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1  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: December 18, 2014 03:20:11 AM
My fabulous package arrived today from madcrafter.
She posted it on 22 November and the notification arrived yesterday - so I guess airmail  isn't what it used to be  Wink
But it was truly worth waiting for.  She made patches on my theme of sunsets and had the most beautiful fabrics and embroidery.
I love this one with its fire at sunset. The fabric just brilliantly evokes a bush fire and the chenille stitched sun is glorious.

The other patch she sent is this beautiful Van Gogh style sunset in chainstitch.  I am so in love with the colours and the way the stitches flow around the sun and across the sky.

She also sent me one of her stunning paper cuts.
I am so thrilled with this and love all the little details that I keep finding the more I look at it - like the cats on the fence and the rabbits in the grass.

And as if all this wasn't enough she also sent me a wonderful patch making kit with fabrics in my favourite colours and needles and threads and beads.  I'm particularly intrigued by the unusual threads as I can't find that sort of thing here and I'm really looking forward to using them
 Altogether a fantastic Christmas present. Thank you so much madcrafter. Definitely worth the wait.
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2  Red-checked apron with crochet motifs. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by elderflower on: December 08, 2014 06:38:18 AM

I made this as a gift for our Needlecraft Guild Christmas dinner where we each bring a hand-made gift and these are randomly assigned to guests.
The fabric is not a true gingham but a fabric printed to look like gingham.
The hem is finished with five motifs crocheted in Coats Red mercerised cotton size 8 with a 1.25 mm hook. I ran out of red and used white to finish the bottom edges of the motifs. 

Close up of one of the motifs.
The pattern comes out of an old handicrafts book that I borrowed from our Guild library.  Unfortunately I can't remember the name of it but I can find out if anyone is interested.
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3  Re: Little matchboxes made of ticky tacky... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by elderflower on: November 29, 2014 12:17:43 AM
I love your little matchboxes.  I need to make a couple for my zebras.
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4  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!- Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: November 13, 2014 10:17:54 PM
I collected my patches from goktrose yesterday. I wanted to get these pictures up right away so you could see them all but didn't have electricity until this morning.
She has sent me such beautiful patches on my themes and a lovely kit with some gorgeous fabrics and threads and buttons.

First of all on my Science theme she made me a lovely 3d flask full of beaded bubbles.

I love the  colours of it and the shimmering blue beads she used.

Then for my African Wild Dog theme she did a truly beautiful reverse applique of a Wild Dog head with yellow French knot eyes.

She really captured that distinctive silhouette. Instantly recognizable, I love it so much and I also love the fabrics you used.

On top of all this she included a generous kit on my Thunderstorms theme.

Thank you goktrose for the gorgeous fabrics, threads and buttons. I want to start making patches right away.

I also love the different techniques you used. You inspire me to try them myself.  Thank you for an altogether wonderful package.
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5  Naartje Candles in Halloween Decor and Parties by elderflower on: October 31, 2014 11:02:04 AM
I hadn't done anything for Hallowe'en and carving pumpkins takes too long so I made a couple of naarjte candles using this tutorial

She advises using olive oil but I used ordinary cooking oil and it worked just as well. 

It did take a few matches to get started but once it got going it was fine. 
Obviously, as with any naked flame, you make sure it is on a fireproof surface and don't leave it unattended.

I think they would be nice for Christmas too.

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6  Trillium bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by elderflower on: October 26, 2014 08:21:43 AM
At our last needlecraft guild meeting one of our members, who had recently returned from the UK, gave us a class in these little triangular bags.  She had been introduced to them in England and said they are called Trillium bags over there because they resemble the trillium lily.

I stitched most of my bag in the meeting so I don't have many in progress pictures.
The kits for the bags comprised :
2 equilateral triangles of fabric  -   each  side about 25 cm long
2 pieces of ribbon  35 to 40 cm long for the 2 drawstrings
2 large beads for slipping on the drawstrings.
3 sequins/buttons/beads to decorate the folded down corners.

We took the 2 triangles and put them right sides together and sewed all around leaving a small gap for turning. Then turned right side out and slip stitched or mattress stitched to close the opening.

Then we folded the points down to the outside and stitched them down with sequins/buttons/beads leaving a gap for the drawstrings to run through.

Next step was to fold up each edge of the triangle in half so that the points come together and stitch the edges together using slip stitch or mattress stitch from the corner up to about two thirds of the way so as to leave an opening at the top.

To finish we threaded the drawstrings through the loops at the corners in opposite directions and slipped the large bead over each string and knotted them.

Sliding the bead down the drawstring closes the bag.

I think these will make neat little gift bags and can also be hung on a Christmas tree with gifts inside.  They are a great way to use up scraps of fabric and ribbon and odd beads.  I plan to make several for Christmas.
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7  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: September 26, 2014 11:44:45 AM
These are fabulous bookmarks. I love the Narnian sword and the little rhyme on the bookmark with the green tassel is lovely.

Today I received this lovely bookmark from Acadian Driftwood.  I sometimes think our postman saves up our mail all week so he can deliver it at once.  Wink  Anyway here it is.

 I love the quote from Thud  and the way she has illustrated it.  Beautiful colours and the font is exactly right.  Thank you so much Acadian Driftwood.  I am so thrilled with this and the way you interpreted it. I keep looking at it and admiring it.
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8  Re: Bookmark Swap 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: September 17, 2014 05:38:20 AM
What great bookmarks these are. So lovingly thought out and executed.
And mine arrived today from blupaisan.
She chose a quote from Thud, my favourite book by Terry Pratchett and did a wonderful drawing of a troll to illustrate it. 
I happen to be particularly fond of that quote because it has relevance in our world outside the books.  I also love the font she used, that lettering just looks so right.

Thank you so much blupaisan. You are such a talented artist. I was so thrilled to receive this. It is in my copy of Thud right now. And thank you for sending it early so I didn't have long to wait.
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9  Re: Werecat!! - Stuffed cat with a dark side in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elderflower on: August 23, 2014 12:56:57 PM
I found a picture of a soft toy African wild dog puppy I bought for my sister a while ago. I think the fabric is very similar to yours.
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10  Knitted outfit for my crochet Bleuette in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elderflower on: August 22, 2014 01:56:15 PM

This is the outfit I made for my Bleuette.  I attach pdf patterns for the jersey, skirt and socks.  The crochet knickers are a modified version (because I only had very thin crochet cotton and a small hook) of the ones on Beth Webber's page I also didn't make them as long.

Everything is knitted in the round on 2 circular needles. This eliminates any seams so the finished garments are less bulky for a small doll.
If you haven't tried using two circulars to knit in the round there is a good explanation of the technique here http://www.weebleknits.net/twocirculars.html  but an internet search will find plenty more resources.

I realise that the pdf files are not accessible to non-members so I include text-only versions below.
Raglan jersey for crochet Bleuette
Knitted in the round from the neck down.  No seams.
2 circular (or 4 double pointed needles) 2.75 mm
Variegated sock yarn  (UK)    
Tension:   33 stitches to 4 inch/10 cm in stocking stitch on 2.75 mm needles
M1   =   Make a stitch by knitting into the loop between stitches. Twist the loop when you do so to avoid making a hole.
K   =   Knit;   P   =   Purl;   sts   =   stitches
The neck needs to be very stretchy to fit over the large head of curly hair.  So the initial cast-on leaves stitches that can be picked up later and knitted with the stitches of the 11th row to make a stretchy hem that looks like a rolled neck.   Knitty has a good tutorial http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/FEATfall05TT.html if you don't know how to do this type of cast on.
Yarn   I used self-patterning yarn left over from a pair of socks. I didn't make any effort to get both sleeves the same but if you did it would look much better and more like a proper Fair Isle jersey.  Of course  a plain yarn would also look good.

Rolled Neck
Using the waste yarn/ provisional/ open  cast-on and both circulars, Cast On 40 stitches (20 stitches on each needle)
Knit 10 rounds of  K1 P1 rib
Next row    Release the cast on stitches and with every stitch pick up and Knit or Purl 1 stitch from the cast on row. This makes the rolled neck.
Continue in knit.
Row 1   K1 M1 K8 M1 K1. Repeat all round   48 sts
Row 2 and every alternate row   Knit.
Row 3    K1 M1 K10 M1 K1. Repeat all round   56 sts
Row 5   K1 M1 K12 M1 K1. Repeat all round   64 sts
Row 7   K1 M1 K14 M1 K1. Repeat all round   72 sts
Row 9   K1 M1 K16 M1 K1. Repeat all round   80 sts
Row 11   K1 M1 K18 M1 K1. Repeat all round   88 sts
Row 13 K1 M1 K20 M1 K1. Repeat all round   96 sts
Row 14 Knit
Row 15   Knit

Row 16      Increase in first stitch, Knit 22, increase in next stitch, Slip next 24 stitches onto spare yarn, increase in next stitch, Knit 22, increase in next stitch, slip next 24 stitches onto spare yarn.
Continue in Knit on these 52 stitches for 20 rows or until it is long as you want it.
Finish with 5 rows of Knit 1 Purl 1 rib. Cast off

Sleeves      -   both alike
Re-join yarn and pick up and knit one stitch from the body under the arm, Knit across the 24 stitches on spare yarn, pick up and knit one stitch from the body.
Knit 9 rows on these 26 stitches.
Next row    Decrease one stitch at beginning and end of the round (ie where the underarm seam would be if there was one)
Knit another 9 rows on these 24 stitches
Next row    (Knit 2 Knit 2 tog.) repeat all round       18 stitches
Finish with 3 rows of Knit 1 Purl 1 rib. Cast off
Make another sleeve the same

Pleated skirt for crochet Bleuette
4ply wool   two 2.75 mm circulars
Tension       stocking stitch  29 stitches to 10 cm on 2.75 mm needles
K = knit;    P = purl;   tog = together;   
sts = stitches;   psso = pass slipped stitch over.
Cast on 80  stitches for bottom edge and join the round (40 stitches on each needle)
First 10 rows   (K5 P5) rib
Row 11      Slip 1st stitch (K4 P4 K2 tog) seven times K4 P4. Knit last stitch of round together with first stitch of next row.   (The one that was slipped at the beginning of this row)   72 sts
Row 12      K4 P4 (K5 P4) repeat all round
Rows 13 to 16    (K5 P4) rib
Row 17      (K4 slip 1 K1 psso P3) repeat to end   64 sts
Rows 18 to 20    (K5 P3) rib
Row 21      Slip 1st stitch (K3 slip 1 K1 psso P1 K2tog) seven times, K3 slip 1 K1 psso P1. Knit last stitch together with first stitch of next row (like on row 11).     48 sts
Row 22       K4 P1 (K5 P1) to end
Row 23       (K5 P1) rib
Row 24       (K4 Slip 1 K 1 psso) to end   40 sts
Row 25       Knit
Row 26 and 27    (K1 P1) rib
Cast off.

Toe-up socks for crochet Bleuette
Knitted in the round from the toe up using 2 circular needles.
Two circular  2.75 mm  needles
Variegated sock yarn  4 ply (UK)    
Tension:   33 stitches to 4 inch/10 cm in stocking stitch on 2.75 mm needles
M1  -   Make a stitch by knitting into the loop between stitches. Twist the loop when you do so to avoid making a hole.
K - Knit;  P - Purl; tog - together
Cast on 6 stitches, alternately on 2 needles.  (I used Judy's Magic Cast On. You can find it here http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html)
Row 1 Knit all round
Row 2   K1 M1 K1 M1 K1. Repeat       [10 stitches]
Row 3 and every alternate row   Knit.
Row 4    K1 M1 K3 M1 K1. Repeat      [14 stitches]
Row 6   K1 M1 K5 M1 K1. Repeat       [18 stitches]
Row 7 Knit
Row 8   K2 M1 K5 M1 K11         [20 stitches]
Row 9 and alternate rows Knit
Row 10   K2 M1 K7 M1 K11         [22 stitches]
Row 12 K2 M1 K9 M1 K11         [24 stitches]
Rows 14 to 19 are on one needle only.  The stitches on the other needle rest until they are knitted again in Row 20
Row 14 K 8 K 2 tog K1 turn
Row 15 Slip 1 purlwise P2 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 16 Slip 1 knitwise K3 K2 tog K1 turn
Row 17 Slip 1 purlwise P4 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 18 Slip 1 knitwise K5 K2 tog K1 turn
Row 19 Slip 1 purlwise P6 P2 tog P1 turn
Row 20 Slip 1 K8 M1 K9 M1(use this to close the hole)
Continue knitting on all stitches  for another 28 rows - or as long as you want it. Finish with 6 rows of K1 P1 rib. Cast off. (I used Jeny's Interlock Bind-off - you can find it here http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/FEATinterlock.php
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