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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / Cardiff Stitch & Bitch Charity Craft Group on: October 25, 2009 01:47:47 AM
Just to let you all know I am starting a Stitch & Bitch group on Wednesday evenings at the Oxfam Boutique on St Mary's Street. We are looking for crafty folk to come along, get creative and make accessories as part of our 'Made with Love' range. (more info: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/content/boutique/about_boutiques.aspx#madewithlove )

If you want to help fight poverty...DIY!



(ps, start date will be confirmed when we get some idea of how many people are interested in coming along, so message me!)
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / WALES / SEEKING CRAFTSTERS - for TOP SECRET CHARITY EVENT!! on: August 30, 2009 09:01:42 AM
I'm looking for some crafty people in/around Cardiff who may be interested in getting involved with a craft event in October. It will mainly involve clothing re-cons and alterations and recycled items. I'm looking for people who may be interested in giving a short demo on a basic re-con and/or helping put together some simple printed instructions, and also some people who may be interested re-conning some items for sale at the event (all equip/clothing provided). I cant give too much away at the moment as i'm waiting for the green light on some stuff....except to say all proceeds of the event will go to charity and it may become a more regular date for the cardiff craft calendar! 

3  EUROPE / NETHERLANDS / Craft Galleries/Exhibitions etc? on: August 24, 2009 11:34:43 AM
Hey, i'm going to be in the netherlands for 2 weeks, with A LOT of free time. Mostly Amsterdam but also The Hague and Friesland areas. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any cool craft galleries or exhibitions or events that are running between 5th-20th sept? Its hard to find details online, seems to be the sort of thing you only know if you are local! Anyway...suggestion s greatly appreciated!

Thanks xx
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / old shirt + vest = awesome tee! on: February 15, 2009 02:07:30 PM
i took an old green t shirt and a pink vest with a skull pattern (i think green & pink look great together!). The t shirt had a hole on the chest and the vest was too small so a pair of scissors, some beads, lace and a lot of sewing later....

Hey Presto!!





(next time i'll try to remember to take a before pic!)
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Picasso does ceramics on: February 15, 2009 01:44:31 PM
ok, maybe not...

this was for college, our task was to create a piece inspired by a famous artist. it was shockingly simple once i gained control of the extruder! I'm not 100% happy with all the colours. I get frustrated with the glazes & trying to work out  what colour they will come out!


6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Kitschy Swallow tiles for my bathroom! on: February 15, 2009 01:37:03 PM
so i couldn't just have any old bathroom tiles...



stoneware, blue & white slips & clear glaze (for anyone who is interested)
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet fish - my first stuffie! on: June 14, 2008 04:38:12 AM
I made him from a t-shirt which i dyed orange! so he's really soft and squishy! He now lives across the pond in the USA! I made him for the sea swap & hope he is enjoying life with Al!!







I had trouble getting the detail on the fins right - my sewing machine was hating it and kept stopping! any suggestions? I know i could do by hand but i'm so impatient. that would be a last resort! haha


I hope you like him!!  Grin
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Hands off my trash! with tutorial (loads of pics) on: April 03, 2008 12:40:05 AM
I had the most fun with this challenge, thanks Craftster!!
Not only did i learn something, i have a new found respect for weavers...that is one time-consuming hobby!!!!

I came up with the design after my BF was moaning his desk was a mess...now he's got no excuses  Grin

first pic is the final product! - a waste paper bin /trash can but not just that...this one's guarded!!!




Here's my supplies:


I used:
1 large photo frame (£1)
1 small photo frame (2 for £1 - i will save the other for a rainy day!)
1 pack of disposeable BBQ skewars (£1)
2 balls of string (twinpack = £1)
1 bag of army men (£1)

Total = £5  (or $9.89)

From my stash, i used my hot glue gun and from my left shoe i took the shoe lace  Grin
(it seemed to fit the colour/theme soo well that i didnt mind the sacrifice!)

Here's what to do:

1. Mark out and drill the frame, make sure you use an odd number of skewars so you get an even weave:


2. Push skewars into holes and hot glue in place:


3. Weave the string through the skewars, pulling it slightly tighter as you go to create the shape, i left some evenly spaced gaps to create the design with the shoe lace:

(this was the most time consuming part...had no idea it would take soo long. Probably about 10 hrs!!)

4. When you get to the end push the small frame through from the inside so it sits on top of the last row:


5. Bind it into place then weave a couple more rows (i hot glued the base to secure it too). I also trimmed the skewars because they weren't all the same length - should have done that at the beginning Smiley :




6. Trim the backing from the pic frame to size and hot glued in place on the inside:


I then weaved (or wove!?!) the shoelace through the spaces i had left earlier and hot glued the men on to protect it!!!!

you can see the colour difference in the string - the 2 balls of string were in the same pack and looked identical until i started weaving!





I was thinking of painting it camo pattern...what do you think?

also, where i have glued the men on the top you gan see the excess glue poking out. any tips on how to get rid of it??

thanks for looking. comments appreciated  Grin
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 25 ENTRIES / representing the UK!! well Wales actually :) on: March 05, 2008 09:50:57 AM
Ok, so i really didn't make time to do everything I had planned and to be honest i nearly didnt bother, but i was looking at all the other entries and decided someone better stand up for the UK! So i made a digital collage of my beautiful hometown of Brecon.

Brecon is a small town in mid Wales (part of the UK, about 4hours drive from London). The usual response to saying you are from Brecon (presuming someone knows where it is) seems to be 'oh, do you live on a farm' (no i dont!).


I've just put together some views from the town in the little polaroids. The Sheep really are EVERYWHERE! (The first time i stayed at my boyfriends house i could hardly sleep for the sound of sheep. BAAA!!) The Daffodils are the national flower and the music notes are there because Brecon is host to Brecon Jazz, an international Jazz festival held every August. The heart and the word Aberhonddu are in red white and green as they are the colours of the Welsh flag. Aberhonddu is the Welsh word for Brecon and actually means mouth of the river Honddu.



if you want to know more try

www.brecontown.co.u k
www.breconbeacons.o rg

or just search brecon in google images for some more lovely pics!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / KERPOW! cartoon print vest on: February 12, 2008 09:16:25 AM
For this vest I took an old kids t-shirt with the funky print, cut it along one side to make a flat piece then used iron on interfacing to stop the fabric from curling and make the sewing part easier! I cut out the shape, keeping the original seam in the centre so i could match it up with the seam on the vest. I then took a boring plain vest and used a tiny bit of fabric glue to hold the design in place. Then appliqued it on!

Sorry i didnt take any pics as i was doing it...will do next time Smiley I'm still new to posting on here, although have been lurking for a while Cheesy

Anyways, hope you like it.


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