Otherworlds Featured Artist
Posted November 7 by Crystal
I am honored to be the featured artist of November at Otherworlds, a marvelous steampunk store in Edmonds WA. If you're in the area stop by, they're just a few blocks off the ferry terminal with a great selection of fantasy and sci-fi goods and games, as well as steampunk. Take a look here: http://www.otherworldsstore.com/. Then walk over a couple of blocks and watch the ferry boats come in, or better yet go for a ride.
Custom Orders and Emererald City Comicon
Posted August 24 by Crystal
Crystal's Idyll will be Emerald City Comicon in March. Find us there. In the meantime, custom order completion time is currently three weeks, soon to be four. Things get very busy here as Christmas approaches. If you want a custom order for a gift this year I'd recommend ordering the early part of November. Sooner for my international customers.
Norwescon Art Show
Posted March 29 by Crystal
My work is on display at the Norwescon Art Show this weekend. Very exciting for me. If you came to my site from there here are some FAQ’s.
Do you take custom orders? Yes, I’m happy to take custom orders. You can see lots of colors and patterns in the knitted dragonhide here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystalsidyll/sold?ref=shopinfo_sales_leftnav Current custom order backlog is about 4 weeks.
Do you have items already made? Yes, I do have some items in stock that aren’t at the art show. They are here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystalsidyll?ref=si_shop.
Do you sell patterns? Not yet, but I’m considering it.
Wow! That is a cool idea. I love it. (I know, not a question, but I hear it a lot and it never gets old.) Thank you, I’m glad you like it.
Posted Jan. 26 by Crystal
I am excited to be published in the current issue of Belle Armoire magazine. I submitted an entry to their upcycled purses challenge and was chosen as one of the winners.
Want to make your own purse out of old neckties? It is pretty simple. I started by drafting the simple envelope clutch pattern on paper and cutting out two layers of the lining fabric- one for actual lining and one to serve as the base for the weaving. I then placed the neckties with the narrow points hanging off of the pointed edge of the base fabric. I tacked them down and wove more ties the other way until the entire base was covered. Once they were basted in place I laid the lining over it and sewed it right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. I tucked the tie points in as I sewed so they would hang free once it was turned. When it was right side out I hand stitched the gap and pressed it well. A few of the tie points required hidden hand stitching to make them lay properly. I finished it by sewing on a snap and dotting vintage buttons over the flap.
Posted Dec. 24 by Crystal
The second most common question I get (after "How did you come up with that?" answer: I bought a bunch of scales to make actual metal maille with and hated it, had to do something with the scales, invented this) is "Why the yarn base?" The answer is threefold:
- Knitting is faster and more fun (for me) than weaving maille.
- This gives a flexible base that expands when your dice collection (or arms) do.
- Metal beats up your dice and makes them all scruffy. This way the metal is all on the outside-dice stay "new" longer.
I've been making these for three years now, always with the same warranty: if the scales wear through the knitting then mail the scales back to me and I re-knit them for free. No takers yet, all those bags and gauntlets are still in use. I tested it with my destructo-boy son. His gauntlets and dice bag are still intact, if a little fuzzy around the edges after two years of HARD wear. I figure if a 6 year old can't kill them, normal human use won't be a problem.
Posted Dec. 24 by Crystal
All of us here at Crystal's Idyll wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope your holiday plans are happy and safe. And look for alignment-based dice bag patterns coming in the new year.
The Start of My Costuming Career
Posted Jul. 21 by Crystal
My freshman year in college a dorm mate heard I could sew and asked me to turn a blanket into a cloak for her. She loved the result so much it was her coat all winter. Everywhere she wore it she got comments, including one from a man who wanted to know where she got it. She wouldn't tell him, wanting hers to remain one of a kind. Fast forward 5 years. One day my husband of about a year and I were discussing costuming. He said, "Do you remember the cloak AJ had our freshman year? She wouldn't tell me where she got it." Once I was able to stop grinning enough to speak I filled him in on who the creator was.
That was 14 years ago. Since then I have made my handsome husband innumerable costume pieces, many of which draw compliments. But none of them have given me as much glee as that first piece when he realized HIS WIFE COULD DO THAT!