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21  Bat Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: November 04, 2011 12:14:13 PM
Marc and I designed these necklaces as a surprise gift for Romy (12) and her friends on her Halloween party. Marc made them! Cool dad, right?

The bats are made of leather, the eyes are red glass beads (sewn on), the necklace and jumprings are silver plated.

I hope you like them!
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22  Felt Flower Keychains - with TUTORIAL in Completed Projects by BeaG on: October 14, 2011 11:32:31 AM
Hi everyone!
I made a bunch of these felt flower keychains, I guess it was about a year ago.
Recently I took some pictures of the ones I still have and I thought it would be a nice idea to share them with you all.

Please feel free to make your own, using these as examples!
They make lovely inexpensive gifts (stocking stuffers, party favours).

You will need: sheets of felt in various colours, embroidery thread, cardboard/greyboard to make templates, molton (or another material to use in between the two layers of felt, to give your felt flowers some volume), various colours of ribbon, small keyrings and a little textile glue.

Here's how I made them:
- I drew templates on greyboard and cut them out: flower + the same flower but a little smaller, little heart, circle (the smallest circles/dots I bought in a large quantity from someone who punched them one at a time..., they became my inspiration for this project). Instead of the felt dot you could use a small button.
- I used the template to draw the shapes on the back of the sheets of felt and cut them out. I tried to make nice colour combinations.
- Each keychain is identical on both sides, so I made two of each flower.
- I used the smaller template to cut flowers out of molton (I had it lying around, but you could use another material to use in between the two layers of felt). One for each keychain.
- I sewed the circles and hearts onto the flower, with embroidery thread. For the ones with the white stripes I also used embroidery thread. I then glued on the felt dots with textile glue.
- I cut short pieces of ribbon (colour matching the flowers). I folded the pieces of ribbon in half, around the keyring.
- I then sewed the two flowers together (using the blanket stitch), with the molton flower in the middle in between the two layers and with the double end of the ribbon in between too. I made the blanket stitch through the two layers of felt only, so without including the molton. I used pins to keep all layers in place while sewing.

I hope everything was clear. If not, feel free to ask for advice!

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23  TUTORIAL: Wine Bottle Holder in Crochet: Completed Projects by BeaG on: September 23, 2011 01:46:17 AM
Hi everyone!
Are you looking for a quick and simple gift idea?
Does the giftee like wine? Do you like to crochet? Then here you go!
Crochet wine bottle holder, with leather and cardboard gift tag:

I happened to have a wool and acrylic mix yarn in variegated green, that reminded me of a wine bottle and inspired me to make these wine bottle holders. But you could use any kind of yarn. The thickness of the yarn doesn't matter much (just not too thin, since you want the holder to be sturdy).

Abbreviations: st = stitch, ch = chain, sc = single crochet (UK: double crochet)
Crochet in spirals (so without closing your rounds).
You could mark the start of each row with a safety pin.

- start: ch 2, sc 6 in second chain from hook
- first round: sc 2 in every st (= 12)
- weave in tail
- *sc 1 in first st, sc 2 in second st*, repeat * * untill end of row (= 18)
- *sc 1 in first/second st, sc 2 in third st*, repeat * * untill end of row (=24)
- etc. (next row increase by sc 2 in each 4th st, then in each 5th st, etc.)
Stop crocheting in spirals when your circle is almost as wide as the bottom of the wine bottle (it should be a little smaller).
From here on you continue to crochet in spirals, but with the same amount of stitches (so you get the tube).
- sc one round in backloop only (that makes a nice little ridge at the bottom edge)
- sc around and around untill you reach the desired height of your wine bottle holder (try it on the bottle)
- finish, weave in tail

For the gift tag: cut a piece of cardboard and a piece of leather in the same shape (we made it square with rounded corners). Glue them together. You can write your note on the cardboard later on.
Draw a shape (for instance a wine leaf, like we did, or a christmas tree) on the back of a second piece of leather of a different colour. Cut it out. Glue it onto the tag.
Instead of leather you could use felt or craft paper.
Puch a whole in the gift tag and use a piece of leftover yarn to attach it to your bottle holder.

Now all you have to do is pick up a nice bottle of wine, package it in your brand new wine bottle cozy and take it with you to the party!

PS: since English is not my first language, please let me know if anything is unclear.

PPS: I would love to know what you think of it!
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24  (Edited) I made a dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: August 16, 2011 08:24:23 AM
I made a dress for Romy (12). It's the first dress I ever made.
I used a pattern from a Dutch magazine (Knip Mode nr.5, 2010) and made some adjustments.
It is a princess line, with pleads, in a small adult size (Romy is tall for her age).
I hope you like it.

Thank you for looking.
Romy and I would love to know what you think of her new dress!

Edited to add Romy's original design (we looked for a pattern to match it).
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25  Potions (necklaces) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by BeaG on: July 26, 2011 10:48:07 AM
Romy (my 12yo stepdaughter) will try to earn some money selling handmade jewelry on our local (once a year) flea market / garage sale.
Therefore the three of us made these Harry Potter potions.
We are going to turn them into necklaces with a piece of twine (no pictures yet, I will add those later on).

If I recall correctly, this is what we put into the bottles:
Love potion: water, red ink and glass sead beads.
Poisonous potion: water, coffee, sand, herbs, peppercorns, raisins.
Change potion: water, green ink, herbs, a dead fly (was already dead).
Translocate potion: water, blue ink, pieces of walnut.
Lucky potion: water, orange ink, seadbeads, (plastic) diamond.
Beauty potion: water, yellow ink, seadbeads, (plastic) diamond.

We sealed the bottles (or rather: the corks) with glue and clear nail polish, but we still had some leakage, so in the end I sealed them with varnish for wooden floors. That did the job.

We will add a warning notice, saying not to open the bottles, since their contents are unhealthy and will leave bad stains (they contain permanent ink).

Romy (and I) would love to know what you think of them!
Thank you for looking.

PS: if you're not able to read their labels, that's because they are written in Dutch...
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26  New ATC's, backgrounds made from recycled magazine pages in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BeaG on: May 26, 2011 06:57:57 AM
For these ATC's I used coloured strips that I tore from magazine pages as a background (yay for recycling!).

For the first set of three I cut canaries out of a pet shop flyer and added little gold coloured music notes stickers. I first glued the canaries onto printer paper and then cut them out again with a thin white edge, to make them stand out from the background.

For the second set of three I cut fantasy trees out of white paper.

For both sets I made the background a little smaller then the normal size of an ATC and then glued it onto a regular size background, to get the white border.

I hope you like them.
Please feel free to use the same background technique.
Kind regards,
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27  Re: Share a technique in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BeaG on: May 14, 2011 11:50:58 AM
I'm new to this thread, but have been an ATC making and trading addict since last January, and thought I'd share a technique: using recycled magazine pages (nope, not for cutting and pasting pictures, but for making coloured strips of paper with all kinds of patterns).

How does it work?
You tear the coloured parts of old magazine pages into strips (could be any part of a page, for instance a picture of a person, of flowers, of a building, a road, of textile, advertisements, backgrounds, etc.; just look for pretty colours and interesting patterns). Then...
1. You can use the strips as they are, on a cardstock background, like this:

2. You can glue them on a piece of printer paper, draw a silhouet on the back, cut it out and glue that onto cardstock:

3. Or you can combine the two, and cut a white border around your silhouet:

4. Or you can simply use the coloured stripes as a background.
(I made several of those, but haven't photographed them yet.

I don't want this post to be pic obese, so if you want to see more examples, check out my Flickr ATC set:

For glue I use Pritt sticks.

And be warned: this technique is highly addictive and once you have tried it, you want to tear up every magazine you see (which could get you into trouble)!


PS: as you probably already noticed from the pictures: magazine printing is hard to scan! I now started photographing instead of scanning this type of ATC's.
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28  Abstract acrylics paintings (ATC's) in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BeaG on: April 01, 2011 08:22:14 AM
I painted these ATC's with acrylics.

I hope you like them.
Thank you for looking!
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29  Vintage/Antique Black & White in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BeaG on: March 26, 2011 05:17:05 AM
I made these ATC's using:
- black cardstock
- a marker
- pages from a 1920 book
- clippings from a 1922 encyclopedia (Larousse)
- orginial photographs (found on a flea market)

I hope you like them.
Which one is your favorite?
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30  Markers on cardstock: flower power in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by BeaG on: March 23, 2011 01:45:58 AM
Here are three more ATC's that I made.
I drew them with markers on cardstock (not the best choice of paper, too absorbing).
Here they are:

Only after scanning them I realized that I forgot some of the black lines..., but I decided to leave them like this, even though I'm sort of a perfectionist (understatement...).
I hope you like them.
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