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1  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: February 10, 2016 06:56:26 AM
It never rains but it pours. irid3sc3nt's house arrived today.  YAY
It has delightful little ghosts inside and is a lovely purple and black outside.  I particularly like the woven texture image on the roof. And she also included a dear little cat charm which goes so well with the house. 

Here is the assembled house in front of the card she sent which has a sweet ghost stamped on it.
As you can see the little cat is just perfect for this house.
Many thanks irid3sc3nt and so glad it did arrive unlike the previous one.  I am so sorry you had to send twice. I will have a lovely little village for next hallowe'en.
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2  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: February 09, 2016 12:24:07 PM
Yay. SheridanLA's house arrived today. So glad it made it through the vagaries of the postal system. 

The instructions were inside the card she sent with it.  I photographed the inside wall as it has  lovely quote from E A Poe that is hidden now it is assembled.  I do like knowing that it is there even though I can't see it anymore.

And here it is photographed in front of the card she sent. A lovely little round hut in purple and black with the dear little skeletons dancing around the wall. I tried to take it so the glitter spots sparkle a bit in the picture. So pretty. 
Thank you Sheridan.  I would hate for this one to have gone missing too
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3  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: November 10, 2015 04:46:46 AM
Yay My little house from WaveLight arrived today. 
It is beautifully painted.

My camera doesn't quite do justice to the lovely colours. And the depth and translucency of them.

Delicate little spooks under a full moon. Just lovely. Thank you so much WaveLight.
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4  Mat for animal shelter in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by elderflower on: September 30, 2015 11:23:31 AM
At our monthly Needlecraft guild meeting a couple of months ago we set aside the whole afternoon for making these mats to go under the dog and cat beds at a our local Friends Animal Welfare foundation.
Someone had donated bags and bags of fabric off cuts.  The non-knitters/crocheters cut the fabric into strips and looped the strips into continuous lengths of yarn and rolled them up into huge balls.
Those of us who had large knitting needles or crochet hooks knitted or crocheted the yarn into square mats. They will go under the pet beds and will provide insulation during the cold weather.

This is a picture of mine.  It took a lot of yarn and was very hard on the hands. Just as well there were so many of us. Wink

And here it is half way through showing the large needles I used for it. They are about 13mm diameter.
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5  Bargello-work bag in Needlework: Completed Projects by elderflower on: September 22, 2015 12:29:34 AM
Every year the Needlecraft Guild, to which I belong, has a year long project where we work on a sampler or similar and learn new techniques or stitches every month. Last year it was a strip of bargello work and when it was finished I turned it into a small bag.

My colour choice was a bit eclectic as I wasn't thinking of what I would use the sampler for when it was finished but was merely practising the technique.  So the design on the flap was not part of the project but was a design I found in one of our Guild library books and used to finish off the rest of the canvas and also to try and pull together the random colours I'd used.
The other stitches are all the stitches that we worked on over the course of the year.

  The Back

   The Front

The crochet butterfly was added because after I had done the lining I discovered a flaw in the fabric.  Embarrassed

I found it quite difficult working with canvas to make it into a bag.  I'd love to know how other people manage to turn their  tapestry into something useful as the canvas is very stiff, bulky and unwieldy.
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6  Frozen style Ice princess hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by elderflower on: September 16, 2015 08:39:32 AM
A lady I know is undergoing chemo and friends have been making hats for her.  Her little daughter said she would like a hat too to be like mum so I crocheted this ice princess style hat for her.

The blue crown is held on by two buttons so is removable.

I wanted the hat to look as if it was made of snowflakes so I used the row of daisies pattern that sonnetbird used to make an afghan and modified it to work in the round - which was a bit of a mission and the start of each row spirals round the hat but it isn't really obvious so I think it works.  Except that it doesn't really look like snowflakes. They still look like daisies to me.  But she likes it which is the main thing.
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7  Bird silhouette in Needlework: Completed Projects by elderflower on: September 04, 2015 08:38:09 AM
At last month's Needlecraft guild meeting we got a little kit of a piece of calico and an outline shape to trace - either a bird or a butterfly.  Then we practised the technique of outlining the shape in french knots that start out very close together and then move further apart.  Changing  the shade of embroidery thread also adds to the effect.
   This is the bird I made

but since I am never happy unless my embroidery has some purpose in life, I turned it into a child's apron using some spare calico I had in store, with a scrap of green satin ribbon to prettify the waistband

I also embellished the pocket by inserting some green embroidery thread using the pulled-thread technique.

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8  25 squares cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by elderflower on: August 30, 2015 04:20:12 AM
Our Needlecraft Guild competition this year had the theme of "25" as it was our 25th anniversary.  For my entry in the knitting/crochet class I devised a square that was knitted from the centre out so that it had exactly the same number of stitches on each side and the squares could be grafted together instead of sewn. (I do not like sewing up my knitting.  I always get it wrong and it looks lumpy)

This jacket/coat/cardigan  is made of exactly 25 squares. Here it is modelled by my daughter, although it is way too large for her.

Technical details
The yarn I used was Elle Escapade DK  col. 371 Ginger Glow. I don't think it is available any more.  This yarn is 100 % Acrylic  and the cardigan took 5 x 100g balls.
I used two 4mm circulars needles for each square and I used  a very long one for finishing the edging.

Although I carefully knitted a tension square and calculated all the dimensions it turned out rather larger than I intended.

Here it is laid out flat.

The buttons are Dorset buttons made from slices of pvc pipe, sanded smooth and wrapped with the same yarn as the cardigan.

As I promised I have attached a pdf of the pattern for the square.  I hope I have made it clear enough but my notes were a little scruffy.
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9  Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: August 21, 2015 01:25:14 PM
My parcel from  tendstowardschaos  arrived at the post office yesterday and I picked it up this morning.  Although I took photographs straight away I couldn't post them on the gallery earlier because today's power cut lasted from 6 am to 9pm.  I am hastily putting them up now in case we get another long power cut tomorrow.  Sad
It was such an exciting parcel, multiple small parcels inside a sturdy box so nothing was broken, and she included lots of explanatory notes about everything.
My theme was the 19th century peasant/working class home and she sent me so many lovely things for it.

She painted this me beautiful miniature copy of Old Battersea Bridge by James McNeill Whistler.  I happened to have a miniature easel which fits it perfectly.  I love this picture and am so thrilled to have this brilliant miniature version.

She had some old clay beads made by a friend and made lovely hand-dipped huckleberry scented candles for them  to turn them into adorable rustic candlesticks.

She bought me some miniature bread and cheese and then crocheted a lovely bread basket to hold them all.

Then there was a set of beautiful  tapestry cushions

followed by a hand carved log chair. It must have taken you ages to carve that out of a single piece of wood.  It is so perfect for a humble cottage.

From the same wood as the chair she then carved me a set of bowls, including a serving bowl painted with a pattern from an 1875 Norwegian bowl.

And also for the kitchen she added some tiny glass bottles, one with micro beads that could be dried peas.

She found a dear little sewing machine for me

and as if all this wasn't enough she then threw in a packet of little charms, which can be used as ornaments, and a little brass house sign.

And here is a picture of the whole lot together.  Thank you so much tendstowardschaos . Truly I have been so spoiled by you.  Thank you for stepping in to angel for me.  Actually I think this was an archangel package.  Cheesy
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10  Re: Setting the Miniature Scene - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: August 07, 2015 05:33:28 AM
My partner received on the 12th July but has since then been very ill and not able to post pictures.  I hope she gets better soon and in the meantime I am putting up the pictures I took before I sent them away.

She asked for fairy garden items so I first made these 1:12 scale garden tools.

The metal parts were  cut from the lids of a baked bean tins and the handles are bougainvillea twigs from my garden.  The stable broom head was cut from one of those toothbrushes that some airlines give you when you travel.

I also made these 3 flower pots using the quilling paper technique. The trowel was also cut from a tin can and has a bougainvillea thorn for a handle.

I made three packets of seeds by scanning packets I already had and reducing them.  This is where I learned the difference between "vector" and "raster" graphics.  I filled the packets with tiny seed beads as I wasn't sure that  real seeds were allowed to travel between countries.

This 1:12 rustic chair was also made from bougainvillea  twigs, and with banana fibre, again from the garden, for the riempies (not sure what the English word is) and for tying the bent twigs that make the (vaguely) heart shape of the back.

I also included this little wire bicycle.  I did not make it. These wire toys are made by young men and boys in this country for play and for sale by the side of the road.  It is a lot smaller than 1:12, perhaps 1:24.

As I hadn't made miniatures before I used several sites on the internet to learn how to make these.  In particular http://miniatures.about.com/od/miniatureprojects/ where I learned how to make the garden tools and the rustic chair; and http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com/ which showed me how to make the flower pots from rolled paper strips.

I was also nervous about sending plant material to another country so I boiled everything first for an hour and then dried it in the oven overnight.  That ought to kill anything.
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