Thursday, 31 January 2013

Anyone For Cake?

I've been a bit quiet recently, but I've been busy I promise. I've been working on a book cover for a new edition of a delicious-sounding (but no doubt meat-heavy) recipe book as well as doing a lot of crocheting. I've opened a new Etsy store specifically for my crochet, to keep things separate and not confuse matters too much (I'm sticking to this one blog for now) and should have it stocked soon. I'll provide links and nice pics once everything's ready, but in the meantime, here's what I've been doing today, for a birthday card.

(c) Becca Thorne 2013



Monday, 14 January 2013

New on Society6

I've spent all day uploading loads of new products to my Society6 shop. Most of these are available as prints, iPhone/iPod cases and skins, laptop/iPad skins, hoodies/tees, tote bags, stationary and cushion covers. Here's a little selection to whet your appetite:



There's plenty more besides, so pop over to society6.com/beccathorne to see the whole collection.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New Crochet Slippers!

Here they are, as promised, my snazzy new slippers, made entirely by my own fair hand!


























I made the slippers I'd started in a previous post, but I wasn't hugely pleased with them; they were a bit large and quite lumpy where the soles and the uppers didn't quite fit together because I thought I knew better than the pattern and made made the soles bigger than I was supposed to (silly, silly Becca). So when I saw this free pattern by Priscilla Hewitt I unravelled all my previous work and started on these. Yes, I am a wally.

As you can see, they need a liner - I'm thinking a thin fleece would do the trick - but they're double thickness on the sole so they're nice and warm on the ground. They're a little bit scrappy (I obviously didn't finish off one of the hexagons properly and it's started to unravel; easily fixable though) but I'm rather proud of them! I think I might need to cover the soles with something so they don't wear out too quickly; I've seen people use silicone sealant, and I was considering PVA or the glue gun, but both of those have their drawbacks (PVA's water soluable, glue gun glue might be too stiff and isn't easily spreadable). So if anyone's got any bright ideas, please share!

This Youtube video by Bethintx1 helped me figure out the sole stitch (which is tedious but actually very easy once you've gotten past the fiddly first few rows) and I followed this video from websyarnstore to join it all together. I was a little concerned about how the sole would attach to the hexagons, as it's a straight rectangle, but it worked - I added a few double crochet (single crochet US) rows in the heel area to give enough stiches to fit, but otherwise it's a doddle. 

Heron Wood Engraving

I've been a tad unproductive with my drawing and printing so far this year, mostly because I've spent a lot of time crocheting (I've made a snazzy pair of slippers though, which you may have seen a wee glimpse of if you follow me on Twitter - I'll post a photo here later), but I have been out along the canal taking photos of the beautiful old warehouses and factories. A lot of them are derelict, some of them aren't, but almost all of them are beautiful, and they're surrounded by wildlife - buddleia, bullrushes, willow, swans, ducks, coots and these handsome chaps:

(c) Becca Thorne 2013


It's just a quick wood engraving for a birthday card, to try and get me back into things. The blocks I'm using are all off cuts, because they're cheap (as am I), so I ended up using two tall, skinny ones for this and making a tiny diptych.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy 2013 blog folk! I trust you all had a thoroughly wonderful Christmas and New Year-time?

I don't make New Year resolutions as such, but there are a few things I plan to do more of this year, and one of those is crocheting (particularly to finish my afghan blanket, but also because I love it). I recently had to acknowledge that my beloved Cotswold Outdoor slipper boots had walked their last and despite searching all over town I couldn't find any decent replacements - even Fat Face and M&S came up short. So, I thought, why not make my own? And thus it came to pass that I spent all the John Lewis vouchers my aunt gave us for Christmas on a mountain of wool, and spent yesterday scouring Youtube for crochet slipper tutorials. Thanks to the very talented Lucille Milo and this tutorial I'm now part-way through crocheting my very own pair of slipper boots.



























The soles differ ever so slightly from one another (I went a little off-pattern because my wool is thinner than suggested), but I'm rather pleased so far. I'm about to start on the blue. I'll keep you posted on my progress! Any suggestions for easy but sturdy sole reinforcements to make these beauties last the next five years?