Named “Suzy Q,” this first image is of the cloche I designed especially for Alamo City Etsy Team’s silent action coming up to support breast cancer research. The hat is made from a sublime blend of the softest rayon, bamboo and acrylic fibers. Five different types of yarn are used in the making of this hat. After frogging it quite a few times, I’m pretty happy with the result. It’s perfect! I just finished it’s certificate of authenticity tag and will be shipping this tomorrow morning!
Pink Curly Q
The following images are a couple cute puppet critters I made for Spirit Jumps. Making puppets like this came about thanks to school homework projects my kids have had over the years. Where they have been assigned a writing project involving writing a play, making props and of course, making their puppets – then later performing it for the younger grades. Pretty cool and creative, but when it gets assigned more than once, you start figuring out new ways to do it. And being a yarnie, well – of course I’m going to use my yarn! Anyway…. My kids and I have had a lot of fun perfecting this project.
A collaborative work.
You can find puppet kits in my store at: www.PixieWorx.Etsy.com.
Purple/Blue Puppet Critter
Pink Puppet Critter
It was a pleasure to meet Niki and her husband at the Lockhart Rites of Spring 2009 Festival. I always bring work in progress’ to shows, because I’m usually teaching or demonstrating at shows too. And I rarely have less than 5 things going all at once. Plus it allows people to watch me work, and they know for certain that yes – I really do make everything I sell. And I can customize on the spot. Well, in all honesty, that’s where the story of Niki’s Hat begins….
Niki's Hat 2
Yep – see that bald styrofoam head in the background. It was wearing Niki’s hat, before it was finished. Sometimes I have projects that I initially visualize one way, but they evolve into something different. Niki’s hat is one of those examples. And while I was hanging out at the show, I was playing with that hat and trying out different flowers and motifs. Styrofoam heads are great for pinning hat pieces and motifs together when you’re trying to get ideas. And that’s when Niki discovered this hat….
Niki's Hat - Lockhart 2009 Spring Art Show
Sure enough, at the end of the show I was working busily to finish off the flower motif. Luckily I still had some red chenile fibers handy, or that flower could not have been customized with a cherry red center! I always carry at least some yarn with me to shows, so I can get some work done or let customers get an idea of options for custom orders. But I do not carry by far the range of colors and fibers that I work with at home. It was kind of scary there for a moment, because the red pin I used to tack the flower for my brain storming made it quite clear that red was the perfect center!
Niki's Hat - Side view of bamboo flower
All in all, it turned out wonderfully! Niki said she liked how light it was and she prefered me to leave the tails for the flower draping for her. So cute and Niki’s such a doll! Thanks to Niki, Abigail and Robert for making the show just a joy to be a part of!
Named “Dorothy” after my paternal grandmother who helped teach me to crochet and sew, this Aberrant HeadGear(TM) cloche by Pixie Worx!(TM) is created in black, white and shades of gray, finished off with a black embroidered bow done “flower style” and topped with a “cherry red” center.
Dorothy – Sweet and Soft Cloche
My Grandma Dorothy is a lymphoma cancer survivor at 89 years old and just recently finished her latest round of chemo. Both my grandmothers who taught me to crochet (since Mom was left-handed and I wasn’t) have been incredible resources and examples to me my entire life. It is absolutely because of them that I crochet, even being able to push the bar to do things never thought of before. Grandma Dorothy has always been an inspiration to me, as with every round of chemo she keeps a smile on her face, a ready hug for every person she knows and crochets yet another little hat to go on with her day. You’d hardly know what all she’s been through. Unfortunately my Grandma Leona lost her battle with cancer two years ago this month, and she is sorely missed.
There are too many cancer victims and survivors in my family, now including my mother. As such, I now often crochet with these in mind; choosing the softest, highest quality materials I can find for the tenderest skin going through chemo. I’ve also received a lot of highly appreciated input from survivors over the years that has led to the development and creation of these unique designs. May these creations bless everyone they touch.