Friday, 5 October 2012

the end is near

The end of the world?  Probably not.  But, before we get to the ending, I have a couple of photos I squirrelled away that I want to share with you.

Remember my needle felted butterlies? 

I finally got round to making them into brooches!  I sewed the brooch back on.  In the book I used, it said to place a bit of roving over the brooch back and needle felt it in place.  Having observed that the front comes through to the back when needling, I decided to just sew them on instead!

I also realised I've never shown you the talents of Mr F.  He has many talents, though only one in the craftosphere that I've found so far.  He makes these bracelets:

I believe it's a form of macrame.  I bought him a book for his birthday and he branched out into patterns such as this:

and this!  Pretty impressive, eh?

So, this here ending?  Do you remember this?

and these?

It's been a while since I updated you on my weekly glass class.  Mainly because we broke up for summer.  We started back the week I was in Tunisia, clearly I didn't start back that week, I started back last week.  I got quite a bit of cutting done.

Then on Wednesday night I finished all of the glass cutting completely.

OK, that's a bit of a lie.  I clearly haven't cut out some of the areas where the fused glass leaves will go, and I have to cut holes for glass nuggets all round that clear border, and some in the "patchwork" panel too.  But the outline is done!

Next week I start leading.  I'll have to do a bit of cutting (for the nuggets and leaves), a LOT of grinding (to get the edges to fit nicely in the lead), then I'll be adding pieces of lead to the whole thing and cementing it!  Still loads of work to do, but it feels so great to have finally finished all that cutting.  I got more cutting done in the last two weeks than I did in the entire first term.

You'll have to excuse my glass photos, I have to take them in the workshop, at night, with no natural light.  Also, as the panel is so big and I'm so short, I have to hold the camera above my head!  Hopefully I'll be able to update you more next week.

Tomorrow I have a craft class at the Bead Shop, so loads to share next week.


Stitched Together said...

It's really good to see the progress on the glass panel. I think it's going to look amazing. It's also interesting to see that your man likes a bit of craft too. Those bracelets are really neat and attractive. He needs to get a Folksy or ETSY shop!

JoJo said...

LOOOOVE the stained glass!!!! Can't wait to see the final project! Those are great bracelets. I have tried macrame with little to no success.

Sandra :) said...

Cute brooch, cute bracelets :)

That glass project is going to be amazing when it's done - I love the flower!

Alison said...

Those bracelets are fab and your stained glass is absolutley gorgeous!


Chrissie said...

Your glass panel is looking great, look forward to seeing the finished panel. My father used to do this kind of work but he moved away from lead and used copper foil but the effects were still beautiful.

Nancy Lee said...

The glass Is lovely Wendy, and your Mr.'s work is impressive as well. Is the glass going to be a window panel?
Also, you did a great job on that drawstring bag. The fabric is so cheerful. Have a great week!

Simone de Klerk said...

Amazing, the stained glass.