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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Button slippers *first attempt!* on: February 26, 2009 03:38:56 PM
I thought I'd give this slipper making thing a bash by attempting to make a pair of slippers for my mothers birthday.
I had some faux suede (no cows were harmed during the making of these slippers Tongue) in my fabric stash that has been collecting dust which seemed perfect for the task.
Raiding my button box resulted in some nice simple embellishments.

I found sewing the rear of the slippers a bit difficult as I didn't want the seams to be seen on the inside but I had made the seam allowance too large so it was a bit too bulky, so few more tweaks of the pattern shape and scale I think is needed to get that flowing a bit smoother.
Regardless I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out for a first go, room for improvement but still useable, hurrah!   Cheesy

I made insoles to hide all the wiggly lines and finish it off nicely.  Wink

I think my next pair will have some extra padding (I used the faux suade, a felt layer and a heavy cotton layer) and probably something to help with grip.
I'll post an 'action shot' later  Grin
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Japanese Sashiko Cushion project on: February 25, 2009 03:22:06 AM
I'm fascinated with all things Japanese and after reading up about Sashiko and whipping up some test pieces a few years back, I thought its about time I tried a proper project.

So using a basic tie back cushion pattern I gave it a whirl using a traditional sashiko pattern, sashiko needle (They are longer than normal sewing needles and so you can 'hold' more stitches) and pearl cotton (Tends to twist a bit more than traditional sashiko thread but is a fair bit cheaper to buy in the UK):

I used purple and white graduated pearl thread for the base pattern and traditional sashiko white for the fan.

With a cushion

Unfortunately the cushion is slightly too big for the cover!

Back detail
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 14 ENTRIES / To err is human, to purr feline on: August 04, 2006 04:29:26 PM
Having become addicted to beading recently, I've been making beaded animals like they've been going out of fashion...  Grin

Using http://perso.orange.fr/mk.perles/indexfr.htm to help me out, I adapted the design a bit to a) look more like a cat  Wink and b) have better legs so they can stand... 

Made with glass seed beads and 34 gauge beading wire, he is just under 4cm long and 3 1/2 cm high. He has green bead eyes and a pink nose...

When you come upon your cat, deep in meditation,
staring thoughtfully at  something that you can't see, just
remember that your cat is, in fact, running the universe.

Before a cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream.

In the beginning, God created man, but seeing him so feeble,
He gave him the cat

A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal
is going somewhere.
-  Groucho Marx

In honour of being a redhead a ginger one had to be made!

 Cats keep their cool, no matter what. Even when they do
things like fall  or lose their balance, they'll walk away with
an attitude that seems to say, 'I meant to do that.'

For those who know about Fruits Basket Anime (Now I know my partner for the Fruits Basket Swap has recieved!) and the animal Zodiac here's a pic of Shigure (Dog - black), Kyo (Cat - Orange) and Yuki (Rat)

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felt Swallow - First Needle felted project on: July 30, 2006 12:35:17 PM
I wanted to test needle felting out before I used the technique for the current pin cushion swap  Grin

I wasn't aiming for making anything in particular, I started out with just an oval lump.... After 8 hours the lump became this:

A Swallow! Its just slightly smaller than the real thing...

A few errors here and there (especially the tail)

Overall for a first go, I'm rather pleased with this newly found craft...  Cheesy
I'm waiting for some 40 gauge needles to arrive off ebay and then I'll neaten up the fluffy bits!
5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Dried chillies on: July 24, 2006 08:18:54 PM
After a wreath project I have about 100g of dried chillies left over... what can I do with them?

I was considering making earrings to sell on etsy, but even to me it seems a bit too weird... Cheesy
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Seahorse earrings on: July 23, 2006 08:11:04 PM
These are some earrings I whipped up this evening after finishing off a few of my swap gifts.

I used a website for the pattern (see below) but adapted it slightly so that it would work better for the use as earrings! Used 34 gauge wire and seedbeads (obviously.... heh)
Despite not having a clue when it comes to French I used this: http://perso.orange.fr/mk.perles/indexfr.htm
A good quickie project  Smiley

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Nintendo Goomba on: July 20, 2006 12:29:38 PM
Just a but of fun... a 2D beaded  Goomba!

(It looks like a section is missing from the right side, its not its just that side tilted forwards during the photo taking as I lifted it up!)
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden Contest: Pembrokeshire Wales *Image heavy* on: July 18, 2006 09:19:32 AM
This is Myrtle Hill, it is my home in Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
Sorry its a bit pic heavy, I just love my garden!

Bought the house in 2002, the house and garden had been left to rot for a good 20+ years as the old lady who lived there couldn't do the upkeep... Looked like this:
Apologies there are a few house photos cropping in...

^ No roof!

^ and to think this was one of the LEAST overgrown sections!
I love the fact that not a single back window match....

Inside (Not a garden I know but just to give you the idea!)

^Note... Black floor is black as it is the soil! There were was no flooring!

What we did:

^What a mess!

^ Front garden had been completely ignored both before and during works....

What it looks like now:

^ We kept the front similar to original form but we had to get rid of a monster hydrangea (you can just about see on the left in the before pic)
which was strangling a lovely Creme De La Creme (gancre) climbing rose. We hacked it back and then relocated the huge monster to the back garden  Cheesy

^ We have climbing blackberry bushes running around the arch so lovely in the summer as covered in fruit!
(My first plant unfortunately died when I planted it, but touch wood the second one has been fine!)
Behind the wall you can just about see the huge lupin stalks!

^ You can just about see a decking section in the middle, on this we have put a wooden table and chair set. On a clear day you can see the Irish sea from there  Smiley
On the left there is a small herb garden section, which we usually dry out in the shed thats under the decking section.
Oh and I'm to mention that on the right you can see a bird box that had been especially made by my younger brother and is nested in every year (so far) by green tits.  Smiley

^Bob, our cat


^Monty  Grin

One of my dad's sketches of our front:

Oh and the inside now looks like this:  Grin
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fairy Dragon in Oils on: June 01, 2006 01:58:55 PM
Its amazing just how much you find de-cluttering  Cheesy

This is a study taken from a tiny detailed painting (I can't remember the artist I'm afraid, so apologies, if anyone recognises it please let me know!) I embellished the details a little as there wasn't much detail in the original due to the tiny size of not only my chosen subject but also the painting itself! (Original was only 20cm x 20cm, so I had to guess what the face looked like and made the wings up as I went along!)
I orignally gave it a red background but I changed my mind as it didn't work, so I tried again! hehe

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wire man.... and a snail... on: June 01, 2006 01:45:27 PM
I've said in other topics I've recently made that I'm doing a mega clearout of paperwork and general stuff...(My life is too cluttered at the moment to fit into new flat!) Interestingly I'm discovering loads of things that I completely forgot about!

This is a wire man and a snail... I can't fully remember the reason why I chose to make a wire man and snail but the project for my A-Level was to make something out of a set length of wire (The teacher decided this was a good imagination engagement excercise...)

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