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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pierre, pocket-sized knitgurumi (?) travelling companion! on: January 06, 2010 03:56:47 PM
I saw a travelling companion on craftster and fell in love with the idea, kinda Amelie-gnomish! Aiming for a small woollen creature and unable to crochet, I scoured the internets for "knit-gurumi" patterns but was not satisfied. So with my very limited knitting and designing skills, little Pierre was born the day before a month's rail trip around Europe last summer, thus named for his resemblance to a rock (and we happened to be in France at the time...)

Here he is, bright eyed and bushy tailed, on his first ever train journey:

Here at sunset in Brussels:

Being political in front of the Hungarian parliament (see his serious expression?):

ok just little thumbnail pictures now, but here he is trekking up Mount Olympus, in Rome, with his friend the Venetian gondolier, being quiet in a church, under the Eiffel Tower and finally with his little Hungarian cousin Joszef when they met in Paris.

He visited many other places but I think that is more than enough photos!

Comments would make his day!  Cheesy

2  EUROPE / FRANCE / Translation help please! on: June 03, 2009 04:22:30 PM
Hi, my french is not very good, and I am trying to write about my interests for a job application. I cannot find a good translation for the word "crafts".

The best I can come up with is "activités manuelles"... any advice? I would rather not be specific, like saying "la peinture" or "la couture", for example...

Merci beaucoup, j'attends vos réponses....  Cheesy
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Shadow Zoo on: June 02, 2009 03:08:54 PM

I cut and folded a tiny...

 from a clothing catalogue (White Stuff - as catalogues go they use pretty good quality paper). For size reference, they are between 1 and 2 inches tall.

ok not so much part of a zoo but...

and finally:

sorry for so many pictures! I got a bit carried away... there are more animals too that I haven't included. they're a little difficult to photograph!

Although the idea was my own, I was inspired a little to try paper cutting by Jeffery Rudell's articles on CraftStylish, and also by the work of Peter Callesen. But this was only my first attempt at paper cutting, so they don't really compare  Cheesy

Thanks for looking, comments and criticism very much appreciated!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / magazine paper mosaic girl on: May 05, 2009 02:16:34 PM
I started this ages ago but only just finished it... cut paper from magazines glued on top of an initial rough sketch. Not sure if this is the right place to post, I was thinking of paper craft but that's mainly books and things, since this is a picture perhaps it belongs here? I am really happy with it... it took me so long to find the right colour for the ribbon, I couldn't decide if it should be yellow or orange or green or red or whatever. I think red works though?

Detail of the eye, my favourite part:

and the whole thing:

Thankyou for looking! comments very much appreciated!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Two themed necklaces - TOTORO and PINGU on: April 04, 2009 07:15:18 AM
Two necklaces, the first is Totoro themed and the second Pingu themed (for anyone who doesn't know, My Neighbour Totoro is an anime film by Studio Ghibli, and Pingu is a children's tv series about a penguin). I made the character beads out of fimo, painted them with acrylic, then strung them on looong threads with various other beads.

First, Totoro:

There are all three Totoro creatures and an ear of corn (made from fimo) plus lots of random beads


And the Pingu one:

also a link to the Pingu beads in more detail (I posted them seperately):

And a question - the acrylic paint keeps chipping off, I've had to repaint the totoro one several times, if you have any ideas about what to do about this it would be nice to know!

Thanks for looking!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Pingu beads on: March 31, 2009 10:54:43 AM
***EDIT*** - I only just realised that Pingu doesn't exist in America! Well it's amazing, for an explanation watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTWv63RyLP8
must be one of the first episodes... it's like a cult thing in the uk (among a certain generation anyway...)
Ohh and I put them on a necklace, also posted!: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299626.0

These are inspired by the childrens TV programme Pingu. I used to love it (I kind of still do) so I made these to make into beads, I still have to drill holes in them but apart from that they're done! I'm gonna put them on a themed necklace, if that makes sense, with fish-shaped beads and stuff. They're made from fimo, and painted with acrylic (and actually superglued in places, they were a bit fiddly...) For size reference, they're pretty small, Pingu is 2cms (just over 3/4 inch) tall. Anyway, pictures:

All four of them -

Pingu -

Pinga -

Robbie -

And the inanimate, unnamed snowman, that always stands outside the igloo -

Thanks for looking, I'm not too experienced using fimo so criticism much appreciated!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / stripy and dalmation spots scoodie! on: February 25, 2009 07:41:09 AM
ok so not very original but I love it!!! and here is the original tutorial by vegbee, if there is anyone who hasn't already made one: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/09/scoodie.html.

and the pocket:

its really cosy, fleece and faux fur. Thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Devereaux Tam on: February 25, 2009 07:33:29 AM
This is my second ever knitting project, I finished it a while ago. After successfully completing a monkey I wanted to knit something more useful, and searched for patterns on the web, discovering this amazing site with vintage knitting patterns. Being a beginner, I had not yet grasped the idea of gauge... anyway, the hat ended up rather too large... hehe... I wear it anyway, it keeps my ears warm!

the original, and the pattern: http://www.agoodyarn.net/PT_FL19_ClaremontDevereauxDuncan.htm

aren't those 1920's models fabulous?

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated! oh and do you think I can wear it out in public, or is it too funny?
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tangle of Snakes on: February 25, 2009 07:19:43 AM
I didn't know where to post this... it has a fimo base though, so it's mostly polymer clay. It's a kind of copy of an art nouveau pendant by Lalique... The "enamel" is glass paint.

it's based on this: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/imgs_En/04/2007/hm4_2_243_7_big.jpg

thanks for looking!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Envelope beads! on: January 03, 2009 07:41:51 AM
Hmm I'm not sure if this should be posted here or in papercraft or what...well I was inspired by these: http://www.junkmailgems.com/beads.html
it started an obsession with collecting envelopes...never have bills and bank statements been so exciting! It's a whole art form! anywhere here are mine, I just cut the paper into strips, rolled them up and glued them. I combined the beads with glass and metal ones to make a necklace:

close-up of one bead

Thanks for looking!
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