Showing posts with label Alphabet Pattern. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alphabet Pattern. Show all posts

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Welcome to Jennifer's Knot Home!

And so it begins, a digital account of my creative escapades. It all started for me a couple of years ago. After I had my daughter, I was trying to come up with ways to express my creativity while being a stay at home mom.

I somehow stumbled across a friendship bracelet pattern, and lamented about how I was never able to do it when I was a kid. I was intrigued, however, and it seemed fun, and a good way to pass the time while baby was sleeping.

I visited my local Joann's Fabric and picked up some embroidery floss. My first several attempts were crap, and I was certain that I couldn't pull it off... Until I did. I started with the basic designs, the candy stripe and the chevron, neither of which required a pattern. After I mastered the basics, I was hungry for more.

This hunger meant that I'd have to teach myself how to read patterns. It seemed daunting, and I wasn't sure if I could do it... Then, I did. I started small, just a few strings, then I worked my way up to 20+ strings.  After time, I started getting bored of the normal patterns. I dug deeper and decided to teach myself how to read alpha charts. Alpha patterns are much different than normal patterns, but allow for much more detail.

I started adapting cross stitch, and other charts for knotting. The world opened up and I realized, this was my passion. I was having a love affair with string. I grappled with the idea that it was juvenile, and a waste of time, but I was getting good at it, and wanted to keep going.

It was at this time that I learned about weaving looms. I started my research, and decided I wanted to give it a go. I made my first loom out of cardboard... And I didn't like it. I saw the potential, but found it difficult on the cardboard. I wanted to succeed and start creating beautiful masterpieces made of fiber.

I finally invested in a loom... And wow... I was in love. It was much better than using the cardboard, and I took to it immediately. This is where I'm at right now. Here is where I invite you in, to share in my creative adventures. Join me, as I attempt to discover my own style and technique and create works of art made with string, yarn, and other fibers.

Along the way, I will share the resources I collected, offer tips and tricks that I discovered to make my life easier, and share my techniques through various tutorials and photos.  I will walk you through the basics, help you understand knots and the four types associated with hand knotting. I will share with you what floss I feel works best for me and why. I have a lot to share... So if you are ready. Here we go!

I am still on this journey, and don't know where it will take me next... But I decided having a digital account would not only benefit me, but others like me, trying to learn more and start their own creative journey.

Welcome to Jennifer's Knot Home.