Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Knitsy Feature


The latest issue of Knitsy magazine is out and I am so happy to share that my Bobble Ripple Set is featured inside.

You haven't heard of Knitsy before? Let me fill you in!

It is a one-of-a-kind, monthly digital magazine devoted to the fiber arts. Celebrating the classic and modern fiber arts traditions, Knitsy's interactive features engage knitters and crocheters worldwide.

You will love swiping through Knitsy's pages packed with features on internationally renowned designers and stunning patterns for all levels of knitters and crocheters alike. Discover the industry's latest products in the tap-and-flip galleries or learn a new technique with handy video tutorials.
Experience these things and more in each issue of Knitsy.

Knitsy is produced by Ashdown, Inc. and they have more than 30 years of experience in producing craft and hobby magazines on both sizes of the Atlantic. The Knitsy team is filled with passionate knitters, crocheters, yarn-enthusiasts, and fiber arts admirers.

Knitsy is currently available for the tablet, smartphone, and desktop computer. You can find it in the App Store and Google Play Store

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Last, but by no means the least, I'd like to thank the wonderful Knitsy editor Lauren Nielsen for featuring my project!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

8 Fabulous Ideas for Christmas Dioramas


This year, one of the projects I plan to work on is making a Christmas diorama. I have always been fascinated and crazy in love with miniatures and dioramas, but never made a single one. 

I am still working on some designs and before I show it you - here are some I find adorable.





Monday, November 23, 2015

Instagram Inspiration


The people I follow on instagram are amazing! Immensely talented, creative and imaginative. My daily cup of inspiration. I thought I might share this board I made to kick start the week ahead.
Check  them all out here

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bohemian Flowers Necklace Pattern


Before I wish you a fabulous weekend ahead, let me show you my newest pattern.

I cannot let go of the Bohemians, so here's another, heavenly easy pattern for gradient necklaces.

Pattern here and here.
More of my bohemians here, here and here

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meet Crochet Designer Elena Stavreska




Hi my dear readers!
Today I want to introduce a phenomenal crochet designer who I am sure will capture your hearts with her amazing and unique creations.

1. Can you introduce yourself to my readers? Who is Elena Stavreska?

When it comes to self-introduction, what comes to mind first is - an artist, a creator - someone that is able to create something with his/her hands that has an aesthetic value. By profession, I am a graduated painter. Pure art and high aesthetics are my foundations, the basis onto I build my creations. However, what I have been passionately doing for the past two years is design and creation of unique jewelry and fashion accessories. Crochet is the technique I use to spring my creations to life.

2. How did your relationship with crochet begin? Whom did you learn it from and what was your first creation?

Art is the reason I learnt to crochet. Namely, I was preparing an independent exhibition - a huge project with art objects of great format. One of the pieces had to look like a giant spider web. I thought long and hard how to make this so that I could capture more authentically the spider web. I decided it was best to crochet it instead drawing it on canvas. I consulted close friends and relatives regarding the basics of crochet and I also made my own researches and "experiments". So now I feel the hook as a kind of anatomical extension of my hand.

My first creation was a necklace made with purple thread and crocheted semi-precious stone - a pink quartz. It was a birthday gift for a friend. I was immensely happy I could materialize my idea. So I was inspired to make some pieces for myself. And that was the beginning. I haven't stopped creating since then. I simply got addicted to the process.

3. What is the design process like? Do you plan in advance your pieces or everything comes spontaneously?

I am a visual type - I fill my soul with what I perceive with my eyes. Ideas for potential creations spring through visualization. Since the stones are main characteristic of my designs, this process of creative visualization is provoked and nurtured by them - the stones. The color, shape, texture of the stone... all its characteristics inspire me and determine in a way the final look of the piece of jewelry (the color of the thread, the shape of the crocheted parts, etc.).

4. What do you like to make the most - with what materials and why?

My creations include various types of fashion accessories: from necklaces, bracelets and rings, to belts, amulet pouches, hair accessories even cell phone cases. I use crochet thread for my creations, in different colors and sizes. Some designs consist of purely crochet elements, others have various beads (glass or plastic), pieces of sea glass, slag, etc. Still, as I have already said, designs with crocheted stones are at the top of my list. I take pleasure in working with semi-precious stones and minerals, but sea, lake and river stones are also an never-ending source of inspiration - I use them in their natural state - I don't make any additional changes and I don't polish them. The stone as a natural material is my fascination, a unique and unrepeatable energy that I try to respect to the maximum when designing a piece.

5. Where does inspiration come from?

I have noticed that everything that comes through the sense of sight might be a potential inspiration. I recognize art elements and principles around me, which implies that it is completely unforeseeable where and what the trigger for the next design would be. I am also positively inspired by other people's creativity and ability. I enjoy looking at pieces that result from someone's unconditional dedication and focus of energy, regardless of whether it is art, a photo, piece of jewelry, clothes or a unique designer's solution from whatever area.


6. What motifs appear in your designs?

When it comes to motifs, I think that my designs do not possess exact, typically set motifs. I could set apart a common characteristics, a trait that makes them recognizable. I'd say they have a "double aura", because on one hand they leave the impression of something old, folk, maybe medieval, while on the other hand they are modern designs where there is an established order between fine elements and principles. It is interesting that many people have given me the same feedback - that my designs make them think of fairies. Most probably that association is triggered by natural materials I use. Maybe that juxtaposition of the softness and vulnerability of the cotton on one side and the constancy of the stone on the other gives that ambivalent, untamable nature that reflects the fairies as mythological creatures.

7. What part of the process is the dearest to you when you work?  

The process of creating my pieces is quite long - it takes me several days for a piece. It requires perseverance and patience. Each stage of the process is enjoyed differently. Maybe the most intensive charge I experience is when I search adequate materials to make a new, specific piece I had visualized. The materialization of the idea is experienced as a kind of mediation - the dimension time becomes completely irrelevant. I take joy and immense pleasure when I put my new piece on me.

8. Is there a favourite place for you to work at?

To be honest, that is not really important, at least not at the moment, because the sole process creates a specific atmosphere around me, makes me feel as if I am in my own  parallel universe, so I can work anywhere. I mostly work at home, however I sometimes take my hook and thread when I visit friends, or while I am on the bus. Of course, it would be fantastic if I had my own workshop, a designer oasis where I would make a perfectly ordered creative chaos that would not bother anyone and would infinitely be useful to me. I hope I would make that true in the future.

9. Do you have a favourite design and what inspired you to make it?

I cannot say there is a design or a piece of jewelry that is my favourite. I invest the same energy in a piece so all are equally dear. However, I can pick out a certain type of jewelry that I personally like because it fits my dressing style. Those are the so called slave bracelets.

10. Is there a technique or a style that you would like to try in the future?

Of course there are other techniques to make jewelry that fascinate me and I would love to learn. Filigree is one of them. Besides looking magnificently, I like that this technique elicits the same meditative condition of "sinking" into work I mentioned earlier.

11. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

It is a characteristics of mine that I don't divide time to free and not free. Simply, I spent all my time doing things that make me happy. I consider them a constituent part of my identity. Besides designing jewelry I practice Tai Chi Chuan. I am an assistant instructor at the Wushu Club Fei Long, I am also a certified instructor for Chi Gong and recently I have become the general secretary of the newly established and only Macedonian Wushy Federation. But I have another energetic filter I couldn't live without. That's singing. Currently I sing in two heavy metal bands and that fulfills me greatly. Seemingly these three fields have nothing in common, however for me they represent a whole: pictorial art - martial arts - musical art... it becomes clear what their common axis is, doesn't it?

12. Future plans?

I am not a big fan of planning the future in details, but I have some wishes I gradually work to realize. One of them is making handmade popular, especially this kind of jewelry I make. I would love very much to have my own work and exhibition space - that would give my life and creations a new dimension. I hope I can make them true.


I hope you enjoyed the interview and Elena's amazing creations. If you want to see more of her work, follow her on Facebook and Pinterest. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Into the Woods

Living in a capital situated in a valley has its drawbacks. The pollution for one. The pollution readings were high this week, so we escaped the city on the weekend and went nature exploring and it was immensely refreshing.
On our way to the woods, we passed through a village fallen into oblivion. I am always drawn to old, abandoned houses, imagining the stories they hold, the life that was led inside and around... 


The pine woods smelt wonderfully, hiding lot of amazing small clearings where we could retreat and have our own little picnic, enjoying the sunny and surprisingly very warm weather.
We went acorn and pinecone picking which we already used to decorate the house. I also cannot wait to try some stove simmers with those pinecones I've been seeing around the Internet.
I hope your weekend was just as good as ours.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Tribal Necklaces in the Shop

I can't believe it's been almost a month when I showed you these.
They are not all done with the beaded part - yes I decided to bead them all, but I don't mind making them a couple at a time. They are my "rest from other projects" project.


They are HERE