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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Go on, laugh at me, please on: April 28, 2007 11:48:47 AM
Well today I stumbled upon a lovely wool shop here in Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen and got lots of nice Filati stuff in the sale, namely 3 huge balls of laceweight for 70 kr (6.40) each. Great! Until of course I try and find an end to start winding it into balls, and after about 10 seconds of not being able to find it, I take the ball band off. One of life's lessons that I seem incabable of learning is to NEVER TAKE THE BALL BAND OFF REALY FINE WOOL BEFORE YOU FIND THE END. I have done this countless times before and made a tangled mess of things, only this time it errupted into a huge mound of wooly vermicelli noodles!!! The consequence of this is having wound 4 miniscule balls (about 3cm in diamenter) in about as many hours. Only 1200 odd meters to go!!! Roll Eyes

I only hope that my recurring stupidity makes someone else feel better............. Smiley
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I'm a little teapot... on: February 11, 2007 05:46:13 AM
...or at least my hat looks like a teacosy Cheesy I don't usually wear hats, but I was going to Copenhagen and needed a hat pretty quickly, and had some black mohair from a scarf set I had for xmas (I am never going to wear a big black fuzzy scarf lol) and some green mohair I got in a vintage shop for like 20p. I was thinking of stripy bobbly 70's teacosy's at the time, it makes me happy Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Filtning er godt!!! (many pics!) wet felted mittens & hat on: February 11, 2007 04:55:43 AM
Sorry for all the pics but i had a 2 day workshop on Filtning (felting) in Danmarks Designskole (im on exchange) and i was so pleased with the results i had to share. Smiley We were shown different wet felting techniques, then how to make a rounded object such as mittens or slippers by using a resist. My first pair of mittens were plain black and had some weak spots, so when we got to do what we wanted at the end of the second day I made an improved pair and a matching hat. I wore them yesterday and they really are suited for this climate! It was awesome making things without seams, im thinking of some felted boots next lol!

My first coloured samples:

More open ones, I love how delicate and soft they are!

The begginings of my second pair of mittens

mittens and hat!

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / These mittens, they also be kittens!!! on: February 09, 2007 03:56:51 PM
My boyfriend who every winter refuses to wear gloves and thus freezes, decided that he wanted me to make him mittens for his birthday. They had to be shocking pink. And kittens. To which I replied "I love you!"

Having too much fun...

Having made toe-up socks with figure 8 cast on before, I thought it would be simple enough to do the same with mittens, and it was. They look more like Hamtoro things with those rounded ears (i just couldnt get nice pointed ones) but being an anime freak, he loves them. The best thing is his slightly homophobic father is embarassed to be seen in shops with him while he wears them Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Blackberry bobbles bag *tut added* on: September 22, 2006 04:26:44 AM
I made this last Autumn from 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker I think, It was one of my first completed crocheted things. Apart from having to replace a few pom-poms it has lasted much better than I thought a bag made from wool would.  Smiley


Stitch pattern
Blackberry Salad Stitch (The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, Volume one, p42)

I worked the following stitch pattern making a rectangle 52 tr across and 50 rows long, which using 3 balls of Jaeger Matchmaker and a 3mm hook (I think) made a bag 28 cm across (widest) and 18 ch high.

I worked two rows in each colour:

Ch multiple of 4 st + 3
1st row (right side): Miss 3ch (count as 1tr), 1tr into each ch to end, turn.
2nd row: 1ch, 1dc into each of the first 2 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * to last 3 sts, work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of last 2 sts (including top of tch), turn.
3rd row: 3ch (count as 1tr), miss first st, 1tr into each st to end, miss tch, turn.
4th row: 1ch, 1dc into each of first 4 sts, *work tr5tog into next st, 1dc into each of next 3 sts; rep from * ending 1dc into top of tch, turn.
5th row: As 3rd row.
Rep 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th rows.

My craptacular diagram to show how to shape and assemble this into a bag:

Oh, and I cut the excess crochet fabric that was pleated to make it less bulky (obviously shaping it would make more sense but I wasn't sure how big i wanted it to be). If anyone attempts this please post pictures, I would love to see what it looks like done in other wool + colours  Grin
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Converted tea-set (back to art-school) on: September 20, 2006 05:51:28 AM
I was in a toy shop yesterday and saw a tea set that came in the cutest basket, which I thought would be perfect for carrying my stuff to uni. The messily sewn gingham lining gave it a real "made in China" look, so I took that out and replaced it with some nice plaid, made pockets and put some vintage ribbon on the front. I also stuck a circle of origami paper over a naff teddy bear on one of the saucers and varnished it, so I can use it to mix paint in. This is a pretty simple recon and not the best pics but I just had to share cause it's sooo cute! Cheesy

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 3D cards (Bauhaus, barnacle and graffiti inspired) on: September 18, 2006 03:52:12 AM
Some 3D cards i made for a project last term, 1st one was inspired by graffiti in Brick Lane, 2nd was based on these tiny strange things i found growing on rocks in Southerndown, S.Wales, and the last came about after seeing the Albers and Moholy-Nagy exhibition at Tate Modern, which I thought was amazing.

Sorry for so many pics of that last one, but I love it Smiley. I used this 3D card making software to design it http://www.page.sannet.ne.jp/jun_m/card3d/index-eng.html. Oh and the shapes were again inspired by the cliffs in Southerndown beach.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Faggoting anyone? on: September 18, 2006 03:37:20 AM
I'm being serious, that's the name of the technique I used to make this:

and close up:

I got my nan to teach me how to do it for a project last term, I think it's more commonly called "English latice-work" but I like "faggoting" better Grin. The light in these pics doesn't really do the velvet justice, but I've just realised that my b/f has pinched the batteries from my camera  Cry. Anyway, everyone really likes it and it was my first handbag besides a few ones made out of paper.

And here's a beaded one done for the same project, but it's more of a design sample than a useable bag, given that I was tired when I had to make the handle and so just stuck some masking tape to the back of the velvet. The inspiration for the pattern came from lichen:

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Commuter monster, angry mushroom and spiral man on: June 01, 2005 12:21:46 PM
These are my first attempts at making toy thingies, the mushroom was the result of trying to crochet a sphere (w/o a pattern lol), the spiral man i made from this:
but I made a different head, and the stuffed one i did today after seeing Nina's amazing tutorial. Cheesy It ended up being a commuter monster cause i had scraps of pinstripe fabric and thought it would look cute with a tie on it, i might make a man-bag for him too Grin
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / House Motif Cushion on: May 14, 2005 04:08:50 AM
I made this cushion for my exam (foundation studies in art and design) which is finally over, PHEW!!!  Cheesy
I'm in Surface Print (basically designing and printing patterns for fashion, interiors etc.),and my exam theme was the environment where I live (in Bridgend, South Wales when I'm not in uni). I printed a repeat based on traditional terraced houses and the red bricks reminded me of crochet shells, so I thought I'd have a go at crocheting the motif:

-the printed design

-the cushion and close up

Was pretty simple to make, and the cushion is stuffed with plastic bags cause I like recycling. Smiley oh and it was intended to look pretty cutsey/kitsch, the other side is more sensible and modern lol. It got commpliments of my class mates but I'm curious to know what crafty people make of it  Huh
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