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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: a bird's nest on: March 14, 2007 09:40:40 PM
These are gorgeous! They'd make a great toy and are a lovely ornament/sculpture too.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: More onion eggs on: March 14, 2007 09:27:23 PM
Mojo, no need to use vinegar. Vinegar might make the colour darker though, I haven't tried it.

Salexish, if blowing the eggs is difficult, make your holes a bit bigger. You need a biggish hole to hang the egg anyway and they still look nice.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: More onion eggs on: March 13, 2007 11:44:59 PM
Wow. What a response!

To answer a few questions:

I did the blue eggs with a packet of easter egg dye I found at a deli. I think it's Russian so I can't read the name. The packet is pictured with the eggs.

To blow the eggs you make a small hole at each end using a pin. I make my holes a few millimetres,or 1/8" to 1/4", in diameter. Start the hole by sticking the pin straight through the shell several times in a little circle, enlarge and neaten the hole by carefully chipping away at the edges. Blow out the contents then suck a little clean water into the egg from a glass as if the egg is a straw. Shake it around and blow the water out. Repeat a couple of times to clean the inside of the egg.

You don'd need to dry them before removing the stocking. Just wait for them to cool or run cold water into the pot.

The eggs are still pretty strong. If you are carefull with them and store them in an egg carton between Easters then you can keep them forever without breaking. My mum has a huge collection of dyed and painted eggs. She displays some in a bowl, some in egg cups and some hanging.

To hang the eggs, tie a piece of ribbon or thread around a piece of toothpick and insert it into one of the holes. I used scissors to score the toothpick in the middle so that the ribbon didn't slip off.

One other tip: You don't need to buy onions. There are usually plenty of loose skins around the onions at the supermarket.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / More onion eggs on: March 13, 2007 02:44:59 PM
Here are some easter eggs, dyed using a technique my mum taught me.
You place a pretty leaf or flower on a blown egg, cover it with a piece of stocking and secure it with a rubber band so that the leaf is pressed flat against the egg. I then suck some water into the egg so it doesn't float. Boil with onion skins for several minutes and you have a lovely brown egg with a leaf pattern on it. I rubbed the shells with olive oil to make them shiny but I'm thinking of washing it off and using spray lacquer instead.

I used the same technique with some blue egg dye too.





Edited by sweets4ever to include additional tutorial information/photos from later in the thread:


To answer a few questions:

I did the blue eggs with a packet of easter egg dye I found at a deli. I think it's Russian so I can't read the name. The packet is pictured with the eggs.

To blow the eggs you make a small hole at each end using a pin. I make my holes a few millimetres,or 1/8" to 1/4", in diameter. Start the hole by sticking the pin straight through the shell several times in a little circle, enlarge and neaten the hole by carefully chipping away at the edges. Blow out the contents then suck a little clean water into the egg from a glass as if the egg is a straw. Shake it around and blow the water out. Repeat a couple of times to clean the inside of the egg.

You don'd need to dry them before removing the stocking. Just wait for them to cool or run cold water into the pot.

The eggs are still pretty strong. If you are carefull with them and store them in an egg carton between Easters then you can keep them forever without breaking. My mum has a huge collection of dyed and painted eggs. She displays some in a bowl, some in egg cups and some hanging.

To hang the eggs, tie a piece of ribbon or thread around a piece of toothpick and insert it into one of the holes. I used scissors to score the toothpick in the middle so that the ribbon didn't slip off.

One other tip: You don't need to buy onions. There are usually plenty of loose skins around the onions at the supermarket.

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Onion eggs! on: March 03, 2007 10:34:09 AM
We used to do something similar when I was a kid. We placed a pretty leaf or flower on a blown egg, covered it with a piece of stocking and secured it with a rubber band so that the leaf was pressed flat against the egg and the scrunched stocking was on the opposite side. Then boil with onion skins for several minutes and you have a lovely brown egg with a leaf pattern on it.

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Japanese fabric quilt on: February 21, 2007 09:16:46 PM
Thanks everyone,
All the patterned fabrics are Japanese. A couple were given to me by a Japanese friend. The rest are from my local fabric store in Canberra.
The design was inspired by the Coin quilts on a site called be be bold quilts which doesn't seem to exist anymore. I found that site via weewonderfuls where you can see a similar design:
http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/2005/07/blog_birthday_c.html
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Brown nine patch baby quilt on: February 19, 2007 03:15:32 PM
I finished this quilt for my baby girl the day before she was born. I didn't know she was a girl at the time. I hope to make her a more girly quilt one day if I ever have time to sew again Smiley
It's machine quilted using a walking foot. Still haven't worked up the courage to quilt by hand.

        
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue Japanese fabric quilt, edited to add quilt diagram on: February 19, 2007 01:03:46 AM
This quilt was in progress for about 2 years. Mainly because I planned to hand quilt it but never worked up the nerve to start.
I gave the pieced top to my mum for Christmas 2005. telling her I'd finish it for her soon. Some months later I made an appointment to have it machine quilted. I then cancelled the appointment because I thought I had found inspiration to hand quilt it afterall. A month or so after that I booked it in again.
This is the result. Mum loves it.


I have had a couple of questions about the dimensions of my quilt so I made this diagram.
The white rectangles represent the patterned pieces and the grey is the cream background.
The dimensions are for the finished pieces. I used a quarther inch seam so I cut the pieces half an inch bigger thand the finished dimension.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Quilt - Bright cheery little girl quilt on: February 17, 2007 10:24:08 PM
Stunning! Your quilt is beautiful.
You've inspired me to think beyond pink when I make a quilt for my daughter.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Simple fun and funky toddler quilt on: December 05, 2006 08:32:58 PM
It looks great! Love your fabric choices and the striped binding.
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