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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Dino Watercolours on: September 15, 2009 02:49:51 PM
I haven't painted properly with watercolours before but done the odd bits and bobs!  I decided to challenge my self to paint a couple of pictures for my swap partner in the Giant Multi Theme swap...

and this is how they came out!

I made the wrong choice in terms of the material to paint on, it was a generic canvas, so I've now bought some of the right paper to use next time I paint.

Any comments and advice will be very welcome!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Giant Pincushion!!! on: September 14, 2009 02:06:36 PM
I hope this is in the right, please it didn't seem to fit elsewhere  Undecided

This pincushion was made for my swap partner Sarcastra, in the Giant Multi Theme swap  Grin

One of her themes was Small Woodland Animals and she mentioned that she would like a desk top pincushion so I came up with this after spotting the super cute hedgehog fabric.

The finished dimensions are 9" square, and I used 2 fat quarters of quilters cotton fabric. Each piece has interfacing on the back and I just worked out what order to sew the bits together as I went along  Embarrassed Cheesy

I must admit, at one point I didn't think I was going to beable to turn in right-way out again after sewing one of the seams  Undecided

I hope you guys like this, any comments or advice would be much appreciated!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Travelling Craft Bag on: September 14, 2009 01:39:05 PM
I made this bag for my Swap Partner Sarcastra, in the Giant Multi Theme Swap, and i'm really please with how it came out  Smiley

One of her themes was travelling, and she crochets so I decided to make a crochet bag for small projects that is small enough to travel with.

I came up with the pattern my self  Smiley

the outer part is basically a flat piece of fabric with ties and carry handles. The ties are so long, so that Sarcastra can stuff in as many things as she wants and not have to worry about the carry part of it been to small.

The inside pieces are all attached by pressed studs so that they can be removed and use seperately.

There is a draw string bag for crochet hooks, a large pouch for the item and a simple pocket for patterns and bits and bobs!

Any comments or advise would be very much appreciated   Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Blanket! on: June 15, 2009 02:14:29 PM
I made this baby blanket for my niece, who was born last week.

She was a weeny 4lb 11oz, so this completely buries her atm!

Each stripe is made up of 3 rows of treble crochet, and the edging is one row of treble crochet then one row of double crochet.

I used Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino so its very yummy and soft  Smiley

Any comments or advice would be more than welcome  Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Table Runner -yummy fabric!! on: June 15, 2009 01:51:17 PM
This is my very first quilting project, so I started small  Smiley

I made this for Tonistagg in the Fat Quarter sewing challenge, based on a runner that was on her wists.

Its made using 4 card trick blocks sewn in a long run, and quilted with a thin batting.

Any comments or criticism are more than welcome  Grin

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilted / Patchwok Bag Query! on: April 28, 2009 02:40:08 PM
Hiya!!! After stalking this board for an awful long time and being in complete awe of everyones skills I have a query of my own (I'm also hoping flattery will get me everywhere  Grin )

Sooo after doing lots of research I got myself a sewing machine (based on me doing some general sewing and learning to quilt), and I got me a rotary cutter, ruler and board, then got all scared of starting a quilt  Roll Eyes

So I decide to start small and because my machine has to be packed away when I'm not using it, I'm making a small patchwork / quilted bag to keep my pedal and cables in.

I'm just going with a 10" by 10" bag made up of 2" squares (after sewing), and was planning on using calico as a backing / lining.

Do you think that this will 'quilt' ok without a batting in between? and will I be able to do this without a walking foot??

thank you  Smiley
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Molecule bag! on: April 07, 2009 11:08:18 AM
This is a bag that I made for my partner in The Big Bang Theory Swap - Its based on the In-Bloom pattern from The Happy Hooker!

The 'molecule' on the front is a random attempt at a caffeine molecule  Cheesy made with buttons!

I loved making this, it was so quick to do! I'm in the process of making one for myself (minus the molecule, but it'll be plus some sort of decoration)

Any comments or tips would be much appreciated, as this is only my second crochet project! (eep I've just realised the pic's aren't that great to be able to do that, must practice on my photography skills!)
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Squashed Cat Coasters! on: April 03, 2009 11:33:05 AM
I've been lurking on this board of ages!!! but, after learning to crochet in January, I thought I'd post my first proper crochet project  Grin

I made these for my Mystery Swap Partner, as they were on her wists!

They are all made with single crochet stitch (sorry about the terrible quality pics - my photography skills leave a lot to be desired  Undecided)

here is the original thread that complete credit should go to for the idea!

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Any Tips on making sure you pick up the back stitch??? on: January 30, 2009 01:53:29 PM
Hey everyone  Smiley

After saying for months that I wanted too, I'm in the process of teaching myself to crochet, and I getting on fine with chain stitch, but when I'm doing the first row of single stitch I really struggle to pick up the back stitch  Undecided

Has any one got any tips on how to make this a bit easier, or is it a case of practice, practice, practice?Huh?

sorry if this is an often asked question!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Coffee Cup joy :) on: January 15, 2009 01:23:25 PM
I got the kit for this from katcal for christmas - its so cute, I stitched it over new year!

I'm supposed to trim the perforated paper down, but I'm a little scared that it might go pear shaped  Smiley

hope you like!
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