Scrappy Log Cabin Coasters – Modern Patchwork Spring 2014

The new issue of Modern Patchwork is out, and my scrappy log cabin coasters are featured in the issue! You can find the issue on Interweave’s site. The issue also features some cute pillow patterns, wallets and coin pouches, and some beautiful modern quilts from their double wedding ring challenge.

Scrappy Log Cabin CoastersThese coasters are made using liberated quilting techniques. There are a number of other names for this style of quilting – intuitive quilting, free form quilting, improv quilting, among others. I was first introduced to this style of quilting through Gwen Marston, and I also admire Jean Wells, Rayna Gillman, and the Gees Bend Quilters. Basically, rather than cut your fabric perfectly straight and sew everything at a 90° angle, you cut freeform using scissors and sew on strips at slight angles to create a slightly askew but dynamic design.

Scrappy Log Cabin Coasters

If you want to learn more about liberated quilting, I would recommend Liberated Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, Create Your Own Free Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman, and Intuitive Color & Design by Jean Wells. The coasters are an easy and cute project to get started and a set of 4 would make a really nice handmade gift!

 

Mother’s Day Sale – Free Shipping on Pendants at The Creative Kat Etsy Shop!

Mother’s Day is less than a month away!  If you’re looking for something unique to give your mom this year (of if you just want to treat yourself) my handmade fused glass pendants make great gifts! I recently added some of my new pendants to my Etsy shop – The Creative Kat.

I’ve gotten good feedback from customers at craft shows who have given them to friends and family members and they love them. It’s a fun surprise to open up a package and see a little brightly colored pendant. Each one is different so it truly is a one of a kind gift! Since I really appreciate the readers of my blog and the little vegan community we have, and in honor of Mother’s Day, from now until May 11th, you can get free shipping on any orders in the US. At checkout, use the coupon code: MOTHERSDAY14

The Creative Kat Mother's Day Sale!

Just to give you a sneak peek – here are some of the new pendants!

New Batch of Pendants & Felt Ornaments!

Before showing you my newest creations, I’m excited to say that my Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Bread won in the bread category of the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Thank  you all for your votes and congratulations to the other winners!

I recently made up a new batch of pendants and wanted to share some new photos with you. If you’re looking for a unique gift for the holidays, a handmade pendant, a pair or earrings, or a bracelet might be the perfect thing!

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Though I have quite a few pendants made up, my inventory varies as they are sold since each pendant is one of a kind. It’s hard to keep up with photographing each and every pendant separately, but if you see one that you like in these photos, let me know and I’d be happy to send you more photos of that particular pendant.

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Many of the pendants can be paired with matching earrings or a bracelet, which makes a nice gift set! I also have others listed on Etsy in my shop, The Creative Kat.

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Each pendant, bracelet, or pair of earrings comes in a cotton lined jewelry box. The pendants come on your choice of a chain, cord, or ribbon necklace. Pendants are $20, earrings are $15, and bracelets are $30. If you buy a pendant and earrings together, it’s only $30 for the set, and if you buy a bracelet and earrings together, it’s only $40 for the set.

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In addition to the fused glass jewelry, I also have adorable hand sewn felt ornaments for sale!

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They are each $15, however if you are buying multiples I can give you a bit of a discount. If you are interested in purchasing an ornament, let me know which style you would like and if you have color preferences – raccoon, fox, owl, elephant, fish, flower, squirrel, ladybug, cat, gnome, or Santa Claus. Certain ornaments pictured are already sold or are for custom orders, but I can make more of these designs upon request.

If you’re interesting in purchasing anything or have any questions you can leave me a comment on this post or email me at madebykathryn@gmail.com. Thanks for looking! I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season!

New Felt Ornaments!

The Virtual Vegan Potluck is tomorrow! I hope you’ll all come back and check out my contribution to the bread category. It’s definitely a yummy one. In the meantime, I couldn’t wait to share the new ornaments that I’ve been making with you!

Felt Ornaments

After venturing into making little stuffed creatures, like the elephant cat toys in my previous post, I’ve gotten a bit hooked on creating new patterns. Since the holidays are coming up, I thought it would be fun to turn these little stuffed creations into ornaments. I will now have these cuties with me at my craft shows, and I can post some on Etsy if you are interested in purchasing them from afar. I currently have elephants, owls, raccoons, foxes, gnomes, fish, and a Santa Claus. I hope to work on some new designs in the coming weeks. As a side note, these ornaments are vegan and are not made of wool. The felt is made of recycled plastic bottles, so they’re “green” too! It has a very soft feel to it, and it’s nice to work with!

Tomorrow I will be at the Rancocas Valley Regional High School Fall Crafter’s Marketplace in Mount Holly, NJ. The show goes from 9-3. If you’re in the area, stop by! It’s a great time to pick out some gifts for the holidays! As always, you can also find pendants on my Etsy shop, The Creative Kat, and I’m happy to post other pendants, earrings, bracelets, and ornaments on request.

Craft Show Photos and Nectarine Citrus Bean Salad Recipe!

I have a really yummy recipe to share with you, but first… last weekend my brother and I did our first craft fair together, and I wanted to share some photos! It went well and we both sold some of our pendants, earrings, and bracelets.

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On Saturday, we’ll be at the Hightstown Hometown Harvest Fair, and we have many more shows booked for November and December.

Kathryn's PendantsI will definitely be busy this fall making pendants, bracelets, and earrings, but it’s a great creative outlet, so I’m happy to be busy!

Kathryn's Earrings

Most of the items we had for sale were fused glass jewelry, but my brother also makes copper clay earrings, fused glass dishes, and enameled jewelry which are all really pretty!

Don's Jewelry

You can see how he makes the copper jewelry here. I haven’t tried making those myself, but it looks like a fun process that I would love to try sometime.

Don's Pendants

As I mentioned in my last post, if you can’t make it out to one of the shows, but are still interested in purchasing jewelry, I do list items on my Etsy shop under the username The Creative Kat. I will continue to add more jewelry, but can’t possibly list everything on Etsy (I make a lot of pendants!). However, if there’s something specific you’re looking for, or even general colors or styles that you’d like to see listed, I would be happy to make pendants in those styles/colors and add those listings for you.

Kathryn's Bracelets

And now, on to the recipe! I made this a little while back while nectarines were in season. If you can still find ripe nectarines near you, this is a really yummy and unique take on a bean salad! The addition of nectarine and citrus provides an unexpected, but really flavorful and slightly sweet addition to the typical bean salad. This would be a perfect dish to bring to a pot luck or to make when having friends or family over!

Bean Salad

Bean Salad Ingredients:

3 stalks of celery
1 yellow pepper
1 nectarine
1/4 cup cilantro
1 can kidney beans
1 can chickpeas
1/4 cup corn (fresh cut off the cob or frozen)

Dressing Ingredients:

2 limes
1 lemon
1 Tbsp spicy mustard
2 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp agave

Directions:

  • Chop the celery, yellow pepper, nectarine, and cilantro and place them in a mixing bowl. Drain and rinse the kidney beans and chickpeas and add them to the bowl along with the corn. Stir until everything is evenly distributed.
  • Juice the limes and lemon and pour the juice into a separate bowl. Add the mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper, and agave. Whisk up all the dressing ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the other ingredients in the mixing bowl. Toss so everything is coated. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

Handmade Fused Glass Pendants – New Etsy Shop!

I mentioned in my last post that I’m going to start selling my jewelry at craft shows, and today is my first one! I’m really excited to be starting this adventure at the TCNJ Community Fest in Ewing NJ! My brother, Don Morrison, and I will be there selling handmade glass jewelry including pendants, earrings, and bracelets.

I’m also hoping to sell hand dyed textiles, scarves in particular, but I don’t have them ready for this show. If you happen to be in the area, you should stop by. There are supposed to be quite a few vendors there! My brother and I will also be attending the Hometown Harvest Fair in Hightstown, NJ on October 12 and other craft fairs throughout the fall.

If you can’t make it out to a craft fair, I’ve started listing some of my pendants in my Etsy shop. It’s the creative side of The Vegan Kat…The Creative Kat! I have many more pendants than I’m able to list on Etsy, so if you like what you see, but are looking for a certain color or design, let me know. I can post other pendants or earrings based on what you’re interested in.

All of these pendants are handmade fused glass. They’re created by cutting out shapes in glass, choosing color combinations, arranging a design, and building up multiple layers of glass. Then the glass gets fused in a kiln and becomes a pendant!

Photo By: Don Morrison

Photo By: Don Morrison

I love playing with color and design, so it’s a really fun way to make little pieces of art to share with people! I hope you can stop by a craft fair sometime, or that you’ll check out my Etsy page and share if you like the pendants!

Experiments with Color and Shibori

I’ve been posting about hand dyed fabrics quite a bit recently. Hopefully you are all enjoying that in addition to the recipes. I’m enjoying sharing my food and crafting adventures with you! Hand dyeing is my newest crafting love. It’s just so fun creating your own fabric, and I love the surprise of seeing how it turns out!

I just finished my latest batch which was mostly an experiment with mixing color. I recently ordered some charcoal gray, a bright fire red, and a navy blue. The pure dyes (and some of the mixed ones) tend to be fairly bright, so I wanted to trying toning them down a bit. I accomplished this by mixing pure colors together and also mixing them with charcoal gray.

Cool Tones

We’ll start with the cooler tones. In the photo above, the fabric all the way to the left is charcoal gray by itself. The second from the left is an olive green, which was a mix of blue, yellow, and tiny bit of red. Oddly enough, when I was rinsing this one out the water ran a deep purple. The fabric must have absorbed most of the yellow and left more blue and red behind. The third from the left I honestly can’t remember what I mixed together to create that color, but I bet it was a mix of yellow, blue, and charcoal gray (I need to keep better notes!) The one all the way to the right is a chartreuse green created by mixing yellow with a tiny bit of turquoise.

Warm Tones

And now on to the warmer tones. The fabric all the way to the left is fire red by itself. It turned out very bright, but a truer red than the fuschia red I used last time. The second from the left is fire red with charcoal gray. The third from the left is orange with a little yellow and charcoal gray. The one all the way to the right is mostly yellow with a little orange and a little charcoal gray. One thing that I noticed about a lot of the fabrics was that they have little speckles of other colors. I haven’t had this happen with other batches. This could be caused by the dye not being mixed up enough, or it’s possible that a little bit of the red dye got into some of the other dye baths. It’s not a bad effect necessarily and I’m sure it could be the perfect texture for certain things, but it’s not what I intended.

Shibori Circles

Last, but not least, I also experimented with shibori. Shibori refers to a variety of Japanese techniques including folding, wrapping, binding, stitching, and other ways of manipulating fabric to create patterns when dyeing.

Stitched Circles

I specifically tried the technique of stitching fabric using a running stitch and then cinching it up tightly. I just free form stitched circles following staggered spacing in rows. I cinched up each circle and tied off the thread before dyeing the fabric in navy blue. The photo above shows what it looked like after I stitched the circles. The photo below shows what it looked like after cinching the circles.

Cinched Circles

I’m really happy with the results of the concentric circle fabric! This was somewhat time consuming and a little challenging (of course that means I loved it!) The toughest part was cutting the stitches out after the fabric was dyed and dried. They’re cinched so tight it’s a challenge to snip the threads without cutting the fabric by accident.

Shibori Circles

The other didn’t turn out quite as well. I think I made the stitched design too intricate. You can see that the patterning did not show up in the center medallion except for the zig zag circle. The other mistake I made was using the wrong thread. I tried using cotton quilting thread, which is not strong enough to be cinched up without snapping frequently. Once I switched to a thick thread for sewing denim it went a lot smoother.

Shibori Zigzag

The circles around the outside were created by bunching up a little bit of fabric and wrapping thread tightly around it. I like the way these turned out. I will definitely be trying out more stitched shibori, and I look forward to using these fabrics to make quilts, pillows, and lots of other crafty things!