participate in
- Pinterest has great inspiration on fabrics and designs >.> <.<
- I. Love. Batiks.
- Much of my hand-dyed fabric and thread is meant to feed into upcoming art quilts! Bwahahaaa!