Category Archives: Embellishment

Electronic knitty

Check this out… I think it would be great to apply to a knitted garment just for fun…. hmmm my rusty wheels are spinning.

Lilly Pad Arudino Tutorial for Electronic Embellishments for Textile Projects 


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Wedding Shawl



  • 10 skeins of “Sari” by Lana Grossa in White
  • US size 19 needles (Plastic not wood)
  • Large tapestry needle (plastic)

The pattern is simple:
Alternate segments of rows of garter stitch (2, 3, 4 rows) with a row of yarnovers (yo 3 and yo 4). Vary your garter stitch row numbers and yarn over numbers randomly. Finish up all of your yarn. Sew in the ends with the tapestry needle. You’re done.

I’m actually tempted to make this stole again in brown, but this time string those little mermaid scale hanging round sequins (in both contrasting and complementary colors) on the yarn before I knit. I really wish that this yarn came in a pale aqua blue.

There were times when using the large, large needles really bothered me because they were so clunky. I actually had to rest my hands and wrists between periods of knitting this piece because the exaggerated motions required when using these large tools really wore me down.


We had to take our wedding pictures before the ceremony… breaking with tradition, but that’s okay… we’re that kind of family. By the way… that bouquet was just a bunch of flowers I picked on the side of the road. Stop the Car!” I cried when I spotted them. The photographer said that it was the nicest bouquet she’d seen in a long time.

I broke down and took the actual shawl out of storage so I could take a photo of it in detail. I’ll post these later today. Holding the stole and touching my wedding dress brought back very nice-nice memories of our wedding and as our 1st year anniversary is around the bend it was sort of a nice memory sparker. Our wedding was happily stress free and just want we wanted… a happy time on the beach with friends and family, and there were tons of flowers. I did invest in the flowers because to me strangely they were more important than the dress. I made sure there was plenty of Pikake (jasmine), maile leaves and lots of tuberoses and plumeria ordering leis for the wedding party and our guests. If you ever want to get married on the Big Island in Hawaii I do suggest that you call “Lani’s Floral” she did an absolutely fabulous job preparing my flowers, and she’s a wonderfully nice lady too.


Brother in law, Sister in law, Husband and Me


Sunset on the beach before we went to chow down at our reception

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Dragon Scales

Sorry about the dim quality of the first photo.  I’m still messing with this digital camera to figure out how to get the best photos.

I actually finished this a few weeks ago, but I really had a hard time looking at it after it was finished. I was cleaning off my craft table the other day and I found it neatly folded underneath a pile of merino and cotton skeins.

Yarn and Materials: Elann Sonata and Elann Esprit/color: Grand Canyon, dark green e beads

Details: I wanted to try designing a simple pattern using lace with some beaded embellishments. I decided to use the extra balls of Sonata I had lying around to practice. The ribbing was done in Esprit, and I used the ‘falling leaves’ pattern from Mary Webb’s Knitting Stitches for the body. I prestrung the beads before knitting for both the upper part of the body and then seperately for the rolled collar. The armholes were too deep, so I had to make some adjustments with crochet to the armholes. As you can see I’m still shy about showing off the armholes here, and honestly I’ll probably never wear this thing, but it was great to be able to practice.


I like Sonata as a yarn for doing bulky cotton cable (fat cables) sweaters, and although the fabric from this yarn in lace blocked fairly well. I will probably never use the yarn again for this type of design. It’s pretty to look at and the color of the yarn looks great, but I’m not sure it will hang well. I did like knitting with it because the pattern of the lace seemed fairly well defined even before blocking, it might be good to use to just knit sample or test lace panels when you are planning or designing your own lace, so you can see it defined first. It’s sort of like making a wax model before casting an object.

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Decorative felting techniques

 Just for Giselle 🙂

Needle felting is another way of “cheating at color” instead of knitting color into items that you are felting.  I found a great tutorial on the technique here and here:

Pretty felted flower (see image above):

Some creative ideas in form from Bez White:

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