Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Design for Handmade Hanging Pot Holder - with Tunisian Crochet

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber
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Kitchen Hanging Potholders in Berry Colors

I learned how to do the Basic Tunisian Crochet - and when I did it with an Ombre (or Variegated) Yarn, I found out the beautiful look that resulted - Abstract, but I loved it!

So-o-o, I decided to use it to make some Centers for Pot Holders and other Decor - and the set above was my first project that I did and listed online.

Below is a Closeup of the Tunisian Crochet Center for the Pot Holder on the right in the Above Photo!

Closeup of Tunisian Crochet Center for Hanging Pot Holder in Berry Colors
Around the Tunisian Crochet Center are rounds in Colors that fit:  Mauve Purple and the Winterberry Ombre and White.

Tunisian Crochet Basic, done tightly, with an Afghan Crochet Hook that makes tight stitches with the Yarn or Thread you are working with, results in a rather dense, tight Solid Fabric.  I crocheted it that way intentionally - I wanted a Tight, Dense fabric that would result in a fabric thick enough to be Protective for picking up Hot Pots or Dishes!

I moved on to my next project using Tunisian Crochet to make Pot Holders with a Yarn in different shades of one Color - Yellow - mixed in with White -- it is called "Daisy Ombre" by Peaches and Creme (though it is a discontinued Color now).

Yellow Hanging Pot Holder Set with Tunisian Crochet Center

It is a little different with this kind of Colored Ombre Yarn, as the Colors are really Analogous, making a more Monochromatic Color Theme - but enough of a difference from the White to the Darker Yellow to create a design.  I really like this one, too!

Here is the Closeup of the Tunisian Crochet Center for this Pot Holder design:

Closeup of Tunisian Crochet Center of Yellow Daisy Ombre Yarn Hanging Pot Holder

I thought that these Yellow "Daisy Ombre" Pot Holders would fit well in a Kitchen where Yellow is either a Main Color in the decorating theme - or an Accent Color.  From what I have heard from different people - Yellow is often a color in Kitchens (I think)!

A New Crochet Technique incorporated into making my Handmade Decor to add more variety to what I make - I like the "Abstract Design" that results!

There is one thing, though - Tunisian Crochet does not look the same on the back - so I've included a picture below of the BACK of the Yellow Daisy Ombre Pot Holders - the back of the Closeup above, so you can see how it looks - which I also like!

Back of Yellow Daisy Ombre Pot Holder with Tunisian Crochet Center

My Artfire Collection for Four-Footed Friends

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE and ETSY

I don't know about you, but I've had a lot of "Four-Footed Friends" in my life - here's my Tribute to them with Arts and Crafts picturing a variety of them!!


Tame Pets -- and some from the Wild, which I just love seeing!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

What Are You Doing For Good Summer Days??

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on Artfire and Etsy and Bonanza

Well, It Is Almost SUMMER!  For most School-age Kids, it is a time of more Fun and, possibly, more Freedom than when in School - for many Adults, it is a time for outside Family Fun or Warm-Weather Vacations!!

Here is a "2014 Summer Fun-zine From Our Hands To Yours" published by Blue Morning Expressions (a friend, Julie Cleveland) - with a Selection of Handmade - including Summer Recipes - From Independent Artists, Designers and Vintage Sellers!

I , as RSS Designs In Fiber, am in this on Page 20 with a few pieces of Handmade I am selling (see below too) - along with a Recipe for my favorite Summer Salad!

You might have a fun time looking through this zine - seeing what the 34 Artisans contributed!

Here is some of my own "Summer Fun" Handmade - the first 3 are featured in the above "Summer Fun-zine" ~~~

Decor For Some July 4th Fun!!

Symbolizing Beach or Ocean Fun - "Diving Dolphin"

In A Mixture of Greens - A Set of Cotton Pot Holders To Keep Your Summer Fun Safe!

A Bright Red and White All Cotton Sun Hat and Tote For Summer Fun Outings!

Americana Design Lace Bag To Use On July 4th - Or Whenever You Want To Look Patriotic

I have fond memories of a lot of the SUMMERS in my life - and HANDMADE had been a part of those memories going back almost as far as I can remember.

I wish All Real "Summer Fun" - maybe they do their own HANDMADE, maybe they like and get some of the HANDMADE that I - or other Artisans - make and sell --- which ever you choose - maybe the Creativity in HANDMADE can make your life BETTER!