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1541  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded cross stitch angel. on: December 02, 2011 10:44:53 AM
Oh my goodness. That is so beautiful.  I also thought it was an owl from the thumbnail.  I love the whole thing so much. It may have taken you ages but it is truly worth every stitch.
1542  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Mirror Mirror on the Wall on: December 02, 2011 10:40:10 AM
Beautiful mirror, I am amazed someone threw it away.  I guess they didn't see the potential.
1543  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Angry Birds pig hat on: December 01, 2011 03:49:43 AM
Nicw pig. Looks like your son loves it too.
1544  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: She Wears Seashells...A Semi DIY on: December 01, 2011 03:48:35 AM
Very pretty. I like that you used something you found and made it pretty.  Painting them to match the chains is a lovely effect.
1545  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / doll from airline sock on: November 30, 2011 01:22:17 PM


This doll was made from an airline sock and scraps of calico and lace that I had lying around.  The stuffing is polyester batting,  torn up and wadded into a ball for the head or rolled up for the limbs and body.
The technique I used came from a crafting course in the December 1984 Anna Burda magazine for Knitting and Needlecraft.  In this technique the batting is made into a firm ball and then covered with a circle of knit fabric drawn up tight to form the head  (I used a bit of mutton cloth for this). Then  threads are tied around the head from side to side and across where the eyes will go in order to provide some shaping. The whole is then covered with the actual stockinette fabric used and the eyes and mouth indicated with simple embroidery thread stitches.  There is an on-line tutorial for a similar doll at The Silver Penny.

In this doll about one  third of the sock the toe end was used for the head and torso, with strong thread tied around for the neck. The rest of the sock made up into two simple arms and legs which were attached using buttons and strong thread so they could move.


I used strong white Chinese fishing twine for all the shaping, joints and tying off of hands and feet. Also for the hair.  I hadn't intended her to look like a ghost but since the sock was such a dead white I couldn't think of any hair colour that would look right with it except perhaps black and I happened to have a 100g reel of the fishing twine size or gauge was 210D/4 in snow white so I used that.



The dress and pantaloons were done without a pattern and it shows, as the dress is way too big and I had to add a waistband to the pantaloons because I'd made them too short in the waist.  I'll know better next time.  The dress is a simple oblong of fabric with 2 curves cut for armholes and edged with lace. The neck gathered and fastened with a small button and loop at the back. I covered the gathers with some lace too.


Here she is with the other sock. I guess I need to make her brother.

(I did not make the little metal heron.  I do not have weld art skills. I bought it from a street vendor.)
1546  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Christmas un-tree inspired by Lelyonna's on: November 27, 2011 11:06:24 PM
Lovely with the white and silver. And the picture of when it is lit up in the dark is quite magical.
1547  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: a shawl for Christmas on: November 27, 2011 03:52:13 AM
That is lovely.  I really like that pineapple motif and I love the way you have used it.
1548  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Advent Wreath on: November 27, 2011 03:42:56 AM
I made my Advent wreath yesterday. 


I used branches cut from cypress trees in our garden and twisted them together until they made a firm ring.

I added in  a few sprigs from our one blue cypress because it gave a nice bit of colour and it also had little green flowers/seed heads.

Then I bound it all with a "ribbon" that I cross stitched years and years ago for exactly this purpose.

All the decorations have memories attached.

1) and 2)  These are miniature Christmas books given to me long ago by a good friend.
3) This is a miniature nativity from Guatemala. My mother brought it back for me from a year's volunteering she did there after she finished her chemotherapy.
4)  The straw stars from Germany were given me by my late grandmother and the sisal angels from another dear friend.

Although I will be using candles with this I also twisted  a set of battery operated miniature L.E.D. lights among the branches and these were given to me as a parting gift by a friend who always used to spend Christmas with us but has now emigrated.

The little hessian boys and girl I made a long time ago following the instructions in the book Modelling in Hessian by Margaret Hutchings and the lovely leather camels were brought back from Dubai by my husband several years ago.  The little wire scooter the girl is riding on was made locally by a street vendor.  (With her skirt she can't really sit on a camel. Tongue)

Looking forward to seeing everyone else's Advent Wreaths.
1549  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Asymmetric knitted cardigan on: November 25, 2011 09:57:33 AM
I bought this cotton yarn as a pack of five skeins  from a lady who spins it herself.  I loved the colours.  The pack came with a pattern for a scarf or hat but I decided I wanted to try and make a cardigan/jacket. 

I hate sewing up seams in knitting so I started from the neck with about 51 stitches.  I used 10 mm circular needles and, apart from the 4 stitches on each front edge, it was all just  "Wool Round Needle Knit Two Together"  on the odd rows and Purl on the even ones.  On the Purl rows I also increased by two stitches on each side of where I wanted  each armhole to be so each purl row increased the total number of stitches by 8.

When I thought the yoke was long enough and the armholes wide enough I switched to just knitting the armhole stitches - until the sleeves were as long as I wanted them to be.  After the sleeves were done I went back to the body and continued with the stitches  for the fronts  and back until the body was as long as I wanted that to be.  I actually only used four of the skeins. 

The interesting thing for me is that the stitch I used   Wool Round Needle Knit Two Together  resulted in this asymmetric effect.   I was quite surprised when I saw what was happening but decided I quite like it. 

I crocheted ties with some left over yarn and when they are fastened you can see the front opening spirals round to my right.


So the asymmetric effect is entirely a function of the stitch I used.  We learn something new every day. Although I guess the experienced knitters probably knew this already .
1550  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Herringbone Cowl on: November 25, 2011 09:44:08 AM
I love that stitch and the way it drapes.  It has turned out beautifully. Lovely job.
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