Dirty Girl Granny Skills

Dirty Girl Kitchen

 

Hello peeps,

Happening this Friday and Saturday until late in the evening in Adelaide is the Dirty Girl Kitchen – Artisan Christmas Markets. Should be amazing, with live music, lots of food stalls, arty crafty goodness and styling and retail stalls like mine!!

Come along and enjoy the vibe and buy something original and handmade for Christmas.

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Lovely “Maureen Margaret Alice” handmade ceramic plates with crochet – named after my Granny.

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Crochet goodies will be there. Perfect for storing all your stuff and great for pressies.

 

I’ll be there so drop by and say hi. I’m quite excited about the gin bars myself!! Quite partial to a nice G & T on a hot day.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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Baby Yarn Bomb

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

Remember last week myself and yarn-bombing.com lace bombed this statue at The Art Gallery of South Australia?

Well, the second part of the project was to run an activity day at The Gallery for the monthly kids art club. We made pom-pom’s and did tomboy stitch (or some call it French knitting). We had 550 children through!! Oh My!! No wonder we were exhausted after that!

My sister, brother-in law, nephew and niece all came along and my nephew Odin surprised me with his amazing creativity. Of course I’m not biased in any way….. but he is a little genius!

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Odin decided to yarn bomb his toy bear instead of make pom-pom’s or do toyboy stitch. I was so impressed. Of course it probably helped having an Aunt who is a famous yarn bomber!

Yarn bombed bear

Yarn bombed bear

 

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

 

I was amazed that at four years old Odin has his own creative vision and is incredibly artistic and devoted to making and doing his own thing. I must add that he has wonderful parents who are also both very creative and foster this in both their children. Maybe I’ll have an assistant in a couple of years who can out bomb me! I can only imagine.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

The Virgin Awaits

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarnbomb.com)

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com)

View through the gallery window

View through the gallery window

Yarn bombing at a height

Yarn bombing at a height

Detail of the Virgin

Detail of the Virgin

At the beginning

At the beginning

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

 

Howdy folks,
I’ve been yarnbombing a plenty this week at The Art Gallery of South Australia! Woo Hoo!! What a great gig. Myself and my lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com) covered the Bourdelle sculpture in the courtyard of the gallery with hoardes of collected lace doilies. The gallery is currently displaying a lace exhibition and this project references this exhibition. The yarn bombing itself was done earlier in the week and required a large scaffold be erected around the sculpture. I’ve yarnbombed quite a lot of things but never working at such a height. It was quite scary to start off with but we got used to it. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we had great views. The sculpture is located in the rear courtyard of the gallery near the gallery cafe, so we had quite an audience of people walking by and admiring our work over their lunch break. It took most of the day to cover the sculpture and it looked fabulous at completion.

I’ve never yarnbombed anything that was figurative or that had a face. All the objects I’ve covered have been inanimate objects so this was really different in that regard. We decided to leave the faces of the sculptures showing which created a lot of comments. Some viewers thought the virgin was wearing a hijab, others thought it had a Russian flavour. I know the Russian women do amazing lace crochet. Anyway, it was all interesting to hear and to discuss with everyone. Unfortunately, It was only left in place for about four days, but with an approximate audience of about three hundred kids coming to participate in the monthly kids art club at the gallery there was a lot of viewers. Kids came and make pompoms and did tomboy stitch to add to the base of the sculpture. We went through 300 balls of wool and many, many toilet rolls and pop sticks!!

A great project to be involved with.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

Hernando the Grape Vine

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It is with much excitement I introduce you to “Hernando” the grape vine. A one hundred year old vine from the South Australian Barossa Valley. Late last year, in the Australian summer, me and my friend Ilianthe of yarn-bombing.com drove out to McLaren Vale to Oliver’s Taranga Winery where we met with the lovely Hernando. We spent the afternoon covering Hernando with lots of lovely yarn and glammed him up to appear on the label of a wine appropriately named ‘Yarnbomb’. This wine has just been released here in Australia and I can’t wait to try it.

Here is the promotional video made by the winery to talk about the wine and it features (very quickly) me and Ilianthe in action along with the wine maker Corrina Wright covering Hernando.

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I’m so excited about this!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Planter Pancakes

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I had this plastic container left over from making my gluten free pancakes…

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Mmmn, pancakes. I decided to use this container to make a garden planter. I should say that the original idea for this came from a Pinterest post, but it had no written instructions, only pictures so I decided to try it myself with my own twist and write it up for you all. The crochet part is my idea. The original planter decorated the outside of the container with markers by adding patterns. Cute too, if you can’t crochet. To see the Pinterest post go here.

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Mark on the plastic container where you are going to cut it on the front…

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and on the back with a marker.

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Use a sharp utility knife or scissors if the plastic is thin enough and cut your plastic container in half where marked.

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At this point I soaked my container in warm water to get the paper labels off, but you can do this before you start if you want.

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Now you have a plastic pot to decorate and plant into! This is where the real fun starts!

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I was looking for the hole punch and found this eyelet thingy. I decided it would look cool and professional to make a hanging hole using it to hang my planter on the wall but you don’t have to do this bit if you don’t want to.

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Put some holes in the bottom so that water can drain out or your pot will get waterlogged. This is especially important for succulent plants.

image I found the hole punch after a lot of bad words and stomping around the house in my dressing gown. (You can skip this bit) I put a row of holes around the top of my plastic container. It’s quite hard to use a hole punch on thick plastic and there might be an easier way. Let me know if you come up with one.

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I used builders line to crochet around the top. It’s nylon and won’t rot like wool will. It will fade over time though. If you cant crochet you could just weave some wool through the holes or get creative and come up with your own idea.

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If you are crocheting each stitch needs to be pulled through the hole and I did three stitches in each hole.

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Make sure the stitch bit is on the top

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You will get a nice little row of stitches on the top of the plastic edge.

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Ta Da!!! Finished and funky plant pot.

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Now all you need to do is fill it with soil and plant your favourite plant.

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By the way the left over top half of the container makes a great scoop. You can use it in the kitchen for scooping flour out of jars or you can use it as a soil scoop to put the soil into the pot. How handy!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Crafty Crochet Goodness

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Hello crafters,

I’ve been working on yarn bombing jars and glass objects with crochet..as you do!! I found these Fowler’s Jars in an Op Shop recently and decided they were a great shape to yarnbomb. Fowler’s jars are the Aussie version of Mason Jars. Traditionally, they are used to preserve fruit. They usually come with a metal lids and spring clasp to hold it on and seal the preserves in. These ones I found didn’t have the clasps and there were only a few lids. Of course, not many people do their own preserves these days so the bits and pieces used for this are getting lost or thrown away.

I decided to buy a few to test out how they would look yarnbombed and I love them. These are size 31 jars and they are quite large. I made these with the intention of selling them at markets. They look great with a candle inside as the light shines through the crochet and make different shadows depending on the stitches used. You could of course just use them to store your stuff in! My dilemma is this: At the last market a woman picked one up and said “what are these?? Just jars covered with crochet??” Well, er, yeah they are if you want to look at them that way. I was wondering if I should actually make soy candles (which I have done before) in the jars so rather than being ‘multi-purpose’ they have one distinct purpose ie: THIS IS A PRETTY CANDLE for those who are lacking crafty imagination like the rest of us?? What do you think?

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane