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1  Toilet paper roll animals in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Vampberry on: February 16, 2013 04:44:37 PM
I've been collecting empty toilet paper rolls for my garden, but my stash tends to diminish every time I have kids over. Toilet paper rolls really are excellent entertainment for children (and adults Grin). Give kids empty toilet paper rolls, scissors and some coloured pencils and they are happily creative for quite a while.

Owls made by my niece (she made bunnies and other animals too, but I don't have a picture of them, so you only get to see the owls.);

Off course I have to join them in demolishing my garden supplies:

I made this one from two rolls without glue. Now it sits on the kitchen table keeping an eye on the fruit bowl.

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2  Reclaiming my creativity one page at a time in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Vampberry on: November 06, 2011 03:14:38 PM
I had ongoing mixed media poetry journals for years. I filled up several and really enjoyed it. But life happened and I forgot about it for ten years. Now my sketchbook-habit has gone away, my drawing tablet is gathering dust and my creative streak is hiding in a cellar. So I decided I needed something with no rules. Something I could ruin if I wanted to. Something that I could play with and it wouldn't matter if the end result was horrible and the whole thing had no discernible point to other people. And perhaps I'll even stick to it if I post about it here every now and then...

So here are two spreads:

Spread 14

This needs some suitable sneaky piece of text, but I haven't found it yet. And I want the sepia Micron Pigma pens for this. Finally got a reason to order them Wink

Made with:
- coffee
- watersoluble crayons and pencils
- used post it notes as stencils

Gimp wanted to play with it and I liked this version Smiley

Spread 4

This is the only finished spread at the moment.

Made with:
- newspaper clippings
- cd label pieces I used on the previous page and was too lazy to cut so I just folded them on this page
- watersoluble crayons, watersoluble pencil bits that were left over from sharpening them
- black Micron Pigma pens
- used a plastic lacy table cloth as a stencil

The lace pattern shows up much better if the colours are inverted.

Thank you for looking Smiley
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3  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Vampberry on: January 06, 2011 03:48:33 AM
My destashing is going slow. I had this sweater:

It's acrylic, had serged seams but I liked the colours. I started crocheting tiny granny squares out of it in December but that wasn't going anywhere so when I found a beautiful linen stitch on Ravelry I decided to make a scarf. The original on Ravelry was much more elegant Cheesy

The yarn is thin. The knitting needles I'm using are smaller than 2 mm (that's the smallest size my knitting pin gauge knows) and I have to knot the yarn as I go so it's not a quick project. But I like the linen stitch and the way the colours blend together.

There's one problem. I don't know if anyone will ever want to wear this. I may be spending a lot of time on a scarf that nobody will want in the end. And it isn't really making even a small dent on my stash..
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4  Re: Coptic embroidery and other things To Do in CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES by Vampberry on: February 06, 2009 12:03:53 AM
Thank you Smiley

If anyone wants to try to embroider a book spine here's what I did:

1. Pressed all the pages under a book so I could get a surface I could draw on. (There's probably a better technique for this)
2. Drew flowers on the spine (tried to make them look like the flowers in the cover).
3. Poked holes in every signature trying to follow the drawing.
4. Did the binding trying to follow the drawing.

Things I would do differently:

Make a copy of the drawing on paper so it would be easier to decipher where to poke holes and where to sew. Drawing on the spine looks fine until you take the signatures apart and try to decipher what the markings mean. That's why the flowers are somewhat wonky:

If you're patient and used just a single paper in a signature you might be able to do more complicated patterns. I want to try blackwork next Smiley
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5  Coptic embroidery and other things To Do in CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES by Vampberry on: February 04, 2009 01:08:40 PM
This is the first time I enter something in a challenge.

My resolution: to actually get something done this year (I'm a born procrastinator). And to get better at coptic binding.

I started with one journal to hold my ToDo-list. But using only one journal proved inadequate so I made some more. Now there are ten Grin. Each holds a different category (well, the sketchbook doesn't hold ToDo-lists, but it's part of my resolution anyway).

The categories:

1. Work (covers: envelopes)
2. Ideas (covers: envelopes)
3. Crafts (covers: envelopes)
4. Housework (covers: house insurance advertisements and a Bugs Life sticker)
5. Things I want to do that are good for me but I never get around to (This is the shiny golden one!)
6. Errands (covers: bank advertisement)
7. Christmas (covers: Christmas gift box)
8. Etsy (covers: cardboard coloring picture)
9. Garden plot (covers: envelope and a garden magazine sticker)
10. Sketchbook (covers: printer paper package)

The notebook pages are made from scrap paper and used envelopes. Click the thumbnails to see the covers (save the Etsy notebook), an example of the pages and some close-ups:

In the Etsy notebook I wanted to see if I could embroider a picture on the spine. I like the result but the technique needs some work.

My notebook ToDo-lists work. As long as I keep them in sight and don't bury them under a pile of paper on my desk... And I'm getting better at coptic binding. This was one of the first I made:

This is the last:
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6  PDF (A4) testers needed (update: testers found. Thanks!) in Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions by Vampberry on: January 22, 2009 08:23:11 AM

PM me if you're interested in testing these printables:


Mainly I want to know whether they print out ok on different printers.

Thanks Smiley
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7  Fleece blankets in Needlework: Completed Projects by Vampberry on: December 14, 2008 09:12:42 AM
Got two Christmas gifts done. I bought 2 fleece blankets and embroidered names on them. I've never embroidered on fleece before and sadly it shows Sad.

I used a hoop with both. I traced the first name on tissue paper and basted it on the fleece.

The second one I traced with running stitches. I had hoped the result would be better but it actually was worse.

Embroidering through the paper was a bother and getting the running stitches out wasn't fun either. Next time I'm going to buy a transfer pen and some stabiliser.
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8  Wedding card in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Vampberry on: August 22, 2008 03:02:01 PM
A wedding card I made with whatever materials I could find around. So it's made mostly from cardboard and recycled wrapping paper.

The font inside is Freebooter Script. The flower border I constructed using the flowers of the font on the outside. Inkscape is a wonderful thing to play with.

Outside font is Romantique Initials. It was the first time I tried transferring an image with tape. I'm definitely going to try it again Smiley

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9  Re: Quant -along? knitty winter '07 in Knitalongs by Vampberry on: August 16, 2008 11:49:39 AM
Is it okay to resurrect this thread?

After knitting a scarf trying to get the decreases right and then frogging it I finally finished my version:

(my niece likes cameras Cheesy)

This is closer to the actual colours:

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10  Entrelac trouble, uneven decreases in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Vampberry on: August 11, 2008 04:19:29 AM
I got some striped yarn and started knitting Quant from Knitty. Surprisingly I had no trouble with the pattern itself, but I just can't decrease evenly as you can see in the picture.

I know what the problem is, I just don't know how to fix it. When I start knitting the decrease I stretch the stitch I'm trying to knit and it pulls the stitch below too tight. Here's a closeup:

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