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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: August 09, 2014 09:50:12 AM
Thanks for the tip Smiley This sounds interesting! I don't want holes, but maybe there's a way to use this to develop something for my needs.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 09, 2014 06:45:52 AM
I'm back with yet another decade long project Cheesy

Years ago I dabbled at pottery and made some project that resulted with tiny clay stars. I fell in love with those and decided to try to make beads from them. It was a risk, but they worked! The holes I'd made stayed open. I painted the stars and did nothing with them. Fast forward ten years (at least) and here they are Smiley

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 06, 2014 10:16:07 PM
Cota tinctoria here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cota_tinctoria

Washing soda is used for removing lignin and some other things from the plants. The plants brake down to fiber easier and they will last time and light better (think of bad quality newspaper, it's full of lignin). Or something I'm not a chemist either and it's been years since I read about the theory of papermaking. Here is a better explanation of things http://maybabcock.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/phragmites-australis-can-be-made-into-paper/

Sadly the finished paper doesn't really smell (Also a good thing Grin), but during the process the orange smell was delightful Smiley

Now, how long are they going to be in your stash before you use them? Grin

Cheesy Good question! The orange papers I'm going to use for cards this X-mas and I think will need to use some of the other batch too. The flawed papers I was thinking to give to a friend who swaps a lot and the rest Cheesy My best bet is that I'll try to sell them. I have this funny idea that I'll learn the routine to make paper from all the fruit peels and rinds and sell them to buy more yummu fruits for us to eat Smiley \o/ I'm not sure I'll ever get there though.
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 06, 2014 09:05:35 AM
Some serious destashing this time.

I made paper with orange peels that I dried last year with the idea that I'll use them for papermaking right away...

The other batch is made with Cota tinctoria I saved ten years ago when I attended a course on dyeing Tongue And yes I meant to use them right away  Grin

So happy it's not taking up space in my freezer any more \o/ And it made such lovely paper Smiley The orange peel didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I'll have to use some washing soda next time I try.
The paper pulp is made of a batch of old important papers that needed to be shredded. Didn't really manage to even make a dent in that stash Tongue
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: August 05, 2014 03:12:03 AM
Oh, I like the garden whimsies! I've been trying to come up with reusable party decorations and this is an awesome idea. Now I know what to do with my bead stash Smiley
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking for a name for a knitting technique on: July 31, 2014 02:52:21 AM
Thanks Alexus1325 for your answer, you gave me a lot of ideas for search words. However the techniques you mention don't seem to be what I'm looking for. I read through your mitten pattern (Love it! Must try!) but I didn't see where you leave stitches waiting.

If I understood correctly "leaving live stitches" refers to a cast on method. What I want is to leave stithces waiting at the selvedge in a way that isn't decreasing. So the search is still on!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Plaster frame into jewelry holder on: July 30, 2014 09:46:06 PM
Thanks Smiley

I was surprised to hear that the shop had said this frame could not be fixed. Look! It's fixed! Cheesy I'd love to work on another, but I don't really need one now that I have this. Maybe someone I know would like one.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2014 DeStash-Along on: July 30, 2014 01:02:38 PM
So here is something I made that actually fits the map theme \o/ My first de-stashing project Smiley

Here's a link to a more detailed description of the process and materials.

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plaster frame into jewelry holder on: July 30, 2014 12:24:39 PM
This is one of those never-ending projects, a crash landed UFO (UnFinished Object) that finally got finished! I'm really happy Smiley

This is part of DeStash-along 2014 so I'll list the materials.

At least four years ago a friend brought the plaster frame to me because it was broken and apparently could not be fixed. You can see the cracs on the corners where the plaster had cracked. The wooden frame beneath the plaster was a bit loose but otherwise fine, so I accepted the frame. I knew instantly that I'd want to use it to make a jewelry holder.

Other materials:
the sea chart I got from someone, who said it was out of date and too worn and torn to be used, but that she thought I might think of something to do with it. Sea chart is kind of like a map and maps are just awesome! So I said yes even though I had no idea what I would make of it (earlier I've used it for cards and there's still some left).
The lace is leftover from a steampunk style skirt I made. It was the exact right lenght for this project! No leftovers \o/
The hooks I had bought for my kitchen. Screwing them on the board beneath my top cupboards proved to be so difficult that I decided one was enough. These three have been waiting for a new purpose for two years.
Corkboard I got through a recycling group on Facebook.
Oaints: green I already had. The gold and glitter I had to buy. They are the only things I bought for this!
Last week when I decided to finally finish this project I intended to go buy some kind of lace and hooks and other stuff, but then I found the DeStash-along and decided to make do with what I had at home. I'm really glad I did, because I didn't need to wait for a chance to go to the stores and I was able to put these materials in use instead of just storing them.

The frame without jewelry. And in this photo you can see that the hooks are not straight, but it doesn't matter as I only noticed it in this photo.

The process:
I glued the loose corners and painted the frame first with green, then applied gold to highlight the ornaments and last I added some glitter.
I re-positioned the wire in the back. (The frame used to be horizontal.)
I cut the cork board and glued the chart on it. And the lace on the chart. Then glued the cork board behind the frame. It was the exact right thickness.
Then I screwed the hooks through the cork board (lot easier than screwing them on the kitchen board Cheesy ). The difficult part was cutting the extra length off of the screws so they wouldn't scratch the wall. i tried cutting them and sawing them but finally had to ask for help.

A picture of one of the cracks. I think they just add to the frame and make it more interesting. There's actually a small piece missing from one corner (the edges of the crack had broken off), but I just painted it over and now you can hardly notice it. This is also a detail of the paint job.

It's hard to understand how it took four years to finish something that was so easy to explain, but I suppose I just needed the time to think through different solutions while I focused on other things.

Most of the jewerly is also my designs. (Although you can't really see them.)
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cushions to match my mums quilt on: July 28, 2014 07:25:37 AM
Thanks Smiley I'm really happy that I finally have four cushions! I decided to sew the ribbons and finish one cushion at a time. The first one has been in use for at least a year now! When I finished the fourth I felt empty, without direction, but now my head is full of new craft ideas and I actually have time for other crafts! (But I do love long projects, because then I don't need to plan and practise all the time).
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