CraftStylish Roundtable: The Glorious Triumphs and Agonizing Defeats of Craft, Part Two

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Introducing Cakey aka Erika Kerns proudest craft moment.  You can watch Cakey, the movies (yep!) right here.

Introducing 'Cakey' aka Erika Kern's proudest craft moment.  You can watch Cakey, the movies (yep!) right here.

Photo: Erika Kern

The remembrance of crafts past can give us an instant jolt of encouragement (to push us over that finish line--yes, it can be done!) or serve as cautionary recall (skipping the pre-wash does NOT save time!)  In either case it is the highs and lows that make us better at what we do. We wondered what great heights have our bloggers achieved in their crafty careers?  And just how low did they go?  So we asked:

What is your personal crafting high point (an experience, a project, a
new outlook)?

What is your personal crafting low point (a disaster, a huge mistake,
a new outlook)

Here are the rest of our blogger responses to this week's craft query:

Please leave a comment below and share your crafty best or very worse. 

Read the previous responses to this question right here.

Erika Kern:

Well, compared to my fellow Craft Stylish contributors I'm a big time newbie.  Most of their high points are mere dreams for me!  I guess my personal high point is Cakey! the Cake from Outer Space, a puppet I made for a friend's show.  I'd never really made a puppet before and he turned out really great and was used in a very successful series of short films that can be viewed here .  It's wild. . . Cakey! has fans and there are tributes to her on Flickr.  I know she's not solely my creation (I was working from sketches my friend gave me) but I always feel like a proud mommy when I think of my Cakey.

Man, there have been so many. . .  For every craft success I have it seems I have 3 craftastrophies!  I used to fret, and I admit sometimes I still do, but I try to turn my failures into lessons.  Still the failures hurt and I've been known to cry when hours of work are ruined in moments at the end.  Case in point. . . my first quilt. . . seemed all was well and then, tragedy!  I blogged the whole thing over at my blog.  It was frustrating but I learned so much and now I quilt like a queen!  Well, maybe not like a queen, but definitely a member of the royal court.

Jennifer Stern:

This is an easy one for me.  In 2004 I entered the Bernina Wearable Art Fashion Show with an embroidered, coat and beaded silk crepe dress.  The garment titled  ...and the Oscar Goes To....  won Viewers' Choice and it was featured on the cover of the book that accompanied the show.   By 2004 I had gotten into a yearly groove that started with the confirmation that I was participating in the show in December--to shipping my entry the first weekend in June...(resisting the urge to hop in the car and follow the UPS truck.)  What went on in between December and June can only be described as a creative whirlwind.  To come up with the Oscar Goes to... I start by coming up with the idea that I will work on for 6 months.  I skim through magazines, visit museums and bounce ideas off EVERYONE.  What started it all this particular year was an ad I found in the New York Times.  It was black and white wall paper.  Then I found an outfit in Vogue that helped it along.  I started sketching flowers and pretty soon I had a collection of floral embroidery designs to work with.  Then I sketched a very rough sketch of what I thought the coat would look like, including placement of the embroidery.  To get started, I printed templates and made hundreds of photocopies.  I used my actual paper pattern pieces and  a glue stick to position the templates of the embroideries into exact position.  The development the overall design carried me to March.  Then the machine started stitching...almost every second that I wasn't working or being a mom.  My brother decided to get married the weekend before the deadline, so I had to hurry up and finish before then.  While my machine was embroidering, I was also carefully cutting, sewing and beading the floor length gown.  After the embroidery was finished I thread painted the entire background around the embroider on the coat so that none of the silk organza was showing--all the stitching and embroidery produced a weighty tapestry.  To construct the coat I pieced the embroidered sections with sections of silk velvet.  Then I free motion stitched all over.  When it was all over, and I sat back and looked at it on my dress form, I couldn't believe I had created it.

Shannon Dennis:

At risk of sounding cliche', I would have to say that everytime I finish a project I have personally designed, and made me push myself I reach a crafting high. Recently it was a set of 3D Easter Eggs for a publication. I had a heck of a time designing those buggers, but once they were done I felt accomplished!
I feel my craft lows everytime I look in my fabric closet and have to stare at my UFOs! When I have to leave a project unfinished either because of time or because of frustration it eats at me!

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Comments (1)

Carriecan writes: I LOVE Cakey!
Posted: 4:41 pm on December 16th
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