Below is my finished my Kaleidoscopes, I had more than I needed so just had to decide how to use them now!
I had to make a lot of decision for each repeat as with a 60 degree triangle each scope could be used three ways, depending on how it was rotated.
So I decided to make three projects in total:
I started with the mini runner as I Would prefer to make any beginners mistakes on it rather than the main piece. I really pleased with my progress on it so far, I stitched in the ditch, just need to decide hom much more quilting I should use on it.
It’s been nearly four years since my last post! I was busy completing my nursing degree, I had to sacrifice my craft time amongst other things to complete it but it worth it I got a first! and now that I’m working I find the 12 hour shift good for giving me whole days off to concentrate on crafting.
So at the moment I have a couple of four main projects im working on
- Brioche knit hat
- Anne Stokes Cross stitch
- Kaleidoscope quilted table runner
- Labyrinth board game miniatures
Brioche knit hat
There not much to report on the knitting front, I saw a beautiful bit of brioche knitting on Reddit and decided I wanted to give it a go. after a bit of research I discovered I have sampled this technique before but I never made a finished object with it. so I have cast on Elizabieta Torenc’s flaming beanie. Only on the head band so not much to show at the moment!
Anne Stokes cross Stich
I pick up a £1 ponsetta cross stitch pattern over the holiday and I really enjoyed so I decided to embark on my first full coverage cross stich piece. It 10 x 10 inches based on Anne stokes artwork. I know it will take months, so it’s a daunting piece to start but enjoying my progress so far…`
Kaleidoscope quilted table runner
I’m hoping to move into my a new home soon, though it’s quite a stressful process I’m finding the idea of designing and decorating quite enjoyable. I’ve done a few piecework pillow which I really enjoyed so I wanted to continue and explore this side of sewing. I really love the Kaleidoscope patterns, but they tend to look quite old-fashioned. So to make the runner more my aesthetic, im using Alexander Henry zombie fabric. I need 6 repeats for my hexagons. I hoped 2.5 metre would be sufficient. It’s not enough to do full width repeats, I only have 4 full width repeats. Luckily a table runner doesnt requires many blocks. So today I been trying to work out how to cut out the 3 repeat per width in my fabric.
Labyrinth board game miniatures
I got riverhorse labyrinth board game for my birthday present so am now embarking on painting my first miniatures! done some shading on Sarah but I have mainly done the base layer so far but really enjoying learning about painting minis!
So I’m trying to make a pauldron for my first LARP event in 2 weeks. The Tower design is the symbol for the Shattered Tower, who is the group I’m going with.
I wasn’t able to follow any on line pattern as all I had was scraps of leather so the first trick was to work which pieces I could use to make the design.
So then I tested putting it all together. It wasn’t quite right, Thankfully a friend pointed out the joins were to low down on each piece.
I would have to make new rivet holes, but what to do with the old ones? I cut the old whole off and made the diagonal corners a design feature, I then realised the diagonals really suited edges so started experimenting with widths
I like the wide edge but my rivet hole are set at 2 cm, so the smaller 1 cm edge compliments them a lot more.
The Pauldrons are starting to look finished, I just need finalise the shape of the top piece. I would also like to edge the top piece but I’m not sure if its possible after dying it.
I have been experimenting with leather work. It’s something I wanted to try for while, this Christmas my parents kindly got me a beginners leather work kit. I’m still eating turkey sandwiches and I have made everything possible in the kit, I’ve ordered more supply on eBay and waiting with bated breath for them to arrive, holiday post sucks! At the moment I foresee Leather cos-play armour but once I am more used manipulating Leather a corset is in order. I can see a corset with a large carved leather cameo on the horizon.
I know there not Steampunk but I have been creatively inactive for a little while so I just wanted to do something silly and fun, in steps some watch parts from eBay and a glue gun!
I didn’t take much notice of the scaling of the watch part when I brought them so they were too small create a design, they are used best for adding texture. I’ve ordered some larger cog which I’m going to use on the side of the boot for the main decoration. I will post more picture with I add the big cogs.
So I attended a screen printing workshop at the London Textiles Studio today, it was amazing fun it felt great to have a Squeegee back in my hand, another thing that has been missing for about ten years. I’m really pleased with the results and about im about to spend a few hours internet shopping to get my own kit.
The Design is inspired from some vintage tattoo flash I’ve been experimenting with.