There has been crafting aplenty!

I’ve been doing an art class this term, on my day off, and it is SO MUCH FUN. It’s a perfect reason to get up, get dressed and leave the house. We laugh a lot. We play with colours and shapes and patterns. We sometimes make things we’re amazed by.

Here’s the sketchbook I made in the first week. Acrylic paint, finger and the edge of an old credit card:WP_20160115_002

 

And here’s the first pages of the sketch book, done the following week. Drawing ink and the wrong end of a paintbrush: wp_20160122_14_28_28_pro

This week we were making patterns:

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This wasn’t in the art class, this was a screenprinting workshop I did a couple of weeks ago with some friends. Everyone made something really beautiful and they were all completely different. This was my giraffe. It’s called “Giraffe”.

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Finally, I have finished this embroidery based on a doodle by a friend of mine. I sent her the finished piece as a surprise. I don’t seem to have a picture of it when it’s finished, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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At half term I went up to Chester one day for an RSN workshop at the cathedral. We were working on silk shading/needlepainting/long and short stitch, which is a technique I’ve never really got good results with before. I think I am starting to get the hang of it. This is how far I got during class:

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And last but definitely not least, I AM DECLARING SPRING. Today I did a little bit of garden tidying and planted some spring flowers.

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Phew. That’s a lot more than I thought. I’ve also been making some progress on the doll’s house – I’ve rehung the front so that the door is on the same side as the stairs which makes a lot more sense to me. I’m working away on my knitted hoodie, and I’ve started a new embroidery project.

Making

After a frantically busy couple of months, it’s been nice to have a few days for making things this week.

First and best, a tiny baby dress for a tiny new baby:
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My niece was born a week ago. She has some growing to do before she fits into this and the other dress I made for her a couple of months ago.

Next, a very pleasing project indeed. I saw a hat a few weeks ago and made its owner take it off for me to have a better look. This is my version:
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Brilliantly, when you wear it, ears appear! I have written up the pattern in several sizes, and I plan to make it available through p/hop.

Still in progress, crochet hexagon bag. Seven hexagons to go! I hope to finish them today and make up the bag tomorrow:
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Also in progress, warping my new rigid heddle loom:
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And waiting to go in the oven, marmalade chelsea buns. YUM:
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