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Yarn bombing at the Stitched Up Festival – Part 2

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Here is our contribution to the ‘Dress the Town’ feature of Wangaratta’s Stitched Up festival.
For those of you who contributed but won’t make it to the festival, I have taken lots of pics so you will hopefully spot your bits.

Big Thanks to everyone who knitted, crocheted, embroidered, pom-pommed, and donated wool. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Special thanks to Jude for stitching most of it together, and to her, Sal, Linz and Beck for helping to install it.
Special thanks also to Eileen for knitting so much and so beautifully.
Thanks also to Lisbeth, Sally, Kay, Lynne, the pom-pom kids, Wiebke, Phoebe, Anita, Beck, Sarah, Denise, Beth, The Skinner knitting circle, Nicki, and Ali.

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Yarnbombing at the Stitched Up Festival

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I am very excited to be part of a gang who will help to ‘Dress the Town’ as part of this year’s Stitched Up Festival. Myself and a dozen or so others are busy knitting, crocheting, and making pom-poms to decorate the tree outside Scribbler’s cafe.

A special thanks already to Deb, Tianni, Leanne, Beth, Lin and Jude who kept their hands busy while catching up at the annual Skinner family fishing comp on the weekend.

So far: pompoms – 47, crochet samples – 4, knitting – 16cm

kitschy snow domes

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts

Thanks to my sister-in-law Nicki for giving me this book, my sister Beck and I sat down one sweltering afternoon and produced these kitschy gems.

Snowdomes are really fun to make, and we discovered a few tricks along the way:



hen snowdome

hen snowdome


  • milk bottle tops make a perfect base, they fit snuggly into the mouth of baby food jars.
  • we used soft plastic farm animals (easy to pierce with wire), beads, and bead wire. We simply pierced holes in the bottle tops and animals and fastened them with wire.






like a horse in water snowdome

like a horse in water snowdome

What we’d do differently next time:

  • use distilled water, and sterilise the jars a bit better (things are growing in the water). I wonder if adding white vinegar to the glycerine mixture would help this.
  • use more glycerine in the mixture, make it 50/50 instead of 30/70
  • fill the jars up to the very top.


cat dreaming of fish snowdome

cat dreaming of fish snowdome

hen close up
cat close up