kieslin: (crux lintball cute)
First of all, I am an idiot for not using the trimmer for the last notebook. Resizing paper became a breeze with the trimmer. All the prep work took roughly 1.5 hours this time.
So this here is my next attempt at longstitch. You can see my mistakes like the knot that I accidentally left on the outside >_<

The pages for this one don't fan out. It opens completely flat. I think it's partly because of I did the stitching a little looser this time and that the paper was a little heavier.

Once again I used recycled materials. Coffee box cardboard, one-sided A4 paper, leftover crochet cotton and a glue stick.

kieslin: (yoshitsune :3)
Tried my hand at longstitch binding today.

It was an interesting experience. All in all it took 4 hours.
3 hours 20 minutes to prepare the pages, the resizing took forever!
40 minutes to do all the sewing.

I think it turned out fairly alright for a first attempt. I didn't want to wreck my pristine papers so I made it out of recycled materials instead. Cardboard from a coffee box and A4 paper that has at least one side unused (from all the photocopies that I don't need anymore ^_^ ), leftover crochet cotton and some PVA.

Next time I might dilute the PVA a bit or use something else that won't warp the cover too much. And use the paper trimmer instead of doing it manually.

I do like it though. It's actually quite secure and the pages fan out beautifully.

kieslin: (sheldon ooh)
After working on various cons, community events, etc for a while I'm so used to being behind the scenes or behind a table that I have difficulty adjusting to just being an attendee. The main exceptions are professional skills development seminars and craft expos. I love to just shop at these expos, buy a year's worth of supplies and join the workshops.

I went to Craft Expo aka Craftfest at the Dome last Thursday, my only free day >_< and had a ball of a time. Being the first day, it was quiet in comparison to the sort of traffic they got that weekend. I loved the multiple aisle setup, it had a market sort of feel.

Picked up a lot of supplies, mostly of the papercrafting kind. There were some awesome paper sets. Got a couple of packs of parchment card and nabbed some show specials. Not to mention I got a few rotary cutters for cheap. I've got reliable local and online suppliers for my other craft supplies that I didn't bother with getting stuff like yarn or jelly rolls. I finally tried a water brush pen after putting it off for so long. It feels weird not to have to constantly dip the brush into the pot. I don't know why I didn't try the brush pen earlier. I got to try it out before I bought one and tried it out in combination with stamping and it turned out pretty cool. Going to give it more of a test drive soon to get some practice controlling water flow and to get a better feel for how much ink/paint needs to be loaded on the brush. Can't wait to use this with my watercolours.

I loved their Discovery Desks. It had 15 minute demos for techniques and by extension, some new products. Napkin decoupage is something I've never really seen which was interesting because they used a medium to adhere it to textiles as well freeform sculpting. The workshops and seminars were really fun and interactive. Definitely picked up some great tips and ideas from it.
Got the chance to try polymer bead making and playing with Sculpey. It's fun, but I can't really see myself taking it up. I think I've taken up too many crafts as it is!

Can't wait til the next one. Finders Keepers Markets in May (for indie stuff) and S&C expo is in August.

I wonder how many people would be interested in an online craft swap on DW. Anyone know of any DW comms doing so? (not including Ravelry swaps XD)
kieslin: (xmaspuri seiichi's nose)
Seeing as I've rediscovered a love for papercrafts, I've decided to join the holiday train and offer Christmas/Holiday season/New Year/Hanukkah cards for anyone who'd like one.
Just let me know which one you'd prefer and comment with your address (they'll all be screened so no one else will see your details).
Alternatively, if you don't want anything related to the holiday season, I can send something like a non-related card, postcard or letter.

And in the spirit of giving, every fifth person will receive a little surprise with their correspondence XD
kieslin: (sheldon master)
I now have a bit of a fascination for bookbinding. I can't really describe why but there's just something about this that is very interesting. My first test of Japanese stab binding turned out alright but not fantastically. Instead of a hole punch, tried out the brand new book drill. I added an extra hole by mistake and now know that I have to sand the paper a little on the outside to neaten it. Still, if you don't take into account my shoddy photography, for something made out of scrap paper, scrap yarn and an old pamphlet, it doesn't look half bad does it? XD

Bad photos )

Something else that I've been doing is participating in NaNoWriMo this year. I've promised myself and made plans for the past four years which went nowhere. This year is perhaps the first year in which I've been able to make the commitment. I think actually signing up helped as well XD

Also have plans for future stories/novels after a chat session with a friend. There's potential to collaborate on one of them as illustrated novellas/light novels. But that's a "we'll see".
kieslin: (Default)

Poring now has a friend XD

I started crocheting the decorative lace for a hook case today. The crochet part is done...much quicker than I expected. Getting the hang of charts helps too XD. Now to find a fabric that complements purple to sew the inner compartments.
kieslin: (kyoya)
Currently in panicky mode as there's a fortnight before we can finally "rest". Doing con miniutiae at the moment. Can I just say I love that I (sort of) have less sewing work this year? I didn't do any cutting or ironing, just focused on sewing or overlocking, and even then it's only maybe 3/5 of the total batch.

Pic spam )

Worked on them for about four hours last night. I wasted an hour of that rethreading the machine, replacing the needle that I snapped last time and fiddling about with the thread tensions since someone messed it up. Also doing this at night was not exactly the best thing as I had lots of lights on but as the night progressed I didn't notice that I was moving closer so I could see better. I ended up in a position with really horrid posture.

Sore neck now...ow.

Now must endeavour to concentrate on other stuff T__T
kieslin: (yoshitsune :3)
Sharing something that I'm currently working on mostly while commuting by train.

I'm always a sucker for a meme....

Comment here saying you want to play. I will find seven things off of your profile and you have to post in your journal with why you are interested in them. At that time, I will comment and squee. And possibly also participate in the fun by having you choose seven of my interests. We will go round and round and round.

So [personal profile] noxie gave me the following...

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kieslin: (Default)
Made for [ profile] aegwynn_aran.
For the day you fulfil the most interesting of election promises XD.

kieslin: (Default)

Made for [ profile] qem_chibati's significant other.

I really should finish current projects......T____________T
I started crocheting a set of driving gloves/wristlets, because the pictures looked pretty cool.
kieslin: (So Sleepy)
Went to the S&C Show today and am sooooooo tired now.
So many things to do, so many things to see. It was frustrating trying to decide what I wanted to go see.

First let me say that Rosehill Racecourse is perhaps an annoying venue to try and get to by public transport. The service on the Carlingford line is not frequent and it's awkward trying to changeover. I was lucky that I had decided to go via Parramatta and get the shuttle bus, because I got there nearly 40 minutes earlier than I would have if I had taken the train to Rosehill.
It sucks that we weren't allowed to take any photos. I would have liked to have taken a shot of the crowds. It was a Thursday, Day 2 into the Show, but when it opened at 10, nearly every level was packed. It's a pretty darn big venue. The Pavilion is a massive expo hall and they used the building next to it, of which they used the upper 4 levels for more exhibitors, workshops and seminars.

First thing after wandering about was "Start Sewing Now", a free workshop run by Brother. Got to play with their latest consumer machine. I want. It was so quiet, the pedal very smooth, had 70 stich variations which included buttonhole, decorative, utility as well as an overlock stitch. For a regular price of $599 it was pretty decent, I was so tempted to get one because they were having a special Show special where they knocked $200 off with a further 20% if you got the models used for the workshop. After I finished making the tote, of which I spent more time playing around with the decorative stitches, I disappeared to eat. Then went to the Crystal Sewing seminar, which involved the processes and procedures of safely adding hot melt crystals while sewing. I left halfway to try and catch the tail end of the dyeing seminar, which was pretty good. Attended the Beaded Flowers seminar which was soon followed by the seminar on Wet and Dry Felt Making.
Ran around shopping after that. Picked up a few really good sale items. There weren't as many yarn stalls as I expected so I didn't purchase any. The only impulse buy that I had were two machines from the Xyron range that is distributed by Esselte. They apply a smooth layer of either permanent or removable adhesive on the back of virtually anything, provided it's flat. The 510 model also has laminate and magnetic cartridges to make magnets, laminated magnets or laminate items.
Also looked around in the Pavilion. I loved the Cake Decoration/Sugarart displays. There were so many detailed pieces. I think my favourite was the mountain with the crystallised dragon curled around it. The detail on it and the other pieces were so fine. The geisha screen was gorgeous too.

It was a really fun day. While there are more things I would have liked to do, like attend one of their daily knitting workshops, I don't think I could attend another day. Simply travelling to the venue takes a little bit out of you.

My splurging items and the FREEBIES XD

kieslin: (Default)
Just about 4 hours before I head off to the airport!

So so excited!

BTW, Supanova Sydney was great. I didn't really see very much other than a cursory tour as pretty much is same old, same old. But I still had fun. Very awesome cosplay. Manning a booth is a bit of a novelty at the moment. I was actually productive for once and came out of the weekend with something to show for it. excited. I'm not even caffeinated and I'm actually awake. It's my convention curse. Always stay up the night before and pretty much virtually the whole weekend.
Although with GenCon, I'm pretty confident I'll crash midway. I'd probably die otherwise.

Giddiness is partly due to their newly announced guests.
Paul MacGillion and Alan Tudyk.

Carson!!! They got Carson!!! And Wash....but...but...they got Carson and Zelenka!!!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This is about as good as hearing the news about David Hewlett and Michael Shanks appearing at Melbourne Armageddon.

Wheeeee.... see you on the Saturday [ profile] arccie.

Ack...need to finish packing.....>_>
kieslin: (Default)
1. 2.
3. 4.

1. I finally finished this scarf. It was my first time attempting elongated stitch.
2. My mobile phone pouch.
3. A little amigurumi bird....although I stuffed up the embroidery.
4. My WIP amigurumi Kero-chan. Just his head ( ^___^ )
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