So If you read my before post about line splicing you can see my work midway though. This weekend I finished what I was making. It is the pennant for our mooring. The mooring pennant I made was 30 feet long and goes from the anchor's chain to our mooring buoy. When we sail up to the mooring, we will grab the buoy and take up the floating pennant and attach it to the cleat on the bow of our boat.
Using what I had in my embroidery kit, I sewed on some little buttons and embroidered a button on to an extra wife beater I had in my bag. I think I will be doing this to a lot of my tank tops during travel weekends. It ads a little flare that is not over the top cheesy.
If you are like me you LOVE LOVE before and afters. This table we scored where most of us New Yorkers get our furniture... on the curb. There is way too much wood in my house of all unmatching colors, so recently I decided to redo the living room and start with this table. I painted the top and then cut up this old nautical chat we found on our boat that belonged to the previous owner and used modge podge to affix it to the top. Its cool because our boat's mooring and area we will be sailing the most is on the map.
The next thing I did was to buy a new rug. Its black and white. Im hopeing to brighten up the room and I am also going to sew some new pillow duvet covers for the couch. Pictures to come!!!
I guess in every sailors life one has to learn the art of line splicing. This is taking one long piece of line and looping at around a thimble to make an eye in the line like this picture of our 30ft rope for our mooring.
Or here is the wiki definition: "Rope splicing in ropework is the forming of a semi-permanent join between two ropes or two parts of the same rope by partly untwisting and then interweaving their strands. Splices can be used to form a stopper at the end of a line, to form a loop or an eye in a rope, or for joining two ropes together. Splices are preferred to knotted rope, since while a knot reduces the strength by as much as 40% or more, some splices can retain up to 95% of the strength of the line. However, splicing usually results in a thickening of the line and if subsequently removed a distortion of the rope. Most types of splices are used on 3 strand rope, but some can be done on 12 or greater strand braided rope."
It is super super satisfying. I think I am good at it because of my extensive background in braiding hair. hehe. Anyways this is a picture of my first attempt at line splicing. Dan's dad said "That's really good for a beginner, wait that's just really GOOD!", which made me very proud of my work. Thanks Clyde for teaching me how to do this. He told me people pay for line to be spiliced. I say "bring it". Thats just another way for me to make money.
The things I am best at on the boat are the tedious things. I think i will stitck to the painting, sanding, sail covers, flags and line. Which are the craftiest things. And leave the angle grinding and fiberglassing to the guys.
So the other day I came across this article (http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/03/darn_it.html) on craft magazines blog about darning. I had never done it before and always wanted to know how. So I read though the how to and then coincidentally the next day a co-worked asked if I knew how to darn! Her sweater had a big hole in the elbow. I said "Of course I do!" but of course i had only read how to do it. So I gave it a shot and she bought some brown yarn and I got to work. It was so fun and easy! And it turned out Perfect! From afar you cant even tell there was ever a hole. I cant wait to do it again!
Above is the finished hole (top) and the midway though the huge hole (bottom)
I just loaded a ton of things to my Etsy shop. It was looking pretty sparse there for a while but now that the fair is over I have more to sell. Check it out. There are perfect gifts for baby showers and other fun stuff.
I sold nearly 3/4 of all my inventory over two days at the fair. Saturday was crazy busy and went by way too fast. It was a blur of customers and running around and selling tons of stuff. It was nice and warm and sunny = perfect craft fair weather. Our booth was right between the food stands and the bathrooms SCORE! we couldn't have asked for a more perfect spot. Our friends came and hung out behind the booth and brought me to go cocktails. I went home Saturday night totally horribly sunburned and exhausted only to make a couple more things to sell at my booth.
Sunday was a lot slower than Saturday and I only made about half as much as I made the day before. But it was a more slower paced day and I was able to shop and really enjoy myself. All in all it was a fantastic experience and all the effort I put in over the last 2 months getting prepared was TOTALLY worth it! I can't wait to do another one!
HOW CUTE! Here is one of my halter onesies on a real baby! The cutest little cabbage patch looking baby! This is Colby, Dan's niece modeling my little creation. There will be two available for purchase at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend. They Have ties on the back for looking cute and fitting properly.
Hello friends...... I will be at the Renegade Craft fair this weekend!!! You better come and see me!!!! Ill have an extra chair there for visitors! I will be selling onesies, bibs, cross stitches and sock monkeys. Here is a taste of how pretty it will be....
I have been an artist my whole life. I have always loved sewing, collage, typography, embroidery and making things pretty. It led me going to college at Pratt Institute and and from there I worked every job imaginable till i found pre-press/graphic design where i am working currently. I hope to one day open up Brooklyn Craft the craft supply store in Brooklyn. A store that's like a craft fair every day. I love sailing and biking and this blog is all about what takes up most of my time, unless of course I am drinking at the bar.
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