Friday 30 April 2021

The Sky Blanket - April


The blanket is growing.  So big now that I had to put it on our bed to get a photo, the worktop is no longer wide enough!  And it no longer fits in the bag I have.

Above you can see how the squares compare with my speadsheet.  When I have completed a square I coloure it blue.  Once I have sewn it to the blanket I bold that line so I can keep track of where I am.

Sunday 25 April 2021

Simple Flapping Butterfly

I keep a list of projects and ideas in trello for when I might have an opportunity to make them.  So while I was looking through the spring issue of Butterfly, the Butterfly Conservation magazine, it suddenly occurred to me that the photos of butterflies would be perfect for a Rob Ives project.

It didn't take very long to cut the photos out and then decide on which one to use.  I doubt very much that this type of butterfly would be this big for real, but wouldn't it be cool if they were.

The image is stuck to a clothes peg, so when you squeeze the peg the wings flap.  Delightful and so easy to make.

Sunday 18 April 2021

Picea Glauca Bonsai

As part of the plan for my big year I wanted to learn more about bonsai.

I love trees and have been facinated by bonsai ever since I was little and my dad had a horse chestnut tree that he kept in a tiny pot.  It can't have been more than 20cm tall and every year it would produce one large leaf.

I'd hoped to attend a course in person, but with lockdown and all the restrictions we're living with right now I decided to see if there was anything online.  Here I came across Bonsai Empire who not only had lots of information and advice but also a set of videos.

I worked through their Beginners course and some of their Getting Started course and decided to have a go for myself.

My first attempt was with a small Picea glauca 'Alberta Globe' which I bought from our local garden centre.  When I started it was just a ball of green, but I pruned it using the techniques I'd seen in the videos, then wired some of the branches, and potted it up.

It smelt a bit like Christmas as I cut bits off in the sun.  

It still needs some work, but that is part of the fun of bonsai, they are never finished, as a living thing they will continue to grow and evolve.  I look forward to seeing how this little chap gets on.