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1  Re: Dorset Buttons in Completed Projects by elderflower on: April 11, 2017 01:10:10 PM
They turned out really lovely.  I like the blue and pink colour combination too. I love Dorset buttons because you can match them to a garment.
I have made them in the past using slices of pvc pipe, as where I live you can't get the proper rings.  You can saw slices off the pipe quite easily and then use sandpaper to smooth the rough edges.

These were buttons I made for a cardigan https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440525.msg5334388#msg5334388
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2  Gone Fishing in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elderflower on: August 03, 2016 03:36:24 AM
Our Needlecraft Guild competition theme this year was Around the Pond.

This was my entry in the Miscellaneous Category.
He is a soft bodied doll with button jointed arms and legs.
His fishing rod is a bamboo skewer and the fishing reel is a press stud - the kind with a hole through the middle so it can be held on with a pin and with a beading pin cut and bent to shape and glued on with super glue to form a handle. So it does actually turn - a little Wink
His fold-up seat was made from ice lolly sticks (Ours have Childline numbers stamped into them which took me  long time to sand off) and bamboo skewers cut to size.
He has one fish on his line and one in the catch net in his pocket. I filled their bodies with fine sand to weigh them down a bit.
The frog trying to escape from a pocket is made from beads and is a little two dimensional.
The jersey is knitted from the top down more or less from the pattern I posted here
and the hat is a circle cut from the woven raffia you sometimes get wrapped around a bunch of flowers, stiffened with diluted PVA glue and shaped over a ball in a cup.
The judge liked the piece and gave him a first.
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3  Re: Around the Pond lap rug in Crochet: Completed Projects by elderflower on: July 30, 2016 02:40:13 AM
As promised here is the close-up of one of the koi.

I also attach thumbnails of the other creatures.
The snake
A terrapin
A water lily
The frog. My son says he looks like roadkill  Roll Eyes Maybe that's why he looks so grumpy.
A rabbit.

I'll work on my notes this weekend and try and attach pdf patterns for each of them to the original post.
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4  Around the Pond lap rug in Crochet: Completed Projects by elderflower on: July 29, 2016 08:38:05 AM
The theme for our Needlecraft Guild competition this year was Around the Pond.  For my crochet entry I took inspiration from A Blanket for Squiggle by Vicelikeplague.

My inspiration for the terrapins came from http://www.crochetbug.com/all-roads-lead-to-fresno/;
for the rabbits from http://lovethebluebird.blogspot.com/2012/04/spring-bunny-tutorial.html; and the water lilies were modified from http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2015/04/dahlia-hexagon-crochet-pattern.html;
The fish I made up myself using a standard pineapple for head and body and the snake was an exercise in crocheting a two colour spiral.

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5  organza applique cafe curtain in Needlework: Completed Projects by elderflower on: July 25, 2016 10:36:36 AM
The theme for my Needlecraft Guild challenge this year was Around the Pond and this was my entry in the embroidery category. 

I made a cafe curtain because I needed one for a bedroom and also because all my embroidery has to justify its existence. so even a competition entry still has to be useful.
The background is white organza for the sky and blue for the water.  All the plants  are organza, fixed with fusible web and blanket stitched around the raw edges - apart from the iris and bulrush leaves and stems which are organza ribbon that was slip-stitched into place. The dragonflies wings are white organza with a silver print and they have bead heads and bodies.

I got the applique design for the irises from http://www.quilterscache.com/I/IrisWreathBlock.html nd the design for the frog from http://azcoloring.com/coloring-page/19879?album=frog-prince-coloring-pages

The curtain is lined with white organza and I used white satin bias binding to finish the loops for hanging.
There are a lot of mistakes. In particular one of the irises is concealing a large hole that I melted with the iron when applying fusible web.  Tongue  And my stitching got rather uneven towards the end.  But the judge liked it enough to give me third place which I was glad to have as it was rather more than it deserved.
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6  Jacket from vintage pattern in Knitting: Completed Projects by elderflower on: July 24, 2016 04:44:56 AM
I've been away from craftster for a bit but I have been busy making things - just haven't gotten around to posting them.

This is from an old pattern that belonged to my mother-in-law.  The pattern is by Lux and just calls for Double Knitting wool of any make.

I dont know the date of the pattern but Lux were still using the "If it's Safe in Water, it's Safe in Lux" slogan. I guess they hadn't heard of goldfish.  Roll Eyes

The stitch is a bit like a moss stitch but with slipped stitches carried up to the row above.

I used acrylic yarn from an ugly twin set I  had made years ago where the tension had gotten looser as I knitted so the whole thing ended up very shapeless.  I did wear it occasionally but decided I could make something better with the yarn. After unravelling and washing to remove the kinks I soaked it in a lot of fabric softener and that made it much easier to roll into balls and to knit with.
If I make this pattern again I won't do the pockets as they don't hold their shape at all. Also I need to learn how to stitch up seams.  Mine turned out very lumpy especially on the cuff which is knitted in one long strip and I had to sew the cast off edge to the cast on edge.  Sad

I much prefer knitting in the round and no seams, but that wasn't entirely possible for this design.

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7  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: February 10, 2016 06:56:26 AM
It never rains but it pours. irid3sc3nt's house arrived today.  YAY
It has delightful little ghosts inside and is a lovely purple and black outside.  I particularly like the woven texture image on the roof. And she also included a dear little cat charm which goes so well with the house. 

Here is the assembled house in front of the card she sent which has a sweet ghost stamped on it.
As you can see the little cat is just perfect for this house.
Many thanks irid3sc3nt and so glad it did arrive unlike the previous one.  I am so sorry you had to send twice. I will have a lovely little village for next hallowe'en.
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8  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: February 09, 2016 12:24:07 PM
Yay. SheridanLA's house arrived today. So glad it made it through the vagaries of the postal system. 

The instructions were inside the card she sent with it.  I photographed the inside wall as it has  lovely quote from E A Poe that is hidden now it is assembled.  I do like knowing that it is there even though I can't see it anymore.

And here it is photographed in front of the card she sent. A lovely little round hut in purple and black with the dear little skeletons dancing around the wall. I tried to take it so the glitter spots sparkle a bit in the picture. So pretty. 
Thank you Sheridan.  I would hate for this one to have gone missing too
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9  Re: Inchie House Halloween Swap 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by elderflower on: November 10, 2015 04:46:46 AM
Yay My little house from WaveLight arrived today. 
It is beautifully painted.

My camera doesn't quite do justice to the lovely colours. And the depth and translucency of them.

Delicate little spooks under a full moon. Just lovely. Thank you so much WaveLight.
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10  Mat for animal shelter in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by elderflower on: September 30, 2015 11:23:31 AM
At our monthly Needlecraft guild meeting a couple of months ago we set aside the whole afternoon for making these mats to go under the dog and cat beds at a our local Friends Animal Welfare foundation.
Someone had donated bags and bags of fabric off cuts.  The non-knitters/crocheters cut the fabric into strips and looped the strips into continuous lengths of yarn and rolled them up into huge balls.
Those of us who had large knitting needles or crochet hooks knitted or crocheted the yarn into square mats. They will go under the pet beds and will provide insulation during the cold weather.

This is a picture of mine.  It took a lot of yarn and was very hard on the hands. Just as well there were so many of us. Wink

And here it is half way through showing the large needles I used for it. They are about 13mm diameter.
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