Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

I have 300 things to do at the moment, thus the lack of updates, but I just wanted to show off briefly because, having only started knitting in January, I’m doing cables for my latest project:

zombie viXen mitts by Susan Claudino in Austermann Step sock yarn


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Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for a while will remember that I’m a big fan of green glazes. My obsession with green is now continuing in my knitting – currently on my needles I have the second of a pair of over-the-elbow fingerless gloves in Yarn Yard Stanley merino:

"Kensington Mitts" by Annie Modesitt, pattern available from InterweaveStore.com

And I’ve also cast on for a Spring Garden T in apple green merino, although I’m going to have to buy a shorter circular needle before I can do any more on it. I was over-optimistic in thinking I could do the size 32″ on an 80cm needle (which is all I could get around here) – time to order some new needles online.

Spring Garden T by Alana Dakos, pattern available from Ravelry.com

Drops baby alpaca and silk lace from the Yarn Cake in Glasgow

And to complete the set, this lovely green lace is going to be a stole for me to wear with my wedding dress when I get around to making it. I’m currently thinking Dancing Cranes for the pattern, although I might change my mind, there are so many lovely ones!

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This post was supposed to go up yesterday but I didn’t get around to taking any photos in daylight. I’m busy working on my first lace shawl at the moment. I had left it for a few weeks because I kept making mistakes and getting frustrated but it’s going really well now. I have 2 rows to do on this pattern repeat and then I’ll have done 3/6 repeats of chart 1.

I love how my life lines highlight how it is growing so I decided to leave the ones marking each full chart repeat in until I’ve finished it.

Yesterday also saw the rainbow beret go on it’s way to my sister – I hope she’s pleased with it when it arrives! I was pretty happy overall as I made a better job of matching the stripes across the sections than I expected. My seams aren’t the neatest though.

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I had great fun playing with porcelain before my classes finished – it takes patterns pressed into it really well because it is so fine in texture and the white body makes a great base for colour. These are my two favourite creations: an ivy leaf pendant coloured with a mixture of underglaze paints and copper stain, and some beads with teal spirals carved into them. I’ve been getting plenty of wear out of both of these.

Porcelain ivy leaf pendant and carved spiral beads

They weren’t all I made though. I have a pile of other pendants and buttons just waiting for good homes, which will be going up on my stock page this week. Here’s a sneak preview for you:

Porcelain pendants and buttons

Some are decorated with underglazes, while the small leaf buttons and pendants are made using coloured porcelain. The textured rectangular buttons and pendants were all made by pressing different designs of lace into the clay. You can click on the photo to look at them in more detail.

If you’re interested in what other people have been making, check out the comments on Natalie’s latest Making Monday post.

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I made buttons! They are stoneware, glazed in Blues&Greens – the colour representation looks pretty good on my laptop screen but it’s foggy in Dundee today and not the best light for photography.

Stoneware ivy leaf buttons

I made these by pressing ivy leaves into rolled out clay and then cutting around them. There are 3 different leaf shapes, 3 of each of the larger ones and 4 small ones. I thought the two pence coin would help for scale – the larger ones are 3.5-4 cm across and the small 3 cm.

Don’t all fight over them at once! I can make some more if people want them but I can’t guarantee how quickly because we are down to one working kiln at the college at present.

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I finally got around to photographing the oil lamp I talked about making back in this post late last year. I didn’t want to post it before Christmas as it was a surprise gift for my partner but then I forgot about it until someone at my pottery class yesterday asked me if he had tested it out yet. Anyway, as you can see, it might be rather rustic but it does work!

Historically-inspired oil lamp

I made it totally by hand, putting a lid on a pinch pot, after an attempt at using a mould to make a round base failed because of the difficulty of then trying to put a spout on it. It’s decorated with coloured slip, which I carved a grecian pattern into, and then distressed by rubbing watered-down iron oxide onto it.

The Boy was pretty pleased with it, I think, and having met a bunch of viking reenactors, is now trying to rope me into making replica historical buttons and Thor’s hammers for them to sew onto their kit.

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Happy New Year! Hope 2011 is treating you all well so far. Pottery classes resumed at the college yesterday so I’m continuing with my latest obsession which is making things using pressed ivy leaves, which are handily still available despite there being snow on the ground around these parts.

I realized that leaves actually chart my pottery progress rather well. When I first started classes, I made a whole bunch of vases and a goblet decorated with free-hand leaves and vines.

Free-hand leaf decoration

Then last year I made a plaster mould featuring leaves based on a stone carving and produced the wall plaques featured in my header and raku page, culminating in this lantern which I’ve been meaning to post for ages (I was slightly disappointed with the colours, the green slip would have been better sponged on and I wish I’d put white slip on the background like I did with the one in my header, but hey ho, I’m a perfectionist!).

Lantern made from press moulded panels with bits cut out

And now I’m working on pieces using actual ivy leaves pressed into clay and then cut out. This mask is the first completed piece, testing out the random brown earthernware glazes I found in the back of the cupboard and was really pleased with. I also have a plate decorated with the same leaves ready to glaze and yesterday I made a ring-shaped wall hanging inpired by the Bitter Beck Pottery ones I featured in this post.

Mask made of pressed ivy leaves

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