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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mug Rug to learn some quilting basics on: September 02, 2014 01:19:51 AM
I invested in a new sewing machine so I could quilt. Decided to dip toes in and start small. A mug rug.

Far from perfect, but I did learn loads and I do like it.
Awaiting the arrival of some wadding so I can make more.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / FuFu Mug on: November 14, 2013 04:54:20 AM

Fufu is my cat.
I had made this mug and was sitting waiting for inspiration to arrive. Then I started going through my blackberry photos and found a pic of a young Fufu...so that's what is on the mug.

I use it all the time for tea.

Buff Stoneware, thrown, white slipped, painted with underglazes and clear glaze on top.

This is the pic, that the mug was based on:

not a nature born portrait painter obviously but I like it and every time I see it reminds me of fufu
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Spoon on: November 14, 2013 04:42:22 AM
Made my first ever spoon.
I love how it turned out, but wondered if anyone had tried this and if they had any good ideas on how to fire them. I waxed two areas on the handle and sat it on top of my beed tree. But the join between glazed and unglazed parts is a little rough.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Valentines Sock Elephant on: February 09, 2012 12:39:58 PM
For my OH. I will be away at valentine's day, the first time in 8 years and I thought I'd make him something special.
We're both fond of elephant and I have been wanting to have a go at this pattern for a while.
I also had a moment of inspiration and thought mini sock elephant and purchased some baby socks.

Here he is:

I'm really happy with him. Phone is just for size reference
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Calvin and Hobbs Freezer paper on: February 09, 2012 12:32:44 PM
This is my first attempt at a freezer paper stencil.
I got a little kit in a swap a while ago, but only one bit of freezer paper. So I've put off having a go, until recently when I managed to buy a whole roll of the stuff.
This is my first go. I found a picture, I printed it directly onto the freezer paper and I spent an absolute age cutting it out. I almost gave up, but I am so pleased that I didn't

I'm now ready for more  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Ever Mini Art Quilt on: February 05, 2012 12:29:21 PM
I recently angeled for a swap and the recipient mentioned a liking for mini art quilts. Now I've never made one and I was intrigued. The subject was one of 4 BBC TV shows she liked and I choose Being Human, it's one of my favourites too.
The series starts with 3 main characters: A ghost; A Werewolf; A vampire.
This is what I came up with:

Ghost panel - She used to make a lot of tea at the start as she never left the house and it was the only thing she felt she could do.

Vampire panel

Werewolf Panel

Finished Quilt. It's about 12 inches square.

7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Scream Buttons on: February 02, 2012 03:27:15 PM
I'm a polymer clay dabbler. I generally stick to the ceramics, but wanted some bespoke buttons for my newly knitted cardigan.
These are the result.

The round one are the left over clay and will be added to my button stash.

Cardigan post link

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Drops Salsa Cardigan on: February 02, 2012 03:03:51 PM
I wear loads of cardigans, but usually I do not have the patience to completely knit one or the money. Although I found this pattern. It was a really quick knit and very easy to follow.
I didn't have enough of one colour so I got together all my green DK and just mixed and matched throughout with two strands.

The buttons I made especially for this project as I found I needed 14 of then. So I pulled out the polymer clay.

I love it  Grin and I steamed it with my iron which seems to have blocked it quite well.

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / 2nd attempt at goblets on: January 21, 2012 11:05:31 AM
So my first goblets turned out cute, but the kiln broke and they never reached a high enough temp, so the glaze wasn't food safe.

Here are my second attempt. They are totally big enough for a decent glass of wine. They're nice and smooth and don't dribble when you drink, but they're not a set by shape and size more by use and decoration.

Difficult to see in the pictures but they are a subtle minty green with sandy gold coloured fish.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Moon Socks on: January 05, 2012 10:23:55 AM
When I saw this pattern I just couldn't resist making a pair.

Once I'd made them, I didn't actually need them as I got a lovely pair of fleece slippers for Christmas. Fortuneatly they are really stretchy so fit my size 6 feet and my OH's size 9s. So they're now his moon socks.

Easy pattern, quick knit and so very warm and comfy. Grin
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