Weaving a 4 Strand Braid

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About a hundred years ago, after much teasing from my two older cousins that I couldn’t make a simple braid, my great aunt Evelyn sat me down on her bed with a bag of shoestring licorice and proceeded to teach me how to make a three strand braid. (Which I got to eat once completed.) 

While I never held much interest in knitting or crocheting, I do enjoy using different weaving techniques like braiding, twining and knotless netting in my mixed media art projects and can never walk past a yarn shop without going in. Yesterday I happened upon the gigantic sale tables of yarn at a local store called Conversational Threads in Emmaus, PA where I bought myself several skeins of pretty colors that I thought I might eventually use when I make dream catchers.

After balling up the yarn this afternoon, I was curious how these three colors might look braided together. I decided that I wanted to do a 4 strand braid but needed a refresher – so I looked to YouTube for assistance and found the following video:

This isn’t the way I remembered making them but I thought I’d give it a try and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

4 strand braid

This was made with a total of 12 strands loosely woven which resulted in the braid being flat and wide. While this was only an experiment, a braid like this could be used as a simple wrapped bracelet, necklace, belt, headband…

For all of the Dad’s out there – you’ll win super mega bonus points with your little girls if you learn to braid their hair like this.

Movie List?

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Do you have a list of “To See” movies? American Hustle was at the top of my list and I finally got to watch it the other day. (I am a sucker for any movie taking place in the 70s.) I also would like to see The Wolf of Wall Street, Catching Fire, Anchorman 2, Captain Phillips, Beyond the Sea and Saving Mr. Banks.

Image courtesy of serenete on Instagram

 

A Change in Handwriting?

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Has anyone else noticed any changes to their handwriting over the years? Has it become neater, messier, or perhaps more stylized? I know that I began to use a combination of printed/cursive letters sometime when I was an early teenager. Since that time, I believe that my writing has become somewhat more stylized and I am now able to write straight across the page when using blank paper. My signature on the other hand, has disintegrated into only a few recognizable letter forms. 

(This is one of those times when my notes about a post actually becomes the post.)

 

What are you watching?

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It seems as though a lot of people (myself included) have been ditching cable and watching movies and television via the internet on live streaming services like Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. While you can’t always find every show you want, there certainly are a lot of options to keep a person up all night binge watching whichever show people are talking about at any given moment.

When I made a comment on Facebook about my feelings of guilt over having watched all 26 episodes of House of Cards in less than a week, several of my friends commented that they had done it in less time. It was that that point that I no longer felt was alone with my obvious lack of self-restraint.

Like many others, I am eagerly waiting for the next season of Orange is the New Black, (unfortunately not a show about Rhodia…) which I am most likely to consume in a single sitting.

Which shows have got you hooked?

Image courtesy of kosuke_hayashi on Instagram

 

The Color of Rhodia

Orange Rhodia Color

While I was working with cadmium orange paint yesterday, I began to wonder whether or not the color of our signature Rhodia orange covers has a specific name of its own. I will check with Karen Doherty, the marketing VP for Exaclair and report back my findings.

In the meantime, would you like to try and guess the official name of Rhodia orange?

 

The Sharpened Pencil

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While I probably own at least half a dozen manual pencil sharpeners, I am always misplacing them. When I do find one, it’s usually the one that consistently chews the point off my pencil requiring me to re-sharpen them again and again leaving me with half the pencil I started with. I have a really awesome electric sharpener in my studio but I always seem to forget my pencils at home. I also have an older battery-operated unit which doesn’t seem to have the gusto (chewing power) that it once had which probably should be retired.

Do you have a favorite tried and true pencil sharpener? What brand? I may be looking for a new one… (I keep eyeballing those retro glass sharpeners by Alvin- especially the red one.)

Image courtesy of jdee on Instagram

What is Your Preferred Paper Surface Texture?

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Earlier today I was trying to draw with a fountain pen on a drawing pad which boasts “excellent tooth”. This was not a good match at all. Had I been using pencils, charcoal or pastels, it would have been perfect but the delicate fountain pen nib (which admittedly was not flowing as well as it should) was extra annoyingly scratchy on this surface.

My drawing preference (with pencils etc.) is a paper with at least a little bit of tooth. My writing preference with any device (fountain pen, pencil, etc.,) is smooth but not too smooth. I want the pen to flow but not skate recklessly across the surface.

What is Your Preferred Paper Surface Texture?

Link Share Friday: First of 2014

Tiny Rhodia and Pencils

10 Words Often Misspelled in Business Correspondence at Daily Writing Tips

A Steel Pen The Most Odious Thing in Nature at Palimpsest

Kurt Cobain Lists His 50 Favorite Albums: Features by LPs by David Bowie, Public Enemy & More at Open Culture

Fresh Out of College? 10 Resume Writing Hacks to Land an Interview at Under30CEO

15 Postcards from Famous Authors at Flavorwire

How To-Do Lists Give Us a False Sense of Accomplishment at Lifehacker

Quaker Journals and Diaries via Haverford College

Pencils: Shortened and Well-Utilized at Pencil Revolution

25 Common Phrases Everyone Thinks Are Correct at Lifehack

Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Book and Daily Duties at Cowan’s Auctions

Art Journal Every Day: Started & Finsihed at Balzer Designs

Working With Mistakes and Imperfections in the Art Journal at A Penchant for Paper

Handwriting Day Follow-Up at The Well-Appointed Desk

How to Choose a GTD Tool at GTD Times

Deliciously Creative Coffee Cup Art Supports Thousands of Homeless Kids at Mashable

What 16 Successful People Read in the Morning at Inc.com

Pen Pals Interview: Typeface Designer Cole Imperi on Death, Life, and Design at JetPens

Writing With You! at Cold Antler Farm

Too Many Inked Fountain Pens at Inkophile

A Writing Process Makes Your Writing Better at Writing Forward

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening at Rad and Hungry

Three Brothers at Contrapuntalism

Writing in Isolation: Prison Memoir at Pentamento

Lamy Pur Fountain Pen – Aluminum Smooth – EF Nib at No Pen Intended

Traces of graphite – Don Rosa at Bleistift

Rotring Fountain Pens part III at Write to Me Often

This new Pilot “Stormtrooper” Vanishing Point is definitely the fountain pen you’re looking for at FPGeeks

Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2 at PencilTalk

From Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 at Writing Through Life

See Carl Sagan’s Childhood Sketches of The Future of Space Travel at Open Culture

Redux: Moving From One Notebook to the Next

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Rhodia Drive experienced a few hiccups over the last 2 days and when the blog was restored, this post disappeared along with a few of your comments. I think we may have also lost a few comments from  Friday’s post about Herbin Anniversary inks. Since we greatly value your feedback, if you don’t see a comment that you know you submitted on either of these two posts, we’d be grateful if you’d be willing to take the time to resubmit your thoughts. 

For the last several years I’ve made it a point to always finish a notebook by the year’s end and move into a new book in the new year but I didn’t do it this year. With my birthday being the very last day of the calendar year, I’ve often found myself running around during the end of December, “I’ve got to do this by the end of the year, I’ve got to do that by the end of the year…” As if the significance of these actions would make a real difference when performed with such specific intention. (Letting go)

Truth be told, I found that I did not like using the 2013 book in 2014. It just felt, wrong. Like I was living in the past, or that I didn’t want to let go of the events that happened during that year. Thankfully, I’ve since finished it and moved into a new book .

As you finish a notebook and move from one to the next, is there anything special you do to mark the occasion? Such as:

  • Writing a defining end passage on the last page
  • Writing a list of specific accomplishments during the time the notebook was in use
  • Putting your name and the date inside the cover of the new book
  • Adding a favorite quote to the inside front cover
  • Copying your bucket list from one book to the next
  • Moving a favorite bookmark, photo, or papers from one book to the next

 

The Rhodiarama Rainbow Grows in 2014

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If you haven’t had the chance to see all of the great new products in the 2014 Exaclair USA catalog, allow me to introduce one of my favorites: Large Rhodiarama Webbies! the NEW 5 x 8.25″ version will be available this spring/summer in the same 15 colors as the 3.5 x 5.5″ notebook. (Yaaaay for Purple!)

Haven’t tried a Rhodiarama Webbie yet? Here’s the specs:

  • 96 sheets, lined or blank of 90g acid-free, pH neutral fountain pen friendly ivory paper
  • Italian leatherette cover with the embossed Rhodia logo
  • Inner pocket
  • Orange elastic closure and orange ribbon bookmark
  • Rounded corners

Which color is your favorite?

New Year, New Pens? Show Us!

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I can only imagine all the wonderful new pens that our fans were gifted over the holidays. Willing to share? Snap a pic of your favorite new pen and send it to Stephanie at RhodiaDrive dot com to be added to our “Favorite Pens” Photo Page. Do you have a short story to tell about your new pen? Let us know and we’ll also consider sharing it here on Rhodia Drive.

Image courtesy of maiechinatsu on Instagram.

 

Final Link Share of 2013

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Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.

The Creative Experiments Challenge at daisy yellow blog

How to Improve Your Writing Skills at Writing Forward

365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014 at Inc.com

Wattpad at Quo Vadis Blog

The Pen Addict Podcast: Episode 87 – Putting A Pen Out To Pasture

Last Minute Art Journaling Thoughts at iHanna’s Blog

Our 2013 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review at Doodlers Anonymous

Fountain Pen Experts And Their Favorite Pens at An Inkophile’s Blog

Link Love: Top 10 List Roundup at The Well-Appointed Desk

Nearly never without a Rhodia at Pentamento

How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever at Pentorium

Top 10 of 2013 at A Penchant for Paper

Annual 2013 Top Ten List of Popular Reviews at Office Supply Geek

Rhodia Wirebound Business Notebook Review at Write to Me Often

Back to Journaling Basics at Writing Through Life

30 Ideas For Your 2014 Bucket List at Abundance Blog

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins Go Through Customs and Sign Immigration Form After the First Moon Landing at Open Culture

Overcoming Writer’s Block at The Passive Voice

Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks at Life Imitates Doodles

Seeing the Big Picture: When Paper is Better Than Digital at A Penchant for Paper

Faber Castell Albrecht Durer/Caran D’Ache Supracolor/Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle Comparison chart at Lung Sketching Scrolls

Pencil Paraphernalia and a Pretty Pencil Pin Pendant at Bleistift

Prophetic Name For a Stationery Store: “Horder’s” at Contrapuntalism

More Pencil Sculptures at Pencil Revolution

Make Your Own Leather Notebook Cover at Notebook Stories

Journaling Exercise: Your Journaling Habit at Kaizen Journaling

Ink Sample Scribbles at Gourmet Pens

Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched

Image above courtesy of panpan904 on Instagram

 

Giving the gift of Rhodia for the Holidays

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Planning to give or receive the gift of Rhodia for the holidays this year? Smaller sized Rhodia products like the classic No.’s 8, 10, 11 (in graph or lined) & 12 (also available in the dot format) make great stocking stuffers, as do the Webnotepads, Rhodiarama Webbies, No. 12 “R” pads, side stapled pocket sized (A7) notebooks, the pocket sized Weekly Planners and last but not least, the Rhodia Unlimited pocket notebook.

Which are you hoping will be in your stocking?

Working It Out On Paper

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I don’t like when things get so busy that I neglect putting pen to paper. Why? Because I know that this is a place where I have been able to work things out. I can talk about an idea to 100 people in person or on the web, but there is something about writing it down that really seems to solidify this idea or new way of thinking in my mind. Perhaps this has something to do with the physical task of moving the writing implement across the paper-  recalling the muscle memory that knows this language as well as our minds…

Your thoughts?

Image courtesy of maximumtheyuta on Instagram

 

How would you like a Rhodia dotReverse Book?

Rhodia Reverse Book

Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.

Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.

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