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March 26, 2013

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Mosaic By Number Edition

by Betty Crafter

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This week I decided to break into this mosaic by number kit that I’ve had laying around the shop that hasn’t been getting any attention.

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This kit contained the items to make the Taurus, Cancer, and Virgo zodiac wall hanging. I just so happen to be a Cancer, so, yay! By the way, how awesome is that Adam and Eve one??

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The kit contained the wall hanging and all the supplies and tools needed to complete it.

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I did however, elect to use some Alene’s Tacky Glue over the ancient, dried up glue included in the kit.

Now that I had everything laid out, it was time for me to get to work!
The first step was gluing gold braid around the outlines.

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Let me take this moment to say; gold braid, I hate you. I hate you with the fire of a thousand August suns. I hate you more than I hate cleaning out the litterbox, going to the DMV, or having my ladyparts doctor visit. I detest you like I detest cilantro. I think you get the idea. It would NOT stay in the positions I needed it to! When I got to this part I tore at my hair and cursed the sky:

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I quickly made the decision that the crab’s legs did NOT in fact, need the gold braid.

After that it was pretty much smooth sailing – just laying down glue and covering it with glass or stones as directed in the chart. In the end I had this:

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It’s not too bad, especially considering the fits I had with that blasted gold braid. The parts where I didn’t use it for the crab didn’t turn out bad at all:

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So, success? I guess, sort of. It will do.

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14 Responses to This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Mosaic By Number Edition

  1. Beth Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I have a new appreciation for the skillfully-done ones for sale on ebay and etsy, of which I have several. The gravel must have been placed a piece at a time, with tweezers.

    There are two vintage mosaic tile kits waiting to be worked on at my house. Now I’m nervous!

  2. RetroRuth Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Jeez!!! That looks like a total pain! You are right, Beth. I have a new appreciation for those as well!

  3. Betty Crafter Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I’m assuming that being bundled up for 50 years made the gold braid more brittle and “stuck in it’s ways” and therefore wouldn’t assume a new position very easily. I think it’s possible that when it’s new it would have been more flexible. That’s what I’m choosing to believe anyway!

  4. Tasha Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I so love that you do vintage kits like this, it makes me want to hunt some down. But I agree, what a total pain the gold braid looks like, eek.

  5. Sara In AZ Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Even brand new I’m willing to bet that these kits were a painstaking process to put together…some have SO many details…..I gaze in awe at the gravel art pics I have and wonder how much time it actually took the person to put together.

  6. Betty Crafter Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    It’s true! I will never again look at those vintage completed ones the same way again!

  7. MadgesHatbox.com Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I remember trying one of these back in the day. I think I got more glue on me than on the mosaic.

  8. tammyCA Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Oh, man you had me laughing at your remarks about hating the blasted gold braid. I hate that stuff, too and yes, I think the oldness of it makes it worse.

  9. Andrea Reply

    March 26, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Maybe hot glue would have worked better than tacky glue? I find that new gold braid is often not flexible, either, LOL. Turned out pretty good all things considered, though!

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      March 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Andrea, I thought about that but decided it would be impossible to get that braid into place without getting burned.

  10. Nikki Reply

    March 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I love these! I actually have one hanging in our living room now- it’s a Geisha girl that my grandma did in the 60’s. I always wished I could find a kit to make one myself- but they seem really hard to come by.

  11. linda h Reply

    April 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I have made one from a new kit by Suzanna Anna. I don’t think she is making them anymore. The black braid was not too difficult. It was fun.

  12. linda h Reply

    April 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I would have loved the one with the lamp and candle. You aren’t thinking of doing any lamp themed crewel kits, are you?

    • Betty Crafter Reply

      April 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Linda, I don’t have any in the pipeline, but you never know!

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