Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crocheted Robot Hat

As usual, October has been a busy month. I am working on a robot costume and an Astrid costume from How to Train Your Dragon.  Astrid is proving to be a challenge and is taking A LOT of time!  Thankfully, Tia has decided to be the Can-Can dancer from last year.

Vincent is insisting on being an orange robot, and I know for a fact he is not going to let me put a box on his head, so I decided to just crochet a hat for him. I purchased a pattern off Etsy from Just be Happy Crochet Creations by Alessandra Hayden, the pattern link is https://www.etsy.com/transaction/156285182?ref=fb2_tnx_title.  I know mine looks a bit different because Sir Happy Pants did not want earflaps or the knobs on the side of it or, for that matter, a face of any kind!  I talked him into some button eyes and a mouth. I think it turned out cute, not sure if it is very representative of a robot, but at least I can get him to put it on his head.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

3 strand Kumihimo braid

     Recently, I found myself with a project that requires braiding a 6ft length of embroidery floss.  Now it is not like I do not know how to make a braid, but at 6ft this proved to be a frustrating task.
     I knew there had to be a better way. After some research, I found a tool called the Kumihimo plate.  Kumihimo translated means "gathering of threads."  The earliest Kumihimo in Japan is believed to be dated back to the Nara Period (645-784 AD).
     While there are many different patterns that I would like to learn after getting myself the square and round tool, my main concern at the moment is a basic three-strand braid. Since I didn't find a pattern for this, I had to figure it out on my own.
1. After measuring out my desired length, I wrapped my floss around the bobbins that came in my kit - these bobbins are the bomb!!! If you do not need such long strands of floss, you may be able to get by without using bobbins.

2. You will then tie the three strands of floss together with a basic knot.

3. Now you will want to lay your floss flat on the Kumihimo plate and place one thread into #11, the next into #12, and the last into #14. While you are braiding, you will want to hold the base of your braid with your thumb to keep it taught and laying flat.

4. Take #11 and move it over to #13 while holding the knot firmly.

5. Now move #12 over to #11.

6. Move #14 over to #12.

7. Move #13 over to #14 and then repeat steps 4 thru 7 until you reach your desired length.

8. Remember to keep your thumb at the base of the braid to keep it taught and from flipping and twisting.

9. As your braid grows, you will be able to slip it into the top of the Kumihimo plate. I put mine into the #2 spot. You still will need to keep your thumb at the base of the braid though.