Crafting At The Start Of March

I’ve only made a small number of items so far this month and these are the ones that I’ve managed to photograph so far.  Two cards, a box and the start of a scarf.

Cards and a Box:

1cup50172_2 - card02- Red Tulips Pyramage  2cup263202_906 - card03 -  yellow marrigold  3cup48583_2 - card02 - Gift Box Casket - Stripes Red & Black

  1. Red Tulips Pyramage by Judith Flavel (This is an easy to cut and make card as it’s a straight edged pyramage.  I stuck to red and green for the card, but a “lighter” card could be made by making the pyramid up on a lighter card, perhaps a white pearlescent.)
  2. Yellow marrigold by Terri Hawley (Like the previous card, this was also printed onto good quality glossy photo paper, but this time the flowers were cut out around the petals, and as two layers, and built up as a decoupage.  So this card is a bit more fiddly to create if you’ve got dexterity issues.  Click through for a look at an image of the design sheet itself to see whether this would be too difficult for you to cut.)
  3. Gift Box Casket – Stripes Red & Black by Judith Flavel (This is another in the series of “gift box caskets”.  Lots of straight cutting with some small steps, so nothing difficult.  And the little box goes together easily as well.  Sometimes a small gift can look a bit insipid just wrapped in paper, so putting it into a box like this makes it look as if more thought has gone into it.)

Knitting:

In a previous post I said I was doing some more experimenting with different yarns for knitting on one of my knitting boards/looms.  Well this is my latest experimentation.  It’s obviously not been invented for knitting on a board, and it won’t work on an Authentic Knitting Board that requires a the yarn to be woven back and fore across the board between the pegs.

1Scarf 04 07  2Scarf 04 09  3Scarf 04 01  4Scarf 04 05

  1. The yarn is called Papillon
  2. It’s made of 70% Acrylic and 30% Polyamide
  3. The yarn is a woven mesh with a more dense weave at one side with little fluffy balls on the edge.  You are suppose to knit with needles into the loops on the top edge, which is closest to the camera in this shot.  You are suppose to knit 10 stitches, then knit back and fore so the loose edge goes round and round the scarf.
  4. But I’m working on half of a round knitting loom.  I’m working on the same “stitch” loops as you would knit with needles, but, to keep the “knitting” flatter when working on I’m putting over one peg and missing one peg where the “bridge” is between the loops.  Then turning back and putting the next row of loops on.  The working piece is on the inside with all the “ruffles” going inwards.

1Scarf 04 06  2Scarf 04 02

  1. This means that the worked material is flat on the outside and spaced flat and outwards more than it should.
  2. Once the knitting (looping over of the bottom yarn loop) is done, a tug at the bottom keeps the scarf coming out the bottom of the circular knitting loom, and the tug also pulls the scarf into shape making it longer and narrower, and making the ruffles more pronounced.

Still haven’t quite finished this scarf so will come back with pictures to show you the finished item when it’s complete.
CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer –  There have been two mailers E-mailed out by the CUP team since I last noted them in my blog, so here’s where you can see them:

Wednesday, 29th February – here.

Friday, 2nd March – here.

As usual you’ll find that the mailers are full of news of designs available on CUP, as well as news of crafters and designers.  Please do click through for a look if you haven’t already seen these mailers.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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