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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Whisky v 2.0 on: June 15, 2013 11:48:36 AM
Ok! I think I'm starting to get the hang of this needle felting, and just one needle casualty!

He's meant to be running in the air - but that level of realism is a while off yet. I think he looks sweet and I'm very happy with the extra detail I managed this time. Especially the sparkles in his eyes! Here's a close up..

And the inspiration

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / A first try at needle felting on: May 29, 2013 02:25:04 PM
I have to say, I LOVE the softness of this craft. My friend and I felt impulsive, and ran out to get some roving - we'd decided to give needle felting a go!

I broke all my needles on this one project - oh my!

Here's my needle felted dog whisky

And the inspiration himself:

If anyone has any advice at all on how to improve for next time - please share it with me Cheesy
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 83 ENTRIES / Seed storage shoe box! on: February 04, 2013 07:20:31 AM

January always feels like the perfect time for a spring clean. We moved the rooms round, the dining room gained a snug area with sofa and bookcase, the living room took in the array of instruments we have, leaving the well lit (but small) music room for me to move my craft into. The craft room? Its now a laundry/office/spare room - clearing all our clutter away for now Smiley

The upshot of all this is I ended up dismantling the top part of our office desk - complete with redundant CD rack. When I threw these into the utility room they landed next to my disgusting shoe "seed store" - and a quick eyeball told me that they would fit inside perfectly. Goodbye old icky seed tray I don't want to look inside, hello garden inspiration...

I started by fitting in a plastic lining made out of old shopping bags.

I stitched in the cd racks and plastic liner then used stashed card in bright colours to cut out dividers, and popped these into the cd rack - I left more space for busy planting months, like March, April and September. Cutting a curve into these dividers means they can be seen behind each other in the tray. Cover with pretty paper and the left over card and you're ready to start on the lid..

What if you also saw some chicken wire the exact perfect size for a soil sieve? Wouldn't you make a multi-purpose lid?? I did! I measured out the  chicken wire, cut out a slightly smaller rectangle from the lid, and stitched in the wire. A project created entirely from stashed supplies  - and here's the lid in action!

comments welcome
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My sisters birthday present on: January 28, 2013 02:04:44 AM
I am fed up of buying my 23 year old sister shoes and dresses for her birthday.. so here's what I did instead:

It's an oil painting of her rabbit Willow, I framed it up and got an unfortunately blurry photo:

Hope you like it - My mum said she was very happy when she opened it up, and so that makes me happy Smiley Plus I haven't done an oil painting in about 8-9 years, so not a bad job at all considering Smiley

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Bubble print table cloth on: January 14, 2013 02:03:42 PM
Inspired by LimeRiot's design this morning (see: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=419025.msg4961967#msg4961967 ) I got to work on finishing my table cloth for my "man table".

I got the coasters from a previous flatmate who was throwing them out - crazy person for ever throwing things out! And I feel that the runner now links them into the table, so I'm happy about that. It's a very masculine table as you can see  Smiley

Here's a closer image of the final print:

I made the runner from a sheet of fabric which is somewhere between jute and linen, artificially so I would guess - unless someone can tell me! I picked it up from a shop, knowing the texture was right but it was too plain on its own. I folded it over, and lacking a sewing machine I cheated with hemming tape.  Grin

LimeRiot's design used fabric paint, and I think she got a really beautiful texture to her finished print. I used marbling inks I had lying around, because fabric paint was all the way at the shop and I already spent my craft budget on paintbrushes yesterday!

Following the technique shared by LimeRiot I printed the tablecloth with the ink. The marbling ink worked well, but the circles were 1)too "wet looking" and 2) far too dark for my taste to begin with -

So I washed out the majority of the paint before sealing it with another run of the iron. I'm really happy with the end effect, subtle.

If there was a next time I think I would try to recreate the coaster design using fabric paints. OH, and use a sewing machine (the dreams of a starting-out-with-no-money-crafter!)  Smiley
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