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71  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Learning to knit... on: February 21, 2011 11:46:42 AM
My friend came to visit this weekend so we bought a ball of wool (cotton actually) and a pair of needles and she taught me the basics of how to knit, she thought I could manage a simple pattern by the time she left on Sunday, so I tried.

My first baby hat:

and with a baby head substitute:

It might look a funny shape, that's because it is. I didn't purchase a sewing up needle, none of my half a dozen needles fit wool, so I had to pin it together. Then I tried to put it on a balloon left over from our evening out over the weekend so there's a cardboard box in the back covering where the pins are so the balloon didn't burst before I took the picture.

the pattern is here: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/babyhattwoneedle.htm
72  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Little bits of paper and some packaging on: February 17, 2011 06:21:00 AM
Little bits of paper and some packaging do some pretty jewellery make...

I got a ribbon on my valentines gift: now I have jewellery too Smiley
(I will have to wait a while for findings for my earrings)
73  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Paintbrushes from paper on: February 16, 2011 04:44:51 AM
Not high tech, not fine detail, but if you just want something to splosh about with and don't want to have to clean your brush later, or you don't have access to your brushes.

A piece of scrap paper. I find I can make 3 brushes from 1 page of A4 (roughly letter size).
A tiny snippet of paper 5cm by 3cm ish, very ish.
Optional, something to roll around.

1. Take your piece of paper and cut it to the length you think you want your brush to be, the wider the piece of paper, the fatter the brush.

2. Along the long edge, start cutting little strips, so you end up with a fringe. The longer your strips are, the more re-uses your brush will have.

3. Roll up your fringed piece of paper and secure with tape.

4. Take your snippet of paper and roll around the brush and secure (to itself only) with tape, so it slides up and down the brush.

5. Remove the thing (if any) that you rolled around.

6. Slide the snippet towards the brush end until you have just enough fringed bits to use as a brush.

7. Use.

8. Cut off the bit that you used and slide the snippet back down the brush til your fringed bits are long enough to use again.

Necessity is the mother of invention!
74  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / More paper beads on: February 16, 2011 04:08:45 AM
Inspired by AmeliaLune here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=371737.0
I found advertising makes lovely rolled paper beads Smiley

I haven't varnished them yet because I've heard mixed reviews of PVA glue as a glaze, but I'm sure I'll get impatient soon and try it.

Ocean colours

I love the beads this valentine themed advert made

I'm not so fond of the colours in this page

I can manage about one page in an evening.
75  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plain but useful baskets on: February 15, 2011 09:34:02 AM
Well, these are not exactly beautiful, but they are useful and when they stop being so, can go straight back into the recycling bin  Smiley They took half a free paper each.

What I've learned:
1 they are easier to weave if you put something heavy in the middle when you are working the sides.
2 go round tugging all the strips again and again and again and again.......
3 the thinner the strips, the easier it is to make a tidy shape
4 the thinner the strips the longer it will take you to make it.

The original tutorial was from here: http://niftythriftythings.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-in-news.html
76  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Penniless Valentine on: February 14, 2011 06:12:33 AM
Please forgive me if this goes all pear-shaped. It is my first post and I am very much still learning.

Due to current domestic circumstances, I am currently financially very poor (so much so that I exceeded my crafting budget by purchasing a bottle of PVA glue), and bereft of most of my making tools and my stash, which has made my current time rich state quite frustrating.

Paper crafts are possible, because there are free newspapers and magazines and packaging waste to provide raw materials, so here are my first photos: my valentines for my beloved. There are little piles of them stashed all around the flat where he might find them when he returns tonight.

They are very amateurish, but that's the nature of my crafting, jack of all trades, master of none. I'd rather spend my time learning lots of new techniques than master any one.

And my tool set, sadly diminished as it is. There is also basic kitchen equipment available to me, but everything must remain fit for food use.

Thank you for your patience.

If my camera batteries hold out I might get some pictures of the paper beads and the woven paper baskets I've managed so far.
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