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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / The flamingos are escaping (new house number) and a flock in my bedroom on: April 27, 2017 02:26:43 PM
So I have a minor flamingo obsession, it started with lawn ones, because I like the kitschyness, mostly I have kept the rest of my collection to my bedroom. But these escaped

I live at number 8, but I haven't gotten around to getting a number, people are always moaning that they can't find the house. So in a fit of inspiration today, I free handed these. Crappy paints so I'll have to do something to protect them. But no-one is going to lose my house now!

I wasn't kidding about my bedroom. It's very small only about 10'x10' but there is a very substantial flamingo flock

2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / arrghhhhhhh help. I may have used too much lye and water on: March 19, 2017 07:19:13 AM
Ok so I used a soap calculator for a mix of  olive oil and  shortening .

Unfortunately before I did this calculation I printed one where I estimated the amount of EVOO  and shortening to be 110,

I printed both and used the first amount of fats and the second amount of oils---ARRGH!  i am such an idiot.

It traced fine, I added in about a table spoon of honey, and about 3 teaspoons of essential oils.

I have basically added in 0.45oz of lye and 1.7oz of water too much. (I used 2.9oz lye and 8.14 of water) The weight of essential oils+ fats is about 20 oz

have I ruined it?Huh

other add ins included a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / recycled sweater quilt, tied, hand quilted on: February 23, 2017 02:20:05 AM
I made this for my partner in the geezer swap, she has received so I can post it now.

 There are a few in progress shots too. But the technique is fairly simple, lots of sweaters (I used about 6) cut them apart including the sleeves, I cut approx 10" squares, but I tried to keep interesting detail like shoulder decreases, or with cable sweaters, where the cables changed direction.

Sew together, this takes time as you do need to be a bit careful not to stretch the squares, Use a small stitch to prevent fraying.

When pieced it is heavy (this fits a queen bed) , And it didn't need any wadding, so I used two fleece blankets for the back.

Machine quilting was impossible as it would stretch too much. So I laid it flat on the floor, with the top facing up. Safetly pinned it together and then tied the corners of all the blocks (Using cotton knitting yarn and a darning needle)

laid out ready to trim the backing and hand quilt

I embellished it with lots of hand sewing, large running stitch to create quilting lines and a few motifs here and there.

The whole lot was finished with a blanket stitch around the edge, which I have to admit is not great stitching, but it looks honest and hand made.

It turned out way better than I thought part way through. It has incredible drapeablilty, it is heavy and so it is really cosy. I plan on making one for me next.
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone use paper stencil and letting the ink 'glue' it to the screen on: February 01, 2017 09:08:44 AM
I did a short screen printing course a million years ago and I want to get back to doing some more, I am going to a medieval reenactment event and I want to make some banners, and I can't be arsed painting them

I have a screen, squeegee, paint and I had a go and promptly ran into problems, the first print was good. then it went very pearshaped.

The technique that I learned was cut the stencil out of thinnish paper (think newsprint) lay it down and put the screen on top, mask off the sides with tape as usual and then do a flood stroke, this will cause the paper to stick to the screen. It is cheap and fast and works well when there is no colour gradient needed and relatively simple shapes (although this is limited by the detail of the cut) it is also only useful for one session of printing, once you have run out of time and patience and let the whole thing dry out, the stencil is junk.

So as I said the first print worked fine, but i think I had problems because my speedball ink is old, about 7 years old and has the consistency of mayo. Should it be thinner??

I think I pushed too hard and so that caused the paper to wrinkle a bit causing bleeds (and gnashing of teeth) Then given that my enthusiasm won out over planning things properly, I ended up with paint to the eyeballs because I hadn't worked out anywhere to put the screen or squeegee down.

Two questions, do you know of any good online tutes on the old fashioned paper stencil method.
Any details of appropriate consistency of the ink?

OK I lied, three questions, any good videos online showing the basics of the push pull stroke.

I actually do have emulsions, but it is a lot of faff with developing them and I only have one good screen at the moment, so I don't want to tie it up. Plus my image is pretty simple so a paper cut works fine.

Advice for this very messy person
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Latest lino cut, sock monkey, printed onto cotton fabric on: January 18, 2017 09:04:55 AM
My latest cut, sock-monkeys craftylittlemonkey suggested it as theme and I like it! Three separate stamps, monkey+hat+heart. I've been away from crafting for weeks due to a succession of minor illnesses, this is the first time back and it was great!

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glitter house village one house a year, seven years(!) on: January 18, 2017 01:04:30 AM
So a long time ago I came across putz glitter housese online, I loved the history of them and thought that I would make one. It was close to christmas, so I figured a little christmas decoration would be a nice thing. I chopped a little branch off our fake christmas tree to make a tree for the garden and covered the whole lot with glitter. On the base of the house, which was covered in white paper, i wrote a short account of the highlights of the year.

Then I did the same the following year..all of a sudden I am now looking at 7 houses. It is part of my christmas tradition now, in the week before christmas I make a house. They are all made of 'grey board' rather than the traditional cereal packet. That was the board that i first used and continuted, a pain in the ass, quite frankly as it is very dense and difficult to cut small apertures, but it makes them very durable. next year I will have to work out some kind of village configuration, maybe make a landscape, but for now this is the village. They get wrapped up and put away after christmas and it is always nice to pull them out and reread each year as they appear out of the boxes of christmas decorations.

whole village, a witch lives in one of the houses, her broomstick is outside the door.

year one and two

three and four

the railway station, this was made to plans from the same glitter house website, but I am not especially happy with the scale, it seems a touch big, but I still love it.

the village church

this year's pink house a homage to my flamingo obsession, there are two tiny flamingos in the front yard. I got the flamingos in a craft swap ages ago, they were earrings.
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Christmas cards, snowmen on: December 02, 2016 04:22:03 AM
It has been a long time coming, I have planned to make christmas cards for years, finally this year I did. I still don't have the patience for fine detail and for making this a really complex image. I like to work too fast for that, however I am pretty happy with these. It was a challenge printing on card for a change, I used regular acrylics and they did dry up too fast.

Once printed (on both scrapbooking papers and directly onto card) I finished with a bit of colour on a paintbrush on the leaves and heart. and a bit on the snow on the plain cards. And a quick border. They are very happy looking so I hope the recipients like them

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Another one, totoro, just a quick cut on: November 10, 2016 03:43:04 PM
Not too bad, the shape is OK, I am just working with really rubbish paints at the moment, once I get some decent ones this should be a bit better

stupid shadow on this one, but it is way past bedtime and the light isn't great in this room

9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / latest lino cut. Daleks on: November 10, 2016 01:52:26 PM
My SO is a Dr Who fan, so I cut this stamp to make some fabric, to make him some pillowcases. This was a test print, but I liked it so much that I kept going

I printed onto some tie dyed fabric, the stamp itself is kinda small, there is a spool from thread in one of the pictures for scale.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my first attempt at stumpwork Bumble Bee on: November 08, 2016 04:53:10 AM
Inspired by some of the amazing stumpwork I have seen on here, especially the gorgeous hoopla that Ludi sent me, i thought I would have a bash at some stumpwork. I was confined to the sofa with a stupid head cold, so small craft was all I could manage.

This was done with out a pattern and basically just making it up as I went along, I had a picture of a bee for reference. But I am really happy with how it turned out. Hence the pic overload.

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