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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Shrunken Head pincushion on: August 06, 2008 11:59:39 AM
I hope this is an okay topic to post pictures of a pincushion.
I made for a swap and I'm really pleased with how it came out.

A while back I became quite fascinated by shrunken heads and so did some research on their history and how they were made (its very interesting if you find you have a few spare minutes. Basically, souvenirs at the end of the day). I saw a couple in a museum and think its so tragic, macabre and yet really intriguing.
I thought they would be fun as a pincushion so decided to make one. I decided to use tights (I think "pantyhose" in the US?) and wool, because I believe killing someone for their head is wrong and there aren't many neighbouring tribes to raid near me.
My fella was quite impressed and now wants one too (not that he sews). That's probably one of the best compliments from him. I started making a few more each with its own little personality.
I will add a few details to the next lot such as bones through the nose, etc and I'll be a bit more careful in the detail. I ran out of time in the swap for this one.

I hope you like him  Wink
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Heart earrings on: June 09, 2008 02:44:08 PM
I made some red heart shaped earrings whilst experimenting for a finished swap (on something completely different).
I like them but would like other people's opinion to see if they are a bit too much?

Both of the together (picture is a bit dark- I had to use my phone's camera, sorry)

Two views of them on from different angles

Thanks so much!  Grin
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green tweed bag, a bangle bag and a thank you on: April 29, 2008 02:01:00 AM
Hello there,

Firstly I'd like to thank all the wonderful craftsters I've encountered since I joined a month or so ago. I have been off work due to illness for 5 months now and after lots of tests and trips to the hospital I can finally go back to work.  Grin
I think I would have spent many lonely days sobbing if it hadn't been for this website. When I started to feel well enough, crafting really helped too, but when I wasn't well enough or my idle mind was too bored to function it was wonderful to see what all the talented people here have created.
I don't know how I'll cope not being able to logon when I like.  Wink

Here area couple of things I made recently that make me happy...

The first is a green, tweed bag I made with some vintage scottish tweed from my Grandma. I needle felted the rose and made it into a brooch  so it can be detached. It is similar to one in a tut Mocosa posted from "tiny happy things" but I changed a few things, mainly the size (it's the size of my annual, pension information leaflet- one of these days I'll actually read one) and I changed the shape to give it a flap. It has a magnetic fastener.

And a pic with one of my cats (Scooter) for scale

The other bag I made using bangles my Mum gave me but they are too big for my skinny wrists. I was delighted with her reaction when I showed her what I had done with them. Also, the buttons, which you can't see very well are from an elderly neighbour (who is well aware of my button and bead obsession and gives me the most amazing things she has collected from around the world over the years- her husband was in the navy)

The photo is not great because I was trying to be artistic, taking it in the garden, but the sun was so bright I couldn't see the screen. Also the bag seems a bit wonky and uneven, but it really isn't (promise).

I hope some people like them. I do, as they make me feel better.

Thank you so much once again and keep up the great work!!! Grin
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / A "statement" necklace on: April 08, 2008 03:13:52 AM

a friend of mine asked me to make her a "statement" necklace to wear to her Summer Ball. She is wearing a simple black dress so she wanted her jewellery to be the "focus of interest". She wanted it to have a butterfly and a flower in it.

I'm very nervous about showing it to her as I haven't known her very long so I hope she feels confident enough to tell what she really thinks. I thought I would ask the great people on craftster their opinion first, hopefully to give my confidence a little boost or if not to suggest how I may improve it.

Thanks very much!

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