Friday, December 16, 2016

Eco Crochet Cup Cozy in Colorful Yarns By RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

I Crochet and Knit pretty much all the time - people who have been in my apartment have seen all the Handmade items that I have made myself and use in my daily life .... and that is how my newest Handmade Crochet product came to be.

It is called a "Cup Cozy" Red and Green Set of 3 of them in this photo to the left.

But those who I have met in a Starbucks - and the people working at Starbucks, where I go the most often for that cup of Tea (I don't drink Coffee any more) while I am On-The-Go, have seen my Cozy that I carry with me and put on my Hot Cups there - instead of those paper ones they give out that I can't stand.

Here to the right is a Cup Cozy Set of 2 in Blues - and, hey, these go with your Jeans (LOL)!!

They are all crocheted with Cotton Worsted Yarn doubled up - or Double Cotton Worsted Yarn - both of which I have plenty of in Peaches and Cream Colors (new colors - and older discontinued colors that I still have).

These are soft Cotton - they stretch a little bit to fit and "hug" whatever cup size you buy - they actually make it easier to hold the cup and really protect your fingers from the Hot Cup.

I like mine that I carry with me (in a color not yet available in my Etsy Shop) -- works much better and adds a bit of color to that part of life!!

Eco-Friendly for three reasons:

  1. Replaces the disposable paper cup cozies given out at most Coffee/Tea Shops - Reducing Waste!
  2. Made with Eco-Friendly Non-Toxic Cotton Yarn (I have checked - this particular Cotton Yarn is made with non-toxic colors and that is verified by tested waste-waters at the yarn manufacturers.).
  3. Re-usable for a long time!!
I have lots of this Cotton Yarn - I have 2 more Cup Cozy Sets in my Etsy Shop, as shown below - and I can make Custom Orders for people in the Colors of their choice by Request ... h-m-m-m, I think there is an Americana Red, White and Blue Set coming soon!!

Funky Colored Cup Cozy Set By RSS Designs In Fiber

 Pink and Burgundy Cup Cozy and Coaster Set

Friday, December 2, 2016

Completed Custom Order of Irish Crochet Hearts by RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Email RSS Designs In Fiber to Request Your Own Custom Order

Yes, I do Custom Orders!!

This Custom Order in the photo above was for 6 of these Irish Crochet Hearts I crochet - with the Crystal E-Beads crocheted in.  Each Pink Heart has 3 Irish Crochet Roses in a Shaded Pink Thread inside it.

The original pattern - that these are based on - was in an older Craft magazine I had from years ago.
I've been making them for years - in different colors, fibers and sizes - and, sometimes, a slightly different crochet design!

I have some for sale in my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Shops!

See my Irish Crochet Hearts in my Etsy Shop!

See more of these Irish Crochet Hearts in my "Hearts in Fiber Art Decor" Section of my Bonanza Booth!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Knitting Hats Again - and These Are Custom Made-to-Order

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Ribbed Knit Hat by RSS Designs In Fiber - Shown in Blue and Gray Tweed - Choice of Size and Colors
Handmade Ribbed Knit Hat by RSS Designs In Fiber - Shown in Blue and Gray Tweed - Custom Made-To-Order

I do a lot of Crocheting - but I decided it was time to Knit some Hats again.  Knitted Hats in a Ribbed Knit, like the one above - and the one below - are really nice because of the way they "hug" the head! 

They also have a bit more stretch than other knitting patterns,  so they fit different sizes of heads, so you can buy one as a gift and not worry too much if it will exactly fit.

But I decided to do Handmade Hats as Custom Made-To-Order, so the Customer can choose the Size from the Size list, which I have for both of these Knitted Hats. ~~ And, like in the Hat pictured above, I also can offer it in different colors to be paired with the Gray for the Tweed - I am offering that Hat in these color themes:

  • Country Blue - and Heather Gray (shown in photo above)
  • Autumn Red - and Heather Gray 
  • Dark Country Blue - and Heather Gray 
  • Dark Sage Green - and Heather Gray
It will only take a few days to make - and I will ship it on the next Post Office business day after completing it and sending a picture of it to the Customer.  I always send a picture of the completed Handmade item whenever I do a Custom Order - and ship it as soon as I can!

On the other hand - the Hat pictured below is made in a Yarn that is an Ombre Chunky Yarn of Red, Blue and Tan (what is called a Primitive Americana color theme) and I am offering it in a choice of Sizes - from 20 Inches Around Head to 25 Inches Around Head.

It, too, will take a few days to complete in the size chosen - and then ship.

 Handmade Ribbed Knit Hat in Americana Red - Blue - Tan - by RSS Designs In Fiber - Choose Size

All my Handmade Hats, Headbands and Scarves are available on Etsy - and you can put in a Custom Request on Etsy, too if you want one in a certain pattern or in different colors or yarns!  Just ask me!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Brand New Basket Made By RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Email Me For A Private Sale

 Handmade Basket By RSS Designs In Fiber - Multi-Color Dots and Light Blue Design
Handmade Round Basket - Multi-Colored Dots with Light Blue Accent - By RSS Designs In Fiber

This 8 Inch Diameter Basket that is 4 Inches High would make a nice - and useful - Decor Accent for:
  • Bathroom
  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room or Table
  • Den
  • Office
The Main Color is a Variegated or Ombre Yarn with White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Purple - and I made a Band in Light Blue just below the top rim.

With these Colors and Design - it fits well in a Casual Setting!!

The Basket is 100% Cotton - So it is Washable either by Hand or in a Machine as you would wash any Cotton Knit item:  Cool/Cold Wash ---- I recommend letting it Dry turned upside down over a Bowl to keep its Shape.  -----  These Yarns wash up nice - I know as I have multiple items of my own made with these cotton yarns!!


Here is a Closeup of the Basket Empty so you can see all the Colors and the Design clearly

 Closeup of Handmade Basket Empty showing inside colors and design - By RSS Designs In Fiber

You can find a variety of other Baskets in other Colors - made by RSS Designs In Fiber - with matching Potholders and / or Mats at:

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

In Handmade Finds By On Fire for Handmade Again! My Fine Thread Crochet Art in Yellow and Orange!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Field of Flowers Doily with Yellow and Orange Flowers By RSS Designs In Fiber

Yellow and Orange!
Bright - Cheerful - Sunny!

Well those are the reasons I decided to make this "Field of Flowers Doily"

It has several shades of Yellow - from very Pale Yellow to a Darker Yellow - and then there is the Orange thrown in!  And it has a Ruffle - very feminine!

It is crocheted by me, Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber, in very Fine Heirloom weight high quality DMC Threads - all DMC Cordonnet Special in Size 30.

And Anne Hopfer of On Fire For Handmade decided to put this Doily I made in this week's Handmade Event:
- where until this Saturday, October 22nd - you can vote in the Poll for your favorite - So, you can Vote for "RSS Designs In Fiber"!!

In any case - you might like to take a look and have some fun seeing all the genuine Handmade at On Fire For Handmade!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Collection of Delightful Handmade For The Fall or Autumn - Creative and OOAK - by Indie Sellers I Know Of Online

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

 Fall Colors Handmade Basket I Crocheted on RSS Designs In Fiber
Handmade Basket in Fall Colors - Crocheted by Ruth Sandra Sperling of RSS Designs In Fiber

Over the years I have been selling my Handmade online I found other Indie Sellers with a common interest in Genuine Handmade - creating, designing and presenting individual pieces - many of which are One-Of-A-Kind!  

Here are a few of the Handmade pieces by some of them - All in Fall Colors and/or Fall Themes!

Thanks to Julie of Blue Morning Expressions - The Blue Print Blog - who co-ordinates a year-ending promotion of Indie Sellers - a series Julie calls the "Countdown to Christmas" starting with this post here  - but with the all the Fall and Winter Holidays, I think it is much more than that!

I went through the first 5 weeks of the promotion and chose a selection of Handmade that represent the Artisan craft skills of these people - and I think each one of these items would be great for this Fall Season!

Coral and Orange Art Glass Plate with Stringer Accents, 8 Inch Square, Fused Glass Platter By Glass Artist Kellie of Resetar Glass Art
Coral Orange Fused Glass Art Plate By Kellie of  Resetar Glass Art

Bright Purple Beardstongue and Hayseed Photograph Taken By Butterfly In The Attic
Bright Purple Beardstongue Flower Photograph Taken by Butterfly In The Attic - Wall Art

Steampunk Clock Necklace Owl Necklace By Linda of Treasures of Jewels
Clock Necklace with Owl Charms - Hand-Designed By Linda of Treasures of Jewels

Amber Handmade Lampwork Glass Pressed Lentil Bead Copper Disks Ivory By Charlotte of Covergirlbeads
Lampwork Glass Bead in Fall Ivory and Copper - Made by GlassWork Artist Charlotte of Covergirlbeads

Tree of Life Necklace Set - Boho Unique Woodland Jewelry By Mary of Pretty Gonzo
Tree Of Life Boho Woodland Necklace and Earrings Set - By Mary of Pretty Gonzo

Hand Knit Orange Pumped Up Pumpkin Wash Cloth or Dish Cloth By Sharon of HollyKnitter
Hand-Knitted Pumpkin Cloth By Sharon of HollyKnitter

Large Bear Silhouette Pendant in Rust Brown Steel with Leather Braided Cord By The Singing Beader
Bear Pendant Necklace By The Singing Beader

Lampwork Earrings in Autumn Colors By Barbara of Solana Kai Designs
Lampwork Earrings in Autumn Colors by Barbara of Solana Kai Designs

Pumpkin Spice Coin Purse, Earbud Pouch By Donna of SewAmazin
Pumpkin Pouch Sewn By Donna of SewAmazin

Vintage Owl Tags by Nat of Adore By Nat
Handmade Owl Tags - Vintage Inspired Design - By Nat of Adore By Nat

Orange Bead Wire Weave Earrings By Cathy of Crafting Memories
Orange Beaded Earrings by Cathy of Crafting Memories

Orange Beaded Necklace with Copper Leaf Pendant by Blonde Peach Jewelry
Hand-Designed Beaded Necklace with Copper Leaf Pendant - By Sharon of Blonde Peach Jewelry

Beautiful Spalted Tamarind Small Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings by ExoticWoodJewelryAnd handcrafted ecofriendly
Exotic Wood Dangle Earrings By Exotic Wood Jewelry

Leaf Fairy Blue Leather Turquoise Picasso Druk Magatama BOHO Bracelet by Kats All That on Artfire
Turqouise and Leaf Bracelet by Kats All That

Deer Wall Hanging Clock Handmade From Maple Wood by Kevs Krafts
Hand-Carved Clock with Deer - Nature Scene - By Kevs Krafts

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Newest Made-To-Order Crocheted Cold Weather Hat in Handmade Finds by On Fire For Handmade

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

Made-To-Order Winter Hat in 2 color Design - Showing Autumn Red with Contrasting Bone
Made-To-Order Hat by RSS Designs In Fiber

This Hat I make is truly Handmade - each one ordered will be made specifically per the Customer's selections of Color and of Adult Size ( 20 Inches to 25 Inches around Head).

It is Crocheted in So-Soft Caron Simply Soft Yarn in a 2-Color Design as pictured above in Autumn Red and Bone - the Color Options are:
  • Autumn Red and Bone (as pictured)
  • Dark Country Blue and Bone
  • Dark Sage Green and Bone
  • Chocolate Brown and Bone

 Below is a Closeup showing the Stretch-y Ribbed Cuff in Solid Autumn Red with the 2 color Design above the Ribbing.

 Closeup 2 Color Winter Hat - Choice of Color with Bone - Autumn Red showing

Anne Hopfer of  On Fire for Handmade included this Hat of mine in her

Take a Look - You can Vote for "RSS Designs In Fiber" in the Poll at the bottom of the page this week through October 15, 2016 !

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My Handmade Hickory Browns Scarf and Hat Set in On Fire for Handmade Great Finds

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

Hickory Red Browns Scarf and Hat Set by RSS Designs In Fiber on Etsy

By now most readers of this blog know I love "doing Handmade" - making things actually!

Above is a photo of a Scarf and Hat Set I made in the Fall Colors, "Hickory Red Browns" - which can easily be seen .... but what can't be seen is how Soft and Silky the Eyelash Yarn the Set is made with is!!

If this goes with a Coat or Scarf you have - it is a really nice Accessory to wear!

"Potters Clay Great Handmade Finds" on On Fire By Handmade

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Handmade For Back To School

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade In --
 - My Bonanza Booth
 - My Etsy Shop
 - My On Fire For Handmade Gift Guide Store
 - Or Contact Me Privately To Order My Handmade

Have You Thought About Getting Handmade Items For Going Back To School??

Hand-Crocheted Laptop Sleeve by RSS Designs In Fiber

If my Parents were around to see this, they might laugh - you see - when I went to College at the University of Illinois, I had with me a number of outfits that I had sewn myself on my own Pfaff Sewing Machine, which they had bought me when I was in High School (I still have it, LOL - and the 90% metal machine still runs when properly oiled)!!

So, when I mention "Handmade For Back To School", I speak from the Heart - and from my own life!

I not only had clothes I had sewn for myself - I also Crocheted Hats and Scarves - got into Beading on a Loom for a while ..... yes - I did Handmade all through College for myself and some others.

But not all people Sew or Crochet or Knit or do Woodworking or Make Jewelry or create things in Polymer Clay etc. etc. -- and that is what all these Handmade Sellers online - on various sites - have to offer you - Genuine Quality Handmade for the students in your life to have when they go Back To School.

So, I thought I would share some of my own Handmade which I think would be useful for students  going to School - all ages.  ~~~ Then I will share a few items from a few of my friends, who I know do Quality Handmade, that I also think might be useful for students.

Here - Some Items I Have Made Appropriate For "Back To School"

Woven Crochet Multi-Color Handmade Basket by RSS Designs In Fiber

Green and Ivory Hand-Crocheted Cloth by RSS Designs In Fiber

Hand-Crocheted Red and White Shoulder Bag or Tote by RSS Designs In Fiber

Key Chain Hand-Crocheted with Red Roses and Green Leaves
Irish Crochet by RSS Designs In Fiber

Hat, Scarf  Neckwarmer, and Headband Set in "Black Licorice" Boucle Yarn
By RSS Designs In Fiber


Now - A Few Handmade Items By Friends ......

PushPins with Decorative Polymer Clay Daisies Made by Julie Cleveland of Blu Morning Expressions

Westies in Sweaters Quilted Sunglass Case or Cell Phone Pocket
Westies Glass Case or Cell Phone Packet Handmade by Donna of SewAmazin

Unique Peace Sign Earrings Dark Gray Nearly Black Gunmetal Wirewrapped
Peace Sign Earrings Made by Connie of The Singing Beader

Peek-A-Boo Cat Coasters, Cat Butt Mug Rugs, Peeking Cat Butt Coasters, Handmade Coasters, Crochet Cat Coasters, Set of 4 Cat Butt Coasters
Cat Coasters for the Cat Lover - Handmade By Nancy of Wyvern Designs

One of a kind copper dog rescue handmade earrings.
Dog Rescue "Dog Paw in Heart" Copper Earrings for Dog Lovers
By Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs Jewelry

Pink Baby Receiving Blanket Soft Pink Lace New Baby Girl HandKnit Caron Simply Soft Yarn
Made-To-Order Small Pink Hand-Knitted Blanket by Nancy of  Nancys Knots and Lace
(I thought a Baby-Size Blanket would be a nice throw for a Girl going away to school)

Well - these are just a few ideas I came up with for "Handmade For Back To School" - you can find more items in each Shop these items are in - and all over the Venues these items are in!

Add Something Special - And Maybe on the Unique Side - To Going Back To School!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RSS Designs In Fiber Thread Crochet in Handmade Great Finds This Week

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

Aqua and Navy Blue Thread Crochet Coaster-Size Doily

On Fire For Handmade - a site that showcases and promotes genuine Handmade - has a Weekly Event for Handmade Great Finds - Each Week is a Theme - either a Color Theme or Seasonal Theme.

This Week the Handmade Great Finds is a "Limpet Shell" Color Theme -- Limpet Shell is a Shade of Aqua chosen by Pantone for this 2016 Season, as shown in the On Fire For Handmade photo here:

The Aqua in the Thread Crochet piece of mine in the photo above is that Shade of Aqua.  I crocheted it with rounds of different colors in the design - the darker contrasting Navy Blue helps to bring out the design.

It is really all about Handmade - and how people get creative making things!!

Take a look at this Week's On Fire For Handmade Great Finds!  There is a poll at the bottom for voting for a Favorite - including my Thread Crochet piece - if you like it, Vote for RSS Designs In Fiber!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

White June Roses and Pearls Doily - Romantic Style Irish Crochet Lace Decor by RSS Designs In Fiber

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

This Handmade Crocheted Lace Doily has White Crocheted Multi-layer Roses with 4 Glass White  Pearls crocheted in the middle of each.

Roses are the June Flower - Pearls are a June Birthstone!

Both White Roses and White Pearls are supposed to mean Innocence, Purity, New Beginnings!

So - I thought a Doily such as this with both White Roses and White Pearls would be nice for June - and possibly Decor for June Weddings and/or Brides!

It is 11 Inches in Diameter - with 6 Crocheted Roses around the edge of a Graphic Round Center, which is 6 Inches in Diameter.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

My Newest Handmade - 3D Rose Cluny Lace Doily - Decorated with Polymer Clay Rose Beads

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - Get My Handmade in my Bonanza Booth or my Etsy Shop -- or Privately

I wanted to incorporate some the Beautiful Polymer Clay Rose Beads made by Julie Cleveland of "polymerclaybeads" on Etsy into my Handmade Crochet - and I felt that the 3D Rose Doily pictured above  was the best idea!

The Light Green center is a Cluny Lace pattern motif I got from a DMC Crochet Book - I crocheted in the 8 Polymer Clay Rose Beads on the end of each of the 8 spokes of the Cluny Lace patterns - so that they were in-between the 8 3D Irish Crochet Roses.

Here is a closeup, where you can see the detail of the Rose Beads on either side of a 3D Pink Crocheted Rose:

The detail on the Rose Beads are of individual Roses and Leaves in Polymer Clay Handmade by Julie Cleveland - and placed on a clay bead.

 The 3D Irish Crochet Rose is crocheted in DMC Pearl Cotton in Shaded Pinks - with 4 Layers of Crocheted Petals.

All in the Colors of Nature!

Nature in Arts and Crafts!!

See all the details including size and materials in my Etsy listing.