Friday, 20 January 2017

Holiday painting

 Two very different styles from the same artist. That could mean a number of things. I'll take on the 'versatile' one.

"Michaelmas daisies"
"Stacks on the mill"

Friday, 13 January 2017

Woollen Sweater

It's a fairly dumb time to knit warm woollen sweaters. The temperature yesterday was 33 degrees. But on the other hand, I knit more carefully and thoughtfully as there is no rush to wear it.

I spent ages trying to find a pattern that had all the components I wanted in a jumper but couldn't. So I made this up from scratch. I had to knit the yolk three times as it didn't sit well. Other than that it went together ok. The wool is from Skeinz in Napier and online. It is gorgeous yarn, 70% kid mohair and 30% merino.
I wanted a dropped hem, loose cuffs and bottom edge, cables, wide neck and raglan sleeves. Now I'll have to wait for Winter before I can wear it.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Stuffed puppy

He's a bit annoying as he doesn't sit flat on the ground. If I made him again, I would sculpt his little tummy so his feet are more grounded. Otherwise...cute.

I found both the stuffed toys in a book called "Sew Cute to Cuddle." By Mariska Vos-Bolman.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Rag doll

I have half made another rag doll for Olivia who is not quite 2 yet, but stopped when I realised that the doll's hair will only cause her mother headaches. So this little doll with its fabric hair is much more chewable.
Before face embroidery

Monday, 28 November 2016

Relationship Series.

"Not until your room is tidy."
"If you don't tell mum, I will."

"Was that you?"
"Our children will be so cute."

"But Davis Jones had a sale!"
"I feel a spree coming on."
"But, it wasn't me Dad."

"Leader of the pack."

"How can seven years younger not be an accident?"

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Air dry clay

Air dry clay.

These little vessels need to dry first, then I plan to rub ink into them and wipe back to emphasis the layers.

I've rolled the clay then pressed it into my lino cuts. The bowl shape comes from pressing them into bowls from the kitchen.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Personalised Labels

I've wanted to stitch little labels into my home made gifts for some time but it all seemed a bit laborious and time consuming. Well, I found the time and with a bit of help from Mrs Google, I have made a variety of personalised labels.
Choosing what to say took a while. I didn't want them to sound too cheesy or inappropriate. So I came up with 'one of a kind' as no two gifts come out the same. 

 I used 'Pages' on my Mac. I put the text and image into a table. I reversed the text and images and printed onto Avery T-shirt transfer paper, cut each label out and ironed them onto cotton tape.