Monthly Archives: February 2013

Crochet Angler Fish

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Crochet Angler Fish

To go with the bf’s card, I also made a couple of pieces. It’d been a while since i last did any sort of crochet, so I decided to ease myself back in with….. an angler fish. From the advanced section of 75 Shells, Corals & Sea Creatures to Knit & Crochet by Jessica Polka. The crochet, admittedly, was easy. The rest of it was a bit fiddly, especially as I couldn’t find zig-zag lace appropriate for the task in time (when all else fails I look to ebay or amazon, but alas, I was making this the day before our anniversary, so internet supplies were not an option). But again, well worth it as he loved it 🙂

Anniversary Card

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Anniversary Card

I’ve been with the bf for quite some time now, and although I don’t often make or buy cards (they just end up on the fire/in the recycling after a couple of weeks), I do believe there are occasions when a card is appropriate. Like our anniversary. I had a lot of fun making this card – I used potato prints! Yes, I know I’m a bit older than 5 now, but it was so much fun to sit for a couple of hours cutting shapes (I also made heart potato stamps to stamp on some blank paper for wrapping his presents in) and letters and getting paint all over my hands…. sometimes all you need is a little while acting silly. It was also totally worth it – he loved it 🙂

Crochet Bunny

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2012-10-20 16.52.00 (MatildaMkII's conflicted copy 2013-02-07)I haven’t always been as creative as I am – I think it started with making my own cards about 5 years ago. Then, whilst I was in my third year of uni, the mum of one of my housemates came to visit, and brought with her some knitting needles. With the purchase of some yarn, some of us gathered to be taught the ways of the needles. From there my learning was a bit sporadic to say the least, but I had the basics, and about 6 months later I started to teach myself crochet form youtube videos (bethintx1 was where I got most of my tuition, albeit in American crochet lingo!). I’m not great at coming up with my own crochet or knitting patterns, but I don’t think I’m too bad at re configuring them (often as I go, so I have no idea what I’ve done once a piece is finished, so replicating it is usually difficult. One day I’ll learn to jot down what I do!). This bunny rabbit, for example, came from The Crochet Bible by Sue Whiting. I didn’t use any of the yarns suggested by the author, I just used acrylic (finding pure wool to knit or crochet with on the IOW is hard – I know there is some about, but I don’t often venture far from my little home – so I tend to get my supplies form Hellerslea. I do like to support local business as well), and whilst the bunnies (there are more than just this one, but typical me, I gave them away before photographing them) don’t match the size specified, they are in proportion, so I was happy when I sent them on their ways to their new homes. This is one of my favourites, though, and I made him for my bf, who specifically asked for one……

Feather Mask

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Feather Mask

This is something I made for a friend of mine. Again, I can’t take credit for the idea, it came from the same issue of Making magazine as the organza flowers. But it has definitely inspired me to work with different materials – I’ve never worked with feathers before, so it was fun to give them a go. It needs a bit of time and planning, and costs around £20. I got a ready-made paper-maiche mask from amazon, and the feathers came from ebay. Ribbons came from a local haberdashery (Hellerslea in Newport on the Isle of Wight), and the wooden dowl that the mask is attached to came from a local hardware shop (Hursts in Newport on the Isle of Wight). With a bit of glue, a bit of paint and a lot of artistic (!!) planning, I think I pulled it off. It is quite a messy make – the feathers tend to get everywhere, and you have to be careful about how you spread the glue, but it was well worth it. Next time I’d like to try something more colourful

Organza Flowers

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Organza Flowers

This was really easy to make. I followed a tutorial from the Making Magazine, but just google ‘organza flowers’ and there’s tons of tutorials.

Firstly, select your organza, or similar materials. Then cut circles of varying sizes out of the organza (I used 4.5cm 5.5cm, 6.5 cm, 7.5cm, and 8.5 cm). This next bit involves a bit of fire, so make sure you’ve got a bowl of water handy just in case: light a tea light and, one circle at a time, gently singe the edges of each circle. You don’t need to hold the fabric on the flame, just close enough for the heat to warp it until you’re satisfied. Once you’ve got each circle how you want, arrange them in size order and sew together – I used a pearlescent bead and some white thread.

I attached broach pins to the back of mine and gave them to (female) friends and family for Christmas.