Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday Art Day

I am having a day of plain practice.  I love to just scribe letters - it's very restful.

The Lady of Shalott is still my favorite poem - and it's massively long!  I thought I would scribe it in all 4 directions over the page - using a different colour each turn - and just keep building it up over it'sself and see what happens.  I need to let the layer below dry well - it will still catch and run - but that is what might make it fun.

Start of the first layer.



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kitten


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Friday, 17 February 2017

TA - DA

I have finally finished my living room wall.

I had to get the old goat to sand the wall over - I don't have the breathing capacity for anything with big movements in - and I was worried about the dust and my bad throat.  I have to admit that I did not redo the skirting boards - just too much extra work and dust - I just washed them. I have had the wall paper saved for about 3 or 4 years - I bought it half price in the sales.  The paint I got last year when I started - so that was no extra cost.  The only thing I bought was a lovely, snuggly fleece throw and several cushion covers in various textures and fabrics to match.  It is a wonderful space - and I feel all clean and tidy.

I matches the other side of the room that I did last spring.


Now I am going to have a couple of weeks break - then I am going to finish the bit in the middle.  Should not be as nearly as much work as it's mostly done.







Love
kitten


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Let's get organised

This year I have stepped up the organising kick.  As I have been so rough - and we have to face reality - it's not going to improve - I am really working hard to get systems in place so I can keep up with everything.  The biggest lie we tell ourselves is that 'we will remember that' - yeah - we all know we won't!!

So - alongside my planner stuff I have been working on a 'working on sheet' type thing.  I have a notebook where I jot everything down in - then at the end of the day I organise it all on a sheet to work through the next couple of days.

this is as far as I have got - you can customise it to suit your own needs.



DAILY JOB PLAN         URGENT:

BUY:













ASK / CHECK:
DO:













THINK ABOUT:
BLOG IDEAS / ONLINE WORK:












WORK / KEEP AN EYE ON:
PERSONAL IDEAS:




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kitten


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Monthly square - Heart pattern

Bit of a love theme to this month's square as it's Valentine's Day.  You can use the square which ever way round you prefer - how's that for double value?

use - double knitting weight - worked on 4mm knitting needles – about 12g

Or chunky weight yarn - 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g

The squares worked in DK measure about 4 ½” square – and the larger ones 8” square.  

You could use 3 strands of DK together – working on 8mm knitting needles – and the square will be bigger - or 4 ply yarn on 3mm size needles and the square will be much smaller.

Cast on 29 stitches.
Row  1: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row  2: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row  3: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row  4: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row  5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row  6: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row  7: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row  8: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches,  knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row  9: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 10, purl 1, knit 10, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row  10: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 9, knit 3, purl 9, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row  11: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 8, purl 5, knit 8, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 12: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 7, knit 7, purl 7, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 13: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 6, purl 9, knit 6, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 14: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 5, knit 11, purl 5, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 15: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 4, purl 13, knit 4, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 16: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 4, knit 13, purl 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 17: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, purl 15, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 18: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, knit 15, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 19: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, purl 15, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 20: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, knit 15, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 21: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 3, purl 15, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 22: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 4, knit 6, purl 1, knit 6, purl 4, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 23: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 4, purl 5, knit 3, purl 5, knit 4, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 24: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 5, knit 3, purl 5, knit 3, purl 5, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 25: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 6, purl 1, knit 7, purl 1, knit 6, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 26: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 27: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 28: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 29: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 30: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 31: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 32: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Cast off.

I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for all my knitting work.  If you are using pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.
**** This is my own original work.  Use it for your own use or for charity selling.  Use it to inspire you, and to lead you on to other projects.  But, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.  It takes me years of learning, and months of work to produce a final pattern.

The Kitten and The Goat
9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS
Love
kitten


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Monday, 13 February 2017

Cute Kitten Monday

Monday is kitten's day off


I could not resist this one


Cake


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kitten


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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Saturday art day

I have been feeling so much better this week - can't wait to get back to more 'normal'.

I finished the inking on my page this afternoon - I have smudged it in a couple of places - going round over yourself then ink did not dry well enough - it's too cold and damp today.  I will leave it for a few weeks - then I may decorate all the blanks.




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kitten


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Thursday, 9 February 2017

New wall is coming along!

I am definitely starting to get my 'omph' back!!  I have been able to get up in the mornings this week - and I have had a little bit of energy to get on with the decorating.

I had to get the old goat to give the stripped wall a good sanding - I just could not manage that - but once it was done - and washed - I have been able to make a bit of progress.

So - I gave the plain wall a couple of coats of white paint to undercoat and make it all the same.  I am going to put 3 strips of wallpaper in the middle behind the sofa - so I marked out where that will go.  Then I have given the sides the first coat of lilac paint.  I am really pleased with it - I have been saving this wall paper for years.  It should be nearly finished by the end of the week.  Then next week I can get everything clean and put back in place - and some new dressings for the sofa will be in order.

Actually - seriously - I really have to get on and sort out the living space.  All the fleece arrived yesterday.  Who needs to get into the room anyway - opps!!!!!

Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Kit of the month - knit a teacosy

Who is up for a bit of colour work this month?  - line by line - fully explained - if you have never done any colour work before this will be a really easy start for you.  Once you have mastered the technique - you could use it to make a cushion.


The full kit is available for £9.50 (you will need a pair of 6mm knitting needles)

the pattern is available to download - you will need DK or chunky yarn and a pair of 6mm knitting needles)


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kitten


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Monday, 6 February 2017

Cute kitten fix

Monday is kitten's day off



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kitten


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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Saturday Art Day

I have been brewing this all week - mind you - I nearly gave up while I was trying to work out the grid lines!!! 


This will take me a couple of  sessions.  It is created with 3 different inks mixed directly in the pen nib so that they form several different tones and variants.  No colour remains stable and true to its self.  

It's not my neatest writing - but it's a VERY long time since I did any work like this!


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kitten


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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

What's on Your Work desk Wednesday

 - Or rather - What's in the middle of your kitchen floor!!!!!

You have been asking me to stock wadding - so I picked up a roll of 2oz and a roll of 4oz from Simon - - NO ONE TOLD ME THE ROLLS WERE THIS BIG!!!!!



You can't move in the kitchen.  I am going to split into 10m lengths and take 1 section at a time to the shop - please come and buy it!!

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kitten


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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Project Tuesdays - freebie knitting pattern

It seems we have an extra Tuesday this month for our Project Tuesdays - so - perhaps a little freebie pattern for you?  It's quite simple and there is still loads of time for snuggles!

Knitted Hot Water Bottle Cover

You will need: -
5mm knitting needles
DK or chunky yarn
Contrast yarn or ribbon for the tie and edging
Large blunt needle to sew up
4 buttons

To fit a hot water bottle – 8” / 20cm x 13” / 33cm

·         You can use either Double Knitting or Chunky weight yarn for this project.  If using Double Knitting – use 2 strands together throughout the project – if using Chunky – use 1 strand only.
·         If you need a slightly bigger size cover – use 6mm or 6.5mm knitting needles (this will take a bit more yarn).

Method - front piece
With 5mm knitting needles and main colour yarn, cast on 19 stitches.
Row 1: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 2: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 3: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (21 stitches).
Row 4: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (23 stitches).
Row 5: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (25 stitches).
Row 6: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 7: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (27 stitches).
Row 8: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 9: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (29 stitches).
Row 10: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 11: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (31 stitches).
Row 12:  *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Repeat row 12: until you have worked a TOTAL of 55 rows.
Row 56: shape shoulders – knit 2 together, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 1, knit 2 together.  (29 stitches).
Row 57: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 58: purl 2 together, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, knit 1, purl 2 together.  (27 stitches).
Row 59: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 60: knit 2 together, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 1, knit 2 together.  (25 stitches).
Row 61: purl 2 together, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, knit 1, purl 2 together.  (23 stitches).
Row 62: knit 2 together, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 1, knit 2 together.  (21 stitches).
Row 63: cast off 3 stitches, *(knit 1, purl 1) - repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.  (18 stitches.)
Row 64: cast off 3 stitches, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to end of row.  (15 stitches).
Row 65: knit 2 together, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 3 stitches, purl 1, knit 2 together.  (13 stitches)
Row 66: eyelet row – knit 1, purl 1, keeping the yarn at the front of the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together, *(bring the yarn to the front under the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together) – repeat to the last stitch, knit 1.  (You should still have 13 stitches.)
Row 67: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 68: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 69: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 70: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (15 stitches).
Row 71: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 72: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 73: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 74: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (17 stitches).
Row 75: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Work 6 more rows like row 75.
Cast off.

Back piece – buttonhole section
With 5mm knitting needles and main colour yarn, cast on 31 stitches.
Row 1: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
work 3 more rows like row 1.
Row 5: buttonhole row – purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, bring the yarn to the front of the work under the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together - 1 button hole
purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, keeping the yarn at the front of the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together - 2 button hole
knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, bring the yarn to the front under the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together - 3 button hole
purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, keeping the yarn at the front of the needle, take the yarn over the top of the needle and knit 2 together - 4 button hole
knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 6: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Work 12 more rows like row 6.

 Row 27: shape shoulders - starting at row 56: of the front section, work the top shaping in the same way.

Back piece – lower section.
With 5mm knitting needles and main colour yarn, cast on 19 stitches.
Row 1: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 2: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 3: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (21 stitches).
Row 4: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (23 stitches).
Row 5: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (25 stitches).
Row 6: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 7: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (27 stitches).
Row 8: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 9: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, knit 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (29 stitches).
Row 10: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 11: knit into the front and then into the back of the first stitch, *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last 2 stitches, purl 1, knit into the front and then into the back of the last stitch.  (31 stitches).
Row 12:  *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Repeat row 12: until you have worked 35 rows more
cast off.

To make a cord
With 5mm knitting needles and contrast colour yarn, cast on 3 stitches.
knit across row – do not turn the work – keeping the needles in the same hands slip the stitches back onto the left hand needle – knit all stitches.  Continue knitting the stitches and slipping the work back onto the other needle until you have the length you require.  You don’t have to pull the yarn hard or do anything else – the work will naturally turn back on its self and make a cord.  You can use 2/3/4/5/ stitches to make different thickness cords.  (called an ‘I cord’).

To make up
lay the back piece flat – lay the bottom front section on the top – make sure that the curves match all the way round.  Use the main colour yarn and sew right on the very edges of the knitting to join the two sections together.  Do NOT sew across the very top where the bottle stopper will be.  Lay the top section over the work – make sure the top shaping matches exactly and join the top to the base.  Leave a gap at the sides of the eyelet row to thread the tie through.  Sew the buttons in place under the button holes.  Thread the tie through the eyelet row.  Insert the bottle.

Take a step further
·         you can add blanket stitch all round the edges – or just the top.
·         you can sew a ribbon all around the edge and use a ribbon for the tie.
·         crochet a flower – or cut one from felt and add to the cover
·         You can add any decoration you wish – just remember not to use anything metal as it will get hot!

* I use Robin 100% acrylic Double Knitting yarn for all my knitting.  If you use a natural or a wool mix yarn you will need more.

Disclaimer: This is my own original work.  Use it for your own personal use only, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.

The Kitten and The Goat
9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS
www.princesskitten.co.uk


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kitten


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Monday, 30 January 2017

Cute Kitten Fix

Monday is kitten's day off


OMG - SOOOO MUCH NEW STUFF - I CAN KEEP UP -  I CAN KEEP UP - I CAN - OHH FISH


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kitten


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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Saturday Art Day

Art day - with a bit of a difference.

I decided I needed a big folder to carry my papers arround in.  Bit bigger than A4 - with a bit of 'growing room' - and a stiffish cover - but still light to carry.  Don't want much do I ?

This started life as a bit of left over mount board that just happened to be a bit bigger than I needed.  The papers are Graphic 45  Rare Oddities from about 18 months ago.




Don't ask me for measurements - I just bumbled about and faffed around until it did what I wanted it to!  I need to find some sort of elastic closure so my papers stay neat - but it's another step on my organising journey!


Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Let's make a doll

I haven't really decided what to to with the last 'Project Tuesday' in the month - torn between embroidery, and making and clothing a rag doll.

I rather like the idea of making a rag doll and adding to her set of clothes every month.  It's great practice for making up whatever you fancy in different fabrics - and experimenting with drawing up your own patterns on a small, more manageable scale before you get too ambitions and start draughting your own patterns

Right click on the pattern image - and copy it as an image.  Then open a new document and insert the image.  You can enlarge it to what ever size you fancy - mine was on a single A4 sheet of paper.

From a heavier weight tight woven cotton fabric - cut 2 x head pieces, 4 x arm pieces, 4 x leg pieces, 2 x body pieces.

Create a face on the head.  Does not have to be anything complicated - mine is just back stitch and long stitch for the eyes, back stitch for the mouth and a couple of cross stitches on the cheeks.

With the right sides of the fabric together sew arms and legs together - leaving the short side open for turning.  With the right sides of the fabric together sew the head together leaving the neck edge open for turning.  Turn the pieces right side out and press.  Stuff all these pieces fairly firmly.

lay one of the body pieces on the table - lay the head on the body with the neck opening at the top.  Tack across with a few stitches to secure while you assemble the body.  Lay the arms across the body with the open ends at the sides of the body.   Tack across with a few stitches to secure while you assemble the body.


Lay the other body piece on top and pin round the body sides and head encasing all the body pieces in the middle.  This is a bit fiddly when you get to the last arm - it is easier to sew each side separately - and finish the last one by hand - just go gently.  Leave the side for the legs open.  Turn body out and stuff fairly firmly.

Turn up a small seam at the base of the body - place the legs on one side and tack in place.  Stuff the body fairly firmly and seam straight across the bottom to encase the legs.

We will tackle the hair next week as I want to give you a couple of options - other wise this post will be huge

The instructions will be added to my website - in the Crafter's Corner


Love
kitten


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Monday, 23 January 2017

cute kitten fix

Monday is Kitten's day off


Kind a working - kind a napping - waiting for the storm that is gonna happen soon1

Love
kitten


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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Saturday Art Day

I am slowly getting better - but I am trying to take things as easy as possible.

I spent a lovely afternoon finishing my flower pot page

There are all sorts of ink and paints used - which create all sorts of different textures and finishes - plus a few paper flowers - and glitter!

Love
kitten


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Friday, 20 January 2017

Fabric lined basket

I have a bit of a thing for the old fashioned shopping wicker / cane baskets.  I love them!  I can't resist them when I find one in a charity shop and use them for storage and work baskets.

I also like to line them.  They are usually a bit rough on the inside for storing yarns and fabrics so I love jazzing them up with a different fabric.

This little chap has been sitting on the shelf for a while.  I sprayed it with a bit of metallic gold and lined it with a fabric that was gifted to me.


I seamed the top and ran a ribbon through so that I could tie a bow at each side


A lucky co-incidence is that there is a super little gap at each side to keep my spare knitting needles tucked in out of the way.


The basket has a flat plywood base - so it was easy to cut the base the correct shape and gather 2 side panels to fit.  The lining sits in the basket beautifully!


Love
kitten


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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Let's talk wire

In the first of a series about jewellery making and components I will tell you a bit about the different wires used.

Wire is wire - right? - - yeah - right! -- like it's that simple.

Wire is made from different materials and in different thicknesses to do different things.  You need to think what you want your wire to do - and then choose what will do the job.

The easiest to explain is aluminium wire.  Aluminium wire is made from exactly the same stuff as your aluminium foil sheets in the kitchen.  it is soft and bendable - crease-able and flexible and can be worked and reworked until  you are happy with the shape.  It comes in several thicknesses - I have never seen it thinner than 1mm - usually 1mm / 1.5mm / 2mm - but can go thinker for large model sculpting.  It does come in loads of colours - it is usually a coloured plastic film coating which will scratch  and distress if want it too.  It is perfect for sculpting shapes - commonly used under paper mache figures or in mixed media / floristry where you want to sculpt an intricate shape - also as the backbone for wire wrapping.  It won't hold it's shape in heavy use or if you put any weight on it.



Next we have copper based.  Comes in loads of colours - usually a plastic coating as before,This can come as a thin copper wire which is very flexible and is mostly used for the detailed weaves in wire wrapping - also to add beads to larger pieces and for mixed media pieces to add coils and swirls and texture - and for wire crochet and knitting - yes really!


Now it gets a bit more complicated.  You can add other metal too and make stronger wire.  The stuff used for making jump rings - ear ring wires etc is a copper base - treated differently and with other things added to make it harder and more resilient - it comes in a huge range of different thicknesses - called gauges - for different uses.  This one is much harder to work into shape - won't easily forgive you if  you make a mistake - but will hold its shape and take a bit of weight.  You can make your own jump rings for chain mail  and Byzantine work - but I won't confuse you any further today - we will think about gauge and work-ability later.

Think about how soft and workable you want your wire to be.

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