Category: Crafting


Caek

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Cake?

I’ve made this, and some cupcake coffee cup holders in the recent past – must do some more crafting!

 

Hey Everyone! Hope you’re doing well – again sorry for escaping off the face of the earth – it happens from time to time with a little baby… ahem toddler on your hands. She’s grown so much, can hardly believe it’s nearly been a year.

 

Anyway I thought maybe you’d like to see what I’ve recently been making, and you know… maybe try it out yourself.

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These guys! Crochet sugar skulls to be exact – you can pretty much do whatever you want with them – garlands, sew them onto things.. the only limit is your imagination really.

So what do I need Gem?

4,5mm hook or there abouts to get the desired gauge.

white wool, black wool, coloured wool (I used acrylic 4ply leftovers)

Embroidery Needle plus a needle for sewing in the ends of the crochet.

Embroidery Thread in various colours.

White skully:-
Row 1chain (ch) 8single crochet (sc), turn and work into chain.
Row 2 ch1, 2sc in first, 6sc, 2sc in last (10 stitches)turn
Row 3 ch1, 10sc, turn (10)
Rows 4-onwards, Continue increasing  for one row, sc the next until you have the desired size, of top of skull, then do several rows just (chain then sc to end and turn) normal, before starting decreasing to the jaw – I decrease in the first 2 stitches and last too stitches.

Once it’s looking skull shaped tie off, and sew in the ends.

Eyes

I start with a magic circle (or you can chain 4, join and work into the hole in that)

Black:-

Row 1 6sc into magic circle (or around 4ch loop)

Row 2 Change to desired flower colour and ch4, slip stitch into the black, repeat going around, slip stitch into first, and tie off. Sew in one end, use other ends to attach to the skull where desired.

Embelishments:-

Use embroidery thread to sew the details onto the sugar skulls – Google is a great inspiration!

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Progress shots of the skulls

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Prototype finished.

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I’ve sewn mine onto blankets as embelishments, but really use your imagination, I think they would make great bunting, in which case you can incorporate them into a long crochet chain.

Knit wit….

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Guess what I’ve been gnashing my teeth with….. Magpies!

I decided that I wanted a few magpies to go in the centre of a blanket I’m making, so figured it was time to learn how to knit in two colours.  Weeeeellll it took a lot of growling, but I finally got there with this little man the day before yesterday.

 

 

 

So what am I up to?

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Crochet!

More soon 🙂

So I love leggings at the moment, but it means I need to combo a lot of my shorter tops with skirts or dresses underneath so I don’t camel-toe terrify the entire populus of Sweden.  I’ve been on a crafting kick lately and so my cunning plan was to use one of Toomaj’s old jumpers to make a skirt.

Probably the quickest thing I’ve ever made.  All you need is an old jumper, ideally a little bit bigger than your size or a relatively baggy mans jumper with a nice hem at the bottom.  I used a stretchy 100% cotton jumper from my financer.  I’d like to try it with an oversized wool jumper and felt it afterwards for that winter warmness.

Below is my ah-ma-zing picture of how this jumper skirt was made.

And here’s the finished product

And worn for bellydancing class.

The Dinosaur in fabulous none-iphone pictures!

I figured I should indulge y’all in this one- more slightly better dino pictures. I’m intending making a couple for my etsy over the coming weeks 🙂 well if I don’t laze out that is!

Huzzah another week passed.

I was thinking about things this afternoon on the train, and I think there will be more effort to get Outfit of the Day and Eye of the Day posts going again.  I miss them!  I also put more effort in when I have to take a picture of myself.  Fingers crossed I get plenty of sleep this weekend so I’ll be all fresh for next week.

Today I thought I’d show you something else I do in and among – sew things.  There are links at the top of the page to my crafting, and here are some of my latest exploits…


Flowers – towards my wedding bouquet.


Bad iphone picture, but my dinosaur winterhat!


Random bouquet


Little Halloween pouches


And bags!

So yeah, thats what I do when I’m not working!
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To explain this post a little.  It was originally posted by me in a Livejournal community a couple of years ago (before I met Toomaj and moved to Sweden).  There are a lot of tutorials on how to do this on you-tube these days, but I felt like sharing this regardless.


Snip snip!


Front

Back (My tattoo wasn’t even complete here!)

Snip and Twist T-shirt
Requires:-
T-shirt (preferably the errr finer grained type that roll easily when cut), Scissors, something to hold to bottom with (sewing it together, or ribbon or whatever… havent permanantised mine yet! Optional- Ruler and tailor chalk- if you want to cut on lines.


1. The first step I’ve done is to open out the shoulder area- by cutting it open – you can do this as wide or as closed as you prefer ^.^

2. Fold the t-shirt so that the back is folded in half vertically (middle of the back is the ‘hinge’ point as it were)- this allows you to make the cuts in half the number of snips- and allows greater control over ensuring the lengths are right.

( If you want you can mark using tailors chalk the distances between your snips horizontally across the back- and how far across your back you want it to be open- I just snip and see what happens.)

3. Snip horizontally down the back- taking the lengths as far as you want to go (think mine are about 15-20cm in total).  I normally make small cuts all the way down first so i can ensure im cutting the same distance each time.

4. Open the T-shit out so the back is facing you – it should look a little like:-

(added a line where it was folded to before)

5. Now comes the time to twist – take the top cut piece in your hand, and loop it over the second piece down- then taking hold of that second piece through the twist you’ve made, and looping it over the third – then taking the third piece and loop it over the fourth – like this:-


holding the 1st

the 1sthas been looped over, iam now holding the 2nd…

I have looped over the 3rd with the 2nd and am now holding the 3rd- the 4th I am now about to loop over the 3rd

Continuing down.

When you reach the bottom, you will need to somehow stop it unravelling- you can sew it together, or you could just use a ribbon or some such to tie it- I’ve just hasily used some string…..

Et Voila… and of course a worn shot…

There’s no reason you can’t repeat it again to make more detailed patterns- it will decrease the size of the back of the shirt- providing a basic shaping almost!

Done 3 times- made the t-shirt look fitted- drew down at the top, and lifted up at the bottom.

And as worn:-


I didnt do it the neatest- but you can seperate them out or bunch them together as you prefer…


and you can do it a lot neater of course 😛

I hope that makes some sense, or that you can at least follow the pictures to make some sense!

Minimilk glittersplosion

This is my first franken, and it’s a bit of a strange one – for some reason I decided to mix and old loreal 105 Jetset with some glitters I had lying around.  I however quite like the result!

It took 2 coats for coverage and was a little slow on drying.

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Close up shows it being slightly streaky on  my thumb but I wanted to show the glitter.

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And some less bad pictures of my 2 ruffians from Scotland.

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Hope it’s a nice day whereever you are!

New links!

Just added 2 links at the top – one to show previous art I’ve played at making, and one to show my crafting I’ve been up to! I’ll keep them updated for you here-on in.  I’d quite like to add a few more pages, but we shall see 🙂

I’ll leave you with a pile of bags I made last year – I take custom orders you know 😉 haha

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