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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered Christmas cards on: December 13, 2009 03:50:51 AM
This is my second try paper embroidering - I made Christmas cards with simple retro-y motifs.

I wrote up a small photo-tutorial on my blog if you'd like to see, and feel free to use the patterns: (click image to enlarge)

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Festive sweater! With fair isle chart! on: December 07, 2009 01:30:46 PM
I finished this sweater just in time for my knitting group's Christmas dinner!

It's made from lovely Sirdar Balmoral wool/alpaca/silk mix, constructed in the time-honoured Zimmermann top-down raglan percentage system, with the addition of a scoop neck. The body shape is snug at the top and flared out at the bottom, and long like a tunic. The bottom hem has a purl-turned row and the neckline is simply edged in reverse stocking stitch which curls neatly in on itself. The super-long arms have a smaller snowflake motif taken from the main chest pattern and are edged in 1x1 rib.

Here's the chart for the chest if you'd like to give it a go - it's worked over a multiple of 48 stitches (I did it over 146).

Few more photos & info on my Ravelry and knitblog. Hope you like it!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Help with the badge-a-minit bench press?! on: October 11, 2009 03:54:59 AM
Has anyone used this badge maker? http://www.badgeaminit.com/114benpressy.html

Just dug out my old one & I've forgotten how to use it, and can't find instructions anywhere online. I can get as far as putting the pin back on but can't remember how to press it. Please help!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Dutch-Russian pillow cases on: August 14, 2009 11:40:13 AM
These pillow cases were my first-ever embroidery project, using Sublime's gorgeous Dutch-Russian patterns.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Paper embroidery in a moleskine on: August 14, 2009 08:23:37 AM
I made this piece for something called the Travelling Moleskine project - I got sent a blank Moleskine with a theme (mine was 'Crafty'!) which you fill in a page of and then send on to someone else.

My idea was based on a quotation I found online and typography by my hero, Herb Lubalin.

I designed it on the computer, printed then pressed through with a pencil to transfer the outline into the book. I punched the holes with a needle first then backstitched the design.

hope you like it! More info & pics on my blog and Flickr
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / global matryoshka dolls! on: April 28, 2008 05:43:34 AM
here are some drawings i've just had printed - a series of 'russian' dolls from all over the world! i hand-drew them in ink, scanned them and coloured in photoshop. hope you like them!

(click pics to enlarge)

russian doll


japanese doll

indian doll

chinese doll
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / rescued from the street - cabinet on: April 28, 2008 04:34:33 AM
i found a battered old chest of drawers on the street outside my flat, so we adopted it and gave it a makeover. i sanded to remove the old varnish, painted it white and stuck Paperchase paper on the drawers, sides and top. i'm really happy with it! there is more detail on the project in my own blog http://www.whatkatiedoes.net and more photos on my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohmystars


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / shrink plastic charm necklaces on: September 29, 2006 05:50:21 AM
i made these charms out of shrink plastic (it trades as shrinkle in the UK and shrink-dink in the US, try your local craft store!), i think they're pretty effective, especially the silver ones which i sprayed with enamel paint.

hope you like  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / self-designed sweater of many buttons! on: August 26, 2006 08:46:17 AM
here's a sweater i designed and just finished inspired by delia's and kim hargreaves designs  Cheesy

(click these to enlarge)

i used about 9 balls of debbie bliss merino chunky on a 5.5mm circular needle.
it's a simple top-down raglan, you can see the rather rudimentary pattern here! i plan to add a big shawl collar once i buy more yarn, to make it extra-snuggly.

more details on my blog, link in my sig Smiley hope you like!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / two fun colourwork raglans :D on: August 06, 2006 08:33:11 AM
i just finished these top-down raglans - complete with silly colourwork to bust some of my stash!

details on their construction can be found at my knitbnlog, link below Cheesy
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