Web Site Troubles
Posted July 28 by Webmaster
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our recent web site outage. We've removed the WordPress site. It seems it was vulnerable to hacking. For now, we'll keep it simple.
Emerald City Comicon
Posted February 14 by Crystal
Come celebrate the glory of geekdom with me at Emerald City Comicon March 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center (booth 910). Last year was great and this year will be even better with new products including the Ratinator headpiece and bustles full of steampunkish glory. Look for the burning dress and the 3D homage to our gorgeous climate as well as my new line of weaponry that doubles as a purse for ladies who need to be prepared for every occasion.
Posted November 21, 2014 by Crystal
The year is winding down, and I am still working four weeks out for custom orders. So, if you want something for Christmas giving, order soon. I'm working on fun new projects, as well as expanding my ever-growing Dragonhide line.
Posted March 21, 2014 by Crystal
I am frantically busy prepping for Emerald City Comicon. If you are lucky enough to attend, I'm in spot 2701, right next to panel room 3. I'll have my awesome Dragonhide knitted scalemail as well as other goodies, all handmade here in the Pacific Northwest. I'll be the one geeking out over being in the same convention as not one, not two, but three of my childhood idols.
Otherworlds Featured Artist
Posted November 7, 2013 by Crystal
I am honored to be the featured artist of November at Otherworlds, a marvelous steampunk store in Edmonds WA. If you're in the area stop by, they're just a few blocks off the ferry terminal with a great selection of fantasy and sci-fi goods and games, as well as steampunk. Take a look here: http://www.otherworldsstore.com/. Then walk over a couple of blocks and watch the ferry boats come in, or better yet go for a ride.
Custom Orders and Emererald City Comicon
Posted August 24, 2013 by Crystal
Crystal's Idyll will be Emerald City Comicon in March. Find us there. In the meantime, custom order completion time is currently three weeks, soon to be four. Things get very busy here as Christmas approaches. If you want a custom order for a gift this year I'd recommend ordering the early part of November. Sooner for my international customers.
Norwescon Art Show
Posted March 29, 2013 by Crystal
My work is on display at the Norwescon Art Show this weekend. Very exciting for me. If you came to my site from there here are some FAQ’s.
Do you take custom orders? Yes, I’m happy to take custom orders. You can see lots of colors and patterns in the knitted dragonhide here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystalsidyll/sold?ref=shopinfo_sales_leftnav Current custom order backlog is about 4 weeks.
Do you have items already made? Yes, I do have some items in stock that aren’t at the art show. They are here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crystalsidyll?ref=si_shop.
Do you sell patterns? Not yet, but I’m considering it.
Wow! That is a cool idea. I love it. (I know, not a question, but I hear it a lot and it never gets old.) Thank you, I’m glad you like it.
Posted Jan. 26, 2013 by Crystal
I am excited to be published in the current issue of Belle Armoire magazine. I submitted an entry to their upcycled purses challenge and was chosen as one of the winners.
Want to make your own purse out of old neckties? It is pretty simple. I started by drafting the simple envelope clutch pattern on paper and cutting out two layers of the lining fabric- one for actual lining and one to serve as the base for the weaving. I then placed the neckties with the narrow points hanging off of the pointed edge of the base fabric. I tacked them down and wove more ties the other way until the entire base was covered. Once they were basted in place I laid the lining over it and sewed it right sides together, leaving a gap for turning. I tucked the tie points in as I sewed so they would hang free once it was turned. When it was right side out I hand stitched the gap and pressed it well. A few of the tie points required hidden hand stitching to make them lay properly. I finished it by sewing on a snap and dotting vintage buttons over the flap.
Posted Dec. 24, 2012 by Crystal
The second most common question I get (after "How did you come up with that?" answer: I bought a bunch of scales to make actual metal maille with and hated it, had to do something with the scales, invented this) is "Why the yarn base?" The answer is threefold:
- Knitting is faster and more fun (for me) than weaving maille.
- This gives a flexible base that expands when your dice collection (or arms) do.
- Metal beats up your dice and makes them all scruffy. This way the metal is all on the outside-dice stay "new" longer.
I've been making these for three years now, always with the same warranty: if the scales wear through the knitting then mail the scales back to me and I re-knit them for free. No takers yet, all those bags and gauntlets are still in use. I tested it with my destructo-boy son. His gauntlets and dice bag are still intact, if a little fuzzy around the edges after two years of HARD wear. I figure if a 6 year old can't kill them, normal human use won't be a problem.
Posted Dec. 24, 2013 by Crystal
All of us here at Crystal's Idyll wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope your holiday plans are happy and safe. And look for alignment-based dice bag patterns coming in the new year.
The Start of My Costuming Career
Posted Jul. 21, 2013 by Crystal
My freshman year in college a dorm mate heard I could sew and asked me to turn a blanket into a cloak for her. She loved the result so much it was her coat all winter. Everywhere she wore it she got comments, including one from a man who wanted to know where she got it. She wouldn't tell him, wanting hers to remain one of a kind. Fast forward 5 years. One day my husband of about a year and I were discussing costuming. He said, "Do you remember the cloak AJ had our freshman year? She wouldn't tell me where she got it." Once I was able to stop grinning enough to speak I filled him in on who the creator was.
That was 14 years ago. Since then I have made my handsome husband innumerable costume pieces, many of which draw compliments. But none of them have given me as much glee as that first piece when he realized HIS WIFE COULD DO THAT!
Summer Events: Washington Midsummer Faire
Posted Mar. 14, 2013 by Crystal
We're very excited to have our booth at the Washington Midsummer Faire for ALL THREE WEEKENDS (the first three weekends in August)! This is one of the biggest renaissance fairs in Washington state, so come check out the gypsy horse riders, the Seattle Knights and our awesome wares!
The fun doesn't stop there! We have more plans going on into Autumn, but we'll keep those to ourselves for now. Check back later for details.
Business As Usual
Posted Mar. 1, 2013 by Crystal
We are still enjoying increased popularity, for which we are very grateful, buy we're now ahead of the orders again. So check out our store for several new items in stock. As usual, if you don't see exactly what you're looking for, ask us and we'll be happy to make yours exactly the way you want it. Turnaround time for custom orders is currently less than a week.
Thank You, Ms. Day
Posted Nov. 10, 2012 by Crystal
Earlier today, Felicia Day of The Guild and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog fame shared this wonderful picture of her Phoenix Dragonhide Gauntlets. We are very grateful for her feedback, but the sudden surge in popularity has left us a bit short on items ready to sell.
Currently, all Dragonhide items are sold out and available only by custom order, which we will gladly take here, and will be added to our production queue as soon as we have your complete order information (sizes, colors, etc.). Please allow up to 2 weeks from then until your order is completed.
Spotlight: Paladin Dragonhide Gauntlets
Posted Oct. 30, 2012 by Webmaster
Ride to the rescue of those in distress in these flashy fingerless gloves.
Dragonhide Gauntlets: the look of scale maille but with handmade comfort, flexibility and warmth.
The shimmering anodized aluminum scales flash between silver and a goldish shade. They are knitted into the sturdy white acrylic yarn base in an overlapping pattern that covers the back of the hand and wrist. The palm is scale free for comfort. The thumb holes allow this to be worn over the hand, or ignore the thumbholes and wear it higher on the wrist.
This pair is sized for large hands: 7" in circumfrence, stretching to over 9" and 6.5" long.