|Tie Dye Vest|
Hello! I’m Elen and I’m currently taking my GCSEs. My first year exams are all over now so I can dedicate more time to my fashion ideas, yay!
I decided to start screen printing some of the t-shirts and bags that I'd managed to tie dye in breaks between frantic revision sessions!
At first, it took a few tries to cut out the stencil that I had designed - I kept cutting off small parts of it by accident, but eventually I managed to get it right. I then started the long process of using sellotape to stick the stencil to the screen in exactly the right space.
I had just finished sticking the stencil down, when I realised I’d stuck the stencil to the wrong side of the screen! So, I then enlisted mum’s help in undoing all of the tape, and redoing the whole process on the other side of the screen. It was much quicker with her help!
I printed onto a few t-shirts and then on the third one disaster struck! The paper that I had cut the stencil out of was wet and leaking the ink onto the t-shirt! Needless to say, that t-shirt was ruined.
|Screen Printed and Tie-Dyed T Shirts|
That obviously wouldn’t work if the stencil was getting ruined every few prints. Again, mum came to the rescue! She suggested that I use acetate as the stencil instead of paper, and offered to order some for me.
There are loads of great stall at Craftfest again this summer and I've been having a look round myself. These are just some of the things I'd love to have myself.
|Memory Wire Purple|
This purple memory wire bracelet from ChillOutChic's Craftfest Stall is just gorgeous.
Lilacs and purples - some of my favourite colours - and perfect fit for Xmas Stocking. Hint hint Mum.
|Dog Blanket Kit|
I can't knit but I know someone who can! If I bought it, do you think my cats would stop sleeping on my school uniform!
|Green Sherbet Heart Bowl|
One of my stencil designs is a heart so I just had to include this beautiful glass bowl that I found on Glasspirations' Craftfest Stall.
This would be perfect for holding my little bits of jewellry.
The swirly pattern is looks a lot like tie dye too!
Black Leather Leaf Earrings with Silver Screw Spikes
Oh wow! Love love love! These fantastic leather earrings have studs!
I've used studs on my up-cycled shorts, but not spiky ones like these (too painful LOL).
Check them out on Eminence Mode's Craftfest stall.
|Summer Wall Hanging Kit|
And finally, here is a fantastic wall hanging kit from Perfect Patchwork's Craftfest stall.
The fabrics are gorgeous colours and I love batik. I've used the batik technique in my Textiles course and it's really hard work. Great to be able to buy fabrics ready batik'ed (is there such a word?).
I bet this hanging would be stunning made up - my favourite colours again!
I hope my picks have made you want to pop over to see Craftfest for yourself. I'm sure you'll find loads of your own favourites.
And if you are a crafter, why not join Creative Connections yourself. As well as meeting some great people, you'll can find out about the Mega Christmas Craftfest.