Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tartan + Wool = Sheep

I finished another custom order this week.   a tartan in blue and green with a red stripe, similar to the ancient tartan her husband wears.  I was already planning my next tartan cane and looking for color combination ideas, so this is how my latest tartan came about:

I love the colors in this plaid as they are very striking yet also warm and soothing.

I was asked if I could make a shawl pin in the form of a sheep using this tartan cane.  She explained how as a knitter and the wife of a Scotsman, sheep have a special place in her heart.  I never made a shawl pin before -- or a sheep either on the other hand -- but I loved the idea and decided to take the challenge!

Once I drew out my pattern, the rest fell into place.  I made a veneer in the tartan and cut out my design with it.  I added the face and ears last.  I found the perfect steel pin that I covered in clay that actually glides through the knitted sweater or shawl beautifully.

I'm extremely pleased with how the whole piece turned out and now I will have to make a shawl pin for myself!


Gail said...

Love the sheep shawl pin. Great idea!

Anonymous said...

I love your tartan canes, they really make me want to try one- next after about a 10 other projects

Cathryn said...

Oh that is too cute! How clever you are!

Joan Tayler said...

You have done it again. Watch out or the cut police will get you.

2 Good Claymates said...

Thanks guys!

Joan -- did you mean the "cute" police? ha ha very funny!