Tuesday, July 31, 2018
This is the bit of sewing I did at the weekend. The sweet little bunny's name is Thistle. She is from the book Little Traveller by Simone Gooding. And yes, that is a parsnip in her bag. Thistle is approximately 40cm tall to the top of her ears.
Monday, July 30, 2018
A drive to Moe yesterday, lunch with my brother and his wife, and picked up a very large rose bush. The cemetery where Mum and Dad are buried are refurbishing their gardens and we were asked if we would like our parent's rose. Wasn't expecting such a large tree. It is in need of some TLC and hopefully it will bounce back after it's move. Thank you David and Treen. Bit of rain on the way back to Melbourne, rather dramatic sky when we pulled out of The Spud Shed in Trafalgar.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
I bought the purple pair a few years ago and the silver ones in Geelong the other week. They are a great tool for turning small pieces inside out, also for surfing said pieces. The rounded top is helpful to push into corners to properly turn them out. You can push the stuffing into the small points and the haemostats easily come out to push some more in. A very useful tool.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Friday, July 27, 2018
Thursday, July 26, 2018
This little reindeer was made using a reflective thread by Dairing with the yarn. It has been really difficult to photograph the effect. The first photo is how it looks without light shining on him. In the second photo you can see the cone of thread behind the reindeer, this is with my usual work light shining on them. The third photo is using the flash on the camera. And the last photo is with the reindeer at a distance from the work light. You can see the thread interweaving with the crochet stitch and the antlers are wrapped only in the reflective thread.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
I don't know what made be think of this book yesterday, but I got it out and had a flip through. Mum brought it with her from Scotland when she migrated in the 1950's. There are several worn, torn and well thumbed pages. I used to cook from it when I was a kid and learning. Yesterday I made Date Scones.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
I am still working on the teeny tiny people, a slow process, so here is something I worked on last year. This is Duncan, one of Stephanie's sons and he works in Can Do Books with his parents. I made dolls of Duncan, Stephanie, Paul and the two dogs to put in the window to announce the shop moving. I took quite a lot of photos of the dolls as I was making them, as you could imagine, and I always liked this silhouette.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018
This was made in 2013 and was the first of many houses embroidered onto a wrapped ball. The ball is weighted so it always sits upright and measures about 10cm tall. I haven't made one in a long time, but keep getting reminded of them when they pop up on the screen saver.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
This old typewriter was in the antique shop I was visiting in Geelong last weekend. Just like the ones I learned to touch type on at school many years ago. Except our ones had all the keys painted out, but not the numbers. There was a poster on the wall to show which key was which. I became a good typer, a skill I still use today. But I have to say new keyboards are much nicer to use, and no ribbons, ink on fingers, stuck keys you have to flick back, or the manual push for the next line. I do remember the old clicky clack nose was quite nice.
Friday, July 20, 2018
This dye pot started out using one of the native plants in our garden. I was curious to see how much colour I could get from the flowers. There was a little bit of colour, but once I put the yarn, ric rac and crochet cotton in, they didn't take up much colour. So I sprinkled in some commercial dye that I had, called Sturt Desert Pea. Clearly the yarn sucked up all the colour, but loving the results, lighter coral shade and a rich vibrant orange.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
It's nearly a month since I put the lichen from Hearn's Hobbies into the jar of ammonia (I did swap the three jars into one large one) and put it out into the garage. There has been no change at all. I think that means the lichen has been treated to be able to be imported into Australia, a good thing for our environment, not so good for dyeing prospects. The small jar is the lichen from Maria. It turned to this dark colour immediately, so I have high hopes for this producing a very good dye bath in a couple of months. The colour is supposed to deepen the longer you leave it.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Piers needed new wheels for his push bike, so a drive to Geelong to get some at a bike shop there. He dropped me off at the Antique/Collectable shop on the way so I could have a rummage. Got quite a few things too. Someone's remnants of an embroidery stash, clamping scissors (good for stuffing small parts), someone's remnants of a crochet stash, a couple of lengths of ric rac to put in the dye pot, a couple of serving plates I have seen before and thought I should just get them, and a little ceramic dog that made me smile. And Piers got his wheels.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
Still working on the teeny tiny people, which is a bit of a slow process. So here is one of those "This time last year" things. I made the little birds from the book by Arne & Carlos, 'Field Guide to Knitted Birds'. They all hung out in the window of Can Do Books for a while to advertise the book. The birds were fun to make, and are a cheery addition around here, perched on a bookshelf.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
I bought a cheap tablecloth and dyed it a couple of weeks ago. I used black beans for the dye pot. The end colour is more purple than the photos are showing. I quite like that it has a tie-dye effect. The cloth is for wrapping up my wooden swift. I crocheted a cover for the swift when I got it, but it hasn't held up too use, stretching and unraveling.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
I made these two sweeties last week using the yarn and crochet cotton dyed from the orange fungi. They were a thank you gift for Maria who sent me the fungi and lichen. The photo of the reindeer on my hand is to show the scale, a suggestion from Stephanie at Can Do Books on Thursday, where I was making them. And according to Mandy, who was also at Can Do, they are just a couple of Fun Guys.
I am counting the little reindeer, but I don't have a final figure that I am aiming at. As many as I make will be the number.