Fiona Tranter

Letting off Creative STEAM


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Posted by fionatranter on March 20, 2014 at 8:10 AM

I have been sick this week. This means there has not been much creating going on the last few days, just surviving the day job and taking a day at a time. It's only a silly cold or possibly mild flu, but I feel awful!

Here is a photograph of our elder statesman, Soxie to keep you going and hopefully I'll have more energy to be creative after work today.

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Gift Wrapping

Posted by fionatranter on March 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I love wrapping gifts which is good because February, March and April are busy months for birthdays in our family. I am always on the lookout for a unique way of finishing a package and making it personal for the recipient.

I was recently inspired by a picture on Pinterest to make a doll to replace the gift tag and bow on a parcel for my friends 4 (soon to be 5) year old daughter.

I made thi...

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National Quilting Day

Posted by fionatranter on March 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Today is National Quilting Day in the US. Celebrating the third Saturday in March as National Quilting Day started back in 1991 when the National Quilt Association voted to adopt a special day and recognize the heritage and tradition associated with quilts and the craft of quilting in American History.

In recent years the National Quilting Association has organized a competition for a quilt design that c...

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Reusable Shopping bags

Posted by fionatranter on March 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

This last Christmas I decided to make reusable shopping bags for the family rather than Christmas Stockings. I got the idea for making a pattern from a plastic grocery bag from Crafster and the link will take you to the tutorial for making these bags.

This was my prototype. The bag is an inch or two longer than a half yard and takes up the whole width of the fabric.

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Zipped Bags

Posted by fionatranter on March 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM


The inspiration for these bags came from a Plush Addict Blog entry back in December. I made them as a birthday present for one of the young men in my life and they were a lot of fun to make.

Some of the bags are lined with rip-stop fabric, so they are somewhat water proof and good for laundry from an overnight stay. Others are lined with fun fabric and came with ca...

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Glass beads

Posted by fionatranter on March 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I purchased a new torch at the Bead and Button show last year and it has made a big difference to my sucess. I now have a Mega Minor and run the torch on natrual gas (we had a line run off the main house supply) and an oxygen concentrator.

Here are some of my latest efforts. I think I have the basic shape down so I have been working on spots.

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Elasticated Jewelry

Posted by fionatranter on March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

I love the way this bracelet turned out. It looks like many of my other bracelets that incorporate Lampwork glass beads and bead weaving however there is one big difference - there is no clasp!

I have been asked several times whether its possible to make nice looking jewelry with elastic for ease of use. This was my first attempt and I think it came out rather well. I used a woven elastic with a fabric outer for added strength, rather than the usual Stretch Magic Elastic. I ...

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Bead Crochet Bangles

Posted by fionatranter on March 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

The crochet hooks have been running at full steam recently. Its been a great way to pass the time on a plane or in front of the televisions. I am not very good at just sitting still!!

The paler lavender bangle on the left was crocheted with size 8 seed beads from Bead Cats while the bangle on the right was crocheted with size 11 seed beads from Beyond Beadery.

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Tula Pink Block 3

Posted by fionatranter on March 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Here is Block 3 in the Tula Pink book, 100 Modern Quilt Blocks. I've had these fabrics out in my sewing room for months wanting to put them into a quilt block or project, but nothing fitted. I think this block suites the fabric choice well.

The Individual Fabrics

Block Layout...

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Bead Soup

Posted by fionatranter on March 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

One of my local bead shops has started selling tubes of bead soup. These are collections of beads that are left over from various classes and projects the shop has going on. The nice thing about the tubes of beads is the selection of shapes and sizes in one package that are arranged in colour themes.

Recently Jean Campbell blogged about a snow day and how her daughter amused herself for most of the day making...

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