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Mother’s Day Fairy Jar Tutorial

I made this jar for myself a few weeks ago and didn’t think to take photos while making it, but when my mum visited she thought I’d bought it from a shop and commented on how much she liked it.

It made me think that it would be an ideal gift for Mother’s Day and that it would be good to share my method with you, even though there are only pictures of the finished item.

I’m also very lucky that my mother-in-law has a die cutter which means she was able to cut out a fairy out for me.

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12 Month Craft Challenge – August Powertex Part Two: plaque inspired by Frank Herbert’s Dune.

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This just might be *the* geekiest craft I’ve done (and I’ve done plenty of Lovecraft crochet).

My husband has phases of going crazy obsessive on things.  Currently, all things Dune are in fashion in our house.  After watching the TV mini-series, the fan edit of David Lynch’s Dune and Children Of Dune on Blu Ray during the Summer, I decided to make a Dune inspired Powertex project.

The plaque is made using Bronze Powertex soaked fabric arranged on a plastic plate.  The plaster face was wrapped to make it look like a shawl. I used the elastic edges of an old skirt to make the ‘sandworms’ that are burrowing through the desert of Arrakis in the background and cut two circles of fabric for the two moons.

Once dried, I dry brushed the gold pigment onto it and of course, painted the character’s eyes bright blue to make her look like a Fremen Sayyadina (a wise woman that is native to the planet Arrakis).

This project was far more difficult to do than the decorative bottle, (and I think it shows) but just as enjoyable to make. Powertex might be one of the more expensive crafts I’ve tried this year but it is well worth it!

Video Game Crochet #1: Link

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My partner is obsessed with video games and one cute character in particular…Link from the Legend Of Zelda games. This little guy was his request when I was stuck for a new project to make.

There are lots of patterns for Link available online but I couldn’t find any that I particularly liked.  Link has also had several incarnations so eventually I opted for Link from Wind Waker.  I learned a few new techniques but my favourite thing was using felt to make his hair and accessories.  I’ve always shied away from using felt extras as I’ve always felt it was somehow ‘cheating’ but thinking about how video game graphics look, in actual fact it helps to make them look more defined.

I also decided I wanted accessories that you can ‘pose’ and move around.  The shield has a little felt loop which enables you to do this.

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I’ve enjoyed making him so much that I’m looking forward to designing and making plenty of other video game characters.  Watch this space…

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