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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Giant Plug on: March 29, 2007 07:27:51 AM
I understand that the majority of you kids are US individuals<edit> I thought because for us it's a really familiar object, an emblem of homelife</edit>. So i understand if this has less appeal to you than my fellow brits...

Behold, SockeToMe, 12.5 times the size of a regular BS1363...



that's me with it for an idea of scale

I had it up in my second year exhibition a couple of weeks ago, here's my artist's statement:

This work looks at the domestic plug and socket, which has possibilities to function as a stool. It addresses idea of tidying up (to tidy the stool away, it can be plugged into the socket, thus completing the piece) and the failure to meet the ideal of an uncluttered home- how often would this tidying device be realistically employed?

By simply exploding the scale, importance is given to an everyday object. The hand knitted one-off construction works against the standardisation of mass production. The reference to clothing leads to a realisation that the stereotypical image of a plug is just the shell for the wires and fuse. The audience may be reminded of Jonathan Swifts Gullivers Travels. Is the plug large, or are you small?

It has all the writing that a standard UK plug has on it.
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / South West plea for help! on: January 21, 2007 12:16:19 PM
Hi, I'm a craft student in falmouth. I'm currently working on my project for exhibition for which i am knitting a plug (60 cm wide, 55cm deep and 50 cm high) annd a socket which hangs on the wall and the plug can plug into. The plug has a wooden frame but is upholstered.

I have no idea where to get hold of foam cheaply, i'm worried i'm going to end up selling out in tragos and spending 60 or more unless something amazing comes up on freecycle
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Baking Soda on: September 07, 2005 01:50:25 PM
ok, so what is it? I'm from the UK, and we have Baking Powder and Bicarbonate of Soda. Which one is Baking Soda?!
4  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Cloud shoes on: August 21, 2005 04:10:08 PM
I painted some shoes for fancy dress, where as a leader of a camp for young teenagers i ran around a village in fancy dress and the kids had to find me (and all the other leaders did the same). Its lots of fun, and this year i got lots of compliments on my shoes! They're actually a deeper blue than they look here .... cost about twelve quid to make (thats twenty four dollars to most of you)

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cord peaked cap, three pictures [Tutorial with picture] on: August 14, 2005 10:33:57 AM
This is my first attempt at making a hat. Not enitrely happy with the may it sits, its made from some old cord i had lying around, but i'm quite pleased with it Cheesy

excuse the surly look

my arm modelling it (a bit lighter, this one)

this is the lining for the head band

Right. Tutorial.

This is, i've made two different hats now, i've only got photos for the one that is slightly different, but i'll show you how to make both.

Oh, you'll need
Card/thin sheet of cork (i used this for the later two)
Some sturdy fabric, if you are using thick demin, prepare to break all your "jeans" needles.
A little fabric for the lining
optional- button for top of alt hat.

For Both, you need to start with a "visor"-like base.

measure your head, and then add about 4cm to the measurement. This isn't all seam allowance, as you want your head to be able to "breathe" and you don't want to be walking round with a permanent headache. My hat size is 56, which is a S/M , so i use 60cm of fabric. Cut this measurement about 8cms deep and do the same with the lining fabric.

cut out a "peak" out of a piece of card/cork, and if you like you can double layer it. Draw round this on your fabric (wrong side, obv) and sew two pieces together to make a pocket for it. When you've made that, turn it inside out and put the peak in, and sew it up as tightly as you can. You might want to use a zipper foot for this.

Lie the peak in the middle of the right side of the head band fabric (bit you cut out earlier) and sew it on, staying as close to the line you made earlier.

Sew the ends together and try it on your head. It should be a quite loose, but it shouldn't fall straight down onto your shoulders. Sew the lining also, and sew the hem bit down.

(heck, this is long..) Right sides together, sew the lining to the head band. BEFORE you sew it, check that when you turn it round, Right sides out, the peak is in between.

now you can make the rest. or have a rest...

Original (train driver) hat

Halve the measurement of your head (56/2=28) and add 6 (34). cut two pieces out 34 x 8 cm. Obviously if you head is a lot bigger add more. This makes the floppy bit above the head band. Sew ends together so you have a big loop.

Pin this to the head band, making little even pleats. Its worth getting this right, so give it a few goes.

You now need a circle with circumference 68 (or whatever your new measurement is, *2). You can wing it, or use your computer calculator, c=2pi x r, so 68 = 2pi x r, so 34=pi x r, so  r=10.8, you need to make a circle with radius 10.8 cm.

All you have to do now is sew that to the rest.. woohooo you should have a hat. (make sure to tidy up the lining by triming the other edges, folding over them and sewing the lining down)

OR my (preferred) jockey hat

fold a piece of A4 paper in four, and then fold that quarter in a triangle, and you should end up with something like this: (after a bit of cutting)

You need 8 of these, i recommend drawing straight onto the fabric, it helps get a better line later. Sew them all together like a parachute, and then fold down the edges and sew them down. (this makes a big difference, so don't cut corners).

Very careful (and painstaking) pinning onto the headband should give the right look, then sew. Again, tidy it up by trimming the main fabric seam edges, and folding the lining over and sewing.

6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Buying Cork (south East London) on: July 19, 2005 12:24:30 PM
hey, i live in south east london, and i've had no luck buying chunks of cork- only thin place mats from IKEA.

Anyone know where i can buy cork in blocks? ta muchly!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Top from fabric scraps and white skirt.. on: June 29, 2005 02:48:56 AM
I've been lurking for sometime and i LOVE what you lot have the ingeniuty to make. Inspired by this, and lack of money, I've been making my own crafty designs.

This is my first "serious" clothing post- i posted a knitted bra a while ago Grin. I made the top from a whole load of fabric scraps which weren't big enough or the right shape to make anything other than a strange hanky, and I made the skirt from a sort of circle skirt-esque design. My mum just saw me posting this, shes generally pretty critical, but she likes it! wooo! (i finished the top last night). The top looks wonky, but its not! its just the way i'm standing (with my arms above my head like an idiot)
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Mutated Tea set on: June 25, 2005 02:59:44 PM

Click on the Girl to follow (its very image heavy, i'm afraid!)
9  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Emily Howard on: June 21, 2005 06:52:53 AM
I'm looking for a pattern so that i can assimilate emily howard (of "little britain", for fancy dress). Has anyone seen a pattern for such a dress (or umbrella?!)

(for those of you who haven't seen it, emily howard is "the worlds worst transvestite")
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Glazing technique on: May 17, 2005 11:50:02 AM
Hey, i'm doing an Art foundation course - i was wondering if anyone had perfected the art of glazing - mine tend to seperate, and with a project deadline in under three weeks im getting really scared i'll end up with a load of botched crockery (my tutor can't glaze either)

any help appreciated!

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