Monday, 25 February 2008

Spotty Apron

Here is the little apron I made the other day. I've never made one before, but I was inspired by the site Tie One On, which is all about aprons, and every other month has an apron show-and-tell with a theme. I took the pattern for this one from a pink gingham apron I found in an op-shop. It has a cute 1950s feel to it I think.

Here is a detail of the pocket. I cut the cat out of felt and sewed it on with tiny little stitches. I think I will put some red ricrac around the hem just to finish it off. A word of warning, though, I just did some baking and nothing shows up flour more than a black apron! I think red or black gingham would be a more sensible choice. Oh well, I'll just have to keep this one as my entertaining apron.

Friday, 22 February 2008

Zsuzsa Kollo

My sister Zsuzsa is having an exhibition at the moment at the Colville Street Art Gallery in Tasmania, and when I looked at the catalogue, I was suprised to see a painting of me! I didn't even know she had done it, it's called House of the Ancestors. I'm rather excited and flattered.

Another of her new paintings that I really like is House of Strings. She often paints her daughters and I think this might be my niece Kara as the model. Click here to see the rest of the exhibition.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

I Love Etsy

I've just discovered the wonderful world of Etsy! There are so many people out there making beautiful things, I just had to get myself some of it. I bought a set of 30 stickers from Carambatack Design, which sells delicate drawings of girls with forests and stars in their hair. A few days later, a decorated letter from Norway arrived, and there were my stickers in a little wallet, with a note and everything! I'm so enchanted.

The Wolf's lovely Mother brought me round some Japanese origami paper this morning, which was very thoughtful of her. I have a terrible weakness for paper and stationary in any form.

On the creative front, I made my first piece of amigurumi, from Elisabeth Doherty's wonderfully titled book, Amigurui! Super Happy Crochet Cute.

Pattern: Fresh Strawberries by Elisabeth A. Doherty
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 12ply
Hook: 3.5mm

I'm quite please with the way this turned out, it was very quick and easy. I think I would use acrylic yarn next time as this wool seems a trifle fuzzy, but I like the way the seed bead seeds look. I might make another one and go out in public with them on top of my hair, kind of Carmen Miranda meets Frida Kahlo!

I found this fabric at G J's Discount Fabrics, seriously one of the best places in Melbourne to buy fabric. They have lovely quilting stuff, lots of little patterns in great colours. I made a small zippered purse, which turned out quite well except I can never quite get the end of the zip right, and it always curves a bit. But I haven't made one of these for about a year, so it's not so bad.

The oak leaf pattern is apparentlyc called Cocheco II (1883-1889), from The American Textile History Museum.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

My Bleeding Heart

St Valentine's Day is approaching, and here is a Valentines card I made for The Dabbled Black Heart Anti-Valentines Contest. It is about the size of a real human heart, done in watercolours on card, and has red fringing hanging down from the bottom, like blood.

In other news, I've started on the Look Sharp Socks, but I haven't progressed very far, because the pattern includes oodles of my most hated knitting technique. I don't mind sewing up seams, I actually prefer double pointed needles over circular, but I HATE picking up stitches! And of course this has you picking them up at the edge of every new little square, so I will have to force myself to continue. The Cascade Fixation is quite strange to knit with, spongy and springy, a little disconcerting. This photo is horribly dark and you can't really see what is going on.

I've also started another crochet project from The Happy Hooker, this is the Sweetpea Shawl. I had a whole lot of bamboo yarn from Lincraft that I foolishly thought would work for a top, but turned out to be way too floppy and devoid of any stretch or bounce. I've never used bamboo before but know figure that it should be treated like cotton. So I had to re-think my plans and use it for something else, hence the shawl.. It works up fairly quickly as it is mostly made up of double-treble stitches, and if I decide the red is too bright and offensive, apparently viscose (that's what bamboo is, basically) dyes well apparently. I'm thinking a deep blood red.