From Crochet to Collectables and other Interests
An idea if you have a grotty plain table lamp. I got the lamp base for 20p at a car boot sale and gave it a crochet cover. Start with a circle for the bottom, increasing stitches. When it's big enough to cover the bottom carry on going round and round, still increasing a little bit. When it gets to the widest point you have to put the base into the jacket and carry on, decreasing to give it a snug fit. keep decreasing till you get to the narrowest point at the top. You need to make sure that the flex is poking through the stitches.
I found a shade in a second hand shop which was perfect for it. I added the pink trimming with glue. My little lamp is next to me and gives out just enough light to see the keyboard. I love it.
This is an idea for those who want to paint a picture, but are not very good at it, like me. It's a cheats way of painting. Find a piece of fabric with a simple bold design with not too much detail. Thick fabric is best. Small pots of tester household emulsion paint, and paint over the design with the colours you like. Find a second hand frame of the right size, and paint it to compliment the picture. I chose black for this one as it brings out the bold colours.
Beautiful and so clever,
Do you keep them yourself, sell or give to charity.
I cross stitch and now have so many on the walls. I do them
for different charities.
I have just finished 4 small pictures and about 12 cards Forever hounds.
Now I am off again for Rottweiler Welfare
Hi Wendy. Up to now I have been keeping my pictures. Such a lot of work goes into them, and I am so pleased with the end result, I don't want to get rid of them. I have four on my own walls and occasionally change them around, but the rest are wrapped up in old sheets to keep them clean and prevent damage.
It is getting to the point now that I want to exhibit them, and maybe sell a few, so I will be applying to galleries when they have open exhibitions. There is also an art event on in Skipton that I would like to get into.
The smaller items I either sell for charity, our cat rescue, or give them away to friends. Our craft group has a stall at the Christmas market in the Village Hall in December so I am making a few small items for that. Again the money will go to the cats.
Keep on with the cross stitch, I really enjoy my time with a needle and thread.
Just to add, my blog readers often ask if they can buy from me, but I say no, because once the shipping costs have been added the item would be quite costly.
Me too Ilona, I can lose myself in my stitching.
I have exhibited a number of mine and I am pleased to say the lowest I have got is 2 nd.
Go for it. Others should see your work.
If we lived closer to each other, Wendy, we could meet up for a stitch and bitch
Latest make. I found a wooden letter rack at a charity shop for 50p. An idea immediately came to mind.
Paint it, put some polystyrene in the bottom topped with a green mesh bag.
Make some flowers out of cotton fabric, felt, and wire.
And make an miniature indoor garden.
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Sunny Clucker enjoyed Folk music and song in mid-Cheshire
As Sheriff Bart said….You are so talented
The Pink Ladies..Audrey, Veronica, Blossom,Merle-Oberon & Lauren-Bacall ,Cyd-Charisse,Ingrid-Bergman,Georgia,Madeleline,Myfawny & Monica-Rose
,Bjork,Vorky Blueped,Ginger,Ninger &Linky
Sunny Clucker was ere July 12-21 2012
Sunny Clucker was ere July 6 2016 to Sept 9th 2017
Sunny Clucker is here , rehomed Aug 18th 2018/
Tried my hand at wet felting on Wednesday. Went to a lovely ladies house, Sue Hawkmoon, and had three and a half hours tuition. There was three of us learning how to do it.
My picture. I am now adding embroidery to it.
They are gorgeous Ilona!!
I had never heard of wet felting....I've just sat for the last half an hour before I wrote this watching videos on it....fascinating
Living our version of the Good Life with 4 dogs, 6 cats, a cow, a few sheep, Angora Goats and ???? chooks.
Don't get your knickers in a knot..it solves nothing ~ just makes you walk funny
You certainly use your spare time in a most special way Ilona.
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