Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
We have a cactus garden in our front yard this plant has been in the bed for a years but has never flowered last week it was just taler than the leaves. Its growing at a very fast rate about 3 inches a day. I can't wait to see the flower.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I have had a comment about my beaded box I posted last week. I made it from a new book I was given called Little Bead Boxes by Julia s. Pretl. in the book there are instructions for 12 small boxes. It is very well written and the instructions are fantastic.Amazon have it for only 14.96 which is a great price .The Photo of my box is a bit green because it was taken under the shade cloth outside.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I have spent most of this week in pain. I have 5 prolapsed disc's in my lower back. most of the time its not to bad , my pain killers work quite well but this week its been impossible to walk and have had to spend my time between my bed and my recliner. I have been doing a bit of knitting but thats hard to concentrate on. So yesterday I tried beading a few pen's. This prompted me to make the tutorial on my free patterns page.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I am always looking for some thing new to try. For a while I have wanted to have a go at bobbin lace. I have been given all the gear from a friend who has given up on the idea. after reading a couple of books on the subject I think I know why they gave up. I plan on giving it a go but I don't hold out much hope of succeeding.
Monday, November 22, 2010
At the moment apart from all the things I have on the go I am knitting a shawl from my home spun alpaca . It's knitting up great even though there are some thicker spots were I have not spun the best. I have been spinning my own yarn for the last seven years. I was given a Ashford wheel for my 40th birthday. My grand mother taught me to spin as a child. This grand mother also taught me how to do a lot of my handy work. she had me crocheting under 5 and knitting at about 7. since I injured my back at work and was unable to return to work. I have spent my time doing handy craft of all types. I get bored with the same thing all the time so I am always looking for new things to try. Just after my back surgery I was bed ridden for a few months I was given a book on tatting it took a while but in the end i had taught myself to tat. It's slow but the lace you get is lovely. unfortunately my grand mother died this year she was 94 I know she had a good long life but I miss her. Grand Pa still going strong , he is 95 and has just got his first computer and is now surfing the net amazing.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Above is the close up of my Knitting Die Spinnerin asked me for. I hope you can see how the beads sit.
The finished Purse.I still have to close the bottom and maybe do a bit of fringing on the bottom. I couldn't find a frame that fit the top so I made it draw string like the pattern in the Bead and Button Magazine.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I have just unpacked my yarn order from Knit Picks. I had to get my Pen friend Kathy to post my order on from her address because Knit picks don't send to Australia. I can't wait to get into the sock yarn. In the order there were also some nick- knacks like holders for my sock needles and a tube for holding your sock in progress. I hope the two different lace yarn's in my package is OK for the new mystery pattern on Knitting delights.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Mum and I went to the craft fair yesterday . I brought some 4mm Faceted round beads for some of the necklace I plan to make from the book netting all the way. I will have to order the number 11s I need off the Internet because even though it was a bead and quilt fair there was no one selling seed beads only big beads for stringing. I also joined the lace making guild , I have been planning to do this for a while but have not got around to it. I love tatting and have all the equipment to do bobbin lace I just need a few lessons.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am going to the state craft fair this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing the beads. I love the quilt display as well. Last time I went there were Quilts from Japan.I would love to go to the bead shows in America but there is no chance of that. Our craft fair is not as big as the one in Melbourne or Sydney but its pretty good.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
This years retreat only saw 14 ladies attending full time , three others were just day people. Tuesday - Mum taught faux felt book covers ...
My fantastic Grandmother taught me how to spin when I was about 10 or so . She was into dyeing using natural things like onion skins etc. I ...
I brought this pattern from https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/dadanyperles?ref=l2-shopheader-name she has some lovely patterns and completed do...
I had a great day yesterday, 17 September our guild had a special workshop were we made a quilt top in a day. The pattern is called Hidden w...