Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Dyeing with Sharpies - very easy


100% Cotton - (T Shirt) 
Piece of thick cardboard - for placing inside T Shirt
Sharpies - preferably with thick 'nibs'
Eye/Medicine Dropper
95% Alcohol - (make sure your room is well ventilated)

Draw dots with Sharpies on to your T Shirt 
Gently drop alcohol on to your dots - they will spread.
Let them dry.
Place in tumble dryer for about 15-20 mins, then wash.

Pure silk can also be used.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Nightime Photo + Photoshop Effects

Original photo taken at night
Photoshop - "cutout"
Photoshop - "watercolour"

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Jupiter

this beautiful picture is Jupiter from the bottom up (!)
It seems to lend itself to lots of ideas ..........................
 This is the right way up!

Friday, 1 July 2016

ScrapBag


I bought some lovely vintage fabric pieces recently, and having a bit of spare time, (yay!), - decided to do some stitching - which I haven't done for ages.  (This bag probably shows that!) However, I really enjoyed doing it.  Whilst rummaging, I also came across some beautiful buttons, which I just dont remember buying - maybe someone gave them to me* - anyway, I used those too.  


I've been fusing glass recently, (in a microwave kiln), and you have to wait while the glass cools down - so as I've been sorting through my fabrics, I did a bit of sewing, while waiting.

*have since found out where they kindly came from :o)

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