Earlier this year I began the journey of making a gothic cardigan, perhaps you saw my earlier blogs. I was dedicated and told myself I would complete this project and not stray and start something else. I am really good at doing that lol. Well I kept my word and concentrated on the task fully. In all it took me 3 months to make, so having said that I did finish crocheting it months ago. What has stalled me in saying its complete and sharing it is the damn clasps! I sourced some gothic style clasps and started sewing them on but something about them just made me keep putting it aside. So I picked it up again to continue sewing them on thinking to myself ‘I’ve got to finish this!!’ I looked at them and I knew right then that I had to take them off. They were a pain in my side and didn’t sit quite right, instead I sewed one push stud on at the top and now I will call it done, hooray!!!!
Problems along the way! Well all was good until I came to making the hood. The pattern just didn’t make sense to me, I spent way too long trying to figure it out – I even contacted the designer to ask for help but in the end I made some of it up to what I thought it should be and it came out okay. The hood is infact oversized but that is the gothic cardigan as per reference photos that came with the pattern. I was totally over making it by the time I made it to the end. And does it fit? Yes it does!!
I used a 4mm hook with Starlight yarn from Spotlight, unsure of what the colour is called but its a purple, and being Starlight yarn it has the sparkle throughout. I used 14 balls. The pattern I sourced from ravelry.com
Here are final photos that I can happily share now, shame the clasps didn’t work because I really liked them but I also like the cardigan without a bunch of them on it 🙂
I have recently finished a painting of a Blue Fairy Wren, they are little Australian birds which exist in the lower parts of Australia where I live. My reference for this painting is from Dio Raven, such a great photo to work from, I ]enjoyed painting this little bird, they are in fact one of my favourites.
Here are the progress photos and the final artwork (pictured first). I have used Faber Castell Pitt Pastels, CarbOthello and Caran d’Ache Pastel Pencils on Colourfix Smooth
A little vest I made recently following a YouTube tutorial. How sweet it is. I wanted to see how the colour changing yarn was going to come out for this one. I’ve used Porta Craft Gelato in Banana Split, with a 3.5mm hook. Cotton for the ruffle border. The little buttons match it perfectly!
I’ve changed the way I now blog. I am posting progress on what I am working on my homepage with regular updates. When I’ve finished the piece I will post it in a blog just like this one as a complete blog of each piece. Your welcome to follow current progress as I share updates or even my blogs if you would like to see recent works established.
This is a recent portrait of Maggie in pastel pencils on A4. Here are some of the progress photos from start to finish…
I’ve used Faber Castell Pitts, CarbOthello and Caran d’Ache pastel pencils. She came up beautifully, so much fur but I must admit I really love painting fur. I had a fabulous photo to work from which always helps. Maggie was very precious to her owners!
Check out my homepage for what I am working on now!
I haven’t had as much time to blog lately, life is keeping me busy. School holidays have just finished here, kids first day back today ‘hooray’ says every Mum ever!!!
I have a new little drawing to share that I have been working on between commissions of my crazy white bull terrier Minni, otherwise known as Mousey, Mouse, Mint Sauce, the great white and the destroyer of all things! Haha! She is 4 years old now and has settled a little but is still a looney most of the time. When she gets excited she does zoomies and she also likes to talk to you by grunting. She thinks every bit of food should be hers and will give you the starving eyes like she’s never been fed. She likes having her jumper on to keep her warm in this crappy winter weather we are currently having.
Here is my drawing of Mousey, in graphite pencils on A5 hotpress…