I Dream Of Crafting Blog

the super cool stuff I make

She’s the little girl with the round tummy September 10, 2010

My most recently completed craft project was a present for a Studio Ghibli themed swap.  I based the theme around Ponyo.

From this,

came this,

While it’s not massive in size, I’ve never done this much embroidery before, so it was a bit of a trial and error project and it could be better, but I really thought it would be much much worse, so I’m fairly pleased with the result.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  I carefully cut Ponyo out and made her into a little patch to be ironed and sewn onto a little wristlet project bag that I designed.

The drawstring is a crochet chain from red cotton tape and I used a large wooden button as the toggle.  This was mainly because I couldn’t recall seeing a normal toggle thing at the craft store and didn’t feel like leaving the flat the day I was making it.  Plus, buttons make everything cuter and those toggle things are ugly anyway.

I found this really cute fish fabric to use as lining and since it’s so cute, I wanted it to show on the front of the bag.  It also fit with the scene in Ponyo the patch came from as there’s a lot brightly coloured fish swimming around in the opening scenes.

After finishing the bag, it didn’t seem like there was much to the package, so I also knitted Preita Salyer’s Green Sea Cowl in King Cole Mirage (colorway 871).  It was a super easy pattern and really quick to knit.

It turned out absolutely beautifully in the King Cole; it seemed magical how the colours stripped at all the exact right places to compliment the design.

I haven’t been very selfish with my crafting over the last few months, and the trend isn’t over yet.  I’m about to start the Christmas crafts because I’m planning on making some large and time consuming projects, so I may disappear for a while in the near future.  But hopefully, there will be lots of shiny things to show upon my return.

 

Some Assembly Required: For the Love of Buffy Part II November 8, 2009

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I can now post my complete Buffy swap package as the package has been delivered and received!

Buffy Swap Package

Fool for Buffy

The silver package with the picture of Dark Willow is a box of chocolates called Black Magic.  Then there is an official Buffy photo of Xander from the season 5 episode ‘Out of Mind.’  I acquired the Xander photo in a very Xander appropriate way as well.  When I went to Forbidden Planet, which has always sold awesome Buffy stuff until I needed it for the swap, there was an almost empty rack of official TV show photos, there were a few X Files photos going for 4.99 or something, but most of them were of Xander for the insane price of 50 pents.  Poor, unappreciated Xander.

I included King Cole ‘Mirage’ yarn as a ‘Something Blue’ and another ribbon type yarn called ‘Firefly’ (not Buffy I know, but Joss Wheadon related and Nathan Fillion was Caleb in Buffy and there was also that other guy from “Conversations with Dead People|” who was also in “The Message,” so the link is pretty strong).

There was also some Wheetabix and a Spike themed Bag – signature black and red with a yellow Blondie Bear ribbon at the top.  One of the recipient’s favorite quotes is, ‘Dozens of times, lots of different ways, every night I save you,’ so I embroidered it on the Spike bag.  Complete with a tag of Spike not saving Buffy.

 

Spike Bag 1

Hey I've died twice.

The other tags are of Buffy and Spike in “Something Blue” because that is one of my swappie’s favorite episodes.  One of my favorite pictures of Spike and Giles drinking blood and tea on the Wheetabix package because I think Wheetabix is an English thing.  And on the Fresh Bite Scarflet, a tag with Angel biting Buffy.

Not pictured, but included, were Yorkie Bars, for the whole feminist factor, and because they are SOOO yummy!Also, the bag has lots of vines and stuff on it, and I was watching Season 4 while I was making and picking out stuff for the swap, and the vines reminded me of the episode “Where the Wild Things Are.”  If you’re not familiar with Buffy, that episode has nothing to do with the much-loved children’s book.  Far from it, Buffy and her stupid boyfriend Riley have sex for pretty much the whole episode in a haunted frat house and vines grow all around the door of the bed room so no one can stop them from having sex.  The stars are for the night when vampires come out and Buffy goes on patrol.

Buffy Tote 2

Giles, "Doing what?" Xander, "You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're kind of naive."

I’ve just realised I must love Buffy more than Weezer (circa 1994 – 2005 only) because, correct me if I’m wrong Dorkbutt, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so attentive and creative with any of my Weezer themed crafts.  Wow!  I am a massive dork!

 

For the love of Buffy October 11, 2009

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This week I have been making Buffy the Vampire Slayer themed crafts.

Buffy Gifts

Tote & Scarflet

I found some suitable buttons for the Fresh Bite Scarflet, at last, and made the appropriate Buffy tag for it.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

One girl, in all the world, a chosen one.

I also put my new embroidery skills to use.

There is one more Buffy treat in the making, but my sewing machine was acting out a bit today, so it’s not finished.

 

Autumn is here! October 5, 2009

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This morning was the first morning I could feel a chill in the air when I woke up and thought it would be better to stay wrapped up in the duvet.   The chilly morning was followed by a rather cold day in an old drafty office and I’ve come home from work to a cold apartment.  So, I feel completely justified in starting some autumn and winter accessories, starting with Chunky Slouch Cap by Melissa ‘Missa’ Hills, which I’m knitting in Debbie Bliss SoHo.

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Chunky Piglet Slouch Cap

Along with my decision to knit some warm accessories, I also decided that I needed more pink in my life.  Other than the fact that I LOVE pink, the pink variations in the yarn also remind me of Piglet.  I grew up with Pooh and listened to Chapter 7: In which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath every night as I went to sleep, so it’s a double win for me.

I’m using two strands together to get the ‘chunky’ part because even though it’s bulky yarn, the thickness varies throughout.  It’s easy enough to knit quickly and the lace pattern is easy to remember and keep track of without being boring, which is a particular plus when you have to frog, as is the case with my hat.  I knitted the smaller size hoping it would fit because I only have the two skeins, so thought I would run out of yarn with the bigger size.  But since there are only a few rows left and I still have quite a bit of yarn, I think I’m safe to make it bigger for my massive head and will probably add a row or two more to make it longer and slouchier.

Experiements in Embroidery

Experiments in Embroidery

I have also been playing around with embroidery, which is much easier than I thought.  I’m really rubbish at hand sewing, so the act of needle working has always been a major turn off for me, although I do find needlework aesthetically pleasing.  Here are a few of my ‘doodle stitchings’ experiments from Aimee Ray’s Doodle Stitching.  More to come in the embroidery department – maybe a wall hanging.

 

Learn a new craft at the Urbis July 14, 2009

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As part of their Adult Learning Programme, the Urbis in Manchester holds different introductory craft lessons every fortnight.  So, if you’ve wanted to dabble in a few different mediums, but don’t want to spend loads of time and money only to discover you don’t really like crocheting, then this is a great way to learn for £2.50.

This Sunday the Handmade Social craft is sewing and embroidery for beginners and basic knowledge sewers.  The end product of this lesson is a felt brooch.

So far, I have been to three of the sessions and learned how to crochet a granny square, learned to screen print and made a bamboo lantern.  I still have a long way to go with crocheting, but it’s good to have someone show you the basics and it’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

Screen Printed Mighty Boosh Face

My attempt at crochet

My attempt at crochet