UPDATE: I have migrated most of my crochet designs and writing over to http://AberrantCrochet.wordpress.com. You can find the current giant spider web pattern for sale at: http://AberrantCrochet.etsy.com and on Ravelry here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/aberrant-crochet-designs. To find the spider web parasols, please visit my other etsy store here: http://PixieWorx.etsy.com. What you see below is a very old post! Enjoy!
I am currently working on my Giant Crochet Spider Web pattern for you folks. This is the kind that can be made up to many feet wide to display in your yard, or a large space. I hope to have it ready to list in my Etsy store this weekend.
Advantages to this design are it’s durability over most crochet designs, while at the same time, not becoming too bulky or using mass amounts of yarn to achieve this strength.
This spider web pattern utilizes unconventional stitches outside mainstream crochet, which will likely cause it to have an “advanced” crochet skill rating according to the international standard guidelines. However, I believe these unconventional stitches will be easy enough to learn for most folks and are somewhat repetitious.
So stay tuned for photos and the pattern listing!
Also, watch for a series of spider web umbrellas to be released as well! These umbrellas are a limited run. (I only have so many umbrellas to make these with and only so many webs can be made per week anyway!) So once they are up, grab what you want, because they will be all there are this year. Price range for spider web umbrellas depend largely on complexity of the web design and time involved, after consideration of supply cost for the umbrellas themselves. Average time to create a single fairly straight forward spider web umbrella is about 3 hours. Careful handwork in securing the spider web to the umbrella and weaving in several feet of ends is a significant portion of the time in my process as well, again depending on complexity of the design. I like to leave several feet for the tails to add to the durability and long-term strength of my crochet webs.
So I’m thinking about buying some advertising with www.CraftCult.com. Craft Cult has been a great service for Etsy shop owners. One of my Spider Web Umbrellas was chosen for a treasury created by Etsy and I wouldn’t have known it had happened if it hadn’t have been for Craft Cult, alerting me when I checked on my shop. It was also via Craft Cult when I found out my item had been chosen for a Halloween Costume Gift Guide as well.
Craft Cult is a fantastic service with great tools – all for free. If you have an Etsy store, do check them out. And me? I might just thank them by taking out an advertisement on their site. I’m also thinking I’ll likely benefit from it too.
However, I’ve never taken an ad out on someone else’s website before. Heck, I only just heard about something called Google Base, which I haven’t figured out how to really use just yet. Learning all this online marketing stuff is sometimes a bit overwhelming. All too often I’d rather just pay for a show since I prefer talking to folks one on one and do my usual demos and help folks out. After all, that’s what got me into all this in the first place.
Still, I enjoy learning and playing around with digital work on Adobe. In fact, I did a much better job than I expected with our old wedding photos and my grandmother’s damaged old farm photos too. And I’ve some particular ideas about things.
The CraftCult ad space has to be 100px X 150px. So I’ve been working up an image to help promote my Halloween items, since they have a short shelf-life each year. I’m using the Spider Web Umbrella photo as the background.
I haven’t tweaked it all out quite yet, but so far – what do you think?
Pixie Worx! Love's Halloween!
33 inch 25 radial Spider Web No. 3
Spider Web No. 2 – 64 Inch Diameter – you see it worn here as a costume cape
Spider Web No. 2 – 64 Inch Diameter
Christmas Spider Web
Tourquois Gothic Crochet Necklace
This is my favorite time of the year. Maybe because my birthday is next month. Maybe because finally (finally!) we start to experience some relief from the heat here in Central Texas. Maybe it’s because the kids are back in school and there’s a sense of newness as our lives revolve around everything school related. Or maybe it’s because the holidays are right around the corner!
Halloween is the one time a year that adults are not only allowed but encouraged to be completely silly. I’m not a fan of gore, but I love the fun. And I have a thing for spiders and their all-natural and complex “fiber art.” Which is part of what got me into crocheting spider webs and replicating designs I’ve seen right in my own yard! I crochet custom spider webs, btw. Up to 15 feet in diameter.
So here’s some of what I’ve been working on, as I’ve been crafting over my bubbling cauldren all year preparing for my Fall 2009 line of ideas for crochet!
Red Czech glass 6-Pointed Star Flower Choker - Comfortable Fine Crocheted Jewelry - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design
Spider Web Umbrella No. 1 - Little Miss Muffet - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design
Snow Monster One-Eyed Flower Choker - Comfortable Fine Crocheted Jewelry - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design
One-Eyed Pivoting GREEN FLOWER MONSTER Hair Pin - Exclusive Aberrant Crochet Original Design