24 December 2008
22 December 2008
21 December 2008
10 December 2008
I just love Christmas and making Christmas decorations, so much so that I am going to share a few here.
Here is a new Christmas decoration I just finished making - a set of three Christmas stockings. Better IRL.
And some I made in the last year or so....
Christmas Candle (crochet)
07 December 2008
06 December 2008
I wasn't going to make Christmas cards this year (and break a tradition) because it didn't really feel Christmassy to me, I just didn't have the "spirit" in me this year. However, I changed my mind at the last minute so had to do a very quick and basic design - voila....
I did participate in an overseas lace Christmas card exchange and here is my effort...
05 December 2008
I spun some coloured merino using differing techniques including coiling, thick and thin, and other textures. Because I only spun a small amount (although coiling uses up a lot of fibre), I decided to make it into a necklace.
30 November 2008
28 November 2008
I received a lovely surprise in the mail the other day from a dear and very, very talented lady Alison Dews. Alison , from the United Kingdom, is an expert bobbin lacer and she made this gorgeous red mat for me, which I will always treasure.
15 November 2008
I am knitting socks using the magic loop technique - this involves knitting two socks on the one circular needle (albeit a larger needle in length). It is much easier than it looks and certainly avoids the "one sock" syndrome.
04 November 2008
28 October 2008
26 October 2008
Here is my first attempt at a Chrysanthemum lace lappet - the spider ground is riddle with mistakes but towards the end of the sample I knew what I was doing wrong. If I ever choose to make another piece of this type of lace I think I will have a better understanding next time.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 5:22 pm
20 October 2008
Here is some art yarn I recently completed. Firstly I hand dyed the fleece (? merino) purple, then spun the fleece and plied it with commercial charcoal metallic yarn. I like the thin/thick texture of the yarn as well as the shiny effect.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 4:22 pm
09 October 2008
02 October 2008
27 September 2008
26 September 2008
Here is my new pride and joy - my Castella spinning wheel. It was made by Jim de Castella from Victoria. He made around 1500 and sold some to Japan and America. His wheels are made from either pine or locally sourced blackwood and all are uprights. The flyer has three whorls on the whorl, and the ratio depends on the band. Jim recognised the need to reduce friction on a wheel and included ball bearings everywhere on the wheel, even where they can’t be seen and there is no need to oil his wheels due to this. Towards the end of his career Jim made the wheels more portable. In his heyday, Jim used to show his wheels at the Royal Melbourne show. A Japanese lady bought one (she was related to the Emperor) and word of mouth in Japan resulted in many more sales there.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 6:15 pm
18 September 2008
08 September 2008
04 September 2008
02 September 2008
25 August 2008
I just completed a gorgeous crochet "White Flower Necklace". I slightly modified the flower so it looked more "flowery". Unfortunately the necklace doesn't hang that well on the pictured bust , but the stems and leaves hang down and it looks lovely on.
Thanks to Creative Yarn for being so generous in supplying the pattern.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 6:01 pm
24 August 2008
A friend and I spent last night on the town. We went out to dinner and then went to see WICKED - one of the best musicals I have seen in a long time. What a spectacular musical with creative backdrops and costumes. The show certainly puts a different slant on "The Wizard of Oz" but it fits in oh so nicely..
I can't wait until they make it into a musical.
PS - They killed the wrong witch!
PPS - Witches Rule!
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 2:30 pm
21 August 2008
19 August 2008
I received a gorgeous bunch of flowers from my girlfriend for my birthday on the weekend. It's the little things that count - she remembers after all these years that tulips are my favourite flower. We have been great mates for many, many years - true friends are worth hanging on to!
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 3:33 pm
18 August 2008
23 July 2008
17 July 2008
15 July 2008
11 July 2008
I’ve succumbed to winter and knitted a hat. I always swore I would never wear a hat; having curly hair, wearing anything on my head flattens my hair and makes the curls look even messier than they are already. Anyhow I have decided I’d rather be warm than have nice hair.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 8:39 am
07 July 2008
04 July 2008
28 June 2008
22 June 2008
Two art canvas' which I painted with many, many backgrounds (aka Paulette Insall's wonderful techniques) and added a couple of pics.
Whilst this is very time intensive, I thoroughly enjoyed making the canvases and I just love the "circles" added to the background, what a wonderful idea to brighten up a background.
Posted by Arty Lady's blog at 5:49 pm