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Title: Art & Crafts
Post by: hollins on April 26, 2011, 04:46:14 PM
My favourite hobby is crochet. Here are a few things I made recently.
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: Pendragon on April 26, 2011, 04:53:44 PM
The colours you use are really nice, I especially like the first pic,  I've never tried crochet.  I used to do a lot of embroidery but haven't picked it up again in yonks.
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: Nemesis on April 26, 2011, 06:18:21 PM
Those are lovely Hollins, I can crotchet, but only simple things--I managed a couple of hats this winter, but my Grandma was  wonderful, she did very fine work--mats and antimacassars to name a couple. Can you tat as well? One thing I have never mastered--it keeps on unravelling. :(
Wait for it now :-I feel it in my waters:-  What are antimacassars? someone is bound to never have heard of them . ;D
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: hollins on April 26, 2011, 06:27:11 PM
I can't do tatting but I also do a lot of knitting. I only used to do knitting but after September 11 knitting was banned on flights so I got someone to teach me how to crochet. I am pleased I learnt because it is nice to have some variation.
I taught my mum how to crochet when she was 80!

Yes, I am afraid I am old enough to know what antimaccassar's are.


Thanks to you and Pendragon for the kind comments.
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: Yorkie on April 26, 2011, 06:28:20 PM
We had them on the backs of our chairs to keep my Father and Brother's Brylcream off the upholstery!  

Just as a matter of interest when I was young I was taught to knit, embroider and crochet and even make rag rugs!   My Mother was a seamstress and brilliant with such handicrafts and these activities managed to keep us kids occupied during the dark Wartime evenings.  Oh those Fair Isle jumpers she used to knit!    ;D

In our spare room I even have my trusty Jone's sewing machine, so alter my own clothes when needed.
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: suepp on April 26, 2011, 06:29:38 PM
these are lovely I really  like the lilac shawl, I can only do granny squares if someone starts me off! I'm currently knitting some Bunting triangles for a party, I've always got some  knitting on the go.

These skills seem to be undergoing a revival at the moment, there are some lovely patterns and yarns around
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2011, 06:34:08 PM
The zig zag cushions are great!
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: hollins on September 04, 2011, 12:27:31 PM
I thought someone might like this crochet pattern for a crochet scarf. I have been making variations for xmas presents.
Below is the basic pattern for a long thin scarf 50 circles long.
The shawl at the back was made 20 circles wide and then repeated widthways.
The beige one has little crochet flowers sewn on at intervals afterwards.
The purple one is in a thicker aran weight yarn, very quick to make.
The red and green one is 7 rows of circles worked along the length of the scarf and then edged with a row across the ends.


Foundation row:
Ch6, 1Htr in 3rd ch from hook (ring made) (ch8, 1htr in 3rd ring from hook) 49 times, ch3. (50 rings).

Row 1: Miss 3ch, *work (4tr, ch1, 4tr) in next ring, miss 2ch, sl st in next ch, miss 2ch; repeat from * across to last ch, sl st in last ch, turn to work across opposite side of foundation row, miss 2ch, repeat from * across, join with sl st in last ch of foundation row. (50 circles).
Fasten off.

Foundation row: Work as for first strip.

Round 1: Miss 3ch, *work (4tr, ch1, 4tr) in next ring, miss 2ch, sl st in next ch, miss 2ch; repeat from * across to last ch, sl st in last ch, then turn to work across opposite side of foundation row, miss 2ch, * work (4tr, sl st in ch 1 space on corresponding circle of previously worked strip, 4tr) in next ring, miss 2ch, sl st in next ch, miss 2ch; repeat from * across to last ch, sl st in last ch of foundation row. (50 circles).
Fasten off.

Work as for second strip, joining each to the previously worked strip.
Continue until required width.


The 50 circles makes a scarf of a suitable length using a 4ply yarn.
The length can be adjusted easily, just make less circles with a thicker yarn.
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: hollins on July 02, 2012, 01:42:40 PM
There is some crazy crochet in this article.
I don't think I have got it that bad!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9324223/Crochet-Olek-artist-covers-objects-and-people-in-wool.html?frame=2245111 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9324223/Crochet-Olek-artist-covers-objects-and-people-in-wool.html?frame=2245111)
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: Ludo on July 02, 2012, 01:58:54 PM
Interesting Hollins - thanks for this. I saw an article recently about Olek  - she had made crochet camo pattern suits for Antony Gormley's amazing metal figures on Crosby beach. I thought they looked fantastic - he loved them too!. He said they usually have suits of barnacles so it was a pleasant surprise to see them appear in such cool gear over night....
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: hollins on July 02, 2012, 02:07:52 PM
There is a photo of the Anthony project in this article. I hope this link goes straight to it.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9324223/Crochet-Olek-artist-covers-objects-and-people-in-wool.html?frame=2245078 (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9324223/Crochet-Olek-artist-covers-objects-and-people-in-wool.html?frame=2245078)
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: Michael on July 02, 2012, 08:49:54 PM
   OOOhhh Hollins my lovely scone baker

  Just spotted the thread title, so, a flash of inspiration.   Ive got a fair stretch of land up the Orme doing nothing, this might be an idea, theres nowhere that I know of in Llandudno where it can be played.

  Two or three computer clicks later           and I realise that I thnk I've got the wrong end of the crochet stick.    Mike
Title: Re: Crochet
Post by: hollins on July 02, 2012, 09:00:43 PM
O'h Mike, you are so funny!
I knew when I first read your hysterically funny tale about  the menu writng/Barclays job that you had a great sense of humour.
Title: Art & Crafts
Post by: craigollerton on June 16, 2013, 02:55:54 PM
Hi Dave, I've not spotted an 'Art' topic, under the hobbies and interests section, hope you don't mind me kickstarting one. Sure I can contribute something here.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 16, 2013, 03:02:32 PM
Any local artists in the forum then? :) be great to see some of your work.

I'll kick start things with my latest piece which I finished this morning. Kinda reminiscent of me growing up in Llandudno, and the many happy days I spent crabbing on the beach.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/HEL-CRANCOD_zps413dbe23.jpg)
Entitled: Hel Crancod, welsh translates to 'Crabbing' of course :)
Copyright (C) by Craig Ollerton.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 17, 2013, 11:31:11 AM
Another piece which couples nicely with 'Hel Crancod' above, is this piece which I made a few months ago...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/innocence_zps6da3b05c.jpg)
Entitled: Innnocence Washed Away with The Tide
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

The title captures the essence of a young boy growing up in a seaside town (me), those happy days spent building sandcastles on the beach with no care in the world, which over time, those days all but seem to disappear with adulthood.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Trojan on June 17, 2013, 01:52:18 PM
 :-X
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 17, 2013, 10:12:05 PM
Take it not many have taken up art for a hobby then???? anyone?  _))*
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Mikethewatch on June 17, 2013, 10:16:12 PM
Looks more like model making than art to be honest Craig, but what do I know?
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 17, 2013, 10:38:19 PM
I'm perhaps bordering more on craft/art than art in the art sense, (the subject of defining art a controversial subject) sure you would agree Mike, but I generally justify my work as art for it contains meaning of some kind. My trademark clay pieces tend to be minimalist, yet I choose to make the environments more detailed but slightly rough around the edges. My work is generally suggestive in the sense that they imply emotions, thoughts, events, relationships. Some of my other work I have focused on basic human instincts, beliefs, our ancestral past, the evolution of man, and manís material obsessions.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 17, 2013, 10:47:42 PM
This is one of my earlier pieces, having mentioned primitive man and mans material obsessions above, this piece I feel has a nice connection with the Great Orme and prehistoric mining! What do you think?

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/thefool_zps1bae95d7.jpg)
Entitled: The Fool
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
Title: Re: Art
Post by: romanjohn on June 18, 2013, 01:40:37 AM
Hi craigollerton  I. am a member of a local model boat club in portsmouth i     always  think     that when  you are using your hands you are creating an art form be boats pottery painting gardening to the wife making cakes in the kitchen. I showed my daughter your work she thought your work was very  good the figures capture everthing.keep going Mate great work. I might put some of my boats on that i have built.   goodnight   Romanjohn                                         
Title: Re: Art
Post by: born2run on June 18, 2013, 07:37:24 AM
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This is one of my earlier pieces, having mentioned primitive man and mans material obsessions above, this piece I feel has a nice connection with the Great Orme and prehistoric mining! What do you think?

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/thefool_zps1bae95d7.jpg)
Entitled: The Fool
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

Why is he vomiting on that rock? Looks like Fester after too many  Z**
Title: Re: Art
Post by: andyCYD on June 18, 2013, 07:40:49 AM
My wife gives drawing lessons in Llandudno. She has a website http://pencilpot.co.uk/ (http://pencilpot.co.uk/)

A couple of her pictures below.

(http://pencilpot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/P6200250.jpg)

(http://pencilpot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/P4110116.jpg)

(http://pencilpot.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/P5030227.jpg)
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 08:51:23 AM
Now this thread is moving! They're great Andy, love the one in the middle and one looking toward Deganwy. Keep sharing, love seeing local art works.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 08:56:26 AM
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Hi craigollerton  I. am a member of a local model boat club in portsmouth i     always  think     that when  you are using your hands you are creating an art form be boats pottery painting gardening to the wife making cakes in the kitchen. I showed my daughter your work she thought your work was very  good the figures capture everthing.keep going Mate great work. I might put some of my boats on that i have built.   goodnight   Romanjohn                                         

Hi Romanjohn,

You must have a lot of patience, with model boat building. I could use some of my skills for modelling, but i'm a little too fluid in my construction and measure very little. I know there's a thread for model aircraft, so why not boats 'Dave' (querying the mod)??? Will see what else I can share with you :)
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 09:08:11 AM
In my pursuit of using local and welsh materials, this piece was made entirely from slate, apart from a few adhesives that is. Called 'Catref' Within this piece.

I have tried to show mans relationship with our home, our safe haven of shelter, warmth and light, our little bit of space. No matter how glamorous or dull our homes look from the outside, this raw assembly is a reminder of our insecurities and primitive roots to build and aspire to something we depend on in our lives so much. Made from welsh slate, a cold and harsh material, yet it's strength is dependable.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/catref_zpsf842b159.jpg)
Entitled: 'Catref', welsh meaning Home
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
Title: Re: Art
Post by: DaveR on June 18, 2013, 09:53:02 AM
That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 18, 2013, 10:03:46 AM
That hut would be great on a garden railway (which I still haven't started! )
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 10:18:00 AM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

Cheers Dave, probably the most difficult piece I have made to date. I got the idea from abandoned sheep farmer dwellings you see scattered in the remotest parts of Snowdonia. I guess they were built as shelter to take a battering from the worst of the weather.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 04:49:39 PM
Another seaside themed piece, man looks out across the horizon. Standing next to his days catch, perhaps awaiting for other fishermen to return?

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/lookingout_zpsc80e2b5e.jpg)
Entitled: Looking out across the Horizon
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
Title: Re: Art
Post by: DaveR on June 18, 2013, 04:54:59 PM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

Cheers Dave, probably the most difficult piece I have made to date. I got the idea from abandoned sheep farmer dwellings you see scattered in the remotest parts of Snowdonia. I guess they were built as shelter to take a battering from the worst of the weather.
Yes, I think they are normally referred to as a 'Bothy'. http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ (http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/)
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 18, 2013, 04:57:47 PM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

Cheers Dave, probably the most difficult piece I have made to date. I got the idea from abandoned sheep farmer dwellings you see scattered in the remotest parts of Snowdonia. I guess they were built as shelter to take a battering from the worst of the weather.
Yes, I think they are normally referred to as a 'Bothy'. http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ (http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/)

Ddulyn Bothy a particular favourite residence of mine Dave. Nice cast iron log burner inside, fresh passing stream outside, a nice escape.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Fester on June 19, 2013, 02:20:32 AM
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This is one of my earlier pieces, having mentioned primitive man and mans material obsessions above, this piece I feel has a nice connection with the Great Orme and prehistoric mining! What do you think?

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/thefool_zps1bae95d7.jpg)
Entitled: The Fool
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

Why is he vomiting on that rock? Looks like Fester after too many  Z**

I do feel that B2R has a point, I see myself in that piece, maybe that is art in itself?
Or maybe its just that I can relate to a bald, shapeless blob as I am one myself.

Craig, can you make your Plastocene men look more like people?   Maybe a nose or something, or am I missing the whole point?

Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 19, 2013, 07:10:37 AM
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Why is he vomiting on that rock? Looks like Fester after too many  Z**

I do feel that B2R has a point, I see myself in that piece, maybe that is art in itself?
Or maybe its just that I can relate to a bald, shapeless blob as I am one myself.

Craig, can you make your Plastocene men look more like people?   Maybe a nose or something, or am I missing the whole point?

Hi Fester, I don't think your missing the point at all! lol. The 'clay' men, I purposefully sculpt as minimalist as possible, and they are each for the viewer to interpret as their own. One thing that is confusing me though is the whole vomiting thing? then why is he holding a stone axe in his hand? So long as it's Stella you've not been drinking beforehand!  _))*
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 19, 2013, 07:18:00 AM
And here's Fester wishing he didn't drink so much the night before!

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/makeawish_zpsa4f5b9d3.jpg)
Entitled: Make a Wish
Copyright (C) by Craig Ollerton.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Fester on June 19, 2013, 09:58:15 AM
Its like looking in a mirror!
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Post by: craigollerton on June 19, 2013, 10:15:14 AM
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Its like looking in a mirror!

Reflect on that thought a moment...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/reflection_zps7d25f5b1.jpg)
Entitled: Reflection
By Craig Ollerton
Title: Re: Art
Post by: snowcap on June 19, 2013, 11:19:01 PM
you,v not got one wielding a club (golf club that is) Craig ?
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Fester on June 20, 2013, 12:57:06 AM
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Its like looking in a mirror!

Reflect on that thought a moment...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/reflection_zps7d25f5b1.jpg)
Entitled: Reflection
By Craig Ollerton

Its uncanny, my house looked just like that, for almost 12 months when I was having my extension built by cowboys!
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 20, 2013, 04:17:29 AM
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you,v not got one wielding a club (golf club that is) Craig ?

Hi Snowcap,

I take some very unusual commissions from time to time, some serious... some less serious. Take this one pictured below for example.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/longjohn_zps87206f69.jpg)
Entitled: Treasure Island
Copyright (C) by Craig Ollerton.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Trojan on June 24, 2013, 02:21:49 AM
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Craig, can you make your Plastocene men look more like people?   Maybe a nose or something, or am I missing the whole point?

Like Tony Hart's "Morph?"
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Trojan on June 24, 2013, 02:25:18 AM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

It does look good, reminds me of a North Wales slate quarry with those pieces of slate nearby.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Trojan on June 24, 2013, 03:00:10 AM
A nose isn't really essential to depict expression however.

This sad, lonely character illustrates an addict sitting on the waste ground alongside Llandudno railway station.

The cold, biting westerly winds are gusting down Builder St and "Bob" wishes he had purchased some clothing from the charity shop in Madoc St, rather than a six pack of cheap bitter from Asda.

     
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Fester on June 24, 2013, 02:35:51 PM
Judging by the state of the pavement, he looks like is sitting on the corner of Mostyn St and St Georges Place.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Yorkie on June 24, 2013, 02:45:00 PM
What is that hanging over his (or her) left thigh?   ?{}?

Well, someone had to ask!   ;D
Title: Re: Art
Post by: born2run on June 24, 2013, 04:49:49 PM
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A nose isn't really essential to depict expression however.

This sad, lonely character illustrates an addict sitting on the waste ground alongside Llandudno railway station.

The cold, biting westerly winds are gusting down Builder St and "Bob" wishes he had purchased some clothing from the charity shop in Madoc St, rather than a six pack of cheap bitter from Asda.

   

If I had a head shape liked that I'd drink as well
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Tosh on June 24, 2013, 04:57:36 PM
But where would you drink it through?    Z**

The right hand is resting on the left thigh.  :o

The back bone's connected to the thigh bone etc.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Tosh on June 24, 2013, 05:00:40 PM
Sorry, I should have said that I really like them.
One has to use one's imagination doesn't one?
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 25, 2013, 08:08:23 AM
This is very clever!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041236 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23041236)
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Ian on June 25, 2013, 08:40:09 AM
Excellent! He's done a lot of that sort of thing.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 26, 2013, 08:40:49 AM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

It does look good, reminds me of a North Wales slate quarry with those pieces of slate nearby.

Thanks Trojan,

You are right, the slate pieces were collected from a slag heap outside Llangollen. The roof slates and wall stones were spliced by hand with a small chisel afterward, each no larger than a postage stamp.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: craigollerton on June 26, 2013, 09:11:16 AM
This is one of my earlier pieces which I particularly love. A primitive piece of man providing, perhaps for himself or his family. His catch is left to hang above the smoke of smouldering cinders beneath.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/providing_zpsfbb23658.jpg)
Entitled: Providing
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Yorkie on June 26, 2013, 10:03:13 AM
I like them all!  They are very novel and as far as I can tell, an original concept.  Keep 'em coming.
Quick question, Craig, how tall is the figure?  I am presuming he is a standard size for all the sculptures.
 ££$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 26, 2013, 10:09:48 AM
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That hut must have taken some doing, looks good.

It does look good, reminds me of a North Wales slate quarry with those pieces of slate nearby.

Thanks Trojan,

You are right, the slate pieces were collected from a slag heap outside Llangollen. The roof slates and wall stones were spliced by hand with a small chisel afterward, each no larger than a postage stamp.

On the subject of model buildings, these model buildings for garden railways are amazing!

http://www.treddoldesigns.co.uk/treddoldesigns/Gallery/Entries/2013/4/10_Treddol_Designs_Photo_Gallery.html (http://www.treddoldesigns.co.uk/treddoldesigns/Gallery/Entries/2013/4/10_Treddol_Designs_Photo_Gallery.html)
Title: Re: Art
Post by: hollins on June 26, 2013, 11:20:39 AM
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On the subject of model buildings, these model buildings for garden railways are amazing!

http://www.treddoldesigns.co.uk/treddoldesigns/Gallery/Entries/2013/4/10_Treddol_Designs_Photo_Gallery.html (http://www.treddoldesigns.co.uk/treddoldesigns/Gallery/Entries/2013/4/10_Treddol_Designs_Photo_Gallery.html)

Yes, they are ME.
I collect these miniature cottages which were made by the Devonmoor Pottery. They measure about 3cms x 4cms each and have lots of detail on them.
I am reminded of my student days with all this talk of model buildings. I studied woven and knitted textile design and one of my projects was based on black and white timbered buildings. I kept this cottage I made, now 39 years ago, o'h no!
I wove the fabiric first and then added the knitted bits later. Takes me back!
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Yorkie on June 26, 2013, 12:55:52 PM
When I were a Lad, during last years of't War, in the dark neets when we couldn't go out to play, my Mum helped keep us kids occupied.  Mum was a seamstress and an all round homemaker, as most were all those years ago.  She taught my Sister and me to use a sewing machine, knit, crochet, darn and embroider.   We also made rag rugs from scrap material.   I enjoyed the experience and the skills have helped me out on many occasions.   I have my own Jones sewing machine even now, although it is only rarely used to shorten legs on trousers or other small jobs.

As a final note, I have, in the past, even made a dress for the (1st) wife!    :D
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Nemesis on June 26, 2013, 01:48:22 PM
Art ? Craft ? I'm not sure which, but these are what I am doing at the moment. They are to decorate plain jute shopping bags which we sell in the Charity Shop. A good way to use up scraps of wool and I can usually manage to do at least 3 per hour if I get cracking !
Title: Re: Art
Post by: suepp on June 26, 2013, 02:16:58 PM
What a great idea, and really pretty, is there a pattern available online? &well&
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Post by: hollins on June 26, 2013, 02:32:01 PM
Yes, they are pretty. Let me know if you need any scraps of wool Nemesis as I have loads of leftovers.
I would also be happy to make some for you if you can post the pattern.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: Nemesis on June 26, 2013, 04:03:07 PM
I got the pattern from a book which I bought in the Works.

All you do is cast on 36 stitches of double knitting wool on 5mm needles.
Knit one row
purl one row
K2 tog, yarn over needle to end.(  Picot Row ).
S Stitch for 3 rows.
Knit 2 tog to end
s st for 3 rows.
K 2 tog to end
Purl 1 row.
run remainder of yarn through left over stitches.
Sew side seam to make a circle
Turn over and sew down the round edge to make the picot.

The actual pattern made a slightly bigger flower, so I adapted it, so I don't think that I am infringing any copyright !!

The centre can be made with a button or a bit of embroidery.

In the book there are 3 kinds of flowers, the first I tried-- had it been white , would have been a dead ringer for a cauliflower, so I abandoned that ! _))*

My usual contribution for the Children's Hospice are what you see in the attached photo. The cards are hand made ( by me) with Welsh or English greetings and sell in the shop for £1 each. Over the last years I must have made and sold hundreds, so I thought that I would have a change and make flowers !

Scraps of wool would be gratefully received, flowers too Hollins. If you are in Llandudno you could drop them at the shop (Ty Gobaith) in Lloyd Street. Thankyou.
Title: Re: Art
Post by: hollins on June 26, 2013, 04:59:57 PM
Nemesis, the cards look lovely, too cheap at £1!
I have just tried a flower. Should there be 2 rows of holes, one on the edge and one below?
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Post by: hollins on June 26, 2013, 06:15:50 PM
I have done it again Nemesis and I think it is like yours now. I did the K2tog yon row and next 3 rows twice.
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Post by: Ian on June 26, 2013, 06:37:59 PM
Hmmm... looks like you should get a slot on Dave's website or Fester's emporium. N:-)  Very impressive work.
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Post by: craigollerton on June 26, 2013, 07:36:03 PM
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I like them all!  They are very novel and as far as I can tell, an original concept.  Keep 'em coming.
Quick question, Craig, how tall is the figure?  I am presuming he is a standard size for all the sculptures.
 ££$

Thanks Yorkie,

The figures and the pieces themselves are never more than say 3 or 4 inches tall usually but depending on the environment can be several inches across, their sizes are well suited to display in a glass cabinet or on a mantelpiece.
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Post by: Nemesis on June 26, 2013, 09:25:47 PM
That looks super Hollins--- I think experimentation is the main thing with this. Some of mine have turned out more curved than others-- some lay flat and others don't seem to. I think the yarn makes a difference.

Tonight I have been fiddling trying to put a contrasting edge in that awful bobbly wool ( looks like a row of cotton buds) and have nearly driven myself mad ( well madder than I am) trying to get them even.

Thanks for the compliment Ian.

The cards, I know are cheaper than some of the hand made ones around, but I do try to beg bits from everyone to make them. I have a very generous guest who comes from Leeds and brings me bagfuls of her 'leftovers'. It is a great help.

Trouble is that over the years I have dabbled with so many different crafts that I have an awful lot of 'stuff' squirrelled away. I can usually find anything someone needs to borrow !!!!
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Post by: hollins on June 28, 2013, 09:24:29 PM
I've got my mum doing them as well Nemesis. How many do you put on each bag?
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Post by: suepp on June 28, 2013, 09:52:25 PM
I haven't had a go at the pattern yet, but have got lots of scraps to use on my collection of bags! I collect old knitting patterns and this photo is of a teacosy I made from one of them!(http://)
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Post by: hollins on June 29, 2013, 06:57:08 AM
Great!
Do you collect knitting patterns from any particular era?

Ian or Dave.......Could this topic be called Art and Crafts do you think?
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Post by: Ian on June 29, 2013, 07:39:27 AM
Your wish is my command, oh extremely talented ones...
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Post by: Nemesis on June 29, 2013, 09:59:53 AM
Wow Hollins, you have been busy!

Our deputy manageress and her friend do the 'sewing on' of the flowers, depending on size they usually put one or two. Sometimes they just put on decorative buttons. Over the last couple of years I have decorated alot for them, near Christmas, with glued on felt shapes of robins, doves, trees, penguins, Santas etc and near Easter with rabbits, eggs etc. The logo for Ty Gobaith/Hope House is a small red house, so I often did some with little felt ones on. The bags are jute and sell at £2.00 each for plain ones and £2.50 for decorated ones.

People bought them, especially near Christmas, to fill with small gifts for friends and family, presents within a present ! At times parts of our house were full of bags waiting for the glue to dry on the felt.

Last night I tried reversing the turning on the picot edge of the flower and making a raised welt all round-- it looked different, if a little strange.

Suepp-- Your tea cosy looks really good--- it is amazing how many times people in the shop ask for them. Please pass on any spares !!

We also have some ladies who knit beautiful baby jackets-- the real old fashioned matinee jackets, so delicate and pretty and donate them to us to sell. Also some of those shaggy scarves are given occasionally.

It seems that alot of ladies love to knit and have no outlet for their pretty goods, so are happy to do them.
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Post by: craigollerton on June 29, 2013, 10:00:16 AM
A piece I finished quite recently...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/play_zpsba0f615e.jpg)
Entitled: Chwarae
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: craigollerton on June 29, 2013, 10:08:52 AM
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Great!
Do you collect knitting patterns from any particular era?

Ian or Dave.......Could this topic be called Art and Crafts do you think?

As the topic has shifted to encompass craft also. I do a lot of craft besides my works of art. One line of things I make are these shabby chic vintage signs, such as this 'Tin Can Telephone Company' wall mounted phone.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/tincan_zps4d52b34e.jpg)
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton.
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Post by: hollins on June 29, 2013, 10:20:05 AM
Would crochet ones be any use Nemesis?
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Post by: craigollerton on June 29, 2013, 10:25:37 AM
Another sign of my own design, 'Jones Farm'.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/jonesfarm_zps9ef671e2.jpg)
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: Nemesis on June 29, 2013, 11:40:39 AM
Yes please Hollins-- they look really good. Thankyou
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Post by: Fester on June 29, 2013, 11:57:20 PM
 :-X :-X :-X :-X :-X
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Post by: Nemesis on June 30, 2013, 08:34:32 AM
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Post by: Nemesis on July 02, 2013, 06:22:16 PM
Thankyou very much Hollins for the wonderful flowers, both knitted and crocheted, we have decided to turn some of the layered ones into brooches, they are so pretty.
Please also thank your Mum.
The wool will come in very handy, one or two of our ladies make different things, so I am going to sort through it tonight. Thanks.
Sorry I missed you, the lady behind the counter was leaving today, to move away, so some of the volunteers, including myself, called to have a cuppa and wish her well.
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Post by: hollins on July 02, 2013, 06:30:35 PM
No problem Nemesis. I have enjoyed making them.
My mum's batch are still to come as I haven't seen her yet but I will pass on your thanks.
That's a good idea about the brooches. I'll continue doing some more of those until I run out of suitable yarn.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 02, 2013, 07:49:29 PM
Thankyou. I have sewn safety pins onto 6 of them and we will 'test the water' to see if they sell. A volunteer at St. Davids shop where my OH helps knitted some daffodil brooches and they sold well-- in fact when I went to collect him last week I noticed another basket full ! I tried making one, but boy are they fiddly !
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Post by: Nemesis on July 03, 2013, 01:58:57 PM
Ended up doing 10 so that they filled the velvet card. I have taken them down to the shop, so we will see what happens
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Post by: hollins on July 03, 2013, 02:43:20 PM
Well done and good luck.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 03, 2013, 04:57:35 PM
Thanks---they have supplied me with a big bag of safety pins (!!!) so that I can sew them to the flowers that we have made between us all. Think we might be opening a sweat shop  :o ;D
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Post by: hollins on July 04, 2013, 02:22:18 PM
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It seems that alot of ladies love to knit and have no outlet for their pretty goods, so are happy to do them.
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I know exactly what you mean about this Nemesis. I could never stop making things, I've been doing it since I was 12 but there are only so many blankets, throws, cushions and jumpers you can accommodate in the house.
Here are some I have made recently but I am still on the flowers at the moment!
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Post by: Nemesis on July 04, 2013, 02:34:30 PM
Same situation here Hollins, both my Grandmothers taught me to knit, sew and make things. I'm not good with crochet, but our daughter is and has made things commercially in her student days to make extra cash. Now she has a Grandaughter she never stops making blankets, clothes and anything else, both knitted and crocheted. Last winter she made so many 'animal hats' that she sold them locally.
I made some more flowers last night from your wool-- ended up covered in woolly bits with the glittery one ! Black t-shirt-- big mistake !I have another 12 ready with pins to deliver to the H.H. shop. Angie says if they don't sell as brooches she can pin them onto the bags-- dual usage !
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Post by: suepp on July 04, 2013, 04:51:47 PM
Lovely work Hollins, I have never managed to crochet anything other  than a large continuous blanket!

 There is a Facebook page called Rhodd Dinbych offering  local crafters an outlet. https://www.facebook.com/RhoddDinbych (https://www.facebook.com/RhoddDinbych)
 I like browsing sites like Pinterest and Not on the High Street for ideas etc.

My knitting patterns are from 1950's onwards, mainly for knitting small Bazaar type items, I once ran a stall in Ruthin Medieval market selling "Homecrafts" I got fed up doing stripy teacosies so have a good collection of different patterns, I make Christmas stockings and hats for children,  and give them as presents. My last old fashioned knit was a hot water bottle cover for my daughter ! I knit jumpers  for myself too.
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Post by: hollins on July 05, 2013, 03:36:21 PM
Thanks suepp.
Nemesis, these arrived from my mum today (posted first class on Tuesday from Cheshire but never mind!).
I thought the felt ones were a good idea and not too time consuming to make.
Not bad for an 87yr old anyway!
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Post by: Nemesis on July 05, 2013, 04:55:44 PM
Please thank your Mum and tell her that they look wonderful. The felt ones are lovely and cheery too.
Called at Hope House shop today with some more cards and flowers for them, they had sold 2 brooches in the first 1/2 day after I had taken them.
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Post by: hollins on July 05, 2013, 05:06:16 PM
Thanks for the update. Hope they sell well.
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Post by: Trojan on July 06, 2013, 01:42:55 AM
Here's a modern expressionist piece I finished this afternoon entitled: A couple of tearaways on Bog Island.
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Post by: Fester on July 06, 2013, 10:53:02 PM
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 07, 2013, 06:44:37 AM
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Post by: Ian on July 07, 2013, 07:48:27 AM
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Post by: Linda on July 08, 2013, 12:47:42 AM
 Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

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Post by: Linda on July 08, 2013, 12:52:54 AM
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I got the pattern from a book which I bought in the Works.

All you do is cast on 36 stitches of double knitting wool on 5mm needles.
Knit one row
purl one row
K2 tog, yarn over needle to end.(  Picot Row ).
S Stitch for 3 rows.
Knit 2 tog to end
s st for 3 rows.
K 2 tog to end
Purl 1 row.
run remainder of yarn through left over stitches.
Sew side seam to make a circle
Turn over and sew down the round edge to make the picot.

The actual pattern made a slightly bigger flower, so I adapted it, so I don't think that I am infringing any copyright !!

The centre can be made with a button or a bit of embroidery.

In the book there are 3 kinds of flowers, the first I tried-- had it been white , would have been a dead ringer for a cauliflower, so I abandoned that ! _))*

My usual contribution for the Children's Hospice are what you see in the attached photo. The cards are hand made ( by me) with Welsh or English greetings and sell in the shop for £1 each. Over the last years I must have made and sold hundreds, so I thought that I would have a change and make flowers !

Scraps of wool would be gratefully received, flowers too Hollins. If you are in Llandudno you could drop them at the shop (Ty Gobaith) in Lloyd Street. Thankyou.

Going to give these a try myself in the winter ,nice on knitted hairbands and they are lovely for on sweaters and cardis  Thanks for pattern tho yours will take some beating :)
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Post by: Trojan on July 08, 2013, 03:55:11 PM
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Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

I feel quite flushed.  :o

I can give you the pattern for my toilet roll cover if you wish Linda.

 
 
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Post by: Fester on July 08, 2013, 09:47:33 PM
Has Trojan gone round the bend??  The U-bend??  :laugh:

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Post by: snowcap on July 08, 2013, 10:16:48 PM
as Jim Royal would say"my A***"



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Post by: Nemesis on July 09, 2013, 11:40:01 AM
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Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

I feel quite flushed.  :o

I can give you the pattern for my toilet roll cover if you wish Linda.

 
 

How about it Trojan?
Linda and I could post pictures of the finished articles $thanx$ :twoface: :-*
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Post by: craigollerton on July 09, 2013, 02:13:53 PM
My latest piece I finished off this morning...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/Propose_zps966f5782.jpg)
Entitled: Propose
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: Fester on July 10, 2013, 12:06:07 AM
If that is an engagement ring, I would caution him very strongly before doing anything rash.
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Post by: craigollerton on July 10, 2013, 12:33:05 AM
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If that is an engagement ring, I would caution him very strongly before doing anything rash.

Especially seeing as it's made out of a 24 carat copper ring, and a split piece of beach glass :D
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Post by: Trojan on July 10, 2013, 01:20:21 AM
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Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

I feel quite flushed.  :o

I can give you the pattern for my toilet roll cover if you wish Linda.

 
 

How about it Trojan?
Linda and I could post pictures of the finished articles $thanx$ :twoface: :-*

 :-[
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Post by: Trojan on July 10, 2013, 01:34:08 AM
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If that is an engagement ring, I would caution him very strongly before doing anything rash.

She's already been fitted for a wedding dress.  :D
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Post by: Linda on July 11, 2013, 12:12:28 AM
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Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

I feel quite flushed.  :o

I can give you the pattern for my toilet roll cover if you wish Linda.

 
 

How about it Trojan?
Linda and I could post pictures of the finished articles $thanx$ :twoface: :-*

 :-[
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 *tumble*My knitting skills  3 baby cardis and tiny knitted teddies with extremely long legs  :-[ :-[
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Post by: Fester on July 11, 2013, 12:31:10 AM
Oh God.
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Post by: Trojan on July 11, 2013, 01:35:31 AM
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Oh God.

 L0L
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Post by: suepp on July 11, 2013, 09:14:54 AM
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Well! :roll: looking at the heart shape pattern on the Loo roll, I wouldnt say that was the general  BOG standard loo roll Ccbc would supply.
Maybe your Artwork should be exhibited in the LO--urve Art Gallery! If they dont like the design they could tell you what to do with it   $fan$

I feel quite flushed.  :o

I can give you the pattern for my toilet roll cover if you wish Linda.

 
 

How about it Trojan?
Linda and I could post pictures of the finished articles $thanx$ :twoface: :-*

 :-[

 *tumble*My knitting skills  3 baby cardis and tiny knitted teddies with extremely long legs  :-[ :-[

Love 'em-- how sweet  $good$
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Post by: Linda on July 12, 2013, 12:07:13 AM
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Oh God.

 :P Did someone call me!
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Post by: Linda on July 12, 2013, 12:55:47 AM
Thanks Nemesis , but i know my limits where knitting is concerned. I like to make bead jewellery when i have time and love to draw and paint.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 12, 2013, 02:44:51 PM
Don't worry Linda  I think your teddies are cute.

Some of these sarcastic men need taking down a peg-- don't you agree? :twoface:

Thankyou Hollins-- I have called and picked the things up from the shop. The poor manageress was expiring from the heat of the steaming machine.
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Post by: hollins on July 12, 2013, 04:23:17 PM
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Some of these sarcastic men need taking down a peg-- don't you agree? :twoface:



I agree the boys have been quite beastly!
I have been making baskets.
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Post by: Linda on July 13, 2013, 12:27:39 AM
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Some of these sarcastic men need taking down a peg-- don't you agree? :twoface:



I agree the boys have been quite beastly!
I have been making baskets.

 $hands$ $angry1$ Yes I agree Go the Girls!!!! $happy$ $happy$
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Post by: Trojan on July 13, 2013, 02:07:00 AM
Away the lads..... Z**
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Post by: Yorkie on July 13, 2013, 07:29:00 AM
Looks like a Willy Warmer to me!    :D :D
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Post by: Nemesis on July 13, 2013, 08:21:34 AM
Sorry Hollins-- I have just noticed that my post about the baskets doesn't appear to have posted. The deputy manageress is on holiday, but I will speak to her on her return and see if we can think of something to do with baskets. Thanks.
Somewhere I will have a pattern for a W.W.W., but we shall need a few models _))* _))* _))* _))* :twoface:
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Post by: DaveR on July 13, 2013, 10:48:09 AM
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Somewhere I will have a pattern for a W.W.W., but we shall need a few models _))* _))* _))* _))* :twoface:
Try Fester, you won't need much wool for his.  :laugh:
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Post by: Linda on July 13, 2013, 12:29:54 PM
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Somewhere I will have a pattern for a W.W.W., but we shall need a few models _))* _))* _))* _))* :twoface:
Try Fester, you won't need much wool for his.  :laugh:

 _))* I am sure i have plenty of ODD BALLs of wool of different sizes  ;D ;D
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Post by: Nemesis on July 13, 2013, 12:35:16 PM
 $donald$ $donald$ $donald$

This could get amusing !!!!
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Post by: Fester on July 14, 2013, 12:39:36 AM
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Somewhere I will have a pattern for a W.W.W., but we shall need a few models _))* _))* _))* _))* :twoface:
Try Fester, you won't need much wool for his.  :laugh:

Ah, but Dave, it's quite scary when it 'lights up' mate!   :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Yorkie on July 14, 2013, 06:38:10 AM
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Ah, but Dave, it's quite scary when it 'lights up' mate!   :laugh: :laugh:

Maybe you could become part of the Xmas Lighting Display!  Wrex would be "cock a hoop"!    :o
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Post by: Nemesis on July 30, 2013, 05:38:37 PM
Sorry for the delay Hollins-- our deputy manageress has now returned. We are going to take a pic of the jute bags decorated with our flowers, when I get chance to pop in with the camera.

The baskets--- I took the one you kindly sent into the shop and the DM fiddled about, turned it inside out and upside down and turned it inot a cap for a premature baby ! :o. In the past we have had these knitted for us and they have sold out really fast, so if you are stuck for something to knit ????? We have a batch of pink baby wool in the shop which you are welcome to. If you call, ask for Angela--- she'd love to meet you. She is there every day for this fortnight , except for Sunday, as the manageress is on holiday.

Thanks again for your efforts
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Post by: hollins on July 30, 2013, 05:47:30 PM
Hi Nemesis,
I was in today and dropped off loads of things mum and I had made. Flowers, baskets and bags so I hope they manage to sell them and they don't take up your shelf space for too long.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 30, 2013, 08:10:20 PM
Hi Hollins.
Thankyou so much, hand made things always seem to go rapidly and one of our ladies who made lovely bags and little knitted bits and bobs has just moved away to Dorset, so your and your Mum's donations will be gratefully received.

I was in Bangor today and the HH shop there didn't seem to have anything hand made---- in fact Bangor itself was somewhat of a let down, hardly any shops left.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 31, 2013, 01:22:40 PM
Called this morning to take this pic for you and was shown all the other lovely things-- Thankyou again.

The cot toys , like woven spheres, fascinated me-- did you have a pattern or are they your own invention?
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Post by: hollins on July 31, 2013, 06:27:35 PM
Thanks for posting the photo Nemesis. The bags look great.
It is my mum that is the star turn because she made the knitted spheres. I don't know if you noticed but she had filled them with lavender.
She made them from a pattern. I will ask her for it and send it to you.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 31, 2013, 06:49:43 PM
Thanks Hollins. I have found a pattern on the net and am having a go, so I will let you know how I go on. I hadn't realised about the lavender, but I only flew into the office to take the pic, I had left my OH on a seat with the dog as his paws were wet ( the dogs, not my OH's) and he loves his 'Aunties' in the shop so much I thought he was better outside !!
Are the spheres meant for pomanders, or for babies? I found this How to Make a Braided Ball (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZA_kgR9bGc#) You Tube. Think it makes the situation look difficult ! Help  :o
Angela says please would you make yourself known, then she can thank you herself.
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Post by: hollins on July 31, 2013, 07:01:03 PM
I think she made them originally for pomanders but then thought they would be good for cots like you.
She says it is 8 knitted strips 15 sts and 50 rows.
Then she says you plait it together  and it is tricky at first!!!! You are not kidding.
I think the video you have posted the link to will help there.
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Post by: hollins on July 31, 2013, 07:41:10 PM
Here is a link to the free Ravelry pattern but I think you might already have seen it on the youtube one.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gevlochten-bal---braided-ball (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gevlochten-bal---braided-ball)
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Post by: Nemesis on August 01, 2013, 08:51:42 AM
Thanks for that Hollins I am having a go, but knowing me it will take me ages to califudge about with it !
Glad you mentioned the lavender, as we had thought that they woul be lovely for babies, but have now got visions of everyones child covered in bits. ;D Thus we shall label them accordingly !
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Post by: Nemesis on August 20, 2013, 08:07:51 PM
Hollins,

Now you can have a laugh! I knitted these for something to do in the evenings whilst we were away. They are supposed to hold Creme Eggs, but I couldn't find any, so I have put Kinder Eggs inside them which are slightly too large.

I have a chicken, a rabbit and a mouse in the pipeline and I am wondering if I can make an owl !!
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Post by: hollins on August 20, 2013, 08:16:11 PM
The eggs aren't sewn in are they? :o
I noticed some nice knitted owls in the window of the Wool Corner yesterday if you need some inspiration.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 20, 2013, 08:36:57 PM
No the "cosies" are slipped over the eggs. They could actually be used as egg cosies if such things are still used  :o :roll:.
Will look in the Wool Corner thanks.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 20, 2013, 08:41:02 PM
St David's Hospice have some very nice knitted chicken egg cosies around Easter time.  They have a Cadburys Cream Egg in them.

I understand Cadburys are now making an Oriental Chocolate Bar.  They intend to call it a Chinese Wispa!   _))*
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Post by: Nemesis on August 20, 2013, 08:54:42 PM
Were you listening to Chris Evans this morning ? ;D
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on August 20, 2013, 09:14:34 PM
That joke was on BBC1 Breakfast!  :laugh:
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Post by: Yorkie on August 20, 2013, 09:27:24 PM
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Were you listening to Chris Evans this morning ? ;D

No! 
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Post by: Fester on August 21, 2013, 12:43:59 AM
Indeed it was on several BBC News media channels today....  Funniest joke of the recent Fringe festival apparently. I beg to differ.

See here.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23753634 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23753634)
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Post by: Yorkie on August 21, 2013, 07:11:18 AM
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Indeed it was on several BBC News media channels today....  Funniest joke of the recent Fringe festival apparently. I beg to differ.

See here.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23753634 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23753634)

I agree!   :D
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Post by: hollins on September 19, 2013, 10:07:42 AM
There was an excellent programme last night about knitting on BBC4.
Here is a link to the iplayer if you missed it.

BBC iPlayer - Fabric of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03bgrvf/)

I am thinking of suepp mainly. Lots of old knitting patterns featured!
The series is called Fabric of Britain. There are 3 episodes, the next one being about wallpaper. Not sure what the third one will be about.
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Post by: Yorkie on September 19, 2013, 10:38:05 AM
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Not sure what the third one will be about.

Watching paint dry!    :D
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Post by: suepp on September 19, 2013, 02:45:05 PM
be careful Yorkie, or I'll knit you a jumper  :P
Thank you for the link  Hollins  $thanx$
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Post by: Nemesis on September 19, 2013, 03:09:29 PM
 :o _))* _))* _))*

A nice itchy one?
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Post by: snowcap on September 20, 2013, 05:31:04 PM
bet you don't have enough wool for a gag for him
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Post by: Yorkie on September 20, 2013, 06:31:12 PM
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bet you don't have enough wool for a gag for him

Especially if she has had to knit one for you first!    L0L

Touche!   _))*
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Post by: snowcap on September 20, 2013, 10:44:51 PM
touche
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Post by: Nemesis on October 08, 2013, 09:03:02 AM
Still finding ideas for the flowers Hollins, I have put some hair clips on some this week and am busily knitting red ones with black middles for poppies. I have also knitted some tiny bobble hats for brooches which seem to be popular. All your other items flew straight out thanks (and to your Mum)
Don't know if you came into town during our London Week window display ( which we won 1st prize for ( Congrats to Angela)), but during a meeting the other week down at the hospice, I met a lady knitter from Bangor. For their window she had knitted a big London Bus and  a second item which could have been either a Tower Bridge or a Tower of London, can't remember which. Amazing patience !
At the moment we have 3 large Beatrix Potter figures in a basket on the counter, which a lady has knitted and donated. For just £1 you can pick a number and win them.
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Post by: hollins on October 08, 2013, 09:22:18 AM
Sorry, but I missed your prize winning window. Well done for that. I am relieved to know that the stuff we made isn't still there gathering dust! We will do some more things soon.
I am making a jumper and a scarf at the moment and I took them with me to Menorca and the spare wool for both but guess where I left the spare wool? In a drawer of the villa we rented there so now I have to pay to get it posted back or they can't be finshed off.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 08, 2013, 10:12:19 AM
Oh dear-- at least it shouldn't weigh much to post.
Oh no, your things certainly didn't get chance to gather dust-- especially the lacy crotcheted flowers, they have been made into brooches, hair slides and sewn onto shopping bags ! ;D
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Post by: hollins on October 11, 2013, 05:33:35 PM
Nemesis, are these the ones you meant that sold best?
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Post by: hollins on October 12, 2013, 03:51:30 PM
I think you have some competition for your brooches Nemesis! There were some nice bags in this shop too.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 15, 2013, 08:14:11 PM
Sorry to be tardy in posting a reply Hollins, but our internet died on us last Thursday afternoon and we have only just got back'on line' today.

Yes-- those were the ones, and the bags look lovely.

Our daughter has been knitting baby blankets with hoods which have ears in one corner and they have proved very popular among her friends. She made the first one for my Great Granddaughter and it snowballed from there !I was up there last Wednesday for the day and she showed me all kinds of things which she has made-- woolly mammoth toys, baby all in ones and lovely baby chunky jumpers.
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Post by: hollins on October 16, 2013, 04:33:50 PM
I am relieved that they were the ones as I have been busy making another batch.
I have been buying all sorts of interesting yarns some of which is the glittery stuff. I thought they might go down well with Xmas coming up.
I was so interested in trying the loopy yarn in the second photo that I nearly missed my stop on the train!
Will drop them off at the shop next week.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 16, 2013, 05:17:39 PM
Oh wow Hollins-- they look super-- Thanks ;D
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Post by: hollins on October 17, 2013, 05:55:51 PM
Production line........get ready with those safety pins Nemesis. Sorry but I am not volunteering for that. I hate sewing!
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Post by: Nemesis on October 17, 2013, 08:58:49 PM
Golly I had better go and get another packet of them!

Wonderful.

Thankyou.

Trying to make my Christmas Cards among all this ! Production is a bit slow this year!
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Post by: Nemesis on October 22, 2013, 09:02:28 AM
Thanks again Hollins for the huge bag of flowers. True to my word I got more safety pins and managed to put them onto 20 of them ready for the Christmas Fayre in Colwyn Bay. Hopefully it will be better than last year 'cos poor Angela ( you met her yesterday) was standing on some soggy cardboadr in about 2" of water. I did no more than march into Morrisons when I called and obtain 3 fresh boxes for her to have something dry to stand on. She always seems to get bad luck when she is anywhere in Colwyn Bay, last year she was selling Christmas Cards in the Bay Centre and had no one to relieve her for a 'comfort break' Thus in desperation she had to borrow a trolly from Morrisons, load all her goods into it, take it to the loo and re-set the stall afterwards. So if anyone is in the bay, take pity on her and mind the stall for 5 mins !!!
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Post by: hollins on October 22, 2013, 09:57:56 AM
Oh no, poor Angela. Good luck with the Christmas stall.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 22, 2013, 01:29:15 PM
 $good$ Thanks
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Post by: Linda on October 22, 2013, 09:21:47 PM
When and where will be your Christmas stall ? :)
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Post by: Nemesis on October 23, 2013, 08:24:25 AM
As far as I know Nov 8th to 12th in Colwyn Bay. Don't take this as gospel, as it still has to be confirmed. Will post again when I am sure.
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Post by: miriam on October 23, 2013, 02:51:35 PM
I'm a textile & mixed media artist. Working mainly in felt, stitch and printing. I'm teaching textiles for Coleg Harlech at the moment.
There's a really good exhibition coming up with the Embroiderers Guild called "Continuous Thread" on the 1st and 2nd November, well worth going to have a look. It's come a long way since stitching flowers on a table cloth, and they have wonderful homemade cakes !!!!
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Post by: Nemesis on October 23, 2013, 03:01:32 PM
Sounds good-- especially the cakes $good$ Hugo will be on his way if there are cakes to be had !
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Post by: hollins on October 23, 2013, 04:12:36 PM
Hi Miriam,
There are some gorgeous felt things around now. I have never tried felting. It would be great to see some of your work. Why don't you put some photos on here?
I bought this felt bag and purse recently in Switzerland but it is designed by a Danish company and made in Nepal!
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Post by: miriam on October 23, 2013, 10:57:48 PM
I'll get some photos sorted and put them on the forum, never done it before so may take a few attempts .....felting is very easy to do and very addictive. There will be some of my work at the exhibition if you're passing pop in.
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Post by: Ian on October 24, 2013, 07:29:32 AM
Easy 'how to' guide, here, Miriam:

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,114.msg956.html#msg956 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,114.msg956.html#msg956)
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Post by: miriam on October 25, 2013, 11:06:05 PM
Thanks Ian, I'll have a go when I sort some photos out. Looks easy enough I may regret saying that  !!!
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Post by: Nemesis on November 01, 2013, 02:31:04 PM
Oh WOW ! Hollins--- you are famous.
Just called at the shop and Angela is about to get cracking sewing onto the jute bags. A lady has just ordered 16-- all with your crocheted flowers on !!! I didn't offer, as I am still turning out Poppies as fast as I can, also it kills your fingers the jute is so rough.
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Post by: hollins on November 01, 2013, 07:00:13 PM
That is good news but poor Angela again. I popped in on Tuesday with a bag of things mum had made including some of these felt Xmas trees.
I have found a cheap supplier of the glitter yarn, Hollings Mill in Bradford!
I bought this mixed bag so that I could make some more of the glittery crochet flowers if you think that is a good idea.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 02, 2013, 08:26:14 AM
Sounds great Hollins thankyou. Love the little trees as well !
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Post by: hollins on November 03, 2013, 01:54:57 PM
My mum made these for me this morning.
Nemesis, I have got her in training now making the crochet flowers.
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Post by: Yorkie on November 03, 2013, 03:51:10 PM
The talent obviously runs in the family!    :D
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Post by: Nemesis on November 04, 2013, 08:26:53 AM
Your Mum certainly has a go at everything !
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Post by: hollins on November 17, 2013, 03:00:46 PM
Mum and I have been making these today.
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Post by: Bellringer on November 17, 2013, 05:26:08 PM
And very pretty they look too.
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Post by: suepp on November 17, 2013, 09:06:48 PM
lovely!
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Post by: Cordyline on November 17, 2013, 11:18:12 PM
Occasionally I have a go at  welding
Here  is a panel that I made; about 2 metres high

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/cogla/dec/galvanised.jpg)
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Post by: hollins on November 18, 2013, 08:21:35 AM
That is amazing. Did you make all the individual components first?
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Post by: Ian on November 18, 2013, 08:47:00 AM
Astonishing :-))  There's so much talent in here we'll have to open a TTF shop - or maybe an online version :-))
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Post by: Nemesis on November 18, 2013, 09:14:21 AM
Both are smashing Hollins and Cordyline.
You have reminded me Hollins, I made all my Christmas cards and tidied them away. Now I shall have to look for them and get them written
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Post by: DaveR on November 18, 2013, 09:25:09 AM
As young Mr Grace always used to say..."You've all done very well!".
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Post by: hollins on November 18, 2013, 10:37:09 AM
Or as they say about one thousand times per episode on Pointless, "very well done indeed!"

I am the dreaded auntie at xmas time although I do draw the line at xmas jumpers. This year everyone is getting a snood/infinity scarf.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 18, 2013, 06:32:39 PM
Message for you Hollins-- from Angela.
Very Many Thanks again for the delivery of crocheted flowers.

We were down at rock bottom again-- I am now sewing pins on as though my life depends on it. Sore finger ends here I come ! :o
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Post by: hollins on November 18, 2013, 07:20:50 PM
Thanks for letting me know they arrived safely. That's good, but not so good about your sore fingers. Sorry about that!
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Post by: Nemesis on November 19, 2013, 01:40:16 PM
No Probs-- I managed to put safety pins on 12 last night and have delivered them this morning.
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Post by: Linda on November 19, 2013, 01:52:31 PM
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Both are smashing Hollins and Cordyline.
You have reminded me Hollins, I made all my Christmas cards and tidied them away. Now I shall have to look for them and get them written
some lovely stuff , love the welding and the crochet flowers, can you tell me where the charity shop is where you have these flowers etc?

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Post by: Nemesis on November 19, 2013, 02:56:09 PM
Hope House Children's Hospice Shop. Lloyd Street Llandudno.
We have all kinds of handmade things, not just by Hollins and myself, but baby jumpers and cardies, beanie hats, also jute shopping bags decorated with flowers which we have both made.
Open 7 days !!!!! Loads of Christmas Cards-- Welsh, English and Bi-Lingual.

Think I'll go into the advertising business ! :o ;D
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Post by: Linda on November 19, 2013, 08:49:05 PM
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Hope House Children's Hospice Shop. Lloyd Street Llandudno.
We have all kinds of handmade things, not just by Hollins and myself, but baby jumpers and cardies, beanie hats, also jute shopping bags decorated with flowers which we have both made.
Open 7 days !!!!! Loads of Christmas Cards-- Welsh, English and Bi-Lingual.

Think I'll go into the advertising business ! :o ;D
Sounds like a good idea  :)  I could solve a couple of pressies there. Me and mine love unusual things .  Thanks Nemesis I will call in. $good$
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Post by: Ian on November 20, 2013, 08:43:55 AM
It's not said often enough but folk giving up their time for the needy and sick should be applauded. There are a few in TTTF, and it's great work they're all doing.
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Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2013, 09:19:19 AM
Yes, well done to you all!  $good$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 20, 2013, 10:36:59 AM
Many thanks :-[
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Post by: snowcap on November 20, 2013, 11:22:21 PM
You all deserve a big thanks
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Post by: hollins on November 27, 2013, 08:19:36 PM
Nemesis, I thought this might save your sewing fingers. I have made some of the flowers for myself and put them on xmas parcels. I threaded the gold thread through the flower so that it can be reused.
I am making some more for the shop as well. Maybe you could put a wrapped parcel in the shop to give the idea and then you could sell them without the need for more work? Just an idea, good luck with them anyway.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 28, 2013, 09:09:57 AM
That looks a great idea Hollins. I will put forward the idea when I next call at the shop-- I shall have to make a 'demo model' as my printer is languishing in Curry's workshop having thrown a complete wobbly last week. :rage:
Over the weekend of the market in town, sales of everything went through the roof, we were struggling to fill the spaces in the shop last Monday and even then Monday was the highest takings in my 3 years there, especially on Christmas cards.
If anyone did call and spend--- a huge THANKYOU.
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Post by: DaveR on November 28, 2013, 09:30:42 AM
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Over the weekend of the market in town, sales of everything went through the roof, we were struggling to fill the spaces in the shop last Monday and even then Monday was the highest takings in my 3 years there, especially on Christmas cards.
If anyone did call and spend--- a huge THANKYOU.
Excellent!  $good$
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Post by: hollins on November 28, 2013, 10:59:12 AM
Well done Nemesis. Those Christmas cards you made have a lot of work in them.
I have printed a photo of the parcel and I will take it in or post it later with some more glittery flowers.   ££$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 28, 2013, 11:37:14 AM
Thanks Hollins.
The cards aren't my homemade ones-- I can't sell any for them at the shop as they have hundreds of their own printed ones to get rid of !! :o

I have a range of Welsh and English cards there for other occasions and I usually make them for Easter etc.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 30, 2013, 03:58:33 PM
Have called today when I had been to St David's Christmas Fayre which was packed at 10 past 10 this a.m. and collected the flowers. I have made a couple of parcels for examples, so will see what happens.

Thanks again for your hard work and generosity.
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Post by: hollins on November 30, 2013, 04:20:20 PM
 $good$
 ££$
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Post by: Nemesis on December 01, 2013, 09:06:02 AM
The main problem with anything small  that isn't pinned to a board or fastened on to something is that it 'walks' too easily, so I shan't have to put too many out at once.
Sad, but it is all too common an occurrence
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Post by: hollins on December 01, 2013, 09:29:23 AM
Stealing from a charity shop, it beggars belief.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 01, 2013, 09:45:33 AM
Tell me about it !. If people aren't pinching things they are pulling prices off &/or haggling.
Don't get me wrong, we have some lovely customers who wouldn't dream of it, who come in regularly, but then....... there is the other side of the coin. makes you sick. :puke2:
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Post by: Nemesis on December 16, 2013, 10:17:07 AM
Just a quick pic. of what I am KNITTING. :twoface: :twoface: :twoface:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2013, 10:28:18 AM
Very good! Can you do a knitted butterfly?  :twoface:  did you spot the 'knit wit' ?   WWW  :laugh:
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Post by: hollins on December 16, 2013, 11:10:29 AM
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Just a quick pic. of what I am KNITTING. :twoface: :twoface: :twoface:


Love them both but especially the crocodile!
Meanwhile back at the beach...........
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Post by: Nemesis on December 16, 2013, 11:14:36 AM
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Very good! Can you do a knitted butterfly?  :twoface:  did you spot the 'knit wit' ?   WWW  :laugh:

Great !!  :twoface: :twoface: :twoface: I can certainly try :o :-X $good$

Hollins-- What a breath of spring-- those are lovely. It looks lovely and warm there with you. Here is is damp and raw.
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Post by: Fester on December 16, 2013, 01:01:23 PM
I will have you know that I can knit!  (albeit very badly)

My first wife was an avid knitter, and created many fabulous items, and quickly too.

She showed my how to cast on, cast off.... I proceeded to knit a square.

Then, I knitted a square in 2 colours.

Then I knitted a football scarf, but I don't think I ever finished it.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2013, 02:09:58 PM
Have a go at a butterfly  :twoface:, I have no idea of knitting, never tried it!  D)
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Post by: Fester on December 16, 2013, 04:15:29 PM
Butterfly too advanced for me Merddin.   But I admire those who can!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2013, 04:56:20 PM
Knit a caterpillar and it may turn into one!  L0L
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Post by: systema on December 17, 2013, 10:51:23 AM
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Knit a caterpillar and it may turn into one!  L0L


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Post by: Nemesis on December 17, 2013, 01:47:45 PM
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Knit a caterpillar and it may turn into one!  L0L

(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-taunt015.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

How about a pair of ladybirds instead?
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Post by: Minime on January 25, 2014, 11:04:18 PM
My OH bought me a pyrography set for crimbo and Ive taken to it quite well since ive figured I can stamp or trace then burn in.  Considering I have about 2000 stamps at my disposal im having a whale of a time :)
Now where local would sell suitable wood,  pref birch plywood or sycamore.  Looking for plaques, coasters etc.

I know we can buy just wood and OH would cut it for me... eventually but looking really for nearest shop that sells that kinda stuff?
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Post by: Nemesis on January 27, 2014, 08:44:53 AM
http://www.woodworkscraftsupplies.co.uk/index.php?cPath=72 (http://www.woodworkscraftsupplies.co.uk/index.php?cPath=72)

Don't think that I can think of anywhere local, but would this be any help?
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Post by: Minime on January 30, 2014, 12:05:26 AM
Thanks Nem, got reasonable priced supplier on ebay, that site worth a look tho thanks.  The plaque outside our house is unreadable so id like to do that but need big slices of wood which cost mega bucks to post.

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Post by: Yorkie on January 30, 2014, 08:46:47 AM
Minime,  why not visit one of the local timber suppliers and ask?   Even though they may not stock what you want they can probably point you in the right direction!

There is a timber importer in Liverpool that was owned by a family friend who is an importer of specialist woods.  They may have a local dealer.  The name was Hunter Fowler and Co Ltd as far as I remember.  H F is correct even if I have the full names slightly wrong.
 ££$
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Post by: Nemesis on April 30, 2014, 11:59:48 AM
Here's a new idea with scarf wool !
My daughter made a tu tu for her granddaughter!!
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Post by: suepp on May 01, 2014, 11:27:15 AM
Ive done Pyrography in the past and practiced on some cheap wooden chopping boards, wooden spoons and spatulas, the family got the finished products for Christmas  ;D
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Post by: hollins on May 04, 2014, 05:51:24 PM
Couldn't believe what I saw in Peel harbour today, outdoor crochet!
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Post by: SDQ on May 04, 2014, 11:31:18 PM
Are you sure it wasn't Purl Harbour?
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Post by: hollins on May 05, 2014, 06:57:00 AM
Ha! yes, good one.
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Post by: Ian on May 05, 2014, 07:55:57 AM
Quote
Are you sure it wasn't Purl Harbour?

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Post by: hollins on May 12, 2014, 09:30:07 AM
I have just discovered rather belatedly that what I saw in Peel recently was called "yarn bombing."

"Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk."

There are some amazing pics on this link,
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=yarn+bombing&client=firefox-a&hs=jt7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4oRwU9H9EuzP0AWWy4C4CQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=653 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=yarn+bombing&client=firefox-a&hs=jt7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4oRwU9H9EuzP0AWWy4C4CQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=653)

Maybe we should creep up in the night and cheer up the skip?
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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2014, 09:32:41 AM
Good idea  ££$
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Post by: Nemesis on May 12, 2014, 10:08:33 AM
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I have just discovered rather belatedly that what I saw in Peel recently was called "yarn bombing."

"Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk."

There are some amazing pics on this link,
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=yarn+bombing&client=firefox-a&hs=jt7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4oRwU9H9EuzP0AWWy4C4CQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=653 (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=yarn+bombing&client=firefox-a&hs=jt7&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4oRwU9H9EuzP0AWWy4C4CQ&ved=0CDoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=653)

Maybe we should creep up in the night and cheer up the skip?

Think it would take more than that ! ;)
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Post by: hollins on May 12, 2014, 03:10:00 PM
Yarn bombed skip!
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Post by: Ian on May 12, 2014, 04:18:23 PM
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 12, 2014, 04:28:50 PM
That actually looks a lot better with some colour on it!
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2014, 07:30:51 PM
Good work, Hollins!  $good$
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Post by: hollins on May 13, 2014, 09:34:13 PM
Here is another amazing knitting achievement.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626880/Welcome-BrisWOOL-More-100-volunteers-knit-replica-Bristol-including-Clifton-Suspension-Bridge-harbour-city-centre-famous-runaway-crocodile-makes-appearance.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626880/Welcome-BrisWOOL-More-100-volunteers-knit-replica-Bristol-including-Clifton-Suspension-Bridge-harbour-city-centre-famous-runaway-crocodile-makes-appearance.html)
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Post by: Ian on May 14, 2014, 07:16:35 AM
Incredible:-0))
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Post by: hollins on June 06, 2014, 09:37:56 AM
Yarn bombing in Soller, Mallorca too!
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Post by: craigollerton on July 28, 2014, 03:16:12 PM
How many pages since I last visited? goodness, you have been knitting away!

More work by me...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/1463156_628602307204274_1897918746_n_zps5f4b96f6.jpg)
Entitled: Man's Last Salvation
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: craigollerton on July 30, 2014, 08:50:42 AM
More work by me...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/554134_487604454637394_1037332663_n_zps0b79abcb.jpg)
Entitled: Fascination
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: craigollerton on July 31, 2014, 12:51:09 PM
Re "Perhaps Ollerton can fashion one of his childish clay models into a Munro bust".

No, i'm not a sculptor, otherwise believe me I would. Childish clay models? You should try telling that to those who pay a lot of money to buy my work.

Recent work...

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/10492196_735705559827281_6854280075447466156_n_zpsf6d67044.jpg)
Entitled: A re-rendition of 'Innocence washed away with the tide'
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: Cordyline on August 01, 2014, 11:57:43 PM
Made this planter from old scrap and left-over tiles from bathroom etc
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/cogla/BlackSpot023_zps30f9cc27.jpg)

Carcass
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/cogla/BlackSpot035_zps87df2a72.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/cogla/BlackSpot042_zps1074f79d.jpg)

Just needs a few plants
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v13/cogla/BlackSpot055_zps9d57c612.jpg)
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Post by: craigollerton on August 02, 2014, 12:13:21 PM
That is awesome Cordyline, always wanted to do something like that myself.
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Post by: craigollerton on August 02, 2014, 01:16:13 PM
Some of my more professional craft work, pictured: hand drawn-crafted book prop, and poster design for low budget film release pending.

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/eye_zps4000ceb6.jpg)
The All Seeing Eye
Copright (C) Craig Ollerton

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/1901349_659966580734513_559982184_n_zps0472a10e.jpg)
Book of Elements Front Cover
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/71574_656410397756798_1216023022_n_zps5d30dd4d.jpg)
Book of Elements Entry Cover
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/1623624_656410377756800_307077914_n_zps4d1d537b.jpg)
Summon Water
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/1622763_656410387756799_979295754_n_zpsfc935872.jpg)
Summon Earth
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton

(http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b599/craigrockfield/1798798_353857214755639_966_zpsd5159d16.jpg)
Movie Poster Design
Copyright (C) Craig Ollerton
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Post by: craigollerton on August 05, 2014, 03:52:11 PM
A little 'life-drawing' Hale and Pace comedy sketch for those artistes' with a sense of humour here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSHZY_JCV0U&list=PLA457637ECB3F6440&index=1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSHZY_JCV0U&list=PLA457637ECB3F6440&index=1)
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Post by: Ian on August 09, 2014, 07:07:28 PM
Hollins: ever seen this gadget?

http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/machines (http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/machines)
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Post by: Yorkie on August 09, 2014, 07:40:36 PM
Similar principle in machines used for cutting out signs for vans etc.  Can be seen in local vehicle sign writers premises.   ZXZ
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 08:19:15 AM
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Hollins: ever seen this gadget?

http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/machines (http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/machines/machines)

No, I hadn't seen this before. I'm not sure I quite understand it even after watching the video! Is it for making cards? If so maybe Nemesis would be interested as she does that.
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Post by: Ian on August 10, 2014, 08:26:09 AM
It's a printer which cuts patterns from many different types of material.  You simply use one of the pre-supplied images, or you can create your own, then feed in card, paper, vinyl, sticky-backed plastic (a la Blue Peter!) or iron-on fabric and it cuts the precise shape for you. One supported use is for glass etching. You can cut the silhouette you want from adhesive vinyl, then stick that to a glass and apply glass-etching paste to produce your own design on the family glassware. As the paste is almost certainly based on hydrofluoric acid, goggles and gloves would probably be advisable :-))
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 08:31:23 AM
Oh blimey! Thanks for the explanation.
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Post by: Ian on August 10, 2014, 08:35:27 AM
Looking forward to the Hollins Family crest on the soon-to-be marketed glassware range...

 Z**
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 08:38:13 AM
Ha! Doubt it, not very technical.    :)
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Post by: Nemesis on August 10, 2014, 08:53:39 AM
On the Create and Craft channel they use a thing called a Sizzix which looks a bit like a child's toy and works by winding a handle. It cuts out from 'dies', but in my opinion it seems very expensive and each die is a separate item, so unless you want hundreds of the same you are spending quite a lot.
As I make my cards to sell for charity, it would be a very large item to buy, so usually I look around for bags of shapes at craft fairs and in shops. Also I get bored doing the same thing all the time. ;D
At the moment I have on the go cards, a toy giraffe, poppies for remembrance day and Hope House have an appeal on the go for 8" knitted squares of which I have done a few.
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 08:58:07 AM
What are they making with the 8inch squares?
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Post by: Nemesis on August 10, 2014, 02:32:04 PM
Eventually blankets to sell when we have a cabin ( hopefully) at the Christmas Fayre, or even a stall in the tent.
D. Knitting wool
4mm needles
cast on 40 stitches
Garter stitch for 80 rows
That is if anyone is willing. The response in the shop with staff and customers alike has been amazing.
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 06:55:16 PM
Who has got the job of sewing them up? Angela again?
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Post by: hollins on August 10, 2014, 07:15:54 PM
Glad to hear you are keeping busy Nemesis. Got my mum on the squares project. These are my latest creations, all crochet.
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Post by: Yorkie on August 10, 2014, 08:37:40 PM
Very nice!  Brings back memories.  During WW II, in an effort to keep me and my Sister amused, my Mother taught us to knit, crochet and embroider, and later on use a powered sewing machine after learning on a treadle model.  I still do the occasional bit of sewing but have given up the fancy stuff.  Never costs me for turning up trouser legs.  Rag rugs was another war time hobby.
 ZXZ
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Post by: SteveH on August 10, 2014, 08:46:02 PM
Heh Yorkie,Any good at winter warmer, steering wheel covers.    :laugh:  :D 
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Post by: Yorkie on August 10, 2014, 08:55:53 PM
Yes matey . . . . . HALFORDS!    L0L
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Post by: Nemesis on August 11, 2014, 08:59:14 AM
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Glad to hear you are keeping busy Nemesis. Got my mum on the squares project. These are my latest creations, all crochet.

Thanks Hollins and to your Mum, Yes Angela has crocheted some together and other volunteers are sewing them up. Just run the application form for the Fayre off for her and the hire costs for a table or a cabin range from £200.00 to £600.00, so we shall have to make and sell alot of stuff to cover that.---That is IF we get a slot, last year we were told that they had all been sold.
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Post by: hollins on November 23, 2014, 04:09:46 PM
Hope you managed to sell the blankets Nemesis.

Here are the last three things that I have made........a bit of a contrast between them!
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Post by: Ian on November 24, 2014, 07:57:37 AM
That last one was in Atlantis the other night  WWW WWW WWW
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 24, 2014, 08:15:11 AM
 _))* ah yes, the cyclops! I like Atlantis!
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Post by: hollins on November 24, 2014, 08:42:41 AM
Oh no, you have got me worried now. What is Atlantis? Sounds scary. It is supposed to be a minion from the film Despicable Me, a present for my niece for Christmas.
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Post by: Ian on November 24, 2014, 08:47:12 AM
Atlantis is a BBC1 production which melds the Classics together in an unlikely and fantastic re-telling of Jason and the Argonauts.  Saturday night, usually about 2000. Stars Mark Addy (excellent), with the fascinating Jemima Rooper as Medusa and Sarah Parrish as Persiphae. It's a lot of fun, and has the usual mix of battles and magic. Last week featured the Cyclops.
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Post by: Nemesis on November 24, 2014, 08:51:45 AM
We ended up with well over 30 blankets to sell and have sold a good amount at the Christmas Fayre. What are left will be on sale in the shop from today.
My daughter and I have made over 100 items which she offered at her local craft fayre last Saturday. Most sold, so she is happy with the result.
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Post by: hollins on November 24, 2014, 08:59:17 AM
 &well&

I like the orange hat with the eyes!
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Post by: DaveR on November 24, 2014, 09:27:27 AM
Yes, great work by you all.  $good$
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Post by: Nemesis on November 24, 2014, 11:23:45 AM
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&well&

I like the orange hat with the eyes!

Angry Bird !!!!
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Post by: hollins on April 04, 2015, 11:00:17 AM
Just when you thought you were safe from crochet posts......I'm back!     ;D
I have just finished this baby shawl for my new great niece.
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Post by: hollins on August 02, 2015, 07:29:07 PM
Been busy!
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Post by: Nemesis on August 03, 2015, 08:51:05 AM
Super work Hollins, here are a couple of my latest efforts. I think I have done a dozen pairs of these, plus around 20 baby hats, some with mittens, some with matching booties. Have lost count now, as Hope House sells them pretty rapidly.!
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Post by: hollins on August 03, 2015, 09:07:50 AM
They look really pretty Nemesis. Well done.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 03, 2015, 10:05:35 AM
Thanks Hollins. I even made a red and green pair which had yellow French Knots on them to look like a strawberry. I then tackled a pair in blue and white stripes for my latest great-grandchild. They were a pig to do, but her parents are keen Town supporters !
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Post by: suepp on August 03, 2015, 01:27:46 PM
Lovely work both, have you seen this page on facebook? fantastic skill and an eye for colour
https://www.facebook.com/thepatchworkheartuk?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/thepatchworkheartuk?fref=ts)
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Post by: hollins on August 03, 2015, 04:32:46 PM
Oh yes, I see what you mean.
Thanks for the link Suepp.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 03, 2015, 06:21:21 PM
Thanks for the link suepp, I have shared it with my daughter who is a keen crafter.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 06, 2015, 08:53:30 AM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-streets-llwyngwril-decorated-yarn-9795531 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-streets-llwyngwril-decorated-yarn-9795531)

How's about this little lot Hollins ?
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Post by: hollins on August 06, 2015, 10:40:22 AM
Great job especially the man on the wall. Thanks.
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Post by: hollins on August 21, 2015, 09:34:18 AM
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Lovely work both, have you seen this page on facebook? fantastic skill and an eye for colour
https://www.facebook.com/thepatchworkheartuk?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/thepatchworkheartuk?fref=ts)


Thanks again Suepp for the link you posted above. It has been a real inspiration. I bought the book she recommended on there and also discovered the continuous joining method which I had always wondered about. The patterns in the book are all different but they make up to the same size. A great idea for mixing and matching to make a patchwork.
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Post by: hollins on August 25, 2015, 07:26:29 AM
Here it is finished.
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Post by: suepp on August 25, 2015, 11:30:29 AM
that's lovely, I really need to learn more stitches and techniques and how to follow a pattern, I can do chains and  trebles and that's it!
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Post by: suepp on August 25, 2015, 11:35:14 AM
Came across this when I was at a Wedding in Malvern Worcs earlier this year
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Post by: hollins on August 25, 2015, 02:07:42 PM
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that's lovely, I really need to learn more stitches and techniques and how to follow a pattern, I can do chains and  trebles and that's it!

Once you can do chains. double crochet and trebles then you are there really.
This was the book I found the most useful when trying to learn. I bought mine on ebay.
You know where I am if you need any help!
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Post by: hollins on September 28, 2015, 06:04:35 PM
My latest crochet creation which will join the growing pile of other things waiting for me to do something with them.
Any one got any bright ideas?
Problem is the yarn cost £52 and it took 4 weeks to make!
How do you cost that one out?
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Post by: Nemesis on September 28, 2015, 06:56:05 PM
Advertise on E Bay????
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Post by: hollins on December 06, 2015, 05:49:59 PM
I did put some on ebay but failed to get the price I wanted.
Problem is I can't bring myself to work in acrylic yarn which would be a more reasonable price.
So, the pile grows bigger because I love doing them.
Any local craft shops looking in who could sell these throws which are all made in high quality natural yarns?
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Post by: pojo on April 18, 2016, 06:42:20 AM
Promise Art & Crafts are now hosting their own craft fairs, first one will be 19th May at the Town Hall in Llandudno

https://www.facebook.com/events/804469019683307/ (https://www.facebook.com/events/804469019683307/)
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Post by: hollins on May 31, 2016, 07:36:54 PM
Anyone addicted to these colouring books?
I have just finished the first page of mine which is Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland.
Someone had a good idea there and it stops me making crochet blankets for a while!    ;D
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Post by: Nemesis on May 31, 2016, 08:26:47 PM
Can't grip a pen/crayon sufficiently to have a go at these, much as I would like to, so I am knitting hats for prem. babies. I can manage about 6 a week if I crack on between other jobs !
Your pictures are very neat Hollins, My parents, when they were alive had a craze on Velvet Art which always looked very effective. Trouble was, the house got overrun !
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Post by: Nemesis on June 09, 2016, 03:30:49 PM
Here are a few of my hats ready to send to the neonatal unit. A good way to use up small balls of wool and keep my fingers moving.
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Post by: hollins on January 26, 2017, 10:04:09 AM
Saw this on facebook and it tickled me.

When you find something that you just love doing, just do it. No matter what.........
Title: Painted pebbles
Post by: catlover on April 22, 2017, 08:36:28 PM
Just showcasing some of my painted pebbles , portraying some of my favourite Llandudno places /subjects . These are quite small , painted in water colours /gouache and varnished .
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Post by: Fester on April 23, 2017, 04:00:46 PM
Haulfre Tea Rooms... impressive!
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Post by: catlover on April 23, 2017, 06:38:02 PM
A bit new to this , I hope I'm posting in the proper place ... not muscling in on anyone else's post .... Just showing a couple more of my Llandudno painted pebbles . I put some on here the other day , but I'm not certain I posted properly ! These are 2 which took a long time to paint , and they're varnished and finished properly now . Water colour/gouache .
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Post by: Fester on April 24, 2017, 12:17:37 AM
Exactly the right place to post.
Do you sell these?
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Post by: catlover on April 24, 2017, 11:08:06 AM
I've sold these at Haulfre gardens , along with mini Llandudno bird feeders. None there at the moment - but working on a new batch . They are labour intensive !
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Post by: Fester on April 24, 2017, 03:27:03 PM
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I've sold these at Haulfre gardens , along with mini Llandudno bird feeders. None there at the moment - but working on a new batch . They are labour intensive !

I can imagine, they are excellent a very great and delicate skill.
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Post by: catlover on April 25, 2017, 07:47:05 AM
Thankyou
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Post by: Nemesis on July 20, 2017, 05:56:31 PM
For all knitters.
There is an exhibition at Gloddaeth United Church for a week, every day from 10am to 4pm except Sunday when it is 1pm to 4pm entitled The Knitted Bible. There are 33 Biblical stories made entirely from knitted characters, set out in scenes. Entry is free, but a donation is appreciated.

Not for everyone, obviously, but I was very impressed.
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Post by: hollins on October 04, 2017, 09:12:50 AM
Still busy with the crochet.
I finished this blanket while I was away on holiday.
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Post by: hollins on September 14, 2018, 05:01:37 PM
Back from yarn buying in Switzerland. First two pics are the Lang factory shop near Reiden and the other one is a branch of Jakob-Markt
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Post by: Meleri on September 14, 2018, 05:03:41 PM
Hollins how do the prices compare to this country?
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Post by: hollins on September 14, 2018, 05:16:57 PM
 There are bargains to be had but the rate of exchange isn't helping. The prices in the factory shop are much cheaper. An example, Lang Puno is £54 a cake in the UK but in the factory shop it was 30 CHF which is about £25.
I bought cotton cashmere for about £1.60 a 50g ball and £2.45 for baby alpaca in Jakob- Markt but these were sale items.
The pink angora was 1 CHF a ball but they told me it was faulty. I thought it worth the risk!
First photo is the cotton cashmere which I started over there and the second photo is my Lang haul!
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Post by: Meleri on September 14, 2018, 05:29:53 PM
What bargains and I love the colours, especially the purples  :)
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Post by: SteveH on September 14, 2018, 05:36:54 PM
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Back from yarn buying in Switzerland. First two pics are the Lang factory shop near Reiden and the other one is a branch of Jakob-Markt

Nice one H., your camera has its own crocheted lens cover, trend setting again.  8)
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Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2019, 10:22:31 AM
A bit of street art for the crafter's