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knitting (and crochet)

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Day 5 - Knitting. I do a lot of knitting. I always want to do more. I have so many projects on the go and so many new ones already lined up. Sometimes I forget to enjoy the project I’m working on because I’m too eager and my minds raced ahead to the next (I don’t think I’m alone here). Today I’ve decided to take a step back. I started the day with a cup of coffee at my desk trying to get back into drawing and it just ended up being a painful reminder that right now “ready” is not what I am.

So I relocated to my sofa and surrounded myself with my knitting… and that’s when it dawned on me… I have far too may projects on the go in this department too. I’ve got half a cardigan here and half a scarf there and half a shawl underneath… I have bits of blankets in bags on shelves, I have thumbless mittens in boxes. It’s all getting a bit crazy. I’ve picked one of the simplest projects to work on today and I’ve set myself the goal to finish it by the end of the week. It’s time I start focusing on the bit that comes after the beginning…

no sewing bunting DIY

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

It’s been what… like… nearly 3 years since my last DIY post? (yikes… no pressure)

I booked myself some time away from the cinema so I could focus on making some new work. I’m stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment and I thought rather than wallowing about in it (like I’ve been doing for the past month) I’d push aside those looming expectations and uncertainties… and just make stuff.

Day one: I made some sewing-machine-less bunting.

What I used – Card, pencil, ruler, paint pens, acrylic paint, paint brush, hole punch, string or yarn, sharp scissors or paper trimmer.

I decided to make traditional triangle bunting. On a sheet of A3 Card I managed to fit about 10 triangles.

I picked some colours for the base coat and coloured them in. They don’t have to be neat – you can trim them down later on…

Let the base coat dry………. (make yourself some lunch or a cup of tea if you need a distraction)…….. Dry yet? Time to POSCA. I love these paint pens and I had a bunch left over from projects a few summers ago. Scribbly patterns are my favourite… the wonkier the better.

When they’re covered in doodles and dry I cut them out using a paper trimmer (this is where you can trim off the scruffy edges) and then hole-punched the top 2 corners.

Thread the string (I used some leftover yarn) through the corners – leave an inch gap between each triangle. When you’ve finished your bunting just tie some loops at each end so it’s ready to hang. TA DAAA!

This project was made using leftover supplies I had at home so it didn’t cost a penny. Added bonus.

PSSST, you don’t have to stick to triangles, you can make any shape… I already have winter on the brain… come to think of it they’d make great gift tags for presents too.

instagramming

Monday, May 20th, 2013

A little instagram update! (Join me! @amyjpeg)

10% off!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

random self portrait

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Doodling days can sometimes result in silly self portraits. Admittedly I’ve imagined myself up a very pretty kilim rug and new quilt set… and now I’m tempted to paint my bedside table yellow…

Just a reminder!

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Just a quick reminder!

This Saturday (24th November, tomorrow!) is the PRETTY DANDY FLEA!

Congregational Church, Castle gate (opposite Weavers, near M & S), NG1 7AS.

From 10:30 – 6:00! Treats for your house, belly and ears! Come along!

I’ve just packed my bag full of prints, cards, paintings, mittens and a handful of festive beauties :)