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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / I am designing and building a craft space from scratch... what tips do you have on: February 22, 2016 05:34:06 AM
I am planning (and will be building) from scratch a craft corner in a larger room. It will be in a corner, so L shaped space. The short length of the L will be approx 1.5 m (4 feet ish) and the longer side will be about 2 m (6ish)

I sew, I paint, I do paper stuff, stencilling and a bit of jewellery making. So I need
  • Fabric storage
  • paper and ephemera storage
  • clean workbench for sewing and a 'dirty' one for painting etc
  • tool storage

The room will also be used as a sitting room, so the more organisation systems that I use, the better.

Constraints-space obviously, no sink, very limited budget.

so what has been essential to you in your craft space?
Any things you regret having or not having?
Any clever low cost storage solutions?
Any ideas on specific heights for benches. I know that sewing machine heights should be different to say painting?
What am I not thinking about??

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / another shrine swap? on: February 19, 2016 03:07:40 AM
Any takers? I know that there have been a few of these kinds of swaps in the past. I was thinking that maybe we could give a list of themes etc and then our partners would craft a shrine, with possibly a small few extras-supplies perhaps- on agreement with partners,
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / this best gif showing exactly how a sewing machine makes a stitch.. on: February 10, 2016 07:09:50 AM
this is pretty fast and worth watching, I kinda knew how it made a stitch..now, after 40 years of sewing I really know! so simple and so clever!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / F**K the menopause... A shrine on: February 06, 2016 09:31:00 AM
Oh man but this is kicking my ass. I am 48 and apparently the perimenopause can last ten years. Hot flashes I had gotten kinda used to, annoying as hell and necessitating rethiniking my wardrobe. I lecture and in an hours lecture I swear I take my cardigan off at least three or four times. I spend half of the night kicking covers off.. I can deal with the red face.

but the last couple of times the moodswings are wrecking my head. Today I wanted to alternately cry and kill someone. So I figured I needed to get busy doing something, I made this small shrine.

inside..what a hot flash feels like

right and left sides are respectively a woman shooting a gun and holding dynamite. All of these images are from a book of reprints of mens adventure magazines, All of the women are in imminent danger of loosing their tops.

outside old crone types. Yes I know they are Froud faries, but they look old..which is apparently what I have to look forward to when this is over. Time ticking away with a devil in charge on top..this heat has to come from somewhere..

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5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Do you use a serger much? At all? on: January 31, 2016 08:17:46 AM
Yes that is a cobweb attached to the to left..

I should get more use out of it, even if it is a cheap generic. How do you use yours?
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / result of a watercolour/pen and ink class...village on: December 03, 2015 04:14:27 AM
I did a class the other day and we were learning about watercolours with pen and ink...I have dabbled in this before, but learned a lot. we copied the line drawing, I altered the perspective a little, but realised after I had applied paint that there is still a bit of an issue with the perspective of the roof on the right, apart from that I am happy with it.

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number eight, tea tin and oranges..last in the series on: November 24, 2015 01:55:40 PM
So we reach number eight, the last in the series.

This is a jasmine tea tin and some clementines in a bowl. So tired when I was painting this and I pretty much grabbed the first thing that I saw. But this I am more happy with.

and the original

it is actually a very difficult room to paint in as the light is directly over head and behind, so the shadows are exaggerated.

Next term I am moving back into my comfort zone...acrylics. Oils are a good discipline, but I don't love them. I won't abandon oils completely, I have a lot to use up!.

Thanks for the advice and comments on the series.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number seven, block plane, pears and a knift on: November 17, 2015 11:51:05 AM
I have wanted to use this block plane in a painting for ages, it is an old one and really quite beautiful. I was going for a sort of 'workman downs tools, for a snack' type thing. The knife is a gorgeous new kitchen knife that has a great shape, plus a wooden box and some pears.

this was very frustrating and I am not sure it is still quite right, the plane is just a funny shape and I think it still needs a little bit more work...I keep seeing flaws and have fixed them, but there is still something wrong...

I see from the photo that the back curve of the plane is wrong, needs to dip down a bit more..the angle of the photo isn't quite the angle that i painted it at, I was looking down a little more..also I had to extend the box as once painted the plane looked as though it was floating and was really wrong...it could do with a bit more shadow at that extended side

comments and suggestions really welcome.

Ok so I have reworked it a bit, deepened the box shadow, and the side of the box and adjusted the top of the plane. but  I am stopping now because each time I rework it I feel it loses some of it's immediacy..and it definitely becomes something other than a 2 hour oil painting..

Good points Always, I see what you mean about the shadow on the cloth.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / another round of Fabric printing swap? on: November 03, 2015 01:18:08 PM
Anyone fancy another round of this, It was a great swap the last time.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Oil painting number six, tankard, candle, bread on: November 03, 2015 04:33:13 AM
back to my art group last night, a group from my house this time, the black lidded tankard in the background is an antique that my cousin gave to me as a house warming as it is contemporaneous with my house, (c1840), bread and a lighted candle.

the bread is OK, the candle was a bugger to paint, flames are hard, especially when the stuff around the flame is not really dark enough. The tankard is OK, but very black so there was a lot of contrast...all in all I am reasonably happy with it.

Constructive criticism very welcome.

this is the original group, I adjusted it from this, tore off some bread and changed the angle of it relative to the other things. I had painted the motif on the tankard, but it was only after I painted it that I noticed that it wasn't put on properly on the tankard, I painted it as I saw it but it messed up the perspective, and flatted the tankard into 2D, so I wiped it and painted an invented one.

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