Sunday, 29 May 2011

Golden Hands Encyclopedia of Crafts - sew a seating system freebie

I love the stripy green fabric!

Hello there!

If you read my last post, you'll know that I've just bought a set of partwork craft magazines that I had as a child, so I've been tripping down memory lane with them! I've also set up a Flickr group, Golden Hands Crafts - For Everyone, so if any of you have your own copies of Golden Hands or Golden Hands Encyclopedia of Crafts, you can share them with the rest of us!

They certainly are weird and wonderful... last night I was reading about marbling paper with seaweed, and I thought, "this is something I could do", until I read that I would need a couple of pints of something called 'oxgall' that I could get from my local slaughterhouse!! I don't even WANT to know where my nearest slaughterhouse is (I'm vegetarian), let alone actually go there! So I guess I won't be using that technique...

Get a fire guard on that open fire! Health and safety was "stuff and nonsense" in the 1970s...

This is much nicer. This impressive project would really give your sewing maching a good workout... sew your own 'seating system'! In my imagination, I am tempted to try this, but I know it'll never happen. I really like the look of it, they've styled the photos so well, but what would they be like in reality? Just beanbags with a bolster? Maybe if you had some quite large blocks of reasonably solid foam, they could work. Anyone want to have a go? I've embedded the full project as a PDF below.  If I ever have a go at this I'll let you know how it turns out...

GHC Seating System Project

Best wishes

Joey xx


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  2. Hey Joey,

    it's me Ruth the bookbinder - did you know you DON'T need oxgall to marble? there's synthetic dispersant out there - hooray for veg-friendly solutions!

    Not sure if you can order it somewhere in the UK - I'd send you some but it'd probably be a customs disaster. You also only need a TINY bit, like drops of it. search for "Marbling dispersant"

    Here's a video of me marbling with carrageenan. You might want to try Suminagashi Marbling instead of carragean marbling as an intro - it's easier.

    Also in the latest news I've just set up a blogspot blog for my latest adventure, wedding invitations and stationery under the name Concertina Press . Look forward to following your blog!

  3. Hi there Ruth
    Thanks for letting me (and anyone else who may happen to be reading!) know about the synthetic dispersant, it's very nice to know that marbling has moved on since 1975!! :D
    I'll definitely check out your video, it sounds very interesting!
    Kind regards

  4. It looks good to me. If we just talk about the feel available in the pics, then it is quite unique on its own. Some good stuff can be found in the as well.


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