The Craft Butterfly…

This is what I should probably rename my facebook page because I have flitted from one thing to another this past ten days or so. I finally finished some orders last week, little wedding couples flew off to their new homes and thought I’d make something new. I’d already made a dragonfly before but wanted to have another go, this time much smaller – brooch sized in fact. He’s now available for sale on my facebook page until 6pm Thursday the 1st of October, it’s open bidding as I’m totally unsure what to charge. I will only be making this one though, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. You can find it here http://www.facebook.com/itshangingbyathread

As you know, my daughter runs Yarntistry, that amazing crochet page full of cacti characters. I can’t crochet, it looks like I’ve dropped spaghetti, stomped on it and then tried to put it back together so she offered to teach me so that I could crochet something easy while watching tv at night.

crochet

I bought some beautiful wool, Riot chunky in ‘Potash’ which although beautiful to look at, is shedding fluff at a great rate. The photo above is from last week, it’s now cot size 🙂 but I ran out of wool…LOL so have ordered another 5 balls. The daughter said that teaching me to crochet was like teaching someone with Tourettes…

Then onto the third craft of the week…

Needle Felting. I’m of the firm belief that this craft was created in the 7th circle of hell. I bought some finger protectors in the end because my finger was starting to resemble a piece of fillet steak. It might look easy but it’s not. I’m determined not to let it beat me though. I’m trying to make a sloth, the daughter is a massive fan of them and I wanted to make one that will hang on a rail in her workspace.

sloth

The husband asked if it was a racoon. I rest my case.

I can’t seem to settle on one thing at the moment, I’m not sure if it’s because the seasons have changed and it’s all about burrowing in for the winter soon or what but it would be lovely to knuckle down to one thing without feeling like I want to be doing a million other things….

A Superior Wasp

This one ranks up there with my dung beetle. I love it. I love it so much that I’m keeping it. It now sits next to my laptop on my desk where I do all my creating.

I’ve started incorporating fabric paint to the legs to give them a bit more detail and depth. I hope you like him as much as I do.

Humble Bumble

My first attempt at a bumble bee. Large and fat, with an almost fluffy bum – I like him a lot although I am thinking of redoing the wings. I’m unsure about the sunflower as well but like I said, I’m still learning.

Mr Boney Maloney

NOT a bug or creepy crawly although it can be said to be a little creepy. A friend of mine sent me a photo of a hair clip with a skeletal hand on it and asked if I could create something similar out of fabric and beads. I took up the challenge…..and here it is.

The hand was originally constructed of wire for the fingers which I then added fabric, wadding and organza too. The fingers are bendable so that whatever position on the head, this is placed in, the fingers can be arranged to look the best they can. There are glass and petite antique beads on the felt covered sinamay fascinator base and tiny beads sewn onto the veiling as well.

It’s modelled on my almost life size doll’s head ‘Lady Persephone’ or Persie to me.

Monsieur Beetle

I’m going to gush now. This was my favourite make. It still is. Everything about this creation makes me feel incredibly proud, from the beetle to the dung ball. I know it’s an odd subject but once I’d done the beetle I got so carried away with the whole setting.

The dung ball was so much fun to make!