Friday, 25 February 2011

Happy Bunny

He looks a little bit startled actually, but I'm a happy bunny to have finished this little chap.
Does anyone remember me talking about the window competitions that we have here in Alyth ?
I may have mentioned that I won the Christmas competition...
I was rather chuffed about that.
Last year we had a competition for valentines day which I didn't win BOOO !!!
This year we an Easter competition and I have been giving a lot of thought as to how my window should look. Obviously, big bunny here will have to take prime position. I still have about a month to let my imagination run wild so who knows just who or what will be there in the supporting roles.

Any suggestions will be gratefully received as I have a tendency to get a bit silly.
Can't believe I just admitted that ...
Fiona x

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Recycling update

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Me and pencils don't really work together.
I have a lot of stuff going on in my head but as soon as I try to illustrate it with a pen and a piece of paper it just seems to get a bit lost in translation.
Anyway, I have done my best and hopefully these pics show how to cut fabric strips as I did yesterday. When you finish cutting the fabric you can roll it in to a great big ball of yarn-like stuff and crochet it into a mat or whatever takes your fancy.

I've even recycled and old receipt for the purpose of this demonstration. A bit easier to photgraph on the kitchen table than an old teletubby duvet cover which I am in the process of cutting up now.

And now the clever bit with the guide lines drawn in  .. tee hee..
Obviously there are wee kinks in the yarn where you turn the fabric but they crochet in quite nicely and I think they kind of add to the effect.
If you change colours  along the way the ends will have to be worked in but hopefully that won't put you off.

Friday, 18 February 2011

A little bit of recycling

I did a bit of cutting and crocheting today. It was meant to be a practice run really but I'm quite pleased with the result.
This was a piece of fleece fabric, left over from a long forgotten project and left to languish in the basement with a lot of other long forgotten projects.
I had come across an article recently about recycling fabrics by cutting them in to strips and crocheting them into a bath mat. The strips are about 15mm wide and crocheted on a 10mm hook so once you get past the cutting the crocheting bit is really quick.

I think, to be honest that the fleece was a bit too thick but it worked up really quickly and is now about 12 inches in diameter and that only took four rounds with my big fat 10mm hook.
I'm going to have to root around for something else to cut up now as I have just about run out of this fleece. It would obviously defeat the purpose if I went out and bought fabric wouldn't it...

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Happy New Year.....

Maybe this posting should be called "Happy New Month"
Or maybe " Where have you been since Christmas ?"
I could tell you all about our terrible weather, the layers of thermal underwear that have made getting dressed each day  a bit like the preparation for an Arctic Expedition.
I could tell you that frostbite had got the better of my typing fingers, not to mention the difficulty of crocheting with your gloves on.
Or I could just say that I have been enjoying a bit of a blogging break.
January is always a bit quiet... (really quiet this year !!) and I try to use this time to plan my strategy for the year ahead. I've just started planning which craft fairs to do. Is it just me or does there always seem to be two good fairs on the same day and I have yet to figure out how to be in two places at once?
Maybe that could be this years' challenge... Possibly not.
I hope everyone out there is well and I look forward to catching up with all my favourite blogs now that I am back on the computer.
Fiona x

Oh, and by the way. A friend of mine has just joined the blogging world. Kerstin is a very talented ceramics artist and has some of her work in Buy Design. Maybe you would like to pop over for a visit to
alythceramicstudio to offer some bloggy encouragement.