Tagged: Craft

Synchronise Watches..

Charlie has a joint eighth ‘survival’ birthday on the Common tomorrow (I’ll be doing my sun dance once I’ve written this) (and stocking up on paracetamol/large flagons of alcohol).  I saw these army characters in Poundland and thought candle holders!

It could all go horribly wrong – I couldn’t find my glue gun this morning so have resorted to carpet glue which promises to glue plastic if you leave it to cure long enough….

We’ll see…..

Laters, Kate x

Ikat x

The word ‘ikat’ derives from the Malay-Indonesian word ‘mengikat’ which translates as to tie or bind.

The creative process is an oxymoron where the finished result is a blurred image but the techniques are complex requiring tying, dyeing, untying, re-tying and dying again of the multiple threads in precise colours and positions.

The finished work is fluid, vibrant and capture a certain spirit.

(All pictures Pinterest)

Colourful shadows in a neon-lit world.

Laters, Kate x

Wood Craft x

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It’s half term so we’ve been busy doing very little.  One thing we have achieved is a bit of stick weaving…a strangely satisfying art form…first you need to find a good selection on Y-shaped sticks = outside jaunt.

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Then wrap each side of the Y.

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To do this you tie the string on, then create a loop at the back.

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Then bring the other end through the loop and pull tight.

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Continue till both sides are done.

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We measured two arm lengths of string for the next bit.  (This is Bella doing her Christ the Redeemer impression)

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Using a large darning needle (new it would come in useful) weave between the two sides to create the horizontal lines.

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Ta-dah!

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Finally weave wool in V shapes vertically from one side to the next. This is Bella’s finished creation.

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Being an adult, I wanted mine tighter…therefore it’s still a work in progress…

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Surprisingly satisfying.

Laters, Kate x

Brainstop..

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So the husband asked me what sort of doorstop I’d like for the new crittall doors – I said a round one of course!

He looked at me like I’d suddenly grown donkey ears but it’s not such a stupid idea…the inspiration came from cannon ball doorstop at my parent’s house in Greece: heavy enough for purpose but round enough for cheeky aesthetic pleasure. So he searched the internet and found this, a cannonball doorstop handmade in Dorset by Sam at Millin Metalcraft and I couldn’t be more delighted!

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Sam makes them in three sizes – from heavy (£25), to even heavier (£35)…to very heavy (£45) (which is strong enough to hold back a barn door..)

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And they are all that you could want: resonance, authenticity and practicality.

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But Sam’s talents don’t stop there – he does a beautiful line in metal sculptures like these alliums…

 

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And is up to be challenged for anything metal related. Minion stove anyone?

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Ours in situ. Made by hand by a proper, loving, skilled craftsman  – it’s simple, effective joy.

Laters, Kate x

Lavenders Blue x

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Strange things flit through my head – take today –  lavender bags? Maybe because a kilo of dried lavender has arrived through the post..an impulsive purchase made with thoughts of a tidy, old fashioned style utility room with crisp white linens adorning the shelves.

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But it would be a lovely project to do with the kids..and a great way to use up dying but much loved scraps of vintage fabric.

 

Shame it’s only Monday.

Laters, Kate x

Dog Wool..

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Can love ever be too much or am I just too westernised? I spotted an article on DogWool on the plane on the way back from Greece – apparently there’s a little place in Brittany between Abercerac’h and the Virgin Island lighthouse that will use a traditional spinning wheel, to spin your dogs unwanted hair into balls of wool ready to knit.

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Which is nothing if not honest recycling: It’s something Eskimos have done for centuries using Husky hair as the perfect property against the cold.  In northern Russia they knit socks of dog wool to prevent rheumatism…

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But here? Now?? Maybe my worry is that we don’t live in an extreme cold environment where fingers drop off if they’re not covered appropriately and – lets be honest – this further blurs the line between dog and owner – we already know how many morph to look like each other and now, through this they can genuinely can be a human in dogs clothing.

And what happens when your dog dies??

 

If this is your thing, then by all means go for it – there’s certainly a high level of skill involved…personally, I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like…sadly I can’t say the same for knitwear..Molly, you’re safe.

 

Laters, Kate x

Creative Coffee x

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Despite the official Creative Coffee classes finishing, the joy it created has continued – I’m now (for my sins) a class rep for Charlie’s class with my awesome rep partner, Jenny. Last Friday was our first coffee morning of the year.  So we thought, why not add more ingredients to the coffee beans and milk?  Borrowing extra equipment from my lovely art teacher, Amanda we set up simple lino cut card station using just pencils and foam plates (the rollers make all the difference for a professional finish).
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Yay!

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We had another station to make nail varnish marbled luggage labels.

Fun, different and brain calming but the brucie bonus? We raised £160 for Macmillan in donations!

Laters, Kate x

Espie Inspo..

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Update on Espadrille Competition: Due to various requests I’ve extended the deadline – Photos of creations to be submitted by Friday 23 May, winner announced Monday 26 May!

 

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Mine have arrived – I ordered a white and a navy pair.  the white were a bit grey and disappointing – like six month old sports socks – so I took the plunge and sat them upside down in a bowl of bleach..worked perfectly! They are now a glow in the dark white.  In fact, if the above pictures float your boat, then check out ‘Bleach fashion’ on Pintrest – has some incredible offerings like how to make a bleach pen by leaving a yellow felt tip pen soaking in bleach for a day…….just think of the possibilities!
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This pair were made with the a basic potato print!

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Or there’s always the humble permanent marker…

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Taking these YouKhanga shoes as inspiration, the options are deliciously  infinite…

Laters, Kate x

(All pictures Pintrest)

 

 

Just a Little Obsessed..

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The light is underway. I took a punt on the size of lanterns without seeing them in the flesh..and as a prototype I don’t think I did too badly.  Still not sure how I’m going to finally link them all together – on the one hand, when they’re loosely linked they catch the breeze and spin gently – I can imagine them above candles, moving on the warm air.  But then I think the shape is better when they’re tighter together.  Going to see what they look like with their scales before I made a decision.

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The bottom ball is already covered..the temptation was just too great! It’s incredibly therapeutic work…

Laters, Kate x

It started with a spring clean…

I’ve had gremlins..or little fingers…logged on this morning to find no post.  Gone like the dew in the morn except for the first paragraph in draft form and 2 comments! Great. So here it is again, sort of –  and I apologise to anyone who got this ditty twice due to the  re-publishing…

It started snowing again today…snowing.  In London.  In March April.  It’s pathetic.  But somewhere deep inside there is a feeling of spring coming – because I don’t know what else is making me want to clear out cupboards and fill up dustbin bags.  Which would be rip roaringly good except I have come to the conclusion that I am probably the worst de-clutterer ever…take this morning..I attacked our ensuite with the firm intention of getting jewellery sorted into piles, old make up thrown out (read ‘give to daughter’) and detritus removed.  I got as far as the jewellery…I have this pile of old earrings in a brass bowl..

IMG_1700They’ve become part of the furniture.  I keep them for some sentimental reason or other because the majority are dangly earrings and I never wear dangly earrings..

IMG_1720Then I had this thought – what if I could change them? turn them into stud earrings? Surely worth a try..so I set off to the shops…

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IMG_1701Removed the dangly hook thing, added copious amounts of this..

E Voila!

IMG_1717Macabre jellyfish skeleton men on juju juice! Why do I love these so much?!

IMG_1708Got utterly carried away and added additional gemming – but these I WILL WEAR with a white shirt dress and wedges in the summer…which admittedly could be never..

IMG_1714The additional shape, the little pop of colour..makes all the difference.

IMG_1718Neon orange stud hoops! J’adore!

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IMG_1713My alien babies! You look at them…and then look again..

IMG_1704Moral of the story? – Mess is obviously inspirational.

My tip of the day? – make sure the buggers are completely dry BEFORE you put them on…previously I never used to wear them…now I can never take them off..

Laters…much later, Kate x