Tuesday, March 31, 2009

More bag charms


More bag charms

I have dug further into my bead stash (I have one of those too) and created a few more bag charms whilst watching The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. The little yellow one is a series of wrapped loops on head pins and wire as mI had run out of chain and some of the yellow beads holes were too narrow to take a head pin.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Go!Go!Go!

This is a special weekend guest appearance of cup of the day. I needed a coffee to sip whilst I waited to cheer on M, G, S & X who were running the Eastleigh 10K. The cup sleeve was a last minute hack so, unfortunately, is not up to usual standard.



Anyway, congrats due to all who ran (especially S & X as this was their first Eastleigh 10K) hope you got the time you wished for!

Special mention to RL - sorry if I put you off your (rather too speedy for us mere mortals) pace - and to JL (if you were running I couldn't spot you).

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I think Mr.T will approve

I have made little bit of room in my life for the allotment. Even my studio has a little room for it. This is what the window sill in there now looks like:

Friday, March 27, 2009

Jewellery Workshop 2

Spent another pleasant evening at a jewellery workshop at my company social club (its better than it sounds). Where I rustled up the following yummy bracelet:

Workshop 2 bracelet

This was finished after the lesson as I was mainly occupied during the lesson with this bag charm:
Workshop 2 bag charm

I can now (almost) do wire wrapped loops with my eyes closed - not quite like a pro (consistency needed)but both projects were certainly good for practise!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Last cup of March

Cup 26/03/09

Cup of the day is going on vacation. It might mean that some sewing appears here....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Birthday bits

A month ago I attended a jewellery making workshop with my friend G where we learnt how to make floating bead necklaces. It was led by the people from World of Beads, a local bead shop in Winchester.
It is my friend C's birthday, a significant one, but we're not shouting about it too much (the clue is in the number of flowers on the card). I decided to make C this necklace and a pair of matching earrings using some of the gorgeous and more expensive (but worth it) Murano glass beads that World of Beads stock in their Parchment Street shop. As this is my third version of this necklace the finish is much improved from my first attempt in the workshop. (I forgot to photograph the turquoise one which I made for my sister H's birthday).
If you have never had much luck with the fiddly loops required of earrings and other jewellery making techniques the videos found here are really useful - very clear production so you can see exactly what is being done, or, if you are in the area I would recommend the workshops at World of Beads.

By luck I had a matching little pochette that I made some time ago from "Omiyage" by Kumiko Sudo to put the birthday jewellery in.
I then used some of my watercolour cartridge paper to make a little box and flower:
A matching card was also produced from my card and paper stash:
Happy Birthday C! By now we should be celebrating with you in a nearby tavern.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cup 20/3/09

Cup 20/07/09
Brown parcel paper, "scrunched" up, gesso, acrylic and metallic wax.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cup 19/03/09

Cup 19/07/09
Photocopy of newspaper collage with metallic ink wash.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cup 18/03/09

Cup 18/03/09

Pattern & shape manipulation.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cup 17/03/09


Cup 17/03/09

From the Anna Piaggi Exhibition guide held at the V&A

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fabric Challenge

As well as some of my old junk my Mum left me with some offcuts of fabric from my Grandma's old fabric stash, to see what I would come up with.
I have started on one of the pieces already as the grey diamond piece "spoke" to me. Here is a sneak preview:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A quick trip down memory lane

My folks have just paid me and M a quick visit. They have been doing some tidying up of their home and bestowed on me a couple of boxes (and sacks) of some of the detritus I left behind 15 years ago.
Going through the stuff I have made the following discoveries about my past:

  1. I have a preliminary certificate in trampolining which I don't remember taking.
  2. My hairstyle in the early 90s made me look like a boy.
  3. I went on a trip to Northumbria when I was 11.
  4. My mum drew ace pictures for my trip write up which I then coloured in.
  5. I managed to pass a grade 4 clarinet exam - goodness knows how.
  6. I got an award for house tennis in my first year at secondary school - I don't remember this either.
  7. I took exams in acting and got awarded merits.
  8. My taste in handbags was boring (thankfully improved).
  9. I can only remember the names of my maths and French teachers.
  10. I got an A for my appliqué cushion cover.
  11. I knitted some questionable sweaters.
  12. My family loved me very much (even my sisters).
The other thing they left here - if you are reading this Mum - is their coolbox with half a carrot cake. Yum!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cup 12/03/09


Cup 12/03/09

computer printout of pattern play

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cup 11/03/09


Cup 11/03/09

wax rubbings over a indian textile stamp with black ink wash

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tall tote from a tea towel

I got given this tea towel for Christmas by one of my sisters. Within minutes of receiving and admiring the art work of my niece and her classmates, I thought of making a bag or something out of it rather than add it to the stash of cloths which will be wiped over my damp crockery and pans.


I noticed that A's self portrait was roughly in the centre of one half the tea towel. I cut the two ends of the tea towel off for the handles and trimmed the remaining side to the same size as the first side of the bag, giving me the following pieces:

I then constructed the handles by folding the handle pieces in half lengthways and sewing along the long edges with a 1/4 inch seam - this was the perfect amount to get the hand prints of the border squarely on one side of the handle. I then turned the handles to the right side, with my trusty rouleau loop turner. Neatening the ends had already been done for me:

I then noticed something uncanny on the unused scrap of tea towel:

There is a kid in a small corner of this country with my nickname and similar length hairstyle (as well as dimples - which I also have). Thanks for the portrait Kitty - you don't mind if I borrow do you? Cheers. Of course, if I wasn't being lazy I could have got a blank scrap of the tea towel and drawn my own but it wouldn't have been as half as cute.

I then found a some scraps of felt and fusible webbing and then created 1/2 inch frames which would border A's & my (ahem) portraits. I cut out the centre with straight scissors and the outside edge with a pair of deckled edge paper scissors. (though I used pinking shears for the second frame)


I then ironed on the blue frame round A's conveniently placed self-portrait, and placed my portrait with some extra fusible web over a little kid who probably has freckles but who looks like they may have had chicken pox that week (or hitting the teenage acne years a little early). I topstitched round with some contrasting thread in red.

I then got on with constructing the bag: sewing up the bottom and edges, neatening where necessary and squaring off the corners.
I then turned over the top inch of the bag (again, the neatening had been done for me) and attached the handles:
Giving me a tall tote. Suitable for my dancing shoes for Monday's lessons or for large bottles of soda pop and baguettes when I visit the shops.


Oh yeah, K, the tea towel you gave me? It's given M some VERY BAD* ideas and will be doctored shortly - watch this space.

*no we do NOT do the washing up - even if we have to.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Matchy matchy


Last Sunday, I wandered down to the pottery cafe just around the corner from me. I spent a nice peaceful hour sponge stencilling some plates. The design was taken from some Bridgewater spongeware mugs which I recently inherited. As the mugs also had matching bowls and a jug I thought a couple of almost coordinating plates would be a nice thing to have. Then I have a nice breakfast set or if soup is on the menu a lunch set. The plate in the photo above is nicely accessorised with some blueberry pancakes, or rather it was (and that solo one didn't last long either)

Blueberry Pancakes (makes 6-8)
125ml rice milk
1 egg
100g plain flour
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp caster sugar
olive oil
handful of blueberries

Preheat a non-stick pan on the hob. Loosely mix all ingredients except for the blueberries & oil in a jug. Use whisk attachment of blender until mixture is combined and bubbly. Drizzle a little olive oil in the pan. Add 3 small ladefuls of batter to the pan. Sprinkle over blueberries and dribble a little more batter over the blueberries to just cover. Wait for the batter to bubble and dry a little. Flip over pancakes and cook for a further minute or so. Repeat with remaining batter. Dot with a little butter* and eat whilst drinking some decent coffee.

* maple syrup wouldn't go amiss either.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Cup 06/03/09


Cup 06/03/09

Inkjet printout of some shape play.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Cup 04/03/09


Cup 04/03/09

Old printout of some gauntlets at the V&A I was studying last year for my design work. I was asked at the weekend whether I had discovered the V&A website yet. Ummm yeah - considering I couldn't have finished my course without it!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Monochrome March

Cup 03/03/09

Or, more accurately, Achromatic March but it doesn't really have the double-M ring to it. Also I may slip a teensy weensy bit of colour....

Monday, March 02, 2009

Cup 02/03/09


Cup 03/02/09

Taken from Anna Piaggi at the V&A exhibition guide. Sketch of Anna by Karl Lagerfeld.

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