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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Patchwork Jumble Lampshade Recover. on: June 21, 2012 02:08:06 PM
A few months ago my Grandparents gave me an amazing lampstand with an oversized shade. My great uncle had handmade the stand!! and my parents didnt want to take it off them when they moved house (downsizing) so I got the hand-me-down! I was super grateful but the shade was in dire need of a revamp as it had a tear in it, so until now its been hiding in my back bedroom. Now it is on full show in the living room!! Its super bright and colourful and goes well with the electic mix of furniture. Also check out my cheeky sheepblue etsy purchase on the shelf too (cool cat card), we own a very cool black cat and it reminds me of him  Cheesy

I took the old cover off the stand and it was made out of 4 identical pieces, so I carefully chopped one of them out and used it as a template. You can see how boring and old it looked!

I stitched the 4 pieces together then tested it on the frame to see if it fit.

I stitched fringing and rickrack onto the bottom and a matching lilac trim to the top aswell. I had picked the fringing up in a bulk load from a sale in a fabric warehouse a few years ago and the rickrack is vintage from a house clearance.

Action Shot! it was quite difficult to stretch the fabric on, I ended up stitching one side to the frame before being able to pull the otherside down. Does anyone else ask santa for an extra arm every year??

The fabric with the apple print is one that I've screen printed a little while ago and the green with the white flowers is an old dress I'd picked up at a jumble, amazing fabric but awful dress!!

the pretty floral is from *ahem* ikea (couldnt help myself it was too cute!) and the spotty one was left over from a dress I made a little while ago.

Looking back through the pictures I could do with straightening up the fabric on the frame, but I do love it personally Smiley
let me know what you think
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Anchors Away on: May 16, 2012 01:46:09 AM
Inspired by sublime stitching and wanting to rejuvenate an old dress I drew this freehand onto the dress. I'm hoping my line drawing underneath will come over in the wash, but its only noticable really close up. Its at slightly the wrong angle too but looks fine on. This is only the 3rd embroidery I've done ever but I'm loving the process!

Would love some feedback xx

13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Toadstool Footstool on: May 15, 2012 07:59:48 AM
For my dear ol' boyfriend's 30th birthday a few weeks ago I decided to make him a toadstool footstool. It's an idea that I've been wanting to make for ages but this just seemed like the apt moment! It took about 4 evenings but over the space of about a month - I was keeping it secret and only really had a chance to do work on it when he'd gone out!

It stands about 20" high and is filled with about 1 1/4kg of toy stuffing rammed firmly inside! I put a circle of cardboard in the bottom too so it has a good flat base. Its also crochet out of robin chunky knit wool.

His face was a delight when I finally gave it to him! I'm glad, as I'm super proud of myself for making the pattern up and just the scale - it's definitely my biggest crochet piece to date!

As you can probably tell from the photos, I've made it up in the round just increasing my stitches until I felt it was big enough. I was surprised how easy it was to do (although had to use the stitch counter religiously!). So far I've only put 4 spots on it, one big un and the rest are the same size, not sure whether to do some smaller ones as well. It is looking a tad Mario at the moment - this wasn't intentional! Would love to know what people think.

thanks for looking x
14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Textile Mix Media Hot Air Balloons on: April 24, 2012 06:41:34 AM
I've been screen printing for a while and I started embroidering about a year ago, so I thought I'd try combining some of my skills  Smiley

The 1st piece is made from a mixture of cottons and velvet. I stiched the clouds and mountains down before screen printing a repeat design of my own balloon drawings over the top. I then embroidered colours into the balloons with lots of french knots to give it more texture. My stitches could still use some work (practise makes perfect and all that) but I enjoyed the mixture of techniques and its definitely something I'd like to do more of.

The second piece is also a screen print of my balloon design that I have embroidered into.

would love to hear your feedback  Smiley
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Up and away (PIC HEAVY) on: January 31, 2012 10:07:53 AM
So last week I started printing a new design I've been working on. I hadn't done more than a 2 colour print since uni days and as I'm becoming more confident with my skills I thought it was time to give it a try!

This is the screen for the final layer with the balloon line work. I made the design by scanning my drawings into photoshop and then arranging the repeat, I then printed it off onto acetate and exposed it onto the screen using light sensitive photo emulsion. A lengthy process (it took me all day to get all 4 screens done) but once its done you can go to town with how many you print!! and i did  Tongue

a close up of one of the colours going down

a view of the table I was working at. Its great, the ppl at the PrintHaus studio where I go made the table by laying a thick rubber down on top of a sturdy workbench, by using gum arabic you can iron your fabric down in place! The guys at the PrintHaus are amazing btw, they've completely made the studio in an old warehouse and everything is DIY, one of the guys has a knack with carpentry and they've built walls, a little kitchen, desks, printing tables galore whilst still having day jobs! 

2 colours printed

I like printing onto lots of different 'found' fabrics rather than plain, there are a few chopped up pillow cases in there!! but it's cool to be able to incorporate other patterns like the polka dots as the background. I found that time flew when I was working too; waiting for screens to dry whilst printing other colours, it actually worked out a lot more time effective using more colours as there was a constant flow of screens to print!

I've started making small purses with the fabric I've printed Smiley so much fun seeing a project right through from design to sewing/making. Think this is going to get addictive  Cheesy
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / lion repeat shopping bag on: November 15, 2011 07:39:15 AM
Hey just wanted to share my most recent printing sess

sorry about the phone quality pictures. ive also printed the pattern on both sides - i always hate checking if my bag's the right way round (or is that just me...)
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / sadistic cushions you say? but cute tho?? on: November 15, 2011 07:28:47 AM
I made these bad boys a little while ago as a birthday prezzie for my boyf, we live together so i get to share them too tho Wink

I've always loved https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383125.0 and i suppose took the inspiration and got a bit carried away.... haha!

planing a severed zombie hand beanbag to carry on the theme... but wont be crocheting that one!!

hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

theyre just worked on the round, kinda made it up as I went along, and then filled them with thick toy stuffing. the eyeball looks a bit squished but he moulds quite easily back into shape. each took me about 2 days hard slog, well sat infront of the telly with a big mug of tea  Tongue
18  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / core blimey on: November 11, 2011 11:05:47 AM
At the end of october I took part in an exhibition @ the studio where I go screen printing. The place is a year old and it was a great mixture of everyone's work which was really diverse. The piece that i made was a silk jacket with an apple core repeat pattern printed with water based ink. I'd made a photo stencil screen after drawing the repeat pattern out on to acetate with posca pens, they're great as they're opaque paint pens and aren't that expensive!

so I thought id post my jacket for you guys to see, im really proud of it and Id love to hear what you guys think Smiley

im really glad i have a good friend to take promo shots!!

these are the screens i used, one for the red and the other for the black line work. you can also see the acetate i used to expose the image
19  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / squid from the deep on: November 07, 2011 10:21:08 AM
I went to a charity fund raiser for halloween here in Cardiff (UK) (http://www.thesafefoundation.co.uk/) the theme was 'Apocalypso' - most ppl were zombie pirates but i decided to be killer squid/ kracken monster! hope you like it.

The head is made from paper mache, then ive covered it in wadding and fabric- the eyes are felt.
I made 4 tenticles that i sewed onto a top at the neck. The top i made out of the same fabric with some teeth sewn on the front. The tenticles themselves are stuffed with toy stuffing and have actual window suckers on them (which i got from ebay). All the fabric has just been recycled from my craft room.

the last photo was taken on the night by a proffesional (not just me in the living room!)

Thanks for looking  Grin
20  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / EUROPE / euro craft fairs :) on: September 19, 2011 01:31:06 AM
Hey guys

my boyfriend and I are planning a road trip round europe for next summer and i quite fancied selling some of my makes at some craft fairs on the way. Can anyone suggest any good ones they know of or where's best to go?? im from the UK btw.

thanks all xx
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