Crafty Thread - what are you working on at the moment?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by radio_atomica, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

  2. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    Right, now back to my question.

    I'm attempting to do the textile equivalent of 'yarn bombing' to some trees for a local festival. I have an army of helpers (well the staff of a local dry cleaners :D) constructing fabric daisies. Here's a photo of a few of them on a tree in my garden, I think it's going to work, but I'm not sure how to attach them to each other and the tree without damaging trees or daisies.

    Help please!
    tree daisies 1w.jpg
     
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  3. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Velcro on the back of the flowers?

    Or poppers?
     
  4. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Ta, only thing I'm not sure about it herringbone stitch, is that just to hold the fold down?

    I might do a bit of bias binding instead of a fold, will see if colours match :)
     
  5. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    Are your fabric daisies just fabric or is there some backing? I promised to make some flowers for decoration of the front of a stage but all my idea went down the pan and I'm about to give up trying. Your daisies look good.
     
  6. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    Yes, I think it's just to make sure it doesn't catch on, I've never bothered with that tbh, just depends how much use it will get as a pocket.
     
  7. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    The prototype was made with a layer of curtain interlining sandwiched between two bits of fabric so that they look a bit padded. The dry cleaning ladies have used ordinary curtain lining, which is a waste of time, interfacing would have been much better. Going around the petals is a fairly tough sewing challenge!
    DSCF1398w.jpg
     
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  8. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    Thanks Boudicca they look lovely close up.
    I'm not going to attempt them though, that's a lot of work for me and I'd need to make quite a few so won't have the time.
    As for attaching them, why can't you attach them in the way that you have attached them to your tree?
     
  9. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    When do you need them for? I could probably lend you ours after July 2nd. Then you could pretend you spent hours and hours making them.

    Another option would be to interface the fabric, use glue to attach the centres and eliminate the sewing altogether.

    For the photo, I safety pinned them together and then attached then to the tree with upholstery pins, but I'll get done on Health & Safety and cruelty to trees. Knitted equivalents have a stretchiness which means they can just be wrapped around and stay in place. I've considered attaching them to brown net, or sewing them together with small bits of elastic.
     
  10. Shirl

    Shirl Brexit my arse

    That's a really kind offer Boudicca but they were to be fixed onto some green camouflage netting on the front of one of the stages at Beatherder festival. They would get trashed over the weekend, that's why I wanted to make something simple that I wouldn't mind being trashed and likely covered in mud.
    I will just admit to being a slacker :oops::D
     
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  11. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    It's a bit wonky, but she won't notice/care :D

    20170617_111910-1.jpg
     
  12. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

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  13. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    Not sure it counts as craft as such, but here's
    a couple of badges i made earlier today.
    yellow.jpg queen.jpg
     
  14. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    late to this but drawing pins :thumbs:
     
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  15. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    I'm worried that the 'Friends of Fishermans Walk' will have me for cruelty to trees, but that's an excellent idea and I will get some to keep in reserve.

    (Goes off to google 'brown headed drawing pins'...)
     
  16. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i did a project marking trees and concluded drawing pins do no significant harm. the trees around here are being labelled/marked for various reasons by proper tree people and that's done with an aluminium tag nailed in.
     
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  17. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Not something I'm crafting, but I reckon you lot can help me out.

    I want a board in my kitchen that is half chalkboard, half cork.

    I've got a roll of sticky chalkboard, so my idea so far is to get a half cork/half white board and stick over the white board side.

    The only ones I can find, which aren't stupidly priced, look quite office-y...

    Bi-Office Dual Purpose Cork and White Board - MX07001010

    Bit out my budget tbh, but something like this looks much nicer :oops: but no cork...

    Blackboard Chalkboard Wall Mounting Black Board Memo Reminder Wooden Hooks Shelf | eBay

    Can you get sticky backed cork in a roll? Although doing that would just up the price again :facepalm:

    Any ideas?
     
  18. purenarcotic

    purenarcotic Conveniently Pocket Sized

    I'm not sure how helpful this is but you can get blackboard paint. So maybe get a large cork board, glue some card on half for a flat surface and then paint that with the paint?
     
  19. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    I've got the chalkboard bit already, but wanted something a bit less officey.
     
  20. BoatieBird

    BoatieBird Well-Known Member

    Would cork tiles and some spray adhesive do it?
     
  21. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    There'd be the need for very accurate cutting I think :D
     
  22. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    bear in mind there's a certain depth of cork you need for a pinboard to work - if it's a thin layer with a solid backing pins won't stick. but if the backing is something like sturdy cardboard you can pin right through it would be fine. my vote would be picture frame - chalkboard can go directly onto the backing board, then cork tiles with cardboard/foamboard padding if required :thumbs :
     
  23. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    Heh, possibly doable if I wasn't heavily pregnant.

    Maybe a charity shop picture frame attached to this? :hmm:
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2017
  24. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

  25. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    or another option - foamboard covered in fabric instead of the cork?
     
  26. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    although it'll probably still take me a year :facepalm:

    Would need too many things for that.
     
  27. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    it's shocking how much *stuff* i have squirrelled away for just such an occasion :oops::D
     
  28. Biddlybee

    Biddlybee making knots with sticks

    I'm not shocked in the slightest ;) You don't live round the corner unfortunately :D
     
  29. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Wine bottle corks cut in half are very stickable and make a good cork board ;)
     
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  30. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i imagine a crate of wine might be equally difficult to transport on a bike whilst pregnant :D but emptying them would be a good way of passing the time on maternity leave :thumbs :
     
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