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1  Another noticeboard- retro style in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by melissanorth on: December 13, 2010 12:08:07 PM
I made this today for my mums' Christmas present. I found the green velvet in a charity shop for 2, and we both wanted it. My mum wanted some to recover the dining chair cushions with, but there wasn't enough material. She also said that she wanted a noticeboard for Christmas, 'like those with ribbons across it'.

While we were clearing out some of my things for charity I remembered I had a cork noticeboard, which I'd painted bright pink then decided I didn't like it. I covered it in wadding and fabric using staples and thumbtacks, after lots of fiddling and realising the wadding was too thick so I halved it.

I couldn't decide on a suitable fabric other than this, and didn't have enough of any ribbon she'd like apart from this, so I put them together. I added some vintage buttons which are a combination of my nanna's button collection and whatever I've salvaged. Since I took the photos I've also added some hooks and twisted green ribbon for it to hang from.

I quite like it, though I sacrificed being able to pin things to it for the look of the squishy padding.

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2  Fiber..Sunday? from a newbie spinner! in Spinning: Completed Projects by melissanorth on: December 12, 2010 07:56:01 AM
I'm still a beginner-spinner, and have yet to brave double-ply.

This is currently drying- the pink is actually darker in person. The pink and green are both BFL from worldofwool, and the multi-coloured one is made of scraps of filz-it felting wool of indetermined origin.

It's being sent to someone on a ravelry swap so I don't get to keep it. The raspberry colour is my favourite.

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3  My first pair of gloves! in Crochet: Completed Projects by melissanorth on: November 26, 2010 01:24:09 PM
These are my wonky fingerless gloves- one is shorter than the other as I ran out of patience and yarn. It's my first thing that's not an odd glove, or square, or circle or flower. I only know one stitch by heart so it's all single crochet (I'm in the UK but I learnt from an American website).

The yarn was sent to me by a2k about 2 years ago- I finally learnt to do something with it!

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4  Am I meant to split this up before spinning? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by melissanorth on: November 19, 2010 03:20:33 AM
I have some of this:


and here:

I have tried to spin it by putting a leader yarn on and doing my best, but still get a very thick yarn that is pretty much a dreadlock. Is it 'ok' to split it up into thinner strands (say, fingernail width), join them and then spin? Or am I doing it wrong?

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5  Christmas cards & gift tags galore! Image chunky :-) in Winter Holidays by melissanorth on: November 15, 2010 12:02:56 PM
I was inspired to try cardmaking, as I have a massive paper stash and wanted to do something with it. 

My mum showed me how to make the purple crepe paper flower, and I roughed up the edges and put a bit of silver ink on it. I've either used or mislaid my foam sticky circles so they're all pretty flat.

Joyeaux Noel
I think I should have used a calligraphy pen for the lettering; I'm a little disappointed with this one:

Mince pies!
I liked this one, but the gold ink smudged on the shiny paper.

Let it snow!
I like this one :-)

Purple flower card
My first try making a paper flower


Red and gold mince pies

This is one of my favourites, fortuitously thrown together as I wanted to break for lunch.

Matching gift tag

Blank- maybe a birthday card

Matching gift tag

This one opens along the right hand side of the ribbon

I think this one is cute :-) I love these brads.

I'm not too sure what I think of this one- cute, or just amateur?

I couldn't find my foam risers so I wrapped a piece of foam in the paper I wanted to use for this one

Matching gift tag

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6  Craftsmas Wreath! in Winter Holidays by melissanorth on: November 14, 2010 05:30:24 AM
I made this wreath using cardboard and foam as a base, based on great craftster ideas.  I wrapped yarn around some polystyrene balls, and dipped some others in glitter. I added some sequins, glitter, ribbon, and glittered some magnetic fridge letters then glued them on.

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7  Rings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by melissanorth on: November 06, 2010 07:52:39 AM
I made these today :-)

Cupcake fabric ring- and yes technically it's upside down

Pretty rose

Mushroom and button- the black bit at the top is where I tried to make a hole for a pendant but failed. The button was supergluey and fingerprinty so I dipped it in varnish.

Red rose button ring, varnished as well

I want to wear them but I have small fingers so I'll just have to look at them for now.

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8  New necklaces- mermaid, spring flower pendant :-) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by melissanorth on: November 06, 2010 06:53:48 AM
I recently ordered some more beads and goodies, and made the following this morning (edited with better photos):

The kind of necklace a mermaid might wear:

Chain detail:

And my favourite, which I'm keeping all for myself

A pendant with some gift wrap under a glass bubble dome:

Action shot:

I also made a few rings ('made' seems stretching it a little as it involves buttons and glue) which I've yet to take photos of.
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9  Rainbow Swarovski crystal bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by melissanorth on: November 01, 2010 10:22:09 AM
I have a ton of jewellery I've made, but never seem to post any of it. I just got a new camera so was able to take a good photo of it. A while ago I tested a revamped bead site and got a gift voucher in return- the Swarovski crystals are what I spent it on and this is the result:

I added some heart-shaped chain to extend it and look pretty :-) the bigger beads are Czech glass, and my favourites, the filigree ones, are actually budget plated beads.
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10  Smiley heart hanging ornament in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by melissanorth on: November 01, 2010 10:07:22 AM
I made this ornament, and embroidered him. I haven't done very much embroidery so it's just backstitched. My sewing machine reallly didn't like sewing the curves so he's a little bit crooked but I think he's cute. I folded over some co-ordinating bias binding and sewed a straight line down both edges for the loop.

Melissa :-)
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