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11  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / A dancing bird! Made from a needle woven tapestry. on: December 28, 2012 02:35:36 PM
A block of wood, a woven strip, some embroidery thread and a little wire, have become a dancing bird!









This is simple weaving, woven on the block itself.  I just can't stop shaking it to make the bird dance!

C&C welcome  Smiley
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas Cards - Cassettes, Trees and a Narwhal. on: December 15, 2012 06:44:47 AM
I have been busy making some Christmas cards.  Firstly for anyone who loves cheesy Christmas songs, some cassette tapes.  Outline machine stitched on to white felt, song titles hand embroidered, and then stuck on to card.  I used the tape template from here.





Sewing machine trees.  Using green fabric I outlined triangles on green fabric, and then playing around with the fancy stitches on my sewing machine added tinsel garlands.





Finally for MrTrekky, a festive narwhal! (and why not  Cheesy).  I cut out an outline on some holly print paper, used shiny blue paper as an insert, and then printed a header & footer.



They were all quite fun to make!  C&C welcome.
13  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Sent with Love on: November 12, 2012 03:39:33 PM




I made this card using some crochet cotton and some pva glue.  I placed the words on greaseproof paper, and used a cocktail stick to move it around.  Once dry I couched it to card.





This was based on a tutorial I had seen to make bunting cards.  It was a little fiddly, but I think the effect is worth it!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The seven years in the making, Granny Square blanket! on: November 12, 2012 03:25:04 PM
Some years ago I lived in a really cold flat, and then my mum showed me how to crochet granny squares.  I then had a brainwave that I would make a blanket for the bed.

Fast forward seven (yes, 7!) years, one discontinued yarn later (Sirdar Donegal Tweed), 256 granny squares sewn together with 12 rows of granny stripe border.  And as for blocking and washing, nahhh, it has gone straight on the bed instead!  Cheesy  Hurrah!!!







It might be sometime before I make another granny square  Wink
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Knitted Tiny Christmas Stockings on: October 09, 2012 02:59:45 PM
It is October and I am attempting to get prepared for Christmas...  Cheesy

Starting by knitting some very cute Christmas stockings.  I used acrylic yarns that I had in my stash.  Each took about an hour.  It was good fun trying different strips.  I plan to fill them with sweets and give them to friends. 







The pattern is by Jean Greenhowe and is available free here.
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hats, Hats, Hats! Cosy heads for Winter! on: October 08, 2012 04:09:28 AM
I have been on a hat making binge, in an attempt to use up some stash (although it has made only the tiniest dent!).

Firstly for my mum...


For my dad...


For mrTrekky (he picked the colours, it is apparently inspired by a Raleigh Burner BMX)...


And a more subdued hat for mrTrekky...


Three of these are using the Farm Beanie pattern by Allison Britt, this is a great pattern, quick to do and well written.  The bright one is Tristan by Drops.  I like the speed of knitting hats.

C&C welcome!
17  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Rubbish Weaving... on: September 17, 2012 07:04:58 AM
I took the packaging from my fruit purchases and wove them in to a small tapestry.  I actually prefer the back of the weaving, with all the loose ends sticking out.  I like the concept of taking rubbish and turning it in to something pretty.







18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / WIP Wednesday Wise Hilda Socks Finished! on: July 03, 2012 06:44:26 AM
The socks I showed last Wednesday I finished - hurrah! 



They pattern is from Wise Hilda, it is an easy pattern to follow, and the k3p1 rib produces a good fit.  The yarn I used was from Lidl supermarket.  This is the second time I've used this pattern, previously I used some drops fabel.



I just love variegated sock yarns & Ikea rugs Cheesy
19  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Rusty Weaving Experiment! on: June 17, 2012 02:46:52 AM
I found a piece of metal on the street (yep, I pick up random things all the time).  I wondered if I wove around it would different threads take on the rust more than others?  Here is it finished:



And here is what I did step by step:



It was submerged for a week.  I thought that different threads would take on the rust colouring at different rates, causing a ring pattern, but this didn't happen.  Different areas took on the rust more, with the warp taking on the rust more that the weft.  I assume this is because the warp is less likely to be coated, as it is usually covered.  However, you can see from the back the warp didn't take it up uniformly.  



Now I need to find more random bits of metal to repeat the experiment, if I added a mordant, or changed the pH of the water, do you think it would increase the amount of rust taken up?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A knitted Arctic Tern! With recycled feet & beak, for bird yarns project. on: June 08, 2012 12:40:48 PM
I knitted an Arctic tern!  Arctic terns are amazing birds.  They have a longer migration than any other animal, from the Arctic to the Antarctic!
 




The tern is for the bird yarns project, highlighting the changing migration patterns of seabirds.  The pattern was written by Deirdre Nelson, and the yarn was a rich aran blue faced leicester supplied from Ardalanish. You had to knit the bird & then add a beak, legs & feet, with a request to use recycled materials where possible.


For the beak I used a cotton bud (a q-tip) and covered it in some fabric from some old holey tights!  The legs were from disposable razors, that I cut to size.  I then knitted leg warmers, using embroidery thread and 2.75mm needles (9 stitches in the round).  The feet were made from a margarine lid, covered in felt. 



I'm not sure Arctic terns & guinea pigs are friends!

My birdie is now migrating off to join the flock at Toberamory on the Isle of Mull  Smiley
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