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Craft - 4

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. These are the tools I've used:

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.

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…

Lampwork – playing with fire

Last week I got to try my hand at lampwork. If you've never heard of it before that's where you get a blowtorch and some glass and introduce the two to one another. Now, when these two get together things get hot.. Very hot.. MOLTEN hot, literally.

Vogue 8831

Vogue 8831 is one of the best patterns I've ever used. It's one of those patterns that comes with different pieces for A, B, C, D: cup sizes and boy…

Leaning tower of hexipuffsCollective noun for a number of hexipuffs… A beekeepers of hexipuffs

Making doll with paperclay – the head

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Making doll with paperclay

Tips on sewing a leather handbag

My Grandmother was a paragon of style to the very end. If there was one thing she taught me it was to always carry a leather handbag. Even the most basic of leather handbags have become wildly expensive. Leather hide however still appears to be quite affordable. Sewing your own leather bag can be quite straight forward.

Beekeeper’s quilt – The challenge continues

Beekeeper’s quilt. The challenge continues. I'm up to about 250 cute squishy little hexipuffs.

Lalaloopsy Free Dress Pattern – Half and Half Knitting and Sewing

This Lalaloopsy Free Dress Pattern - Half and Half Knitting and Sewing is a simple pattern for a half knit and half sewn Lalaloopsy dress, thus the name. It should fit Lalaloopsy and similar sized dolls. For a similar dress to fit Blythe sized dolls please go here.

Sew Magazine Jolly Santa goes techno

While at the Hobbycraft show in Birmingham at the NEC recently I picked up a copy of Sew Magazine with a Jolly Santa sewing kit. It's cute but I thought it could benefit from some further brightening up....with LEDs wearable electronic santa

Sew Electric

Given the easy availability of sew-able electric components these days I'm currently having a go at wearable electronics. sew electric
Blythe reroot

Blythe Reroot

Mannequin leg 2 – the bronze sequel

As a follow on to Mannequin leg Del Oro - Golden mannequin leg I have painted a second mannequin leg. This time i've gone with bronze. This leg was a bit more battered than the previous and needed a little TLC (a.k.a pollyfilla and sanding). I took about 6 coats of acrylic paint and now looks quite stylish (if your into gilded mannequin legs... which apparently I am.)

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Grrlfriend Market Bag

This is the third time I've knitted this one. I absolutely love this pattern; Grrlfriend Market Bag. It's so much fun to see the looks on the faces of people…

Mannequin leg Del Oro – Golden mannequin leg

Online shopping is wonderful. It's so easy to pick up all sorts of things at any time of the day or night. Is it any surprise that sometimes you end up making the occasional purchase that maybe you didn't think through. Sometimes you suddenly find your the proud owner of 4 left mannequin legs. Hay.. it could happen to anyone... right? Don't answer that.

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Simple Sew Lottie blouse

The June edition of Love Sewing came with a free pattern for the Lottie blouse. I confess I only bought the magazine for the pattern. I had some vintage fabric lying about at home that I thought would be perfect (read delightfully psychedelic) for just such a pattern.

DIY Blythe Eyechips

I never would have believed just how easy it is to DIY Blythe Eyechips. All you need are some "14mm Clear Adhesive Cabochons" like those sold by Antiqued on Etsy and…

DIY Corkies – champagne cork cake toppers

So apparently Corkies are a thing. I had never heard of them until a friend mentioned that she wanted some for her upcoming wedding. Since she kindly let me dye her purple for my wedding (Not on purpose but lets just say that I learned an important lesson. Polyester dye is finiky).. Anyway.. I figured offering to make her cake topper was the least I could do. So WTF are Corkies? Corkies are champagne cork cake toppers. You can buy released champagne corks from various places such as eBay and Etsy. The process of painting up some corkies goes a little like this;