Tiny stuff

I have this ginormous stash of quilling strips. I have never really taken it up seriously but I bought them with some ideas in mind that I never implemented. Plus they are coloured paper! Enough said.

I took a few strips from that stash with the hope of making many many items. I managed to make 1 pair of earrings before getting distracted. I consider this a win, though.


As I was making the second of the pair, I wondered what was the smallest quilled object I could make. I don’t mean an individual component, but rather an entire entity. I don’t think that came out right. What I mean is, a single coiled circle isn’t counted but a tiny flower is.

So I went about to make a duck. I made one and tried a second smaller one. I stopped there because I realised that my own fingers are my limitations. I need an instrument, like forceps if I intend to attempt a smaller duck.

Ducks on a scale for scale.

I’ve made several earrings in the past. I don’t know why since I rarely wear earrings. Perhaps I can use them as a gifting item. Anyway, here are some of my creations combined using my wicked MS Paint skills.


Note: All the above are my ideas and not a copy of existing work.



It is the weekend and that implies a lot of idle time. Now, to do something with all that time, I decided to clean my cupboard. This is the perfect case of if-I-can’t-sort-out-my-life-let-me-at-least-sort-out-my-cupboard.

While sorting things, I took out this plastic bag filled with tiny crocheted items back when I was trying things out. It’s been quite a few months (okay, years) since I have opened that bag. When I opened it what I found inside gave me goosebumps I found something unexpected.

It had been so long that there was bacteria growing with the knick-knacks.
Let me show you what I mean.

I found a specimen that is definitely a variant of chlamydomonas.


Thanks to my high-school biology knowledge, I could identify it. I wasn’t so lucky with the next one. Let’s just call it “Dead remains of another algae”.


I knew it. Even micro-organisms can not survive the Hyderabad heat.

After that horrific experience, I tied up the bag and dumped all my belongings back in the cupboard. I can sort things out another time.

The items in the above two images are examples of “Tatting”. Tatting is a super cool needle craft where intricate lace designs are made with knots and loops. This blog  was what initially inspired me to take it up. Do check it out! I was saddened to hear how tatting was considered a dying craft form but also hopeful that there are attempts being made to revive it.

Looks Decidedly Fishy

It’s been a long time since I set my eyes on these beautiful crocheted dragon scale gloves. I finally found the courage to make them (or rather one of them) last week.

And it was a bit of a disaster, to say the least.

I figured out how to make the “scales” and completed the rest of it fitting it exactly to my hand. I fit it so well that I almost tore the glove when I was trying to remove it.

Multicoloured wollen yarn with 3.5mm crochet hook

Anyway, my mother thought it looked more like fish scales. She said this after I mentioned that they were meant to be scales, so I don’t think her observation is counted.

I definitely need to have another go at it. :/