Yarn On

So just after Yule I started a Crochet project, its big and uses a lot of part balls of yarn

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Yes its a big blanket which I finished at the weekend, when Britain hit a big heatwave.

For those of you out there that think this is very difficult, it is not. There is one stitch used for the entire thing and is just a standard Granny Square multiplied

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There are many tutorials and Youtube videos on how to make a granny square, so I won’t go into how to make one but the blanket consists of 176 small Granny squares sewed into blocks of nine and and 14 large ones. These were all stitched together into fours (2 blocks made of small ones and 2 larges ones). and then stitched all together. I then did one row of white and two rows of back all the way round to finish it off. ┬áIt is 157cm square so fits over a double bed.

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If you want to learn to crochet, want to sew something on a sewing machine or other textile crafts. why not join us in July for our Textile Hack day on 15th July.

Oh and while I have you, here is a sneak peak at another project I have on the go.

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3D design for 3D printing day

On the 17th of June from 12pm to 5pm we are organising a day of demos and talks on the subject of ‘3D design for 3D printing’. There will be several talks and demonstrations on the subject of how to use 3D design software to produce physical objects for manufacture, whether on a 3D printer, laser cutter, or CNC milling machine. If you are curious about 3D printing and other computer based manufacture techniques but don’t know where to start, or if you have experience but would like to share skills and ideas with others, this could be the event for you. All ages welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The talks / demos will be:

Tom Bloor – Introduction to Fusion360.
Ian Norton – Modelling in OpenSCAD.
Andrew Baxter – 3 ways to model a real object in FreeCAD.
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Dave Leack – 3D Printing with Blender: Common errors and how to fix them.
Ian Jackson – Modelling in Vectric Aspire.

The talks will last between 30 to 40 minutes, with a 20 minute break in the middle.

If you would like to help publicise this event, please download and print out this poster, and put it up wherever you think people might be interested.