Sunday, January 18, 2015

Newest Irish Crochet Lace Heart - In Marsala Reds!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

Irish Crochet Lace Heart in Marsala Reds

This time I made this "Irish Crochet Lace" Heart with all lustrous DMC Pearl Cotton Threads - with the main color theme being what is being called this year "Marsala" (Pantone's 2015 Color of the Year).

I have had DMC Pearl Cottons in this deep Earthy Wine Red for years and years - I believe DMC named it "Dark Garnet Red" at one time, but when I saw what "Marsala" was, I knew it was that color, which I love!!

For the 3 Multi-layer Irish Crochet Roses inside the Heart, I used a Variegated or Shaded Thread in the same color family - with Marsala Red the darkest and Baby Pink as the lightest in that Shaded Thread.

I did my best, when I photographed it to capture the luster or sheen of the DMC Pearl Cotton Thread - all of their Pearl Cotton Threads have this special "glow" to them - I understand from their description that this comes from the way it is made and twisted in France.  I just love this DMC Pearl Cotton Thread - in all sizes and colors!!

This Deep Red, "Marsala" is an indication of deep Love or Friendship - it seems to me it would make a great gift for any occasion or holiday about Love or Friendship!

I have been crocheting all kinds of things with Hearts since I started crocheting in Thread - 2003 - below is a You Tube video I did:
  "My Hearts by RSS Designs In Fiber"

-- and here is my current Pinterest Board, "Hearts in Fiber Arts I Made"

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Drawing A Picture with Crochet - This Time It's Fantasy Art - A White Dragon!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

The White Dragon - Fantasy Art - Filet Crochet Art Decor - Fiber Art
The White Dragon - Fantasy Art - Filet Crochet Art Decor

Yes - you can DRAW WITH CROCHET!

The technique used for this "Crochet Drawing" is Filet Crochet.

I kept the Edging of "The White Dragon in Filet Crochet" simple with a rectangular shape.  It is 14 Inches wide and 18 Inches High - it could be framed against a dark background to bring out the Image of the Dragon - with a mesh background and border.

Filet Crochet is a crochet stitch design involving blocks and mesh - some of the mesh is just square/rectangular empty blocks - and some of the mesh is more complicated with "lacet stitches", which is what is used for the mesh background around the Image of the Dragon in this, "The White Dragon".

Though I got the pattern from one of Elizabeth Hiddleson's Original Books of her Crochet Designs, Volume 29 - my real inspiration is from one of Anne McCaffrey's book on the "Dragonriders of Pern":   "The White Dragon"!  Reading Anne McCaffrey's books about the Dragonriders of Pern, I discovered a love for Dragons - and their smaller cousins, "Fire Lizards" (actually small dragons)!

It was fun to make - though rather complicated!!

I've used Filet Crochet to "draw" a few other pictures - some my own design, some others' patterns - here are pictures of a few of them:

Cottontail Rabbit In A Bush - Filet Crochet Textured Mat with Wildlife
Cottontail Rabbit In A Bush - Filet Crochet Image of Wildlife

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It Is The Art In Each Piece That I Love So Much!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

I, as RSS Designs In Fiber on Artfire, curated this Collection "Artful Gifts".

Everything in it is Handmade.  As I saw these, what I saw was the ART and CREATIVITY in each piece!!

And I decided to share them with the world through an Artfire Collection!

Here are all the Creators - including whose pieces that you can only see HERE (at the bottom).

Designs in Stained Glass
RSS Designs In Fiber
Lise Winne
Uniquely Jen Quilt Creations
Quilt Tops
Art By Sunfire
Shadow Dog Designs
Wyvern Designs
Crafts Of The Past
Blue Morning Expressions
Jazz It Up With Designs By Nancy
Sew Amazin
Daisy Doodle Embroidery

Monday, December 1, 2014

Presenting Handmade Celebrating Wildlife

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

I have always loved WILDLIFE - ever since I was a little girl!

From the Birds and Squirrels I saw walking to and from School daily - to seeing some in the Zoo - to seeing some on hikes - and later, when an older child, seeing them when we vacationed in Forests!

I've gone hiking in Forests in various different parts of the USA - been feet away from Deer, Foxes, Raccoons, Skunks, Cottontail Rabbits, Kangaroo Rats (in the Carrizo Plain - they look like very big hopping Rabbits) - across a Valley from a Bear family in the Forest on the North Peninsula of Michigan - and many kinds of Birds - including the Ravens that rule the sky where I live now in the Antelope Valley and sometimes swoosh by not too far from me as I walk through the Gardens here!

They make me Smile!  They are an inescapable part of our lives - the "web of life" on Earth - and they add something special to the experience of Life!

Above is a Collection I made of Handmade items I found on Artfire - all of them somehow depict some Wildlife!

They would make wonderful Gifts I think - either for the person who is already a Wildlife-lover - or some are even educational.

These are the Artisans represented in this Collection:

Azure Dandelion
Quilling by Sandra White
RSS Designs In Fiber
Crafts of the Past
Blue Morning Expressions
Designs In Stained Glass
Shadow Dog Designs
Walk In The Woods LLC
Sew Amazin
Quilt Tops

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Lace Thread Crochet White and Silver Bag in "On Fire For Handmade" Great Finds!

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

White and Silver Crocheted Lace Drawstring Bag - Crocheted Cord Handle

Thank You to Anne Hopfer of the On Fire For Handmade site for putting together a "Great Finds" Event for the Holiday Season!

It contains a variety of Handmade items!!
** DECOR **
** HAT **
** TOYS **

Take a look!

Christmas Gift Ideas Great Handmade Finds
On Fire For Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas Great Finds

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Decorating For This Fall or Autumn Season Consider Handmade Decor Accents

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

Decorating in the Fall or Autumn - Tables, Rooms for various get-togethers, Offices, School rooms - including Bulletin Boards - can be Fun!

Fall is such a colorful season - at least in many parts of North America where the leaves on the trees turn all kinds of colors - from Yellow to Orange to Rust or Maple or Dark Brown!

In making the Handmade I do, I tend to think Seasonally!

And Fall is one of my favorite Seasons - with its lovely, and very often, bright colors!

The Collage above is all my Handmade - listed in the "Fall Colors Designs" Section of my Artfire Studio.

Made with a variety of Threads and Yarns - in different designs - and on somewhat different themes!

Many of these Decor pieces could be used in Fall Table Settings - or as Decorations around Rooms - or on Walls.  

In Home Decor or Interior Design, they would be called "Decor Accents"!!

What would fit in your Decorating Theme this Fall????

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Selection of Cotton Pot Holders For Your Kitchen - In A Choice of Colors

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

Fall Leaves - Handmade Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Tunisian Crochet

Here is a Selection of Handmade Hanging Pot Holders that I decided to make in different colors!!

Some people like to buy things for the Kitchens - Home or Office - that actually match or at least go with the color theme in their Kitchens.

Some like to buy in different colors - just for some Colorful Accessories in their Homes.

So-o-o - I came up with the idea of making sets of Hanging Pot Holders in a selection of Colors - all in Peaches and Creme 100% Cotton Worsted Yarn, which I had in quite a few colors already and had used for years - and I knew would make good Housewares!

Navy and Denim Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Blue Kitchen Home Decor

Red and White Basket and Pot Holder Set - Cotton - Kitchen Decor

Yellow Hanging Pot Holder Set of 2 - Tunisian Crochet Center - Kitchen

Emerald Mix Greens Cotton Pot Holder Set of 2 - Protective Housewares

Emerald Green and Burgundy Red Set of 2 Cotton Pot Holders for Holiday

Kitchen Hanging Pot Holders - Set of 2 - Handmade In Berry Colors - Abstract Design In Tunisian Crochet In Cotton Yarn

 I really have been making these - in different designs - for years!  Here's my Pinterest Board for "Pot Holders, Baskets and Cloths" - all crocheted in strong Peaches & Creme Cotton Worsted Yarns!  (Including some that already sold!)

Follow Ruth Sandra Sperling's board Pot Holders, Cloths and Baskets For The Kitchen on Pinterest.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"From Our Hands to Yours" ezine - Genuine Handmade Offered for the 2014 Holiday Season

Ruth Sandra Sperling
RSS Designs In Fiber - My Handmade Designs on ARTFIRE

A Big Thank You to Julie Cleveland of Blue Morning Expressions for putting together this ezine:
"From Our Hands to Yours - 2014 Holiday Gift Guide"

"From Our Hands to Yours" means just what it says - those of us participating in this ezine are offering a selection of items that are Only Handmade by Us as Gift Ideas for the 2014 Holiday Season through the end of the year (all kinds of Holiday celebrations)!!

Julie also included some Recipes for Homemade Goodies - from Us!

Below are pictured the 3 items I submitted (they are on Page 2 of the ezine):

Stars In The Sky - Thread Lace Art 16 1/2 In. Doily - Blue Decor
Stars In The Sky - Thread Crochet Art Round

Crocheted Lace 21-Inch Doily - Red Flowers, Green, White Accent Decor
Crocheted Lace 21 Inch Round for Winter Holiday or Nature-themed Decor Accent

Basket in Red & Green Geometric Stitch - Winter Color Decor OOAK
Red and Green Handmade Basket in Geometric Spike Stitch - with Hanging Ornament included

The Recipe I submitted, which is on Page 3 is a new (and for me healthier) version of a childhood favorite - "Chocolate Chip Coffee Squares".  But I tend to get a little creative with it these days - I just made a batch of muffins in that Recipe and I left out the Chocolate Chips (too sweet for me) and put in some chopped up Fresh "Adriatic Figs" I recently bought!

Have a great time this upcoming Holiday season!! -- Do you want to get creative with some of your own Handmade - or buy something "Handmade with care" - for Gifts or for yourself???