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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The first thing I've ever knitted! on: September 16, 2012 06:39:45 AM
What a brilliant little first knit! Well done on teaching yourself! I think thats harder than having someone you know with knitting experience teach you (and show you how to fix mistakes).  Smiley

I remember reading about the smoothie hat fundraising in a magazine in a dentists waiting room last winter which was of course out of date and the deadline had passed, I didnt realise it was an annual thing. I'm glad you posted on craftster before the closing date, I might have to get my needles out and see if I can knit one or two and send them in on time.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage lady with peacock fan mixed media hoop on: September 10, 2012 10:51:36 AM
How stunningly beautiful! I'm not sure how else to word this but it doesn't look at all flat, it has a certain life or depth to it or something.
I recognised which photograph you had used for your inspiration straight away, I have a feeling its of Gloria Swanson.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The 5th painting of Louise Brooks on: May 19, 2012 08:36:11 AM
Really beautiful! I like how it draws your eye to the centre of the painting and her face.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Sweater for my dog on: April 28, 2012 04:40:16 PM
What a pretty coat (and dog), I like that youve made it to cover her chest well too.

I made my dog some pyjamas because he gets cold at night in the winter and at first he would growl at us putting them on then look very sorry for himself when they were on but I think he has learnt that they keep him warm, he wags his tail and seems happy when we get them out now.
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Simple Small Bag on: April 28, 2012 04:35:54 PM
Im becoming curious now, is it not common practice to sew sips onto crochet bags?

so just so I get it right, you sewed it in, and than crocheted more around it??

The main body of the bag is a rectangle folded in half, then I sewed the zip in because it was easier to do before the bag was too bag like and fiddly, which left the sides still open when the zip was closed - tube like. So the next thing was crocheting up the sides and creating the strap at the same time.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Simple Small Bag on: April 28, 2012 10:52:27 AM
I thought that it wouldnt be any different to sewing with fabric but just to make sure I inspected a manufactured crochet bag I had which just had the zip sewn in. So I sewed it in on the machine before crocheting up the sides. (It would also work fine sewn by hand but I like the speedy machine. Smiley )
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Tealight Swans on: April 28, 2012 07:51:16 AM

These swans were inspired by a pair I saw in an antique shop. I took a photo of the antique ones on my mobile phone but didnt use them as reference when I was making them in my pottery class (forgot to bring phone with me) so they have turned out in more of my own style than if I had looked at the photo.

They started out as pinch pots and are all made in one piece from earthenware clay. After the first firing I dipped them in white and used underglaze paints for the details before glazing. I havent tried them out with tealight candles in yet but that is my main idea for their use, in the darker months at least. A lady in my class suggested growing little plants in them or mini flower arrangements (I cant quite remember which).

The orginals: not the best photo, taken on a phone and stretching over chairs in front.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Simple Small Bag on: April 28, 2012 06:43:23 AM
Im new to crochet but have been a knitter for many years and I have to admit I am enjoying learning crochet a lot more than I thought I would.

The bag is about 8x5 inches, I used just double crochet (UK) stitch and yarn leftover from another knitting project. I didnt line it because I used a hook one size smaller than recommended to create a denser fabric. I wasnt too sure of the thinness of the strap to start with but Im getting used to it now.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Extreme knitting cushion using 24mm needles! on: April 19, 2012 09:41:57 AM
Brilliant! I think it gives a lovely quirky look of having been knitted by a giant for a dollhouse or something.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Feathers - Howling Wolf and Bald Eagle on: April 13, 2012 06:16:07 AM
They are incredibly impressive and beautiful! I love that youve painted the animals onto feathers, pairing two natural things together.
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