Monday, 18 May 2015

Cerinthe - Garden May 2015

 Cerinthe - grown from seed - will collect some more for next year.
Colour is gorgeous.
 I love the two complimentary colours together
these are just day lily leaves, with dew on them - - -  pretty

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Spring in the Garden - London, UK.

Daffs and Primulas

Bergenia - Apple Blossom
cant remember their name :(

Clematis Armandii - grows fast and smells wonderful
Pansies, Primulas and Hyacinths - Patio Plants

Daffs cut from the garden - my favourite

Tomatoes potted on and waiting for warmer weather :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Ribbed Fingerless Mitts - free knitting pattern

Ribbed Mitts – small/medium hand size.
4ply sock yarn
4 dp needles (plus 1 extra for thumb stitches**) - size. 10’s (2.75 or 3mm)

Beginning:  Cast on 53 stitches – join up - using last stitch and first stitch K2tog and pull yarn to tighten. (52 sts.)
K2tbl, P2 rib for 4”

Increase for thumb gusset - every alternate round
Continuing in twisted rib, keeping the thumb gusset in Stocking Stitch - (knitting each round)
Using the first two knit stitches of your rib, pick up* 1 st before and 1 st after ..... (one stitch increase on each side of the 2 knit stitches.  
*When picking up the new stitches, pick up loop from previous row, place back on LH needle and knit into the back of stitch.  **I place these stitches on a separate needle, so it’s easy to know where the thumb increases are going to be.

Continue as above, knitting in twisted rib for main part of glove, and stocking stitch for the thumb, with increases on alternate rounds, until you have 18 stitches on the Thumb Needle.  Place these stitches on a longish piece of spare yarn and pull together – I tie a bow so that it’s easy to undo when trying the glove on.
Continue in the twisted rib for the top half of the mitt and knit to desired length – approx.  another 4” (total length 8”).  Cast off in rib.

THUMB RIB: Place the stitches on spare thread on your needles,  adding stitches across the ‘gap’ (approx.4).
You should have 22 sts.
When joining up the thumb stitches, knit 2 tog. on 2 rounds, so as to tighten the gap.
Knit approx. 9 or 10 rows in twisted rib (to thumb height wanted).  Cast off in rib.
Sew in loose ends.

These mitts are very comfortable, and easy to make.

PS: hope there are no awful errors - please let me know if you find any :) Ta.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Ethiopian Religious Art

This is a religious book and is so beautifully illustrated.  It's from the Abune Michael Kebe church (known as The Blue Church) in Northern Ethiopia.

Other Ethopian religious work
storage bags

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Hot glue gun

This rough 'shape' was made from a hot glue gun.  I drew the shape with the hot glue on to a plastic sheet, let it 'set' and peeled it off very carefully. I then placed it on a sheet of drawing paper and spray-painted over it.
I thought the effect was quite interesting, and for abstract rather than detailed shapes, this is worth a try.  I wasn't that impressed with the actual gun that I'd bought but maybe a better quality one would be easier to use.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Sculpture - Sliced Bread!

ANTHONY GORMLEY - this work is made from sliced bread, paraffin wax and on aluminium sheets.
Close-Up of above

Can be viewed at Tate Britain

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Leaf Printing

just some simple leaf prints - using acrylics.
Paint leaves on one side, either place paper on top or place leaves downside onto paper
and rub firmly - back of a spoon is good.
Print is always better on dampened paper. 

Use up spare/leftover paint on 'secondhand'/used paper - e.g. can be used for collage

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tapestry Crochet

Carol Ventura
Irene Lundgaard

This seems to be a lovely technique - Tapestry Crochet - and fairly simple if you can do single crochets. (Though you can use other stitches).  Making it 'flat' is a little trickier as you have to crochet from right to left, and then left to right - in order to stay on the 'right side'.  However, if you crochet in the round - this is much easier as you are always working on the 'right side'.   Click here for a video link, with a very good tutorial
The work can also be felted if made in pure wool.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014


I recently acquired some Sharpies - which I love.  The only downside to them is that they smell not too good :(.  However, they are lovely to doodle with, colours are beautifully sharp and they dont bleed.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Lip Balm - Homemade - Kirstie's

.... have been watching Kirstie's Homemade Christmas - as I love anything crafty.  This 'recipe' was on the first programme - thought it was such a nice idea, and don't think the ingredients will be too difficult to get hold of  ....

8g. beeswax
10g. cocoa butter
25ml. sunflower oil
3 ml. calendula oil
a few drops of grapefruit essential oil (if desired) or chocolate (!)
1/2 tsp. pink 'mineral' powder to add sparkle or one square of dark chocolate.

1. Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and sunflower oil over a very low heat, for about one min. - either in a bain-marie or saucepan.
2. Add 3ml.calendula oil.
3. Add few drops of the flavouring.
4. Pour into a small tin or little plastic pots (as above).  (You can buy these at Boots.)

This will keep for about a year.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Textile art - interesting things .............

felt typewriter 

Fibermania Blog
Godseye - Berroco
African Fabric design
Juan Miro textile design
vintage textile design

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Free Bead Chart - Coffee Cup

Miyuki Delicas size 10
Odd-Count Peyote Stitch
The chart has loads of different colours, 
but you could adapt it and simplify it.