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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wilhelm Furtwängler portrait. on: June 04, 2009 02:58:55 AM
I designed this piece as a break from Revision for my history of German music (as well as some other aspects of German culture) exam.  The Portrait is of Wilhelm Furtwängler as an older man.  It is the first portrait I have attempted to do.  I purposefully depicted him in the colours of the German flag.
Some brief background:
Furtwängler was unhappy enough to remain in Germany during the Nazi occupation. 
Furtwängler tried to resist the regime and protect the tradition of German music. He wrote open letters of complaint to Goebbels over the treatment of Jewish performers. He never joined the Nazi party and always maintained that there was no such thing as degenerate music.
After the war, Furtwängler was branded as a Nazi. This accusation that was later revoked, but Furtwängler suffered greatly for it.
I, personally, believe that Furtwängler did all in his power (considering the pressures of such a regime) to avoid Nazi elements and whilst supporting German music. The Nazis under their regime returned the German flag to the imperial colours red, white and black because I see Furtwängler as not part of their regime I portrayed him in the colours of the Weimar and modern day German flag.
framed (it needs a good pressing!)

Closer up (strange marks are caused by the reflections on the glass)

I hope the piece is of interest.
I understand the Nazis and their actions are a serious subject and are surrounded by understandably strong views.  So I hope I have not offended anyone.

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / When the fishermen strike...think of Sissinghurst! on: April 16, 2009 06:50:27 AM
I'm not sure how widely reported the French Fishermans' activities on the North coast of France are, but I was unfortunate enough to get caught up in it yesterday (for 9 hours!). I decided to embroider something small to pass the time.
So I chose the tower in Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.

For scale:

It is far from perfect.  The tower should have a lot more detail and shouldn't be that horrible colour (a lesson learned in blending threads!).  However, under the circumstances I am relatively happy with it.  I hope it is of some interest.

A little bit of information on Sissinghurst.
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Klimt Embroidery on: March 31, 2009 06:08:21 AM
I finally finished my Klimt embroidery piece.  I started it in January, but took a break in February to do my Kandinsky one.  It is more Klimt inspired that a direct copy.  I used http://www.edupics.com/en-coloring-pictures-pages-photo-gustav-klimt-i3186.html as a guide.  The colours aren't perfect, despite taking a picture in the sunlight the photo appears very dark.  Anyway, I hope you like it!

slightly closer to:
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tweed Christmas dress, fascinator and a cape! on: March 12, 2009 09:02:50 AM
The contents of this post are somewhat random, but it marks the beginning of an effort on my part to post some of the clothes I have made over the last couple of years.  The first is a tweed (?!) strapless dress.  I made it about 3 years ago because I like tweed and because my mother couldn't fathom what I was going to make with it.  A dress was not what she expected.  It has now become a Christmas tradition, as Christmas seems about the only occasion where you can get away with wearing a tweed strapless dress.
In the first of the 3 shots is included because it is the best photo of the fascinator I made, unfortunately it is rather a large one of my face!

Then the cape.  I made this for a friend, he's pretty brave and wears it out quite a bit.  I like it, although its the last one Ill do sewing straight lines gets pretty boring!

Hope you like them!
15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Kandinsky Embroidery on: February 28, 2009 03:00:57 AM
I embroidered this for my dad for his Birthday.  Took me a little over a month. I found the picture online and can't find the name of it but you can see the real version on this website.
It is more of an interpretation than a perfect copy because I didnt always have the reference picture with me.  Hope you like it, the colours aren't perfect but it was the best my camera could do.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Plastic wall display for photos, help please! on: September 11, 2008 06:59:51 AM
Firstly I hope this is in the right place.  Wasnt quite sure what category it would come under so I thought walls = home so I would ask here!
I have lots of photos which I would like to display on my walls, however I also have a nice landlord who I dont want to upset with leaving my room covered in residue from white tack.  So I have been looking at these.

The problem is, is that I dont have very much money at the moment and these don't quite fufill what I am looking for.  I would prefer to have all my photos on display at a time rather than 20 at a time (there arent millons of them, just more than 20!)
So I thought that I would try and make something similar.  I've had three ideas.  But would very much appreciate your input and help.
The first would be to get a large piece of paper or thin card and cut slits in it to hold the photos at each corner.
The second would be to try and make it out of clear plastic document folders.  By sewing across them and creating pockets.  With this though Im not sure whether the plastic would just tear because it is very thin.
The third would be similar to the second using clear plastic document folders cut to size but sewn to fabric.  I though that this would make it a bit more sturdy than just using the plastic wallets.  I also hoped that I would be able to make it a more interesting shape this way rather than just square.
Has anyone tried anything like this before?  Or does anyone have a better suggestion?  Many thanks for your help.
for anyone who might be interested sewing plastic 'pockets' onto fabric actually works really well.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Boombox bag on: June 19, 2008 04:27:55 PM
I dont know whether anyone else has seen these bags which are faux leather and have a retro boombox printed on them... well there is a girl who regularly walks down a street near me with one and I always see her and think I would love one of those.  But I am alas a poor student and so people frown at me if I purchase things which are not strictly necessary.  However, me buying fabric seems to go relatively unnoticed.  So I decided, with a huge amount of inspiration from Munk_Munk's amazing fabric boombox bag, to make my own.  Munk_Munk's version can be seen in this link.
Here is my attempt at a fabric boombox bag.

full view - It needs tidying up -loose threads and all and I was rather tired so I haven't arranged it very well!!

Radio Frequency and close up of tape.

The radio frequency thingy with an extremely tired Jolyon in the background!

It absolutely exhausted me making it as my machine hated the fabric. Also if I ever decided to make it again I would probably make the tape a detachable purse and make the frequency thing a bit neater.
The back of the bag is rather plain so I havent shown it.  Also inside it has a zipper pocket and a pocket for a phone.
Thanks again to Munk_Munk for inspiring me.  I hope you don't mind me borrowing your idea.
18  EUROPE / GERMANY / Dresden on: May 21, 2007 04:20:33 AM
Dieses Jahr fahre ich mit meiner Eltern nach Dresden.  Meine Mutter liebt Deutschland aber hat nie Dresden besuchen aber obwohl ich mochte die Stadt sehen  Ich mochte auch sich fragen ob es Kunsthandwerkgeschafte da sind.  Vielen Dank!  Entschuldigung fuer das sehr schlechte Deutsch. Ich finde es schwer!
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Extremely Garish wallet on: November 11, 2006 03:43:33 PM
The other day my wallet broke,which was a shame because I was rather attached to it.  So instead of going out and buying one I decided to make my own... and here are the pictorial results (Yes I have an extremely poor taste in colour schemes) - sorry the pictures are stupidly big computers are far from being my strong point!
(Inside with all the lovely compartments - sorry I should have taken it with some cards in it, it would have been a little clearer!)
And the card bit on the left flips over to reveal
The coin bit!!
And here we have the note compartment complete with £5 note! ( I was evidently rich that day!)
And finally the closure (I still haven't got round to putting a press stud on it so the closure really is just my finger)
Its a wee bit scruffy as it is kind of a first draft but Im pretty pleased with it as it was relatively quick to make.  If you have any comments suggestions please post!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 3 dresses and a skirt on: January 30, 2006 10:23:00 AM
I made some of these a little while ago but I am the slackest photographer ever, I just never seem to get round to it!!!!
Firstly here is a picture of my Sewing machine which I love to bits despite its tendency to rip material and run out of thread when you least expect it.  Ive had it for an age but the tension went a bit weird when I was about 10 and its been in my cupboard for the last 7 years.  But my parents got it serviced for me after my AS's and I think its worth the £44....my dad doesn't!

Anyways back to the point of this post.... sorry I'm terrible with deviation.

Heres my skirt, its got tiny blue pinstripes which really don't show up, I'm not sure whether I really like it.  Its a little on the baggy side so i had to pin it for the photo and I'm not sure whether I will ever get round to amending that.

Then I made this dress from molding two patterns together, I like it although I do need to do some mini pleats on the strap-bits and i do feel it would look nicer if put the fabric more diagonal coz the straight lines aren't so flattering, I do feel a bit of a carpet when I wear it! Undecided


This dress is from a pattern, it hasn't come out so well in the photo.  Its a mint green colour with small white polka dots.  Its not really finished as the bodice is too baggy and I haven't put the zip in.

Finally this dress is made from my own pattern, its kind of square backed and has a join part (cunningly) under the belt cos its made out of two pillowcases.  The dress cost me 50p which I'm pretty proud of coz I'm such an economist! and the belt was £1 from pound world (the shame!).  I think they compliment each other pretty well and I was brave enough to wear them to school.  Loads of people said it was nice but then when I said I made it myself they were like oh thats crap... does anyone else get this!?!?!?

There we go thats all of them, sorry for all the waffle, please post me your comments.  Hopefully the pics will work I'm far from computer savvy  Undecided

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