Well, I have been quiet on the creative front, but recently made some bunting for a friend who had a special birthday coming up. I really enjoyed making it, and was pleased with how it turned out. I have never made bunting before, and wanted it to be classy and only subtly about the birthday so it could stay up a while.

I used black card and paper twine, and added collage from magazines I had in the house. These were:

Crafts Magazine March/April 2014

Craft and Design Magazine May/June 2014

Frankie Magazine No. 58.

Here is the bunting-

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Since the jewellery workshop I went back and did two more glass workshops where I worked on a panel. Most people did theirs in one workshop, but I had to go to two as I cannot work for three straight hours, so I spent a lot of time taking breaks on the sofa and did not stay until the end.

This is what I made:

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It is about A4 (letter) size and is based on a view of a favourite beach in the evening.

I am quite pleased with it, though I don’t think it is my best creation! I enjoyed going to the workshops and being part of a group activity. That said, I won’t be going to any more in the near future as I am not really well enough and I did suffer for this more than it was worth… such is life.

I recently went on a workshop to make jewellery from glass. It was great for me as it was two hours one saturday morning, then two hours the next. I do appreciate a paced approach!

I am really pleased with what I made, and am hoping to go back later in the year to make a larger landscape style panel. Exciting.

Here are my creations:

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These are cuff link and they didn’t come out quite right. One piece of patterned glass was upside down (very hard to tell when making it which way was “up”) so it looks different and melted into the white glass differently too. As cuff links are rarely seen side by side, I think they are ok. I have given them to a friend.

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This is a piece I have made into a bracelet with some leather thong. This angle shows the middle part as lilac.

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This angle shows it as gold.

Here is a brooch I made for my mum. It was a real rush job as time was running out, so I picked nice bits she would like and did a quick arrangement. It worked really well!

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The last one is a pendant – two pictures to show the way the colours change.

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I knitted a little scarf for my sister. Here is a scan of the central part:

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Here I am modelling it.

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It is very lightweight (she does live in Australia!)

I recently made a purse for a friend’s birthday. This is the lining fabric from the V&A.

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This is the purse. I used a zip I saved from a work out bag (made of hemp, hence the symbol)

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I put the ends of a woollen tie on each side, to decorate.

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I have knitted myself a pair of gloves and I love them!

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They don’t match…

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Which I am also very happy with.

I added some beads I have had since childhood in my sewing basket. I think I took (stole) them from my Mum’s sewing basket. I have treasured them for decades, it is about time they saw the light of day!

This is the third pair I have made. I also made two green pairs for Christmas presents for special people.

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This pair I decorated with broken shells (broken ones have natural holes to sew through) and another pair I put on a sprinkling of sparkly green/clear beads.

The pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns.

I used yarn from Manos Del Uruguay which is silk/merino and is really soft and not itchy at all. Lovely.

The Brief: Creative Joyful Thing No.10

* Make an item of jewellery or some other decorative thing to wear out of an unusual material*

Enjoy!

I knitted a cuff to look like the bark of the birch tree in my garden, then used shrink plastic to make a branch (a few leaves, really) falling in front of it.

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The plastic cover does hide some of the knitting detail, but I am pleased with how it turned out. I had not used the plastic before – you bake it in the oven and it shrinks by 40- 50% in both directions, so getting the leaves the right size was a bit of a challenge and an experiment. I used pastel pencils and had to seal the underside with varnish before sewing it onto the cuff. I punched holes in the corners before shrinking.

Here is what Rachel gave to me:

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A beautiful necklace made from a piece of driftwood with lovely markings in it (spalted beech possibly?) that she found on a beach in Wales. It was this size when found, like a pebble. She hammered some pins into it to adorn – perfect!

What was really nice was opening them together when Rachael visited me recently – presents!

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