Monday, 17 November 2014

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming and it is time for the Christmas make with my friends. This was the first time they had been in my new studio and I was excited to see what they all made of it.

We made Christmas decorations from polystyrene balls and wide ribbon.

These are the samples I made

Sue had a great time making matching decorations

And these are all of the decorations we made in the evening. 
It was a very productive time.


Carefully score the  polystyrene balls into 8 segments using a craft knife and a cutting mat. 
Cut a piece of ribbon slightly longer than the distance from the top to the bottom 
From the centre of the ball, gently push the edge of the ribbon into one of the cuts using a butter knife.
Repeat on the other side of the ribbon 

Trim the excess away at the top and the bottom and push the ribbon into the polystyrene ball.

Take another length of ribbon and repeat to cover the next segment. Repeat this until the ball is covered.

Add cord along the segments and a hanging loop to finish 

Happy crafting

Monday, 3 November 2014

Sloe Going

I finally feel as if I am starting to get sorted in my studio. I have ordered new tables which should be arriving this week and then I can post photos of a neat and tidy ( but not for long knowing me ) studio.

I have been taking a bit of time away from sorting - how did I get so much stuff? to start experimenting.

This is an experiment to distort an image. I have made it slightly more difficult for myself by using diamonds. 

I have also been working on a small block inspired by a friends photograph.

I need to add some more stitching but am pleased with how it is starting to look, although scale seems to have gone out of the window.

 I have also found some time to go sloe hunting and make some sloe gin.

This large jar will be decanted into smaller bottles for Christmas gifts. I now need to start thinking of jams and chutneys.