Sunday, 4 October 2015

Finished? Not yet!

This is the photo from the front of the pattern book. I'm nearly finished making this throw and we shall see if it looks like the picture...

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Watching you...

Don't they look like eyes?

These are the peacock feather motifs for the throw I posted yesterday.  There's 102 of them!  I need to sew them on now... :)  There's a job right there...

Are you blogging as part of Blogtober 2015?  Do you want to?  Add your blog URL to the linky  in Karen's blog post!

(I'm posting from my phone and for some reason I can't link from a saved post... you can copy and paste the link above or click the link from my previous post...)

Friday, 2 October 2015

Peacock Throw!

This is a small portion of the base throw onto which I will sew 102 peacock feather motifs.

I have chronicled the making of these motifs on my Facebook page,  Happy Accident Studios.  For the sake of the blog, I will use some of the photos in future posts. 

This pattern has a four - row repeat consisting of a 9dc shell pattern followed by a 9dc decrease offset halfway between , a shell pattern to match up with the decrease and then another decrease offset to match up with the first row pattern.  The result is circles in dc. (For UK crocheters, just replace dc with tr and you too will understand!) 

I am taking part in Blogtober 2015.  To see the others involved, go to Karen's blog.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

October is BLOGtober!!!

Hi everyone,

Yes, you see correctly.  I haven't blogged since May-ish.  I thought I would restart today with Blogtober, brought to you by Karen.  Head on over there if you'd like to take part!

I was asked to make the graphic for this year, so I think it's only fitting that my first post be about that:

Karen asked me for something arty, so I thought the best thing was to use one of my recent favourite art journal pages.  I took a quick photo of the page using my laptop camera and loaded it into, added text and voila!!

The art journal page?  That's something different!  I started by using a palette knife to spread some dried-up and partly reconstituted acrylic paint through a stencil, much like a texture paste.  I let this dry, then diluted some Brusho and brushed that on, mopping up quickly as I did so with a paper towel.   This kept the paint pretty much as it was originally.  I let that dry and then tore up some decorative tissue paper and put a few bits on that using Golden gel medium.  It is a very textured page and I don't think I'll be writing on it!!  I'm glad it came into its own as a basis for this graphic though.

Happy Blogtober, everyone!!!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Backstitch done!

I never thought I'd  see the day.  The backstitch is finished on my bird cross stitch!  All that remains is to put on any french knots I may have missed and detach it from the frame.  I am so glad it's over!!!  Full pic when I've detached it.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

UFO: That Bird Cross Stitch.

I have forgotten how long I have been working on this but I think it was before my children were born.  I bought this to pass the time when I was pregnant with my now 12 year old son. 

Cross stitch is fun,  a cross between embroidery and paint by number, and is a good use of short term memory.  I suffer from focal migraines so I can't do much of it for very long.  I put this down for a long time because I got very caught up in my Papercrafting.   That's got a lot less fine detail to worry about and I can play longer. :)

My seven year old daughter asked to learn how to cross stitch and I bought her a little cupcake kit from Hobbycraft.  I brought this project out to show her.  I'd really like to put this one to bed for good so I'm going to try to finish it in the next couple of days.  All that's left is the back stitch so it shouldn't take too long.  Here's hoping...

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Crafting in the car: Barry box

My Blogger app gives me no control over photo placement.  It's at the bottom of the entry so go have a look and come back.

I'll wait.

Okay?  No comments from the peanut gallery.  Those are Barry's legs.  LEGS.
This is a box from an online makeup shop that I have re purposed for yarn storage and dispensing expressly for making many Barrys.  I have decided that I want Barry bunting in my craft room,  so I will need to take this box with me so that every spare moment can result in an arm, a leg, a body or a head.  As you can see,  it fits quite nicely on my dashboard.