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March 16, 2014

Knitting with Your Arms

Filed under: Knitting and Crochet — sarah @ 9:28 am

I have great big chunky needles I knit on and have taught countless numbers to knit with their fingers – something I called French Knitting whilst growing up, though other call peg dolly knitting that and I call peg dolly knitting, knitting Nancy as that was the name my Nan’s called it. My mother saw me with the HUGE needles and informed me I would be better off using my arms, I looked at her in disbelief but she assured me it was something they used to do when she was young.

So we scheduled a – we’ll try that next time you visit. In the mean time friends have been posting this amazing tutorial to my Facebook wall.

You can guess what has just added itself to my to-do list can’t you :)

March 9, 2014

Spring has Sprung

Filed under: Art and Drawings,Easter,Paper Craft,Seasonal,Upcycling — sarah @ 12:43 pm

Spring Has Sprung Button Flower Upcyling picture

Glue – we used a latex based glue like copydex
Buttons – a mix of sizes and colours namely, pink, green, yellow
Patterned cardboard – we used graze boxes as they tend to have nice grass and flower patterns on them and are just the right size to cut up for these pictures
Scissors
Piece of ribbon or cording for the handle
Gold paint pen

Mary cutting up cardboard

Cut out two rectangles of card, select which one you want for the background of the picture and which one you want for the frame. Make sure the are the same size. For the frame cut a 2 cm strip along the bottom stopping 2 cm from the edge, turn scissors 90 degrees and cut a strip 2 cm wide up the edge until 2 cm from the top, turn 90 degrees and cut along the top again stopping 2 cm from the edge, now turn scissors again and cut down the side until you get to the first cut. A smaller rectangle of card should now pop out leaving you with a frame – put this to one side for now.

Laying out buttons for spring upcycling picture

Lay out the buttons you have chosen in the shape you want, check that it will fit within the frame and then glue them in place.

Frame and handle added to button picture

Cut a piece of ribbon or cord for your handle and glue it in place – ribbon works better as the frame can side flat over it. An alternative is to stick the handle on the back but you will have to wait for the picture to dry before you can do this. Glue the frame in place pinching down over where the hand is – cloths pegs can help as mini clamps if it is being problematic.

Mary colouring in with gold paint pen

Draw or write with paint pens – I did a wrote Spring and then drew a spring as an exclamation mark.

Spring Has Sprung Button Flower Upcyling picture

This is my creation – the toddler spilt her milk on her one, it was a sheep and she had given it gold ears.