Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Metropolitan Cathedral Liverpool- house of colour!

 This is one of a number of panel's outside the Cathedral. Would you put those colours together? Not sure I would be as brave but they work don't they? I think there is something congruent about the shades.
 Just part of one of the stained glass windows, the colours in this building are amazing!
Aren't the colours just amazing?
I didn't realise til I just uploaded this ,that you can see the Cathedral through the panel! Ever take one of those reach your hand out and press the button shots that just captures the moment?

School holiday felty fun

 Making things seems to slide into making things with the kids on school holidays. So I drew some finger puppet template outlines and this is what the boys came up with.
I could tell the drawing on the left was a skeleton because his speech bubble says "I am dead"!!
 The rabbit was more obvious, we just added teeth and a little tail on the back.
I am pleased with how the "mad hair" came out- I got the idea from a book of 1950's cartoon strips of a mother instructing her daughter "Judy" on all the important things in a woman's life like how to make attractive party snacks from stale bread and a top from gentleman's handkerchiefs!
I wound yarn round some folded paper then crocheted the loops together along the bottom, then doubled it over and sewed to one side of the puppet, before sewing the 2 sides together( easier to position doing it this way)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Historical necklace?

I have a habit of making a necklace to match an outfit...on the morning of the outfit being worn! This took a bit longer but I still finished it off once already wearing the dress.

Not an easy dress to match jewellery with, so the old embroidery thread box came out. 
Why historical? Well, the circles themselves are the basis of  Dorset Buttons , the black cord is made on an ancient cord making tool- a  Lucet ( and if you fancy a go at Lucetting , then I can't recommend Ziggy enough- I happen to have met him too- fantastic man!), and the knots are Chinese Sliding Button Knots  ( again a recommendation - great book- especially if you want to make striking and unusual jewellery for people with metal allergies).

So a Victorian(?) Dorset, Mediaeval cord, Chinese knotted necklace...doesn't look old does it?? 
Oh and a bit of modern felt in between because a) it matched and b) I couldnt think how else to join the circles!