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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Knitted Neuron

I've been busy this morning,
1. I made the outside of my bag, still have to stitch the top and make a cord as a handle. 

2. I made a knitted neuron for the Guerrilla knitting at Maker Faire (12/13th March 2011)

3. Did a bit more knitting on a Moebius scarf that I started yesterday 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

What I've been up to

Most of what I've been doing I can't show you as it's for a Valentine's Swap. I'm knitting and I'm painting and trying something, just a bit new. Will let you see after the 14th February.
I've also tried a bit of Batik work. Last time I tried it I knew I wasn't very good I drip all over the place. Here is the fabric I created and some of the mop up cloths I painted with the left over dye. It was a synthetic cotton and has bubbled a bit, wish I'd used pure cotton.

It's going to be made into a small bag. I already have the fabric for the lining (Or it may turn into the outside and my blotchy fabric the lining, can't make my mind up! What do you think?)

I got a metre of this fabric ages ago in John Lewis sale box - I thought it was a bargain at £4.95

Friday, January 21, 2011

Gloves revamped

Told you that my fingerless gloves were a bit short so I've now taken the top rib out and made them longer. Their much better now.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Thankyou to Marlis Egger for her post on The sketchbook challenge it inspired me after watching Diana Trouts video to go back to my Zentagle (doodle) book that I started in 2009. I had only one page to complete. here are two completed Zentangles and my last Zentangle in progress.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Finished project amended

I decided that my ATCs needed a bit more bling so I've added a small piece of Friendly Plastic - must remember not to leave them on a warm windowsill!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Finished project

I cut the piece once more at 90 degrees and recombined the strips. I put a sheet of Bondaweb on the back and adhered a piece of heavyweight Vylene to the back.

I cut some 3 and 1/4 inch strips. Then cut 2 and 1/2 inch pieces. These I neatened off the edges with a satin stitch on the machine. I still have quite a lot of fabric left. I might make some postcard sized ones. Viola 4 ATCs - Artist Trading Cards.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Part 4

First I cut my stitched piece into strips at 90 degrees to the last cut. I lay the pieces on the floor to keep them in the same order.

I then butted the first two strips up together and offset the pieces slightly stitching them together with a wide fancy stitch.

I continued butting, offsetting and stitching each strip taking care to keep the order correct.  

The piece ended up as a full size complete fabric Notice the offsetting of the strips.
Here you can see the back of the fabric.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New project part 3

Now I ironed the 3rd piece of painted Bondaweb  onto another piece of white cotton.
 Note the difference in size, I used the full sheet this time.
I then cut up the stitched piece and ironed it onto the 3rd piece.

offsetting each strip. Note also that the cuts are always done at 90 degrees to the cut before.

The final part today was to stitch down each of the strips to hold them permanently in place. I discovered that some of the paint on the 3rd large sheet was quite thick and stopped the Bondaweb sticking properly. So I'm pleased I decided to stitch each strip from the beginning. However the stitching was still able to go through the layers quite easily.

Tomorrows work will be slightly differently put together as I have no more painted Bondaweb left. Also the piece I have is quite big now and if I continued in this way the piece would be ginormous!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New project part 2

OK here is the next part of my project
First I ironed a small piece of the painted Bondaweb onto plain white cotton using baking partchment to protect my iron and ironing board.

Then I ironed a slightly larger piece of painted Bondaweb onto another piece of white cotton.

The small piece was cut into 1" strips and keeping the strips in order ironed onto the larger rectangle of painted cotton.

Because the Bondaweb is only a temporary fix I then stitched the strips to ensure that they did not peel away from the backing later on.
You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what I'm going to do next!

Monday, January 10, 2011

More painted Bondaweb

I now have three sheets

New project

Well I've started a new project. I'll post pictures as I go along. Who can guess how they will turn out?
Picture one is some painted Bondaweb now sitting and drying.

New Start

Well after reading a few blogs this morning I decided that despite having a gunky throat I should start a new project - BUT - my workroom was a mess.

The floor had things all over and I couldn't work on either of my desks as they were covered in 'things'. I even had an ironing board up and covered with 'things'

So I set to and cleared the tops, found things I'd forgotten about.
I even hoovered the floor - it hadn't been done since before Christmas.

I found these inspirational books and poster that I got when visiting the Mucha Museum in Prague

Even this which gave me an idea for some ATCs I've promised to make.

And I now have a work desk ready to start. Now what was the project that first got me started on all of this?

Fingerless gloves

Just finished my first project using double pointed needles (dpns), a pair of fingerless gloves. I wish I had made them just a little bit longer in the fingers, never mind I'll know next time.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Citron and hat

I can finally show you one more thing I knitted before Christmas. As it was given as a present I couldn't post a picture and anyway I had forgotten to take a photo. So here goes:-
My second Citron
And here is the hat I made on a much better model than me, it really does look much nicer.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Lacy Snood 2

Well this one is made from Rowan 'kidsilk aura' and is very soft and fluffy. You would hardly believe that it's the same pattern as the stripy one. It's also slightly smaller as done with 75grms of wool instead of 100gms.