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91  Polyester = wasp food!?! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: June 20, 2011 07:35:20 AM
My mother in law believes in waste. As soon as it's at all damaged, it goes straight in the skip. The concept of charity shops or freecycle or just giving stuff away does not compute for her, so when the last skip came, I rescued quite a lot from it. This is my first finished project from the rescued items.

Background on me: My husband and I have an obsession: Kites, sports kites in particular, but any sort will do for me! STACK (our sporting association) is in need of a new gazebo/marquee after our last one failed to stand up to the winds (a failing, I know, in a sport that is wind dependant). The commercial ones that are available start at 10 times our budget and go up from there! So, a gazebo with a wasp damage for free sounded great.

That was until I started looking at the damage: who knew wasps would eat 100% polyester with waterproof coating impregnated in it. So, I cut up one of the side walls that we are unlikely to use and set to.

This is a typical set of holes, as you can see the side walls (patch) are a different grade of polyester than the roof, but I discovered it before I cut, but decided to go with it anyway as there was no chance of getting patches in the same stuff. All of this material frays like mad, but I'm a kiter: I know how to stop fraying in polyester, just singe the edges- much quicker and more reliable than hemming. So I used my trusty 2mph wind detector (a cheapo lighter- blows out in anything above 2mph, which conveniently is also the minimum wind for competition)

Because we've had trouble with wind damage before, I made a vent at the top.

So if the wind pressure inside increases, it'll just blow out the venting panels and not shake the gazebo to bits.
Conceptually it's simple: holes in the top and then a loose cover over the top so the wind can get out, but the rain can't get in.
This was a bit of a nightmare: the top panels are very slightly tapered, but if you put a 90 degree angle to the tent, it is visually correct. I thought a bit harder however and then realised that I needed a little give in it so that the vent can work efficiently.  In order to stop it blowing off completely it is stitched down at 8 equidistant points around the circumference and at the summit.

And this is the finished item (I really couldn't be bothered to put it up to full height for photographing, I could just reach to stitch the top at half height).

All in all, about 6 hours of repairs.
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92  Getting it all together in Crochet: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: May 26, 2011 12:15:50 PM
I'm not really convinced that this should go here, but I can't really find another board where it fits either, so, with apologies if I've got it wrong, here goes:

I made myself a whopping great crochet hook last post, and since then I've been inspired to dig out my other crochet hooks, to see if I can actually follow a pattern yet, BUT, I'm sure I had more than these 2, they seem to have been disappearing, so I'd better get my act together before the remaining 3 run away.
I tied them down!

but to make their little prison a bit nicer it is silk lined!

I raided the recycling again and found a pair of formal trousers and a pair of silk boxers of my husband's. I wanted some nice tight weaves as I knew that my smallest hook I found was a 2.5mm and I didn't think it was the smallest I had (but heaven knows where my tiny one is), likewise there are many more spaces than the hooks I can currently find.
The applique is because it was looking a bit boring, and because I could!

p.s. I still can't follow a pattern!

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93  Cutlery keeps falling at my feet. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: May 26, 2011 11:52:30 AM
It's windy here, very windy. The sticks are falling from the trees. I look at them and see shapes inside, begging to come out Cheesy

So far, apart from the crochet hook I made first, I've got a little pickle fork (although I can't stand pickles, I love olives and stem ginger in syrup, just not together!) and a spreader for my butter, jam, honey or marmite.

Now, I wonder what else is waiting to emerge?
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94  A load of old rubbish! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: May 24, 2011 08:22:01 AM
First of all I have to say thank you to the lovely tutorial on this page http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232043.0 from lovething who inspired me.

It's been a work of love and has taken far, far longer than I ever imagined it could. On the way it inspired some trivets and maybe, if I feel up to it, a necklace, but that comes later, much later!

So that you know scale, it's 30cm high, about the same as an ordinary room waste bin. It has a lovely urn shape that just evolved as I glued it.
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95  It's a long way to the shop. in Crochet: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: May 24, 2011 08:12:49 AM
It IS a long way to the shop, compared with the 50 meters away where I used to live! It takes a planned half day and with the price of fuel the way it is, if I can make do closer to home, I just have to.

I was given 4 very old T shirts and it's a fair way to the fabric recycling bin too, so I made yarn from them, and then I had no tools to work with it Angry

But it's windy round here, sticks are falling from the trees all around, so now I've got waste sticks too..............
AHA! Smiley

One pen knife and an emery board later:

and later there may well be pictures of a rug too Cheesy
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96  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: May 20, 2011 03:52:16 AM
Well, I too have to assume my parcel arrived, as I have positive feedback, but nothing has been posted.
So, I will have to show you what I made:

An iphone cosy in some colourful wool with a sequinned felt heart as a button.
A package of rolled paper beads
A bookmark with some Dexter elements

I had wanted to send some Blood orange boiled sweets to go with the bookmark, but my local sweetie shop had just run out (boo!) and I didn't think my partner would have wanted to wait another 3 weeks!
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97  Snakeskin effect in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Antidigger on: May 07, 2011 03:42:01 PM
I do like ATC's, they enable me to experiment.

The title for this one is Beastly's better.

Ok, so I cheated, the easiest way to get a snakeskin effect is to use snakeskin! And as my beast has just shed his skin I thought I'd try it. I loved the way it was translucent, so underneath is an ink and pencil sketch of the beast in his favourite pose. The drawing hasn't come through in all it's details, but it's a learning process.
I've also used the edge blackening process I learned from the share a technique thread. I'm quite pleased with that.
I wanted to try the embossing technique for aluminium cans, but really, it's very scarce that we drink any, so I had to make do with heavy duty tin foil from a pie case, so it's not as sturdy, but was much easier to emboss.

Do you like it or is it a bit creepy or icky?
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98  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 27, 2011 02:51:23 PM
Woo Hoo! I received my package for round 3 Grin
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jacquelined. It is all marvellous!

I got: A lovely little note with some very stylish Dachshunds on it
and 3 bookmarks!

A beautiful one from Jacquelined's stash with very cheerful tea on it. Oh, how I love a nice cup of tea with a sit down and a good book!
Then one with a quotation from Terry Pratchett that always makes me laugh and is typical of many, many conversations I have with my husband.
And then, best of the lot! A corner bookmark with the most beautiful design on it. It's based on a sports kite (my true obsession Wink) and has clearly been designed just for me. It is the most gorgeous thing and it makes me think of my kites flying over the sea at the beach (which they will be doing this weekend). It will be going in my packing and being taken with me for use in my routine book. Although I'll not take it to the beach itself for fear of loosing it.

P.S. Thank you again.
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99  But I moved house... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Antidigger on: April 18, 2011 08:03:43 AM
I had a Tshirt, I wore it a lot, but then I moved out and no longer live in Wales

so I had to do something

Not very complex or difficult, but it's changed from a tshirt I can't wear, to one I can Smiley That's reconstruction enough for me.
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100  Re: Random Act Of Kindness Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: April 18, 2011 06:59:28 AM
Thank you KaoticKrafter, thank you very much. Your round 2 goodies have just arrived with me.

It all started off with a parcel, that was fairly plain on the front, but:

I had a lovely picture on the back!

It got even better inside:

I have a total of 5 (I count them again, because I am flabberghasted, 5) bookmarks, all tailored to my love of books, they are sooooo lovely. They have fascinating map backgrounds and appropriate little mottos to go with the pictures. I now have to start 5 more books, so I can use them immediately, and then.... I already have a brand new one! It looks very interesting and even better, it's a craft that's completely new to me. I'm itching to try it. There was also a lovely little note too, on the same? map paper as the bookmarks.

Thank you once again KaoticKrafter, it has turned a miserable Monday into a marvellous Monday.
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