This blog is moving!

Ritsenki creations and its anagrammic origins had been rubbing me the wrong way for some time, so I am changing it up! My new creative blog can be found at Atelier Verða.

The new blog is still under construction, so it will probably change a fair bit over the course of time, but I have merged the most important/recent of the card weaving posts.

This post will probably stay up for a couple of months until I take the blog down.

Hope to see you there!

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Hats galore!

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The past week I got bit by the hat bug, and with all the decent sized scraps I’ve got lying around, I decided to give it a shot. With the help of a super-awesome youtube tutorial by the great people at http://www.lastwear.com/ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPaFTZDTeWA), I was able to adjust the pattern until I finally got a model I felt satisfied with. I did go through quite a few tries until I landed on the one I liked though. Tries affectionally referred to as “hat corpses”.

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Polar bear brooch and socks for grams

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After receiving a great deal of positive feedback on the first 17th of may ribbon, I decided to make another one. I only had enough yarn for a ribbon of half the width, but that worked just fine for its intended purpose.

10 hours of weaving later, and I had 1.2m of finished ribbon, barely 1cm wide. My landlady got half of it to make a ribbon, and I used the other half to make a ribbon for myself. An adorable polar bear button from the local sewing shop made the perfect focal point, and a small safety pin attaches it to a garment.

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Needle binding socks

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Well, a lot of things happened over Easter this year, and it is far from over yet, but one of the things I did find time to practice (since you can do it in front of the TV thus still socializing with family persons) was needle binding (nålebinding).

My first pair of wrist warmers mysteriously vanished when my grandmother came for a visit. She is always cold though, and they are very warm, so I don’t mind at all.

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Green and gold diamonds

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Another piece of work intended for my 17th of May outfit. This time a more modern card weaving work using green and gold silk embroidery yarn using the same pattern as for the green relieff work.

I’m a big fan of using historical techniques, not just for historical works, and this is one example of that. I have two other commissions in the works too. They will also be using silk embroidery yarn. 🙂