February 5, 2016
September 7, 2015
I made a pencil case for a friend. I made one for her many years ago and was amazed to discover that she was still using it! It was looking a bit worse for wear, so I thought I would reward such appreciation with an updated version. I think this one is a lot better than the first one, so I hope it will last for many years to come.
August 27, 2015
A very good friend of mine is seriously and chronically ill, and was recently facing a long hospital admission. I had the idea to create a comforting blanket for her to take into hospital with her, covered in patches from friends. I wanted it to be bright and an antidote to the bland hospital surroundings and a reminder that her friends were thinking and caring about her, especially on days where she was unable to be in contact directly. I asked a few friends if they would join in with the project and people were very enthusiastic and willing to spend time making their patches really special. Some people needed help by others in the group to complete their patches and I also got help assembling the piece! It was a great thing to be part of, and I hope she will love it.
Here is the blanket:
Here are the patches individually:
Working on it:
And here it is ready to be set off to her:
January 14, 2014
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January 30, 2013
Here is what I sent Rachael for Creative Joyful Thing No.6:
*Make a sun print on fabric*
- Use fairly substantial things – my leaf skeleton attempt was not very good, but normal leaves worked well.
- Do it for longer than 15 minutes – I did a tester for 35 minutes in full and very bright sun in September which came out great. The ones I did for less were not so good.
- Glass worked best for weighing things down (I took apart a picture frame and used the glass from that). Acetate was not heavy enough so things were not so squashed down. As the sun moved the shadow of the items moved too and this meant a less crisp image.
- The images do come out brighter than they look before you rinse them, but if you can’t see anything when you lift the item up, there is probably not much there!
- I found that doing both sides did affect the quality of the prints as it showed through a bit, but feel free to experiment as it was the failed leaf skeleton that I tried that with…
Good luck & Enjoy!
(If you want to do something creative with your sun-printed fabric all the better!)
I had previously sent her some sun print fabric.
Here is what we did with it!
And here is what I made with my favourite – I used a ribbon that Rachael gave me to make the sun print! It is a relaxing eye pillow with lavender inside.
Here is what Rachael sent to me – she used a fern and some marbles to great effect:
This was a tricky challenge but it was fun and I think the results are pretty good!
November 16, 2011
As part of my project with a friend I have taken a series of photos on a theme (see previous post). The theme I chose was Texture or Pattern. I decided to make them into a little book!
(My friend has also sent me her photos and I will blog about them in the next post – it was so exciting to see what she had done!)
I made one for myself and one for my friend too. I put an index at the back and folded the end over to the front to create a spine. I then sewed a piece of wool throughout the set to make it into a booklet. Just a touch of glue to make it sit right and it was done.
Here are the images within my book!
August 7, 2008
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Here are some of the many bags i have made over the years! My speciality is my “tie bag”… made from ties bought in charity shops. I often use old jeans to make denim bags and keep the pockets on for use in the bag… don’t seem to have photos of those though! Have given a lot away as presents…
I also designed this one made from corduroy – i like to put funky linings in!