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About Seraffa

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    Junior Villager
  • Birthday 02/26/1965

A Few Things About Me

  • Short bio
    Dedicated follower of the Blood Type/Genotype Diets for Bloodtype A, Genotype Explorer. (it has saved my life!!). Graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, TX. I have 2 older children. I am skilled in how to live with and work around the elderly if they have mental illness. I am an accomplished world traveler! My sister lives in England my Godfather lives in Bombay. I am a former Eastern Orthodox Christian clergy wife, and former Byzantine Catholic postulant nun.
  • Location
    Houston (Heights) TX
  • Hobbies
    Hawks, falcons, sheep, goats, squirrels, yard lizards; collecting lavender seeds and pecans
  • Occupation
    Sales demo expert and amateur actress.
  • Favorite hook type
  • Favorite projects
    All things Edwardian, and nothing less!
  • Crocheting since...
    21 years (cira 1991)
  1. Join Ravelry? Nah. They ask you what your favorite curse word is as part of your bio. I'm not down with that; that's way un-cool in today's world. But thanks; I'll look at the pictures.
  2. I would think so; I'm petite and when I make a vest for myself, the measurement down to my tummy is only 20". To double check you could borrow a 3 year old's outfit from a neighbor to compare measurements, or stop into a thrift store where plenty of little outfits are sold by AGE, and usually plenty of little tots stop in with their thrifty moms. I always carry a measuring tape with me in my purse.......thrift stores are a wonderful way to learn all kinds of stuff about clothing and sizes!
  3. I just want to learn the technique. Preferably not from the Rose Window pattern, but from other patterns published, if you can tell me about any you know about. My guess is there's going to be significant sc and dc overlays across the "glass" pieces, and that's what I need to get familiar with, It's my love of L.C. Tiffany's work; I have a big coffee table book of most of his creations. Thx.
  4. Am deleting this request; got a response already --- my apologies
  5. Um.....well you could hold a couple colored strands together for a ragg-tweed look and use a P hook to complete a solid 'ghan with a contrasting border. ( I think Q would look too ginormous, and is only appropriate for the likes of Shrek.) You could also make a "glowing granny" with the lighter colors in the center of the squares melting out into the darker colors -- and still use a couple strands held together to make the work go faster. again in P hook. I think men need afghans that look a bit rugged, or on the heavy side. When they see it's not flimsy and will hold up well, they smile. Kinda like when they see......tools or sporting goods. My ex (who positively hates me) has never ever thrown away the heavy duty ribbed Watch Cap I made him the first year of our marriage in Massachusetts! I am amazed, and I think he will probably be buried in the thing when he passes away. Go figure.......
  6. Just looking to see if anyone is here who isn't on Meetup.com (never really found a group to suit me.) I may not even join a live group but would like to know who my neighbors are for individual visits, from time to time!
  7. Thank you for your replies. I can hardly wait for my own portfolio to build, then, I suppose it truly doesn't warrant saying anything until a person's work is actually on display. After all, fair is fair! I tend to write first, then design. Probably since my research into certain eras is extensive. My apologies are extended to ~all ~ for not backing up what I am saying.
  8. 1.) Caron's Simply Soft.....they should have named it "Simply Splitting" ugh 2.) Caron Boucle; I love the look, but you must gauge TWICE and only crochet ONCE..........and don't even think about being able to unravel a mistake. It locks down on itself forever. 3.) Mohair mixed with Lurex - the effect is similar to #2 only you'll cry for all the $$ thrown down the drain just to buy several small skeins to complete a project. And then - you should line it with something afterwards so the wearer does not itch or get scratched. Lastly, make sure a rich customer buys it after you've gone through all the trouble of fashioning it into something "posh". Geez!
  9. I hope people can understand where my head is at on this subject. After being taught in an Art school about 30 years ago about how to produce fine art (art history is a must for this kind of understanding) I find myself reflecting on 3 things that do not seem to bode exactly well for elevating Crochet to a higher art form, but are simply "the way things are right now" - and at this point, I won't get into the sad demise of bobbin-lace makers' once coveted positions in past European society amongst both Royalty and the plain old bougeoise folk. ( I think it would make me cry) 3 things that strike me as odd: 1.) Most crochet "artists" (aka bohemians that can also resort to yarn-bombing to gain social attention to their abilities) are using crochet in a primarily sculptural form, thus leaving other crocheters as........simply "designers" if other crocheters execute anything in 2D form. (flat.) Same for needlepoint people and canvas-workers. (we haven't gotten our heads out of the kleenex-box holders yet, I'm afraid, nor do we have a Medieval Battle going on these days to record with any artful stitches, hence many skills are overlooked in our society.) When have we last seen a piece of 2D crochet work in any museum? ( I never have.) 2.) We have a Crochet Guild of America. But - alluding to tradition in Europe, and especially Dutch/Flemish meanings of the word "Guild" -- a guild was NOT just open to anyone. A true Guild was where those who had mastered the art of whatever they were doing were both recognised as members AND had their techniques only taught to other Guild initiates in order to become future Masters of the art as well. This is not the case here in America. So why on earth was the name "Crochet Guild of America" even coined? The social connotations of what the Crochet Guild of America actually means to today's Americans skews the understanding of what a traditional guild actually has been in centuries past. I believe this is only one more piece of the puzzle that prevents a level of crochet from becoming elevated to a "high art". (We also have only one century back to turn to during the development of Irish Crochet over Gros Crochet in order to understand that, in Ireland too -- family lacemakers KEPT INDIVIDUAL PATTERNS SECRET in order to excel in their individuality as well as the public's continued desire for their work.) 3.)We have a current generation of women that view handcrafting in 3 ways that is not springing from authentic "culture" here in America, but rather, other pedestrian trends a.) the "gentrification" effect coming from marketing success of Etsy - where success is measured only by current trends and the ability to sell in a Generation -Y kind of way b.) the South American effect -- anything from silly wool hats for skaters and hipsters to backpacks and etc made from wool or cotton in some remote, fair-trade village and c.) the prison-labor lace doilies you see for $1 at all dollar stores that are coming from our multi-financial nemesis, CHINA (but occasionally, India.) Soooooooooooooooooo........poor crochet has something of a Gordion Knot holding it back before it can be further elevated as a higher art form here in America. ......it's very little wonder that many of us find ourselves drooling over European or Australian designers of crochet; it's almost as if their work is DESTINED to be prettier, or more refined than American crochet in this age. They "get it" because they have still kept it as some form of integral expression in their culture (such as the Italians or French.) Well - that's the end of my mini-discourse on this. This thread is open to your comments! and I leave it to your own opinions.....
  10. Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks and thanks!
  11. I am perhaps the only Vintage crochet-er in the Houston Heights until I find more women around me. My name is Seraphima. I live in a medium size Edwardian era Craftsman -style home with my mother, and adore being where I am -- but need many social connections. My home, my yard and all my travels are the inspiration for my crochet. I do well at canvas-stitching too, and hope to learn silk ribbon embroidery in the future. I utilize a large library of vintage PDF files for my inspiration as well as reading plenty of history. Please message me if you share some of the same interests. :-)
  12. I have a PDF library of THOUSANDS of these patterns......but of course, inspiration isn't complete without looking at what some people are doing today as well. Thank you My area of concentration is so very dear to my heart, and perhaps I could send some invites to these groups.
  13. This year my longing was to either execute all the designs I craved from 100 year old patterns, AND develop my own from their inspiration...... or at least find ladies around me interested in also re-creating..... I achieve neither, due to a chain reaction of events in my family, and with my job......and I live in the historic district of our town!! All I bump into are "career" women just wanting to sit in front of the t.v. and execute that one afghan they had in mind in dc, which is totally opposite my interests.....they look at my collected patterns, and when I say I'm thinking of starting a group, they're not wanting to join. They want to be home, by themselves, with the dog in front of the t.v. I've had a BAD year; mother is developing dementia, and I'm so overwhelmed this holiday season........I must be able to find these ladies SOMEWHERE, but I've no time to build my own webpage, to at least attract them to the common love of this era of needlework...... What can I do to help my fondest dream come true? I feel as if I am dying ,along with my dream, inside of me if I don't do SOMETHING soon....
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