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1  Re: Friends of Craftster Raffle Swap FOCR (Signups CLOSED, Sendouts 7/2/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by craftybernie on: June 23, 2008 11:55:07 AM
I love the variety of crafts and items on offer in this swap. It'll be fun to see what mr mailman brings me! Smiley
Here's my contribution.... a necklace featuring a cluster of beads.  I began this a few weeks ago and finished it off this morning.  

The beads are a selection from my craftbox and are mostly glass.  I used gold coloured wire and coordinated cord & findings.  Some of the red beads have a golden glow to them - definitely not orange, but rather a juicy shade of red!

I'm not a jewellery maker by any stretch of the imagination and most of my tools and materials are quite basic.  But I like this type of thing myself and have one in shades of blue/turquoise and silver wire.

I hope it will be ok for my swap pal.  Thanks for letting me play!
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2  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftybernie on: April 17, 2008 07:11:58 PM
Gorgeous Journal & lunch box you've received photog_in_plaid.  I love the colours & the attention to detail!  The fabric looks like it's been decorated by hand with fabric markers... has it?

The journal you made with the exposed spine is very elegant!  I really like the simplicity of the design and the clean fresh colour scheme.

Edited to Add: Here's a sneaky peek at the journal that I sent to Karia last week.  More piccies when it has been delivered....

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3  Re: Make Me a Journal Swap in The Swap Gallery by craftybernie on: March 14, 2008 06:15:36 AM
I received my journal from LisaT today: a beautiful Flower Fairy journal, together with its own guardian, this very delicate flower fairy with enormous blooms for a skirt.

The colour scheme is a gorgeous combination of pinks, browns & cream with a little gold thrown in!  And the journal is bound with a coptic stitch (a much neater version than my own I must confess!) enabling the journal to open flat!

I love the brown velvet ribbon tied around the journal!

The pink tile on the bottom front is pink pearlescent card, the same card used in all the signatures.  This will be a journal I can dance on and it will still stand the test of time! (not that I would dance on it of course!!)  Wink

Each signature has its own pocket decorated with a flower fairy picture. 

The inside front & back covers are lined with a piece of brown & gold mottled card.  The deckled edge is a lovely feature, and is used throughout the journal.

A close up of the cover with it's beautiful script.  So romantic!

I've loved this swap and I am so pleased I took part.  I learned so many new techniques which is wonderful.  And I had a wonderful swap pal in LisaT!  Thank you for this special journal.  I'll treasure it!  xx Bernie xx

PS - I'm not sure if this will work, but here's a link to
My Photobucket album with all the photos I took of the journal I sent to LisaT and the journal she kindly made me.  Enjoy! x
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4  Hammy the exploring amigurumi hamster... in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: February 12, 2008 06:16:50 PM
This is my first Crochet FO in a long time! 

I made Hammy the exploring amigurumi hamster this weekend for the OTT17 swap.  There's some great action shots of him exploring the garden of his new home - check out the gallery if you can.

Hammy, as named by my swap pal SamJ, fits into the palm of my hand and is about the size of a tennis ball. 

He's a star gazer and never leaves home without his backpack. 

Hammy is looking for his ideal soulmate - preferably a Capricorn, brown hair, hazel eyes and a great pair of knockers! Wink 
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5  Re: OTT 17 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftybernie on: February 09, 2008 07:12:46 AM
I received my OTT from SamJ today. I love it. Absolutely love it!  SamJ, for a first time swapper, you've excelled yourself.  The work on this purse is outstanding! 

From your colour choices (lovely navy denim colour with pink/lilac lining & matching zip) to the stitches ... it's beautiful!

And I love my little fairy and the beading detail too.  I wonder how you knew I liked fairies??? 

My little ankle biter will have a hard job prying this from my hands!  Thanks again for such a wonderful tiny thing! xxx

ps (just pm'ing you and our hostess now)
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6  First 'proper' spindle spun skein in Spinning: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: January 22, 2008 02:18:36 PM
Since I posted about my first spindle spun mini skeins a few weeks ago, I've been challenging myself to see how thin I could spin using the spindle.  (I'm actually running out of roving and want to make it last as long as possible, having spun singles that are so thick and bulky to begin with).

Here's the results using the 'Babe' spindle and the 'duck egg' blue merino wool roving.

It's 25g exactly and measures just under 80meters. Although it's two ply it looks more like a 4ply yarn. I must find a ruler and work out the wpi. 

How did I do it: I spun 4 singles, plied each single back on itself and then spit spliced the singles together to create one big skein of yarny goodness.  All it needs is a quick wash and rinse to set the twist.  Plus it's a little rough and this should help soften it a bit.

Whaddya think? 
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7  First handspun singles (5 images) in Spinning: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: January 06, 2008 10:17:32 AM
I was gifted a spindle for Christmas by Mr Craftybernie and it's got to be the best present ever in the longest time.

I'm not yet worthy of Fibre Friday but it's definitely something to aspire to.  Here's my first efforts using some of the 400g of merino roving that I was given with the spindle:

First efforts:

2nd try (left) & 3rd try (right):

First singles plied

First lot wound into centre pull balls, which I love.  I haven't even tried skeining yet as I don't have a Niddy Noddy and when I tried to wind the yarn into skeins using my arm and then a dining chair, the yarn kinked back on itself. I guess if I plied them first that would reduce the kinking... 

This is Little Miss CB having a go on a spindle I bought just before Christmas.  She's loving spinning too and took to it quicker than I did. Not sure about you guys, but at only 36, I feel old when my 10yr old picks up something quicker than me. Harumph!

I love my centre pull balls and will probably use this lot to weave a scarf.

BTW, is there an easy way to calculate how much yardage you've got without any fancy schmancy equipment?

Thanks for looking!
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8  Needle Felted Landscape for bookmark in Felting: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 13, 2007 02:03:09 AM
I made this a few months ago for a bookmark swap on another forum.  I scanned the piece into the pc, printed it off onto photo paper, and cut it down to a bookmark size.

I used some beads and different yarns to add texture and detail. I was my first needle felted project and I'm very proud of it.  The colours are all hand blended - sadly I don't have any carders so I took small amounts of fibre and mixed them together by hand. 

I want to try and build on this original design and create something bigger.  How big? I don't know yet, but it's inspired me to keep going.

Hope you all like it! Smiley
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9  Needle Felted Grinch & Bird in Felting: Completed Projects by craftybernie on: December 12, 2007 02:59:37 PM
I made this 2.5" Mr Grinch and put him on my Etsy this morning (he sold within 10 hrs!).  It's my first face (and my first sale!) and I must admit that I was really pleased with him.  Although, I got a bit fed up with my 10yr old telling me that Mr Grinch did in fact look like a green dog! Sad

I also made this tiny little bugeyed birdie - at only 2" tall he's very petite. 

I gave these a quick wet felting to tighten up the fibres when finished.  Although sometimes the fuzzy look works too!

I'm making a bear at the moment so hopefully will have him finished tonight.
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10  'Fairy' nice decoration in Winter Holidays by craftybernie on: December 05, 2007 05:42:14 PM
I made this little tree dwelling Christmas fairy for an e-friend yesterday. 

I love these little fairies and must admit that this one was hard to part with. Even our non-girly 10yr old soccer mad daughter threatened to kidnap her.   So, I promptly made another one for our tree. 

Our fairy is almost finished and just needs a quick hair 'do' and of course her woollen swing thing to kick back on.
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