My Sophies Universe CAL



FINISHED! My Sophie stayed square thoughout.

I am loving this CAL – Crochet-A-Long! It is superbly designed and tutorialised (Is that a word?) by Dedri Uys of Look At What I Made. The CAL will finish at the end of May 2015.
here is the link:

I am crocheting this for my Granddaughter, Stacy. It will be for her bed, but not to tuck in, just to lay over the end, as hers will be a double bed, to accommodate her other grandparents when they visit. Mom has chosen the colours.


I have decided to do a second one in cotton thread, in white, variegated pink/purple and variegated blues. I’ve just started this one, so no photo just yet.

UPDATE: April 2015

I missed quite a few, but I have started teaching crochet classes, and am making 4 blankets at the same time! BUSY!!!!

Here is where I got to with my Sophie’s Universe:


Well, actually it was quite a bit further, all the way to Round 80, but I neglected to take a photo!!

Then I decided I wanted to keep it to 4 sides only, and frogged (ripped out – rip it! rip it! rip it!) from round 80 back to Round 36! I have started over, writing it up as I go, as I want to make one of my others the same way.

So, here is the reworked Sophie, which I have dubbed Sophie’s Galaxy, as it will follow the long side rounds from Sophie’s Universe.


Siiiiighhhh, A long way to go!




Mosaic is a relatively new interest, but I’ve dabbled in time gone by. I’ve done a few mirror frames, but can’t get the photo’s right to post!

Here’s my Easter Cross

Painting on Fabric

I love to paint on fabric. I use my own artwork, although I do use well-known subjects too, as you will see.
The Kiddies Characters are for whatever purpose you can think of: Wall Hangings, Linens, Clothing, and can also be painted onto any other surface. Please excuse the marks on some of these, but my Grandchildren have “helped” and I can’t get the stains out. These are samples, so no matter.
The others make great placemats or cushions.


Wooden Trays

decoupage  (ˌdeɪkuːˈpɑːʒ) n.

  1. the art or process of decorating a surface with shapes or illustrations cut from paper, card, etc
  2. anything produced by this technique

C20: from French, from découper  to cut out, from de-  + couper  to cut]

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I have been Decoupaging for about 10 years. I started on wooden objects and moved on to Fabric, Glass, Enamel, Metal, all kinds of surfaces! In fact, if it stayed still, I wanted to decoupage it! They make wonderful gifts, decor items and are lovely to make.

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What Is Candlewicking?
Candlewicking is a type of embroidery done on 100-percent cotton unbleached muslin, which has not been preshrunk.
The candlewicking fabric is washed after stitching; the shrinking of the muslin will not only hold the knots, but it also will give the puckered look of traditional candlewicking.