Thursday, November 16, 2006

Incredibly Satisfying Sketch Book

Below is a tute for making a sketch book from an old hard cover novel - there is a link to a pdf of this tutorial at the bottom of the post (which I recommend, unless eye strain is your thing).

I used all different kinds of paper to fill the book with, and that is a large part of what makes it incredibly satisfying - it is utterly customised.

The non-eye-slaughtering pdf (1.1mb) is here (hooray, I've uploaded the file to a new site so this link actually works. Amazing!) - the link will take you to a download page. Sorry, not quite printer-friendly - that would inflate the size to 10mb ish.

For different and far superior stitching tutorials, try here, or here, or here.

There are some photos of the journal available from flickr or navigate directly to photo number 1, 2, and 3.

Questions and comments in the comments section or email me

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Dork Wallet

Below is the tutorial for the crocheted argyle pattern Dork Wallet - there are links to the pdf of this tutorial at the bottom of the post.

EDIT Dec07: The links to the downloadable .pdf got screwy. Sorry. I've uploaded the pdf to a new site - click here to get to a page where you can download it.

The photos of the wallet (as well as photos of the pocket-flap design) can be found here, or if that gets screwy you can navigate from here. If you make a Dork Wallet, send me a photo and I'll include it in the set.

The chart link is here (sorry, not printer friendly - although following a chart for an argyle pattern is like following a recipe for toast. If you look at the chart, it's just a simple matter of starting/ending the colour a stitch before or a stitch after).

Questions/comments in the comments section, or you can email me -

[EDIT: Poop, I forgot to mention the reason why the stitches in this wallet are so tight: strength. Lots and lots of strength - I got sick of wallets breaking down on me, falling to peices, zippers not working, stitching fraying... Tight, tiny little SC stitches = strength.]