Saturday, November 24, 2012

Red Barnacles - free form crochet

Yes, I know I have been slack in my blogging for the last couple of months, but I haven't been slack in my making. I am making a conscious effort to catch up on my blogging at the moment. So here is my "Red Barnacles".

There are about 15 different reds, and well over 200 'barnacles'. They are all done in SC (single crochet), with various sizes. No pattern was followed, I made them up as I went. For about 3 months there was always a ball of red yarn and a crochet hook in my handbag! I really love the texture this creates.

This is currently hanging in the ICAN@7 gallery. I'm pretty sure it will end up in my lounge room when it's finished - unless, someone likes this more than me (is that really possible?!).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wearable Art - Video Star

I entered the Wearable Art Showcase this year, held at Port Kembla. (Red Point Wearable Art Showcase)

My idea developed over a long time (just ask my husband - I'm sure he will tell you!). I started off weaving video tape to see what it looked like. Then I got a bit stuck on how to get the weaving off the cardboard I wove it around!

The hole dress is made from discarded video tape. And yes it sparkles!
The top of the dress is knitted video tape, the skirt is woven, and the train is crocheted (it's about 2m long!). There is no lining. There is just some elastic around the top & bottom edges of the knitting. The necklace is a band of crochet video tape, and the stretched tape tied onto it (when pulled the right way, the video tape curls in on itself, like a strip of jersey fabric, and becomes stiff enough to hold it's own weight).
Here are some detail photos:

I'm very happy to say that I won the Recycled section and the Peoples Choice awards!!

Stove top Scones - Chef's Toolbox Saute Pan

And here is my next trial - lemonade scones. But I didn't bake them in the oven, I cooked them on the stove top - 7min with the vent closed, 5 min with the vent open. These were so light and tasty. I really love the versatility of the Chef's toolbox Como Advanced range. And how easily the pans clean out!!