Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Monday, September 18, 2023

Cincinnati Art Museum visit ...

Last week,
DH + I visited Cincinnati for the Picasso Landscapes exhibit.

The exhibit was great.   Had nice pieces on display, wonderful movie, space was perfect for the paintings.   

Delicious lunch in the cafe.

In addition to Picasso ... we visited the galleries:


Saturday, September 16, 2023


Homecoming Hustle 5K.
This time, both DH & I were 3rd in our age group.

Heavy dew on the grass - soaked shoes / socks.


Friday, September 08, 2023

On Cloud Nine

I just cannot wrap my head around the button making class/sessions I'm taking, what an opportunity!!    I signed up via The Lace Museum for button making.   And, I just couldn't wait for the sessions to begin .... and oh my -- the book, the kit, the instructor, the participants .... what can I say?   I'm on cloud nine.

 First bunch of buttons from this trimester.   And, I've learned SO MUCH already.    My button collection grown larger : )

Our book:

The Lace Museum:
They have new classes/session listed, including holiday projects.
Check it out.

Thursday, September 07, 2023

Button: Six Point Wrap

Button:   Six point wrap

Button - maybe finished.   This one has a clip in the back.   
Maybe tomorrow I'll look at it and want to change it!!
1.5" button mould.   Currently the
Fibers are Razzle Dazzle by Ricky Tims, Color 258
DMC Coton Perle 5, Color 208

Eight Point Wrap on the Left:  DMC perle coton 5, Color 597 (1.5" mould)
Six Point Wrap on the Right:  DMC perle coton 5, Color 335 (1.5" mould)

 My new trio.
I found some fiber in my stash (see in the corner?) and wonder if it can be used for thread wrapped buttons.  Not sure of the coverage ....

Patterns can be found:


Sunday, September 03, 2023

Button: Decorative Square

1.5" wooden mould.
Hand Dyed Fiber purchased from vendor.

Pattern - Decorative Square from
Gina Barett:  Buttons
A Passementerie Workshop Manual.

(This book was a gift
 from our daughter.)


And I just noticed.   The Triangle Wrap button (previous post) pattern was also in this book.    There are so many buttons to make!!   


Saturday, September 02, 2023

Button: Triange Wrap

I purchased this hand dyed fiber from a vendor.
It reminds me of brown twine.   Hardy, hard on the hands.
Liked the colors & give it a try on button mould.

1.5" wooden button mould.
Hand Dyed Fiber.

Pattern from:
A Book About Thread Buttons - Japanese Craft Book

I followed the photographs.

To take a peek inside, check out this Etsy lising.

Edited 3 Sept 2023:   This patten, Triangle Wrap, is also
in this book:
Buttons; A Passementerie Workshop Manual

Our daughter gave me this book (gift) and I am gobsmacked by all the various patterns.


Sunday, August 27, 2023

Some progress on my Wraps

I think I've done more knitting in the past couple weeks.  And a small bit of tatting.

 Antarktis ... nearly finished.

 Ardent ... another section done while chatting with friends.

 Summer Sky.  Next section - Star Stitch.  I've never tried it, but liked the look of it in the photograph.

September will be button classes and an intermediate tatting class.
Via zoom thru the Lace Museum.


Monday, August 21, 2023

After Five ....

On Monday, DH and I visited the Art Institute of Chicago 

for the Van Gogh & the Avant Garde; The Modern Landscape exhibit.

Incredible exhibit with lovely paintings on loan, many from private collections.   The exhibit closes 9/4.

Following that - we went to Gino's East Pizza.
Chicago known for its deep dish pizzas:
DH in his 'shades'.

We had an hour before catching the 3:57 express train back.
Visited the Starbuck's Reserve -- I don't know, maybe 4 stories high
on Michigan Avenue.   Nice bar.   Nice place to people watch.


Saturday, August 19, 2023

Zwirnknopt Button


Summer Zwirnknopf Button
Instructions by Karen Smock.
During our zoom class, we used this pattern for a 1 1/4" aluminum ring.

The button, in my photos, was created on a 2" wooden ring.

I used:
Aunt Lydias #10 Crochet Cotton.  Col. 0423 Maize (yellow)
Delft Blue Aunt Lydias #10 Color 0482.
Green DMC perle coton #8 Color 701.
Lt Green DMC perle coton #8 Color 704.
Royale (Coats) Crochet Cotton Color 0015 Sh.Pinks.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Zwirnknopf Button

Zwirnknopf Button.
3" wooden ring.
Col. 135 Green (lime) Artiste #10 Crochet Cotton.
Col. 0856 Peacock Aunt Lydia's #10 Crochet Cotton.
Col. 10A (yellow) J&P Coats Knit-Cro-Sheen.
Col. 123 Jade Blue Artiste #10 Crochet Cotton.


Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Monday cast on ...

I purchased this yarn in January.   At a lovely store in Pensacola, FL.

The yarn store was lovely.   I wished I had more time
to totally shop --- did find the EXACT color blue I was seeking.
And the correct amount.

Cloud 9 -- what a beautiful yarn.   Knits like a dream.

Will eventually be a wrap, called Summer Sky.

Honestly, knits like a dream.   I hope it looks nice 
once I am done.

 Ardent by Woolenberry.  No progress.  The yarn is nice tho.   The color is so - natural.   I find it challenging.   Easier for me to use colorful fibers.

I started it in .... I don't know 2017???   Nice to have unearthed it.    How do these beautiful projects get burried in the craft room?     I think it is my oldest Woolenberry WIP.
 The yarn store is no longer in business!



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