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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sparkly Bracelet

I have had the book Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting for several years but haven't got any further than looking and dreaming.  Then burda easy Spring/Summer 2015 mentioned the 21st Century Fashion Kit from sparkfun.com and I thought that looks interesting, checked out the website and ended up looking at LilyPad sewable electronics.  I found the sparkly bracelet tutorial on the sew electric website which looked nice and easy and found a New Zealand supplier for the components. And here is the result.
The Front

The back - very boring
 Here it is in action:
video

Components:
  • Conductive thread
  • 4 x LilyPad LED Yellow
  • LilyPad Coin Cell Battery Holder - Switched
  • LilyTiny
  • Coin Cell battery CR2032
I ordered them from nicegear.co.nz  It is easy to use these components, the hardest part was deciding on a design and fitting all the connections in. I still have some components left to use in another bracelet and then I'm coming to try something more complicated.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Chinese Thread Book

 My first try at making a Chinese Thread Book using the tutorial from Paper Kawaii.


  

 



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paper Tape

Having fun making paper tape.  Basically you just stick double-sided tape on the back of any paper you want to use and then cut into strips, however you can find more detailed instructions here: diy-printed-paper-tape

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spinning group today and we had a visitor who showed us how to do hairpin crochet.  So this is my first attempt.  This part is fairly easy, but then you have to join strips together and make something.  I think it is a good way to show off some of the multicoloured yarns that just get all muddled up and blurgh when you knit or crochet them.  Will have to investigate further.



Monday, March 30, 2015

New T-shirt

The pattern

Laid flat

And worn. It doesn't hang off the right shoulder like that all the time, just my stance.
Pattern: no.4 one-piece scoop neck asymmetrical top from Drape Drape 2 by Hisako Sato (the english version)

I have had both Drape Drape books for ages but this is the first item I have made from them. I made the L/XL size which is still a bit tight in the right arm.  The neckline is quite low, keep flashing my bra, so when I make this again (which I plan to) I'll adjust the neckline and try to figure out what to do about the right sleeve.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PaperLove


I am doing the PaperLove e-course run by Rachel Hazell.  It's only the first week but I'm already realising just how much paper I have collected, some might say hoarded, around the place.  This week we are making Pamphlet Stitch pages.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Tea Towels (and a couple of face cloths)


Weaving has been happening.  Just practising and seeing how many mistakes I can fit into one tea towel.  The yarn is cottolin Ne 22/2 in blue and white. It is the same blue in both photos but the top photo is more accurate colourwise.  The patterned stripes in the bottom photo were made using simple pick-up patterns from "The Weaver's Idea Book" by Jane Patrick.