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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Celtic Myths Shawl...with intarsia cableing..and it's all for me! on: June 22, 2015 03:28:20 AM
SO I just wanted to share my latest finished shawl. I am super proud of this one because it is the first time I did intarsia cable knitting and also the first time I have done cable knitting without a cable needle.

this is my Celtic Myths shawl:

I made it with yarn (DK Drops Karisma Yarn) which was a thank you gift from a new friend. Plus it's not my normal colours (blues & purples) so that was a challenge too.  Grin

You can see more about the project over here
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Hellebore flower necklace and pin on: October 03, 2014 03:12:25 AM

I just wanted to share my latest finished pieces. I have developed this necklace and brooch pin for a class I am teaching next April. I based my idea on the hellebore flower as they come in may colours so people can make them to suit any outfit.

Here is the necklace:

complete with obligatory awkward self photo to show how it sits:

And this is the shawl pin/brooch using the same flowers for those who want to make something smaller Smiley:

Hope you enjoyed looking at this. C&C always welcome Cheesy
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Housewarming wall hanging on: August 10, 2014 06:07:58 AM

My Bestfriends bought their 1st house this year so I decided to make them something special as a housewarming present. It was machine pieced and then hand embroidered.

(Apologies for the blurry phone cam pics they are all I managed to get )

The whole thing

Close ups

The Label

Its a bit hard to see from the pics but there are tiny crystals in the 'nights sky' that twinkle like stars Smiley They loved it!

C & C welcome  Wink
4  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Starbucks Bothwell Street Big Knit (or crochet) for Kidney Kids Scotland on: February 05, 2014 12:49:48 AM

Starbucks Bothwell Street, Glasgow, are trying to raise 12,000 to pay for a kidney dialysis machine for Kidney Kids Scotland. To help encourage people to donate they are trying to knit a scarf the lenght of Bothwell Street - 0.2miles or 321.9 metres!
So how can you help?

Well you could either knit a section (long or short, every bit helps). All they ask is that it is:
  • 40 sts wide
  • Double knit (UK) Worsted/8ply (US/AUS)
  • 4mm/size 8 needles (UK), size 6 (US)
OR if you have DK yarn your dont want any more you could pop it in the post to them, for others to knit with.  Grin

UPDATED: Attention all crocheters please feel free to crochet a section too. Apparently one of the other organisers family is already doing so!

Please send your scarf sections or yarn donations, along with a name and Town/state/country to:

Starbucks Bothwell St. BigKnit
33 Bothwell St
Flat Basement
G2 6AU

And if you are feeling really generous, here is the JustGiving link->  http://www.justgiving.com/Charlie-MacDonald1

Here is what I got us started with:

Please help us towards this worthwhile goal  Grin PM me direct if you have any questions too


PS once the year is over the plan is to remake the scarf into blankets to donate to a local homeless charity  Cheesy
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Craft goddess peg dolly on: October 08, 2013 01:00:28 AM

So I am in my 30's and have never made a peg dolly til the other day.

My Mother brought me back the cutest peg dolly kit. There was a peg with some pretty cords and 2 pieces of scrap fabric all neatly wrapped around it. Wish I had photographed it before I un did everything but was eager to have a go.

here is the contents of the kit:

And here is what I made Smiley

I just had this idea of making a Craft  Goddess dolly to hang on my hoopla wall of my craft space. Isnt she pretty Cheesy
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Craftster means to me... Messenger bags on: August 08, 2013 12:19:41 AM

So what does Craftster mean to me? Trying something new, finding the right tutorials and sharing what we have created of course! My entry for this challenge combines all of these things in the best way only Craftser can! Cheesy

Way back in 2006 ago I decided that having never done anything like this before I wanted to make myself a bag. I stumbled upon the Messenger bag tutorial and a light went of in my brain! My 1st bag was based on the "Messenger bag with Gusset" tutorial but made to my own pattern Smiley (I never like starting 'easy' on anything!)

This was to be the begining of a passion that has led me to design & make my own bags many times over and even to have been commissioned for a couple of really special bags.  Grin

Fast forward to this year (and many, many bags later) and I'm told by my physiotherapist that maybe I need to stop always using a messenger bag Sad and that I should switch to a backpack style. Well some days I can get away with just a backpack but other days I really need a messenger so I immediatley thought "I can make myself a bag that does both. I'm sure Craftster has some tutorials on backpacks too" and sure enough they do!

Therfore I'm please to introduce the Messenger Backpack!

Now I will be honest and say that the above 'backpack' picture was taken when I first finished the bag and before I realised that by attaching D-rings to the strap and snap fastenings to the bag I can move the straps more efficiently to however I need them for the day  Cool

so for 'backpack' days:

.....and for 'messenger' days:

It is made using dark, almost black demin and lined with a beautifully soft cotton plaid. I also had fun with the frayed edge heart on the front.

Word to the wise - wash the denim BEFORE you sew your bag! You would not believe how much the colour runs!!

As is usual for my bags it has a zippered underflap for additional security. This is my own design and has taken several bags to perfect. The zipper pull is a cute silver plated heart which I found on the street.

So, Thank You Craftster. Thank you for the tutorials, for the amazing people who share their creations and how to make them. Thank you for giving me the confidence to try making something new and in the process discovering a new passion....and thank you for the Messenger bag!!

Thank you Craftster! Happy Birthday!!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Stretch Beaded Watch strap on: July 13, 2013 11:54:32 AM

So my Big sister has a medical condition that means she can do 'fiddly things' with her hands - like do up the strap on her favorite watch. So she asked if I could convert the strap to a stretchy one. She also had picked up this glasses cord/neck thing which she like the beads on:

I removed the existing straps and, using strechy beading cord (something I have never used really before) I re-beaded a strap using the beads from the glasses cord.

Here's the front:

And here's the other side:

I quite like how funky this has turned out and it is just 'so' my sister.


8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tweed skirt to book bag on: July 13, 2013 11:45:39 AM

Just wanted to share

My Big Sis picked up this purple 'tweed' skirt in the Xmas sales earlier this year. She loved the fabric and thought I could "make a bag or something" with it for her.

She asked if I coulod make her a bag big enought to carry either books or ring binders for when she goes to her writers event. She also asked if I could reinforce it so it would stand on it's own,

So I unpicked most of the seams, removed and re-used the lining & waistband, and re-sewed it in to this:

And here's where I re-used the satin lining:

To make it stand up I re-inforced the sides with pelmet vyline. It is a bit simple at the moment but I'm waiting to speak to her and see if she wants any thing decorative on the outside.

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Simply had to share this Artist -Kimika Hara on: July 02, 2013 01:44:37 PM
Ok so I just stumbled upon the most amazing embroidery artist, Kimika Hara, and I had to be sure you all saw this as well.

Here is her Website: http://harakimi.web.fc2.com/

How amazing is this work !
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A custom Chullo going from Scotland to Peru! on: May 22, 2013 01:48:53 AM

So in September this year a friend of mine is doing a sponsered walk up to Machu Pichu to support CLIC Sargent and I thought it would be nice to make her something to take with her. When her list of things to take came out one of the things listed was a warm knitted hat - perfect !

So I found this Chullo pattern and re-charted the whole thing to include her initials, her company Logo (it is a company sponsered trip) and a nickname from her work. I used the suggested yarn of Spindrift from Jamiesons's of Shetland as I thought it would be nice to make it from a proper scottish wool, hence 'Scotland to Peru'  Grin

Here is the whole thing

And here's a close-up on the details:

I also decided to line it as the yarn, whilst ok to work with, might be a little rough on the face and ears. So I up-cycled a nearly new fleece dressing gown to make a soft lining. The red bias binding was on the dressing gown already so when I cut the pieces for the ear flaps I unpicked some from the sleeves and handsewed it on the hat. I'm really proud of how it has all turned out  Cheesy

Here's a shot of me wearing it to show it off as best as I could manage:

And (finally) here's a pic of her wearing it just after she unwrapped it:

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