Sunday, 1 May 2016

Microwave Fused Glass - experiment

I'm really pleased with this experiment, as I had no idea how the pieces would fuse.

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Colours of Nature

Primulas - this colour is just wonderful .........
these Narcissi are pure white - beautiful
these Roses were on their way out - but still beautiful

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sparkly Socks

Basic Sock Pattern
........ you cant see the sparkle very easily, but the yarn is really pretty.

unfortunately I cant find the yarn label anywhere :(

fused/warm glass pieces

I'm trying to get a little more adventurous with my experiments fusing glass.  
I think I now need the next  size  up kiln!

Monday, 28 March 2016

watercolour brushstrokes

... plus some gold ink

just playing with watercolours .....................

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Decorated Eggs - Ancient and Amazing!

2000 BC Egyptian Egg

3000 yr old Punic Egg - Ibiza
From Ur (Iraq)
engraved Stone-Age eggs - South African

..... couldn't really resist this one :)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Fused Glass - small pieces

I am definitely getting addicted to this! :)
There are so many design ideas to experiment with.
I've discovered that if you place clear glass on top of your design - it will 'stay' -
rather than fuse together and distort.  However, when making the small pendants,
I dont do this as I like the randomness of the designs.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Crochet Doiley

had some lovely soft crochet cottons bought for me - in ice cream colours -
at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia (2016)
and have been 'winging it'.  I'll use up all the cotton
and see how large the doiley gets - it might become a tablecloth! 
Have also been using new crochet hook - very 'ergonomic' and comfortable to use

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Eco Art

 Nick Neddo is a multi-talented artist - his work looks wonderful -
pen and ink
Willow bundles



Marina Fomchenko

Mahdi Chandler

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

FREE PATTERN - knitted small bag and fingerless gloves

This little bag is knitted from 2 diagonal-knit squares (changing colour halfway)

Using Sock Yarn and approx. 3.25 needles
You can, of course, use Double Knitting yarn, with larger sized needles - to make a larger bag. 

Diagonal-Knit Square:
Cast on 3 stitches.
K. one row.
Knit all rows -  increasing in the last stitch on each row until you have half-triangle shape to the size you want.
Begin your decreases - again at the end of each row - K2tog. until  you have completed your square and have 3 stitches left.  
Cast off 2 sts. and thread yarn through last loop, pull gently.  
You should then have a diagonally knitted square.

On each Square, I then picked up all stitches on one edge, Stocking Stitch a few rows, so that the piece curls over.  I stitched this to the 1st row thus making a tube for the (knitted) cord to pass through.

Link for Mitts

Monday, 15 February 2016

Fused Glass making in a Microwave

I've recently bought a Fuseworks Microwave Kiln - and am having great fun with it.
(do take care to read all the Instructions that come with it.)
You get all the beginner's essentials to practice with - (as shown on the box.)  You do have to buy Goggles separately - which are essential when cutting glass, and as you get more practiced, you will want different tools.

At first, it's a little nerve-racking - but you get used to the timings, and you wont have to sit in front of the microwave - watching for the full length of time!  I still make sure that I unplug the micro each time I've finished though ....... just in case :)
The thicker the pieces of glass, obviously the longer the timing for firing will be.

NEVER take the microwave kiln out without wearing the special heat-resistant gloves, or touch the glass until it has cooled down for minimum of 30 mins.

There are lots of very good videos on You-Tube for Fusing Glass in a Microwave Kiln.

here are a few of the small pendants/pieces I have made - experiments, but quite pleased with them


Saturday, 6 February 2016

Suzan Drummen


"The installations for example, are made from crystal, chrome-plated metal, precious stones, mirrors and optical glass. From a distance they appear clear and orderly, yet upon closer inspection, the eyes become disoriented by the many details and visual stimuli. That moment, of being able to take it all in or not, is explored, time and time again. The visual perception is challenged, requisitioned and intensified."

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Colour and Architecture, Crouch End, NW London.

this is a pic of an old shop door in Crouch End, NW London.  Apparently the shop is going to be 'refurbished' into a burger restaurant - - 
I hope they dont chuck this door away!