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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Crivens! Tis the Nac Mac Feegle!! on: December 22, 2011 03:17:40 AM
As soon as I saw this picture on the home page I knew exactly who it was!! Crivens indeed (have just finished re-reading the Tiffany Aching series)  I love the Nac Mac Feegle, this is BRILLIANT!! (ya ken!)
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Safari Sweeties! on: November 21, 2011 08:54:37 AM
I found these patterns in a magazine in the UK and have been knitting them on and off ever since!  My cousin and his wife recently had their first child, so I thought they would be ideal!

here they are together:


The new baby (Erin) got them last weekend and I introduced her to each one.  She seemed to be fascinated by Mr Elephant but was a little freaked out by Mr Zebra.  However she was only about six weeks old at the time, being held by a stranger (me) and hungry!!

It turns out that they have decorated her room with a african safari/wild animal theme (which I didn't know about) so they fit in perfectly!

All of the patterns have been added to ravelry now if anyone is interested in the details (sadly no patterns) look for designer Alan Dart
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: OMG! Finally its done! on: November 10, 2011 03:33:26 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments!! Grin  The Samurai turned into a labour of love and was such a weight off my shoulders to get it done!!

For those who asked:

Shaun Cross stitch - this is made by Anchor, product code:  SS00007, I have found it for sale on many websites in the UK but I don't know if it is available elsewhere!  Googling Shaun the Sheep cross stitch is a good place to start (there is a range of shaun kits!!!!)

Shaun knitting kit -  this is made by Coates crafts, no product code, but did find this on their website - http://www.coatscrafts.co.uk/Products/Knitting/kits/Shaun+the+Sheep+Knit+Kit.htm.  Product info only, they don't sell via the web.  Again I have seen it on UK websites but I don't know if it is available else where!
24  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: OMG! Finally its done! on: November 08, 2011 09:07:21 AM
thank you!!  that is one of the reasons I decided on the image, the details is just so amazing.  I also forgot to add, they are all cross stitch (and all kits!)!
25  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / OMG! Finally its done! on: November 08, 2011 08:47:42 AM
OMG Finally its done!

I must have started this one sometime in 2006/2007 and finished it a couple of weeks ago.  It has moved with me three times and I have been making excuses about not finishing, ie too cold or not enough light!  Finally enough was enough and I decided to finish it once and for all, then I stopped for a few weeks, before deciding enough was enough and... well you get the picture.  BUT - OMG Finally its done!

It is a Gold Collection Kit, that I have had stashed away for sometime, the count is quite small.  And really I have no excuse for not finishing it, but I will keep making them anyway!

some detail shots:




The threads and tassels on the swords handles had to be made up from leftover yarn and then couched down.


Skirt (with metallic threads):

Peacock tail:

You can't seem them very well but there are some french knots done in metallic threads - nightmare!! Shocked

As this was a big project I couldn't really take to work to do at lunch so I fitted in these little ones as well:

Can't remember if have shown this one to you so I thought I would show it again!!

the individual pictures (please excuse the ring marks!:

And this one:

I felt I had to do this one, as I learnt to knit using a shaun the sheep kit; therefore a picture of shaun the sheep knitting in cross stitched seemed perfect....in my head.  Say it out loud or writing it down does make it seem a bit daft!!

26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet another tardis.... on: September 12, 2011 08:40:18 AM
Don't get my wrong, I love Dr Who, but this is my fourth tardis and I knocked it out in about two weeks!!  A friend of my was getting married and she and her Fiance asked if they could borrow one of the original three (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=372370.msg4381553#msg4381553)  but as they had gone to their new owners, this was a little impractical!  so I made a new one!!

It was personalised with their initials


and they date they got married:

I put a piece of card in the bottom to make it stand upright and added ribbons so they could use it as a ring cushion as well.  I haven't seen the wedding pictures yet but the bride was pretty keen on this idea  Grin  demo below with one of my rings!

I got a text from the bride a few days after the wedding letting me know that everyone had a great day, they had lots of lovely comments on the tardis and she would send me pictures when they came through - I can't wait to see them!!
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A little bit more Crochet!! on: September 12, 2011 08:33:50 AM
As I have said previously, this year I learnt to Crochet.  I found this beautiful pattern on ravelry


- the original blog post:  http://knot-cha-cha.blogspot.com/2010/06/tutorial-for-understatement-necklace.html

And after  several weeks of searching I found some beads and thread that I liked.  Armed with a crochet hook from the set my sister gave me for christmas, and I was off.  This pattern is quite simple (even with the beads) and I managed to knock this one out quite quickly:

I decided one wasn't enough when I saw a beautiful blue variegated yarn in my local craft shop and came up with this one:

I had planned to do some others as the shop I got the beads from had them in every colour.  Sadly they sold out quite quickly and had no plans to restock, then the shop closed down  Huh  However I think I can get them on-line, but am also going to try the next craft exhibition that comes up.

by the way, they threads I used were Anchor embroidery cotton, and have loads of it left!!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Keep Calm and Don't Blink /// doctor who :) on: September 12, 2011 06:01:05 AM
LOVE IT!  but I do really hate it when people come up with these, quite frankly, GENIUS ideas that I feel compelled to steal!  and yes, am totally stealing this idea!! Grin
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A Blanket for Squiggle on: July 21, 2011 03:21:52 AM
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments!  I have heard back from the parents and they both love it!!

Gumption:  you are correct, my hope in making this is that it would last for some time as a blanket.  It is quite large so hopefully they will still get use out of it as the baby gets older.  But when the baby is too big, it can be used as a play mat as well!

SciFunk - Sadly I didn't write the pattern down.  However, I have a few tips that might come in handy!  first find a picture of what you want to acheive and print it!  this was probably the most important step I took in designing the fish.  I googled Koi Carp and had a copy of my chosen picture infont of me when crocheting them.

Then I started with a chain of approx 24 and then crocheted into the side of it using a mixture of doubles, half-trebles, trebles, double trebles and slip stitch (english crochet terms) to create the shape from the tail up.  Keeping in mind that double treble was the bigggest stitch and therefore used on the widest part of the fish.   Having completed one side I tried to echo it on the other.  I also added in an extra chain at the head end to create a slight pointed "nose" on them both.  On the first fish I deliberately kept the tail on the right hand side as I wanted to create the shape of it turning slightly.  

They both took alot of crocheting, ripping out, checking the picture, showing to my sister and head scratching.  If you don't have a sister you can substitute a vaguely interested friend, partner or family member!!

Oz_lzrd - half way through making this I discovered another friend was trying to get pregnant and decided another blanket maybe in order.  I too considered a pond shaped afghan.  I thought about using the same basic hexagon pattern as used in this blanket (in blue) to make a similarly shaped blanket with lots more lotus flowers, fish and lily pads!
30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Antique chair: Reupholstered! on: July 21, 2011 01:07:12 AM
mind blowing, I am in love with it too!!
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