Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wedding arts and crafts

As if planning a wedding isn't enough work...
The beginnings of the decor.
Instructions to come.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hello, again!

As a blog that updates frequently, I have totally failed.

So, let’s get to the point…what’s new?


My art department work has taken up much of my time since my last post. I’ve worked on a short film, a feature film, some music videos, a commercial or two, an infomercial, multiple promos for upcoming feature films, and a pilot. Fun stuff.

In that time I’ve also moved to a bigger and better apartment, did some traveling, and oh, yeah…got engaged. That’s a big one!

Here and there some art making and crafting has snuck its way into my life, but very little. The progress of the last featured project on this blog has slowed down. Some new projects have been started, but they are yet to be finished. There is some good news regarding this blog, though. I now have a brand new workspace! For three years my art supplies have been packed away in multiple boxes, occasionally ransacked and used, then packed away again. Now they are organized, have been reunited with their like kind, and ready to go!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Project: Granny Square Sampler – Done!

Granny Square Sampler, Jamie Venci, 2013

Granny Square Sampler, Jamie Venci, 2013

Granny Square Sampler
Size: 33” x 42”
Yarn: Acrylic, a variety of brands and weights

The granny square sampler I have been working on is finished! After relearning the basics of the granny square from my granny, I attempted to expand my square knowledge by referring to the needlecraft books in my library. In this process, I realized that reading written crochet patterns was a bit confusing. While out shopping, I came across a book, The Granny Square Book, by Margaret Hubert, that I found to be most helpful. It has instructions for 75 different granny squares. These instructions are not only in written form, but also in diagram form. These diagrams unlocked the confusing mystery of the written crochet pattern.

This project has been a great learning experience: new stitches, how different types of yarn work, a chance to play with color combinations, and how to assemble squares. No two squares are the same. Multiples of each square do exist, but I played around with different color combinations for each one. The assembling of it was similar to that of making a crazy quilt. It was a puzzle of fitting the squares together, filling in the holes, expanding squares, making sure neighboring squares were not clashing with one another, and finding a balance to it.

Overall, I am very pleased with this project. Perhaps I'll have to make another. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Project: Sunburst Grannies with White

First few squares of the next project

As I am finishing up my granny square sampler, my attention is expanding to my next project. While working on the sampler, I came across a square with a circular center and square border. As I have been researching granny squares, I have really admired projects done in this format that have color centers and white borders. It has a more contemporary feel than the black border square that is synonymous with the granny square. I am not sure how big of a project this will be, but I have four squares so far. Let’s see how many more I have in me!