From Instagram: Demolding smart objects for Museo della Guerra #meschproject

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Stylish Dress Book: U as top only

This is the first pattern I’ve made from this Japanese pattern book Stylish Dress Book but I think it’s a keeper. It’s the top section only from pattern U. I managed to find the English language version of the book and found it straightforward enough to follow.

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Blythe raglan dress sewing pattern (Free Pattern)

A few years ago I modified some existing patterns into a Blythe raglan dress pattern. I used it a batch of times and then forgot about it. It’s been languishing in a pile of human sized patterns until rescued in a recent clear out.

This dress is unlined and features raglan sleeves and a cowl neckline. As with previous Blythe patterns it should fit both the standard factory body, a licca body and/or a flection pure neemo XS. Photographs below are shown on a flection pure neemo XS.

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Barnacle Scarf

Recently finished the Barnacle Scarf pattern by Layla Chelache. This unusual multidimensional scarf was knitted in two skeins of Araucania Lonco Multy cotton yarn. Read More

MAD Museum

Mechanical, Art and Design. Three wonderful things rolled into one at the MAD museum.

animation animation

The experience of being there on a hot August Saturday surrounded by tourists was quite similar to the feeling you might get staring at these animated gifs for longer than 10 seconds.

They had all the interactions you can imagine, things that popped, boinged, bounced, rolled, railed, snapped, pinged, yanked and a skeleton on hold. Read More

Coventry Transport Museum

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From Instagram: Came across new moor market shop Mhacagi on lunch break and HAD to buy some of their beautiful fabric. @TheMoorMarket

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From Instagram: Second attempt at hand spun yarn. 100grams of spun happiness now waiting for a project.

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Google Maps API V3 Demos

The following demos may prove useful to someone. The are based on one of the WordPress plugins built for the Innovage iStep European project. Click on the link below each iframe to go to a demo. To get the code simply view page source on the demo page. Animate a route using Google Maps (jQuery, Read More

From Instagram: Back in the office reading up on data visualisations @meschproject #makies

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Masson Mills Textile Museum

Visited Masson Mills Textile Museum in Derbyshire this morning. They have a museum with working machines that process fleece into threads and then into fabric. We had the place practically to ourselves. It had a wonderfully abandoned air to it. It was packed with machines, some with work left unfinished on them, others just standing Read More

From Instagram: Ran out of craft projects so having a go at weaving for the first time. :-)

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Silk Slip – Knitting Lingerie Style

Recently finished this project using a couple of balls of Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk Aran weight yarn and less than a meter of almond silk. Very quick to knit up and relatively straight forward. I made the straps a bit wider than the pattern suggested and skipped the crocheting altogether. I’m not sure if I’ll Read More

Make vertical swipe scroll down in browser on Android

I needed to catch left swipe and have it force the page to scroll down in the browser on an Android device. Regular scrolling (up and down) needed to continue to work as expected. I’ve come up with the following working solution. I’m posting it here in the hopes it will be of use to Read More

Paperclay Doll Complete

Yes she is finished. Yes, she does look this creepy in real life. Well, actually, in real life, she looks even creepier. Read More

Burda 3/2008 114

This is the third time I’ve made this skirt to date. There’s just something wonderful about an item of clothing that has pockets that are actually big enough to be useful. The only difference to the original pattern is that I line the skirt. I find it hangs better with a layer of lining.

Burda 3/2008 114The fabric is the last of a 6 yard bolt of Vlisco Dutch-African waxed cotton I purchased in London a while back. Read More

OMG shoes!!

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Blythe Faceup

Finally I have learned to do a Blythe faceup.
This was my second attempt. The first ended up looking … kind of mehh… so I decided to take things much slower this time. Going slowly made a huge difference. Watching this youTube video by Gisele Bianchini was also very helpful. It helped that if anything went wrong with adding the colour I was able to sand it all off in a few seconds.

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Two of a kind – Simplicity 1364

Simplicity 1364 is a re-issued vintage top with a boat (bateau) neckline. It’s probably one of the easiest patterns I’ve ever come across. So easy I’ve made View B twice. Read More

Beekeepers Quilt Finished

Millions of hexipuffs, blood, sweat and tears later and the beekeepers quilt is finally finished. Claude Debussy said “Music is the silence between the notes.” I think the repeated pattern of absence of the hexipuffs gives this throw a little something extra. Plus I was able to get away with finishing the quilt faster 😉 Read More

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