Saturday, 31 March 2012
I've also been knitting some little things for the animated film, but will not be showing them.
It is the Easter Break now which means 2 weeks away from the day job, so perhaps I can re-charge my batteries and be a bit more creative!
Sunday, 25 March 2012
She'll be going into the Etsy shop later today. I really want to spend more time sewing these tiny felt bears but with another list of knitted articles to be getting on with, I just don't know when.
Saturday, 24 March 2012
So this week, while I have had some free afternoons for a change, I have made a start on a little project that's been in the back of my mind for a few weeks ever since I got the exciting bundle of remnant fabrics from Taiwan. I want to make some tiny bears and give them pretty dresses to wear. The first one is in white and she is still naked, although her limb joints are adorned with some tiny flower buttons.
I've also just received a big bundle of felt in all sorts of wonderful colours that you just don't see in craft shops (not in our neck of the woods anyway) so there is no excuse not to squeeze in a bit of sewing here and there.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Indeed, it is a miniature knitted fox stole. This is for a puppet only and will not be available for sale/commission ever as it was VERY HARD TO MAKE! It wasn't the adapting of the pattern from human to dolly-size, it was the sheer tinyness of the needles, yarn, everything. Gripping dpns the size of cocktail sticks and doing the wrap-and-turn shaping of the head, my whole left shoulder, arm and thumb kept going into spasm. Maybe it's a result of knitting 3 normal size animal mascot scarves in quick succession this week(sounds of gentle sobbing....) but I think I've invented a new medical condition which I shall call Knitter's Palsy! Wearing a thumb brace helps alot...when I remember to put it on, by which time it's usually too late.
I'm not really complaining - I love the challenge of knitting in miniature and the results are worth it. I just wish my thumb would enjoy it as much as I do....
Monday, 19 March 2012
The fish has a concealed wire up his middle, which works just fine outside the lighbulb. Stuff him inside the bulb and the wire gets bent and so do his fins...it involved a great deal of poking and prodding with a pair of forceps and a crochet hook, as well as his removal and re-insertion a couple of times. Then you have to get the arrangement of the weed and fish to your liking, followed by carefully pushing the wires through a piece of plasticene which then has to be wedged into the base of the bulb.
Then you carefully place it in a rough-hewn wooden base which used to be a candlestick made by your daughter at school, go upstairs to show it off to your son...who promptly drops it. Run downstairs, bit of re-arranging, followed by super-glueing the thing into it's base (should have done that the first time...) and it's done!
I think it's cute - do you? I'd like to sell these but goodness knows how I would transport them by post, I don't think it would be possible. But if you live locally you can order one! I'd like to do more of these with various types of fish inside, the possibilities are endless.
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Today I took off the old sheets for washing before breakfast and it was an hour or so before I went back up there to put the fresh ones on. This is what I found - a quite spectacular pyramid of soft toys - the photo does not do justice to the sheer mathematical precision of this arrangement. I don't know how long it took her or if it was the work of some entity from the film Poltergeist, but it really made me laugh! It made putting the sheets on a whole lot easier too!
Thursday, 15 March 2012
I did have time yesterday to hollow out a lightbulb.......why? You may ask - I'm going to fill it with something which will hopefully look quite cute. It took two attempts to get a successfully empty bulb - I managed to poke a screwdriver through the first one just as I had finished doing the hard work of getting the thick glass seal broken down and out of the way. The thing I am most proud of is getting it done without any blood loss!
Saturday, 10 March 2012
What's next? You'll just have to wait and see........
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
So opening the envelope today was a lovely surprise - I had forgotten about ordering the pretty pink floral piece and what was in the selection pack of small remnant pieces. Now apart from sorting through them and admiring their gorgeousness, what am I going to make......
Monday, 5 March 2012
It's back to work today though - time to plant up those seeds for the garden and to get on with some paid work rather than playing with my own projects!
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Anyway, the Chinese Crested caught my eye and I fancied drawing him in fine detail. It's very soothing to quietly sit there using tiny pencil strokes, working at my own pace intead of breakneck speed.
I also found myself looking up rescue sites on the web to see if any of these adorable little dogs were up for adoption.....but having an almost-wolf (would-be wolf?) in the house might scupper that idea!
Friday, 2 March 2012
Together with the grey yarn I incorporated silver silk thread and green/purple irridescent thread in order to create a bit of shine. When the fish was complete, I sewed on some re-cycled sequins (goodbye pretty Indian cushion, you were so beautiful until you started to disintegrate...) and embroidered lines on the top fin and tail.
I do like fish......when I get a spare moment (haha!) I want to make another shoal-of-fish mobile.