Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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