Monday 27 June 2011

July Craft2.0

It's winter.  Yup, there's no mistaking it.  My eyeballs require defrosting every morning on arrival to work, and the couch in the sewing room is growing mould that would make extra-aged blue cheese jealous.  Warmth is good.  One place that's good for warmth is The Dowse Art Museum, which is once again the home of Craft 2.0.  So come over and let your eyeballs thaw over the joys of crafting.

Saturday 25 June 2011

Leather Fail

The rectangular Grimly patches worked out rather nicely, unlike the contoured attempts.  I made those too small with holes too close to the edges and ended up with what looks like execution by machine gun.   I am one sharp shooter.

Friday 24 June 2011

Elbow Monsters

Ok, not monsters, but Grimlies.  Pretty close for some people.  And not elbow, but pretty much any body part, although “bag” may start stretching the definition.

Mmm leather.  I decided to put my leather offcuts to good use and started to make Grimly leather patches!  Yes, you can definitely get some.  These came about as a result of a rather excitable office brainstorm.
Catherine: Hey guys check this out!
Me, Rich: Whoaaa that is so cool!  Knee monster!
Me: I have to make one!  Oh Rich, your jersey – ELBOW MONSTER!!!
Rich: Uhhh…. Umm…
Catherine: Yeah Rich, you need one.
Me: Your elbow is shameful, Rich.  You should be ashamed.  This is no an acceptable state of affairs.  You look like a homeless person.
Rich:  Umm yeah, I dunno.
Me: AHH!!  I can make leather ones!  With engraving!
Rich: What about ones for my shoulders?  Don’t know about elbows.
Catherine, me:  Yes!  Leather!  Engraving!  Patches!
Me:  Grimlies!

This continued for about half an hour.  There were more exclamation marks and ALLCAPS than I’d care to include on a page.  I gathered some leather scraps, tweaked design files and started cutting….
No longer will you have to embarrass your family and friends by going our in public in jerseys with elbow holes.  The sartorial abominations can be accurately covered up with stylish leather rectangles (known as “oblongs” in some isolated communities), depicting their favourite Grimly character.  The stitching holes are pre-cut along the perimeter, making the sewing part so easy that even an incompetent typewriter monkey can be trusted with the task.
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