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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Challenge #10 - Reepicheep the Mouse on: June 14, 2010 08:58:01 AM
When I thought of Fantasy, Narnia immediately came to my mind! I thought Aslan was too obvious a choice, but I wanted to make a very recognisable character, so who better than the fearless and valiant mouse Reepicheep? The scene from the end of The Voyage of The Dawn Treader has always stuck with me, and the prophetic verse:

Where sky and water meet,
Where the waves grow sweet,
Doubt not, Reepicheep,
To find all you seek,
There is the utter East.

So, without further ado, I present Sir Reepicheep!

Reepicheep paddles in his coracle, through a sea of lilies, to the end of the world

Reepicheep and accessories took 11 types and colours of yarn and 4 sizes of crochet hook. Its very important to me to make as much as possible from crochet, so everything you can see is crocheted. I used fiberfill stuffing, 3 different types of wire (pipe cleaners, floral wire and beading wire) to provide internal structure, and a piece of plastic canvas inside the paddle blade to keep it flat. And every single item came from my stash, so the entire project cost me nothing!

(I'm running out of time for the challenge entry so I'll post this now, but I've posted lots more details on my crocheted Reepicheep the mouse blog post.)
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poinsettia Punchneedle on: November 23, 2009 12:52:01 PM
I just love punchneedle! It took under 2 hours to make this poinsettia ornament (it's about 2.5" across). I locked the backing fabric with fabric glue so it wouldn't fray and then snipped the excess fabric away around the edge of each leaf. It has a felt backing to hide the back of the embroidery.

If you'd like to make one too, I've put up the pattern and full directions on my blog: http://www.planetjune.com/punchneedlepoinsettia/

I think it makes a really cute tree decoration (I know it's a bit early - I got the tree out just to take this pic and then put it away again!  Cheesy)
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Punchneedled coffee sleeve/cozy on: August 17, 2009 08:14:24 AM
I've been doing a lot of punchneedle embroidery lately, and one of the challenges I've set myself is thinking of things to DO with the finished pieces. I've made an embroidered tote and some wall art so far, but I was trying to think of a totally original use. Punchneedle makes such a thick cushioned surface, I thought it might work as a coffee sleeve/cozy and protect your hand from the heat of the cup.

I punched a short wide African sunset design with a tapered shape to fit around a coffee cup - the design wraps all the way around the cup. I backed it with fusible interfacing, and edged it with black bias tape. I used hook-and-eye fasteners to keep the sleeve closed.

(That's an elephant under the tree on the right, btw - it doesn't show up too well at the angle I took this photo!)

It totally works! And it's washable too, in case there's a beverage spillage Cheesy

Hope you like it!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Moon in punchneedle on: July 20, 2009 12:17:20 PM
It's the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing today, so I thought I'd make something to commemorate the occasion. I used photos from NASA to design a realistic moon to embroider with my new favourite technique, punchneedle. (If you don't know what punchneedle is, I have a free tutorial on my blog Smiley)

The finished moon used DMC floss in 4 shades of purple, plus white, and it measures 5" across. I glued it to a black-on-black paisley cloth background to be the 'sky', and mounted it on padded stretcher bars.

I'm really happy with how 3D and textured it looks. Hope you like it too!
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Baby Orang Utan on: April 09, 2009 02:17:26 PM
This is the outcome of my long-term art crochet project (I bought the yarn in Aug 2007 and started working on it in Apr 2008!)...

A realistic, life-size crocheted baby orang utan. He was sooo much work because I put a lot of hidden detail into him that help to make him look more realistic. You can see how poseable he is:

His hands and feet are wired with a pipe cleaner frame that I crocheted over. His body and limbs use a plastic poseable doll armature (skeleton). I had to customize the skeleton a lot to go from doll proportions to orang utan proportions (dolls don't usually have arms down to their knees!). I then sewed quilted fabric over the skeleton so he wouldn't feel too 'bony' from the outside, and to keep the backbone at the back! And I improvised a wire frame (floral wire) to go inside the head so it would be supported and wouldn't flop about.

Here's a little nod to the fellow Discworld fans (OOK!)

Um... what else can I tell you... I'm not sure! If you have any questions, please ask and I'd be happy to answer them Smiley

He was a lot of work, but I think it was time well spent because I love him! I hope you'll like him too.

UPDATED: Answered your questions so far at reply #55 (p6) Click here to jump to my answers!
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Lemmings! on: February 24, 2009 06:28:35 AM
There are tons of Mario and Pacman crafts out there, but I think that one group of old-school video game stars has been sadly neglected (until now)...

Click for larger image on flickr

Remember them? I always loved the Lemmings games and now I can reenact them in crochet  Cheesy

Click for larger image on flickr

My favourite part was making the tiny accessories - and the wire stand for the floater so he actually floats - do you see his dangling feet? I have more details and a free pattern to make the basic Lemming on my blog, if you're interested.

Smile if you love Lemmings! Or leave me a comment! xx

(If you have any questions about how I made the accessories, please just ask Smiley )
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Christmas Poinsettia flower (FIMO) on: December 15, 2008 05:29:17 PM
It's been a while since I had a chance to play with my FIMO, so I thought I'd try a project that wouldn't take too long to complete. Here's my poinsettia flower:

It's about 2" in diameter and has a flat back so you can easily glue a magnet or pin back to it. If you'd like to make your own, I've written up the polymer clay poinsettia tutorial on my blog Smiley

Hope you like it!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ami Discworld! on: August 15, 2008 12:37:26 PM
I'm talking, of course, about the amazing Terry Pratchett books. He's always been my favourite author, so here is my tribute to his books:

(Click for larger image on Flickr)

I think this is the best thing I've ever made, and it took a lot of work to create! One large sea turtle, four small elephants, and the disc itself. The turtle is bulky weight acrylic, the elephants are worsted weight acrylic, and the disc is cotton (I thought it would be stiffer and less likely to stretch out or sag... so far so good, but I am ready with the spray starch should the need arise to stiffen it later!)

For more background info and more pics, see my blog post 

Oh and I spent a loooong time getting all the continents etc in the right positions and colours, but the Discworld is not my copyright so please don't ask me for a tutorial or pattern!

I hope you like it! Please leave me comments if you do! xx

UPDATED: Terry has seen the pics of my Discworld! And I have written up some more detail about how I made the Disc. More details in another blog post! Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / lovely tissue paper carnations on: August 04, 2008 06:24:28 AM
I wanted to make some realistic paper flowers, and this is what I came up with:

I coloured the edges of the tissue paper petals to make them stand out and add realism:

I also used floral tape to make the stems look natural.

Full instructions and a detailed tutorial here: http://foldingtrees.com/2008/08/flower-week-tissue-paper-carnations/
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Penguin and Turtle cut and fold models on: July 21, 2008 05:34:49 AM
I've been seeing these paper models on Japanese websites, but the instructions are all in Japanese so I wasn't sure how easy it would be to make them. I made these two this weekend and I love how realistic they look!

These models are printed from here: http://konicaminolta.jp/about/csr/environment/env_contents/paperkraft/

In case you'd like to make your own, I've written up all the tips I discovered while making these: http://foldingtrees.com/2008/07/cut-fold-paper-models/
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