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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / COME ON ENGLAND!! on: June 12, 2010 09:16:07 AM

this is just a quick one, but thought i'd post as i'm very very excited...for those not into football (or soccer....the *real* football  Wink ) it's the world cup at the mo, and tonight is England's first game against the USA, and I'll be watching it in Paris. Very international!

To commemorate the game, i customised a white t-shirt with St. George's flag. I expect a few raised eyebrows (or bottles...) in Paris  Cheesy 

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / H A T S . omg, like, totally image obese on: May 03, 2010 02:55:18 PM
so, i decided to go on a millinery course.

millinery, you say? why the devil millinery? because i've been self-taught in everything, and pondered the great art of Classic Techniques. plus, millinery is well expensive, not exactly "first time hobby" material, so a course seemed a good way to start.

i've been on 2 courses: Millinery 1 and Millinery 2, both at London College of Fashion. the first, in 2008, and the second this April 2010. and they are AMAZING. i can totally recommend to everyone. i fell in love with making the hats, particularly from felt and buckram, but funnily enough the trimmings i found more difficult to get inspiration for. i kinda let the hat speak for itself during the process.

i've finally go around to posting photos, so here we go!

Top Hat - bow i made from really stiff material so it magically stays up on it's own. sometimes.

and on me

Sailor Hat (embroidered swallows also done by me)

and embroidery close-up

Jane Austen Bonnet (still in progress)

Blue Felt 1920s-esque hat

on me:

lil buckram pillbox (in progress...) and mental draping-try-out-carmen-miranda-thing

so there we go! my favourite is probably the sailor hat, and the top hat, which i've worn out a few times. having got all the basics, i'm going to start buying hat blocks of my own and start experimenting at home. for the first time in a long time i'm excited and feel good at something - its been a long time coming. but, we'll see. i'll probs get annoyed and give up again soon, like everything else  Roll Eyes

let me know if you've got any comments/questions - ive got some pics of them on the blocks themselves too if anyones interested  Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / i did it! i finally did it! *cue rocky music* on: March 21, 2010 12:11:11 PM
this project took 3 months to complete. THREE MONTHS. i've never done something this big, ever. obviously not all at once (took a good month just to buy the frame  Roll Eyes ) but now its done i want to cry tears of joy and bygone frustrations. its a birthday present for my mum (bday was feb 5th, oopsie daisy) of our lovely dog Quiver who passed away last january. she was the most incredible dog, so it really was a joy to do as a kind of commemoration  Smiley

so here she blows! i framed it with the picture i made the pattern from, and decorated it with cut-outs of pawprints. one of which is covering some glue. how annoying is glue? anyway!

closeup, i used 4 different colours of thread:

and the original pic:

there are umpteen mistakes with it. i hate how you can see through the black thread. theres stains in bits, and its probably not straight. however, its a learning curve, right? and its for mum, who loves everything i do even when its blatantly terrible  Smiley
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / charities looking for crafts in Europe? on: January 27, 2010 11:38:32 AM

does anyone know of any charities in Europe (I'm British and live in France, but any charities outside of there are welcome too) that would like any crafts donated? I have tried looking on google and on here, but can't find any  Undecided

mods - if this is in the wrong part of the forum - feel free to move and sorry for the boob  Roll Eyes
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / crochet for those who say that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!! on: January 03, 2010 05:43:59 AM

.....including a woman sporting a beard? damn straight!

i may be a lady, but i have always experienced Facial Hair Envy - there's something so distinguished about stroking a beard, or twirling a moustache. i just can't convey "mwa-ha-ha...my evil plan is working!" or, "hmmm....perhaps if i replace the rehydratormechanism with the hydroflouricator...." by playing with my hair or pulling on my tshirt.

so! i decided to make one. here's to you and your facial hair rules!! *shakes fist in direction of sky*

actually, this was a present to my bro for christmas, as he's off snowboarding and is always looking for a new crazy hat. but you may notice that all the pics of it, are of me. deal with it. the rest of the family had to. ALL christmas day.

so, anyway: this was done all by single crochet (the only crochet i know....) and i just improvised the pattern for the moustache and beard. i used a big hook for the hat, and a smaller one for the beard part. it all came out really well and i almost cried when i had to give it away. alas...on with the pics:

the hat part completed:

the beard part completed:

all of it done:

and another token shot with my clip-in hair extensions, which add to my distinguished nature:

let me know what you think!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / wrist warmers....themed, of course. I AM NOT ASHAMED! on: December 31, 2009 05:49:06 AM

unfortunately for my family members, this year's presents were in the theme presented above. my poor, long-suffering sister received crocheted hand warmers, with crocheted red design influenced by the Eclipse book cover. of which she knew nothing about, and loved anyway.

yes, twihards! you heard right! i discovered a way to sneak twilight into everyday objects without others knowing! may the secret obsession continue....  Cheesy

anyway, here are the wristwarmers. they were surprisingly easy to make, took a couple of hours each (if this sounds a long time - i am still a n00b) i really love them, so have done another pair in black and white for a friend, and am starting some black and red for myself.

and the money shot:

apologies to any non-twilighters....actually, no: shame on you!  Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / ferret dig box - ideas for the "dig" material and box? on: December 13, 2009 01:42:41 PM

i really want to make my 2 boys a dig box, as at the moment they are loving trying to dig up the carpet/sofa/mattress. ive seen plenty of ideas on the internet about what materials to use for digging - but was wondering if anyone has any experience in what is best/safest?

also, have you reconstructed a box to make into a dig box - with recommended ideas on where to place the entrance, using a tunnel to get in etc?

many thanks from me, harbles and bear! (who is currently digging his way to china through the sofa  Cheesy )
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feather Fascinators! on: November 29, 2009 09:08:03 AM
Feather fascinators!! I love them!! I remember seeing them on Kenley Collins on Project Runway, and thinking no way could I attempt something that cool. Well, I did. And Im really stoked with the outcomes! Thats why I love crafting, because you can surprise yourself (and infuriate yourself..) So enough of the waffle, heres my creations:

So, No.1 attempt, with 2 different types of feathers. I made this for practice, then wore it out and got some nice compliments  Smiley

On my tod (excuse gross hair and lack of maquillage I am having a meh day):

No.2, I made this along with a dress for my Auntys 60th birthday party. DO NOT ASK ABOUT THE DRESS (lol) I got ill and couldnt finish it  Cry  however I bought a replacement to fit the fascinator, and it went down a storm! i cut a circle of cardboard, covered it with red lining, then covered that with black lace, to make the 'button'

On me (again, focus not on the face)

Hope you like them! Comments always welcome  Grin  oh and I glued on elastic with a piece of felt over to secure, heres a pic of the back to demonstrate:

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / First 2 Cross Stitch Ever.....(very proud) on: October 21, 2009 09:00:18 AM
SO. after months of perving on the needlework category, i finally caved in and had to try. i just adore how you people have taken the seemingly classical art of stitchwork and used it to convey a political/satirical meaning, kicking it into modernity.

and so: here are my first ever cross stitch pieces!! and i am hooked! i love how i can do it on the sofa, the train, while waiting for a student to arrive (im a teacher). i am lazy as hell, and sometimes getting the sewing machine out is just....UGH. so this is perfect!

1) in case of emergency, break dance. i ADORED this as soon as i saw it, so tried it out myself for a mate's birthday, and it came out so well!! thank you so much, millik!! i found the frame at a supermarket for a fiver. perf!

you guys can probably note a thousand errors, but i'm well chuffed with it as i have 10 thumbs Cheesy

2) from subversive cross stitch. its totally my sense of humour, and i giggle everytime i look at it. i have yet to find a frame, but its currently sitting in my bedroom so i have a smile in the morning (not easy in this recent freeze)

counting the crosses wasnt half as taxing as i'd imagined, and i cant wait to get going on my next pieces! c+c always welcome! (nothing too harsh tho, i have a fragile mind at the mo!  Wink )
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / plaid fabric - i cannot find it anywhere!!! tips where to buy? on: September 22, 2009 05:00:30 AM
so, dilemma....there are these plaid shirts EVERYWHERE and i figure, "yeah, i could attempt one of them myself"

except - i cannot find where to buy plaid fabric anywhere!! i'm based in France, but from the UK, so does anyone know online/shops in either 2 countries where i could have a look? i have tried ebay, google...alas, no cigar.

any help would be very much appreciated!!

patterns like these:

 Smiley thanks!  Smiley
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