Friday, January 4, 2008

CircleVK Mosaic Cross

Welcome to the viewing of Katiebeans's first commissioned piece, the CircleVK Mosaic Cross. After seeing my owl table, my aunt requested a green and maroon cross for her ranch in Texas. The ranch is pretty country-home in decor so I wanted the cross to look rustic.

I ordered a hideous teal colored cross with a wooden dove glued on the front off of ebay. I pried the dove off, chiseling away at the hot glue that was attractively visible around the edges of the dove. $10 well spent. Then I created a design on a paper outline with pre-cut stone mosaic pieces from an art supply store. I applied pre-mixed grout to the cross and pressed on the stone pieces.

I am happy with the result, but the grout is a little too white to feel rustic to me.

I Feel Electric Pink Lumberjack Hat

As I post this post, I am wearing the Electric Pink Lumberjack Hat. Inspired by the fur lumberjack hats walking around this NYC (see right), I, Katiebeans, figured I could make something similar with a little more funk.

The Electric Pink started out as hdc in rounds with increases. The back and earflaps are dc in turns with 2 rows of grey in sc for the faux fur trim. The faux fur front flap is actually a "fur" stitch made using sc around a knitting needle. While I don't normally condone crochet hooks mingling with knitting needles, I was down with the result.
What do you think? Urban Lumberjack? Did I capture the style? The streets may not be ready for the funk yet, but you better believe my apartment is.