When Yarn Turns Against You – A Timothy Doll Update

Adeline is excited to see she won't be alone for much longer. Photo and Art: J.H. Winter

Not all yarns are good…

Perhaps it’s just an issue with certain dye lot numbers, or perhaps just certain colors are the problem, but I have a little story to tell you about what happened when I used the Lily Sugar ‘n Cream brand of cotton yarn in the color black.

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Cover Reveal Time!

Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles - Written by K. Kibbee. Illustrations by J.H. Winter.

Time to reveal the cover for the first children’s book I’ve illustrated: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles. Book One of the Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore series, written by author, K. Kibbee.

What do you all think?

I am really happy with the final reveal for the cover. The illustration is my own and the book cover design was done by the talented, Star Foos.

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Even More Videos on Ink & Stitches YouTube!

A Better Size for Adeline's Dress - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Four New Videos Now Live on my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel!

I finished up editing and posting the last four videos I had filmed to my YouTube Channel. They are ready to help you learn new techniques and stitches that can be used when making your own amigurumi patterns, or if you are working through ones you found online that include these techniques: picot stitch, changing colors in the round (with jogging vs. jogless), crocheting in front loops only (FLO), and crocheting in back loops only (BLO).

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New Ink & Stitches How to Crochet Amigurumi Videos!

Ink & Stitches Channel Shot - Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

I’ve been hard at work since finishing up the illustrations for the Corgi book series (book #1). Since illustrating had taken up all of my free time for the past few months, I thought it time to get back to my Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel and get some new videos up for the amigurumi crochet enthusiasts out there!

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Illustration Project Update and Materials Used

My Illustration Supplies - Photo by J.H. Winter

It feels great to finally be able to give you all an update on my progress with the illustrations I’ve been working on for the first book in a planned series of Corgi fantasy books (middle grade, ages 7-10) by author, K. Kibbee. I spoke more about this project when I made the announcement that I am illustrating a book series.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m Illustrating a Book Series!

Photo credit: luckyno3 via Foter.com / CC BY-NC

You heard correctly, I am illustrating my first children’s book!

It’s been some time since I’ve posted what I’ve been working on, and I’m pleased to finally be able to announce that I have signed a contract with Incorgnito Publishing Press to illustrate three Middle Grade Fantasy books about a Corgi dog and his adventures! These books will be novellas, or chapter books as they are often called, for young readers within the Middle Grade category (ages 7-10 years old).

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Making Amigurumi Patterns (Part Two)

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

How to Crochet Amigurumi from the Ground Up

I’ve been creating my own amigurumi patterns for almost seven years now, ever since I realized that amigurumi are made by knowing how to make shapes. Using decreases and increases to your advantage there is almost nothing that can’t be converted into a crocheted character. Deciding when special embroidery stitching would add some nice flare, finishes off each piece making it look professional and as true to life as possible.

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Making Mistakes – Crocheting Amigurumi

Unraveling your Work Can Feel Like This - Photo credit: Charline Tetiyevsky via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

One of the excellent blog post ideas I received during my giveaway for April’s A to Z Challenge, was a question as to whether or not seasoned crocheters still make mistakes like we did when we were beginners. The answer to this is, yes… or at least, I do anyway. I can’t speak for all crocheters, but especially when I am creating new patterns, I make mistakes often.

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Watercolor Techniques : Re-Learning and Perfecting a New Medium (Part Three)

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Once I had stopped to think about where I’d gone wrong in my watercolor painting (see Part 1 and Part 2 of series), I tried to think up what I should try next.

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