Posts Tagged 'cute'

Taylor’s Custom Piggy Pouch

Upon seeing the crochet items Amigami has for sale, particularly the Mushroom Pouches, my longtime friend came to me requesting a piece of custom work.  He loved the idea of a plush lined pouch, and wanted to know if I could make a pig.  This darling piggy pouch is the result.

Made using the spiraling Amigurumi crochet technique, this super soft piggy is made from Lion Brand Baby yarn, and measures about 8″ x 5″.  The ears, feet, and snout were crocheted separately and attached during the construction process, along with the black button eyes (with white embroidery floss).  The pig’s curly tail doubles as a drawstring – when it’s pulled tight & knotted closed, not only does it appear pig-like, it also disguises the pouch’s opening!

The inner liner is actually a continuation of the crochet work.  Once the opening is completed, I simply continue crocheting a tapered oval shape, then turn  it inside-out into the pig and use the yarn’s slack to tack it down through the snout.

This little pig is super cute, and I’m absolutely inspired to delve further into the animal kingdom.  If you have any ideas for my next animal pouch, please share!

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Swallowtail Butterfly Knot Charms Now Available!

These butterfly charms have become my instant new favorite, as I’m sure they will be yours.

Butterflies are recognized the world over as symbols of joy, life & love. These beautiful butterflies are knotted in the Chinese tradition, with a central Mystic Knot. Otherwise known as the Pan Chang, this knot dates back thousands of years in Asian culture, and is considered one of the eight Buddhist treasures. An extremely auspicious symbol, the Mystic Knot is said to bring happiness both to the wearer, as well as all who view it.

The wings of the butterfly are interwoven with Josephine Knots (or Carrick Bends), a well-recognized Celtic knot representing true love. The tails of the butterfly feature an additional Josephine Knot, along with Chinese Button Knots and metallic accent beads.

Measuring about 3 inches long, and made out of a single strand of 2mm satin cord in a gorgeous redwood brown, this swallowtail charm is the perfect centerpiece for any necklace!

And lucky, I just happen to have matching necklaces!  Made of high quality complementary satin cord, these clasp-free necklaces are completely adjustable, making them great for all ages. Just pull on the necklace to open (don’t worry, it’s sturdy!), then pull the central knot apart to re-close.  The center of the necklace can be looped through most charms or pendants for an instant new look, making this necklace the ultimate in versatility.

Both of these great items are currently for sale in my Etsy shop, and they have already become a high-demand item locally.  They’re absolutely gorgeous and ornate, and look fabulous on women of all ages, so make sure to pick one up today!  And remember, I can always fulfill custom color requests, just ask!

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

2 Tone Suri Alpaca Beanie – 100% Handmade, From Cut To Crochet

This is hopefully only the first of many in a very special series of crochet work.  My partner Ramon travels the countryside each spring shearing alpacas, and a few weeks ago he returned with some of the fruits of his labor.

Mother Rasha & cria Morningstar, donors for the White fiber in this hat!

Amongst his clients is Vision Acres Ranch of Berkeley Country, West Virginia.  After the 2009 shearing season, Judy of Vision Acres began processing this high-quality alpaca fiber into exquisite hand-spun dual-toned yarn.  And it’s not just the dual coloring which makes this yarn unique – it is composed of 100% Suri Alpaca fiber.

Herdsire Scimitar (a.k.a. "Sam") contributed the brown yarn for this hat!

Suris, unlike their more popular fluffy Huacaya counterparts, feature fiber which forms natural locks, giving the final product an altogether different consistency and feel than your standard alpaca fiber.  Thank you to the Judy & everyone at Vision Ares Ranch for caring for these beautiful animals & creating the yarn, as well as to Ramon for shearing the alpacas and for bringing me spoils.

The hat is created using a modified version of a stylish beanie pattern I found in the Ravelry databases.  Unbelievably soft & warm, it’s also extremely breathable, making this hat a great year-round accessory.  Accented by a large natural-colored button I found in my mother’s vintage sewing supplies, this luxurious hat has certainly been given the personal touch from start to finish.

Crochet Pittsburgh Hats now on Etsy!

I postponed listing these hats for fear of jinxing the big game, but alas, I have no more to fear.  These frilled hats are absolutely awesome, and stretch to fit most adults.

Constructed from acrylic yarn, the hat’s scalloped pattern is made by chaining gaps in the design which are then worked over with a double crochet technique to make the “fan” appearance.   These hats are extremely versatile and would look great with any color scheme (contact me about making yours!)  I found the tri-color design is especially nice for representing your favorite sports teams.

Also listed is a small Butterfly Beanie, made using the double crochet technique, in the same rich violet I’ve used in some of my other listings.  It’s not the right shape for me personally, but I think this hat would look adorable on any little girl.  I do like the Butterfly concept, however, and I intend on working it into other designs.

Stuffed Mushroom Pouches Now For Sale on Etsy!

These hand-made crochet plush mushroom pouches are now on sale in the Amigami Etsy shop!  Made with machine-washable, kid-friendly acrylic yarn, and stuffed with soft polyester filling, these cute little pouches are a great way to fashionably carry and protect your belongings.

Standing between 4-5 inches high, each mushroom features an inner crocheted lining which measures about 3 inches wide by 4 inches deep.  Finished with a brown satin cord drawstring, these cute little mushrooms are made using the spiraling Amigurumi crochet technique typically used in children toys.

Even though I’m just now posting these on the web, these Stuffed Mushrooms are already an Amigami best-seller, and make great gifts for anyone from kids to grandmothers.  There are several colors and sizes available, make sure to get yours while they last!

And of course, any requests for custom mushroom colors/sizes will gladly be accommodated.

Lex’s Tokidoki Buttons!

I am absolutely infatuated with anything which can be described as “simple” and “cute.”  That’s why when I first discovered design firm Tokidoki a few years back, I instantly fell in love with their adorably chaotic graphics.

Many of my friends know far too well of my penchant for the cute, and on my recent visit to my dear friend Lex in Cleveland, she unloaded on me a literal army of super precious Tokidoki buttons!  She made these using a simple button maker and a Tokidoki address book which she recently purchased and sectioned out.

Well, I couldn’t just pick out one, so Lex (in her ultimate generosity) let me have 5!  I know it’s not my art — technically it’s not Lex’s either — but these buttons are just too good to pass up!


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