Monday, October 20, 2008

Tweet

I am now among the many who have recently fallen victim to the twitter trend. I've added the stream over on the left here and spent the weekend tweaking my page, finding a few friends and generally getting the hang of this new toy. I actually got an account there forever ago, but it wasn't until an etsy friend of mine started "following" me that I revisited the site. I then discovered that there was a huge fan of etsians joining up for the potential promotion factor. I don't know if it will be any good for that sort of thing, but I'll tell you what I already like. I often have no one over the age of 4 to tell of my little successes during the day. My kids don't care that I was on the front page, but maybe if I tweet it to the world, someone will be listening. We'll see if I like it long term, but I'll give it a shot. Follow me if you like, or not, I've no idea how interesting I'll be.

In other weekend news, I tried my hand at rebranding myself. I just got new business cards and thought I'd give banner making a shot and made a new one here and at etsy that match the cards. I really have the graphic design skills of a rhesus monkey, so any opinions or advice will be taken without hurt feelings. I though that the tatting is similar to tattooing play would work for me and my style.

One last event for the weekend and this time it's tatting related. I got in some of the yarn I had ordered and since I had a dead sales weekend I got to work on one of my future projects. This one was the Victorian Lace Collar that was inspired by my husbands video game vixen from Castlevania.

I started with the yarn I got from Fearlessfibers , I picked one with a creamy colorway and made a thick band with three rows of my simple vine pattern. I added a small ruffle on the top edge and a longer one on the bottom. In the end, I will get a large ribbon to tie the collar closed like in the picture, but for now I just tied it with a small ribbon to take some pictures. I need opinions on the look and whatnot, so I'll probably post the pictures everywhere. I kind of like the way it looks without the ribbon as well, so perhaps I'll find a way for it to be worn both ways.

10 comments:

Carrie G said...

beautiful work! I love the look of tatting - just looks way to complicated. Nice blog, too!

TattingChic said...

Lovely collar.

victats@gmail.com said...

The collar is nice, with or without thr ribbon. I think that you could also use a button if you were so inclined. Maybe mother or pearl? The yarn you used looks just right for the pattern as well. Good luck on twitter.

Diana said...

Riveting collar. You know, your designs are guaranteed to make the wearer stand out and be remembered. That's got a great value. Wish I could still define a fashion statement. Your work is gorgeous.

Sarah Dungan said...

It looks so soft and snuggly! Still want one ;-)

TotusMel said...

Thanks all!

...I think I still have some orange yarn laying around here somewhere

Jrahn said...

I can try my hand and making you some designs if you want..

Waterrose said...

Graphic artist or not...your new banner is lovely...fits perfectly with what you do. The feature will be up in about 30 minutes.

Pixellent said...

Hello - this is going to sound a bit like spam, but i promise it isn't (as i sit here at breakfast, tatting shuttle in hand, *still* trying to do a nice even chain with a flip).
I commented on a flickr photo of yours the other day - which is how I ended up here, and I think your work is amazing - you've inspired me to *actually* try, rather than think about trying :)
The spammy bit, is that if you're thinking about getting business cards, and you're not a graphic designer, you could get them from moo.com (where I work, apologies) - and you can use photos of your work instead. That way you can *show* people what you do, rather than tell them. If you get Minicards (which also work well as hang tags) you can use 100 different photos, and if you want regular sized business cards, you can use up to 50 - you just put your details on the back. Just thought it might be handy for you when you send your work out n' stuff... um. gah! Hope that helps

Cindy said...

That is a very lovely piece you made!! I thought I would test out the Verveearth so I picked you! Nice meet you. Also I saw your wonderful interview of you on Waterrose blog.