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I collected some lovely bits and pieces on my recent trip to Newfoundland. It was such a wonderful holiday, and beachcombing was an integral part of it. I was originally thinking of making jewellery from these bits, but I have a terrible habit of losing and breaking jewellery. And besides, one of the pieces was much too big to wear. So I decided to frame them!

I found a nice deep frame in Ikea, though it’s designed to hold a picture at the front, so it required some modification. Here’s a photo of the frame with the glass and mat board clipped down.

I used PVC glue to stick two layers of fabric down to the back board. I chose an aquamarine fabric to contrast with the rust of the largest beach find (see below). The cream was necessary to stop the wood effect of the back from showing through.

Once that dried I trimmed the edges.

Then came the turn of the glue-gun. It might have been wiser to practice more, but I totally got away with it. The glue gun stuck each part fast to the surface below it.
Next, I needed some spacers to hold the back at a distance from the mat and glass. I have been saving almost all of the cardboard that’s come into the house for several months now, so I was able to just cut some pieces of nice thick cardboard for the purpose.
I was very haphazard about cutting out the pieces, but they worked out fine. They’re also glued on with the glue gun. Possibly overkill, but I had it right there ready to use.
A little black poster paint, in case the viewer should get an angle where the spacers become visible.

For some reason, I’ve only ever seen masking tape hold backs on pictures. I don’t know why that is, but I didn’t see any reason to break with tradition. It’s not terribly neat, because the only masking tape I have available is a very wide roll, but then again, it is the back.

Et voila!

Quick hit: superhero cape

This one is fairly self explanatory. Ingredients*: one old t-shirt, one snap fastener

It makes a great superhero cape and requires the minimum of sewing ability. I was tempted to just leave the neck of the t-shirt whole but then I though “strangulation hazard”, so I added a snap fastener. I didn’t even bother sewing up the edges, t-shirt fabric pretty much doesn’t fray. Five minutes work!

* I did a latin course with the Open University a couple of years ago. There were a few delightful moments of recognition, like the time I realised that “ingredior” is the verb meaning “I go in” — hence “ingredients” == “things that go in”.

Quick hit: pleated skirt

This is a prototype for a skirt I’m planning for a costume.

I didn’t take many process shots (do I ever?) but it’s a very simple design. A rectangle of fabric about 115cm by 35cm. Folded into pleats about 5cm deep. The pleats are folded together in pairs. It’s actually quite difficult to describe in words, but hopefully it’s fairly obvious from the picture. 

I added an elasticated waist-band. It worked out okay, but it’s not what I’m looking for. Another prototype will be coming along shortly.