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Express your inner geek

My inner geek has had a lot of chance to express herself lately – I’ve started playing Dungeons and Dragons. We basically sit around, create some imaginary characters, and then use them to violently attack other imaginary characters. With, you know, a plot. It really is huge amounts of dice-rolling fun.

Normally, this wouldn’t really be relevant for this blog. But there are extenuating circumstances…

After a few battles, we realised that there was an inordinate amount of paperwork involved in tracking the damage taken by our half-giant fighter. He’d get punched, then he’d get healed, then someone would stab him, then he’d club a dude and thereby actually gain health. It was all getting very complex.

My solution? Craft. (because craft solves everything)

So over the next week, I hacked up a chair leg, collected buttons, broke drill bits, twisted wire, and ended up with this: a custom designed hit point abacus.

The left column is for normal HP, the right column is for temporary HP, and it’s expandable to twice the character’s current health. And it works! Really, really well!

My inner geek is out, and damn, is she proud.

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In other, Radical Craftier, news: we’re having a Crafternoon this Thursday, 24th Feb, 1pm, @Format, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. Free wool for yarnbombing, dirty cross-stitch kits, afternoon tea. If you’re local, you should be there. It’ll be rad.


Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Craftiness


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Happy Birthday (to me)

It’s now officially a year since I started blogging, and I’m quite chuffed that I’m still going! It’s been a fantastic way for me to keep track of what I make – there’s a lot more of it than I realised – and also hopefully a way to show off my craft to people who are not my Mum (who, don’t get me wrong, is a fantastic crafter. She’s just not huge on the swear words).

I fully intend to continue as I have begun; the upcoming year will have much in the way of excitement, including Knitting Nancy, Knitted City, Format Festival (check us out on page 12!) and more stitched profanity. Of course.

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In any case, to celebrate the annniversary of this Crafty and Devious blog, here are some shots from our latest Radical Craft outing, the Ninja Picnic, held a few weeks ago in Botanic Park:




Posted by on January 27, 2011 in Craftiness, Deviousness


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Attitudinal stitchery

It’s Radical Crafternoon time once again! Saturday the 30th of October, Format Collective, 15 Peel St, Adelaide, 2pm to 6pm. If you’re a local crafter, you should definitely come along. There will be craft, kits, afternoon tea and fun times.

In honour of our SIXTH Radical Crafternoon, I have created a shiny new cross-stitch design! And in deference to this Halloweeny time of year, I’ve broken out the black Aida:


I’ve also broken out the bad puns. So shoot me.

This little nasty was designed and stitched in under 4 hours, which means a relatively friendly degree of difficulty. Kits will be available to all keen Crafternooners this Saturday, but I can also email out the pattern if you drop me a comment.

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In other news, I have finally cleared some of my backlog of works-in-progress! Hooray! I will be posting them as and when I have time, so stay tuned for a bunch more crafty goodness, including more exegetical profanity and (oh no!) more lemmings.

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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Craftiness


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There is a lot of buzz around at the moment about Radical Craft Adelaide, and this is making my life INSANELY BUSY (in the very best of ways). We keep getting invited to go places and do things! Tonight, we’ll be at Higher Ground’s Elevation festival, and we’re chatting with various other peeps, including the Reading Room, to organise yet more events. We’re having a pre-halloween crafternoon, with some fairly creepy cross-stitch designs (though they will differ from our normal designs, I am unsure).

Plus, journalists are talking to us, which means more people hear about us, which means we get to be involved in awsome art projects and (with any luck) shit-hot interstate collaborations.

This, largely, is why I haven’t blogged much about craft lately – too damn busy organising craft. WIPs are steadily piling up with no clear end in sight; my fuzzy winter projects will likely have to wait until next winter.


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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Deviousness


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Knitting. Ninja-style.

Holy cow! Ninja knitting was so much more awesome than I even imagined it would be. Around 25 people came to knit and crochet, stitching by the light of the fairy lanterns in the incredibly awesome Reading Room.

After dark fell, we took our stitching to the streets.

Check out the full set of photos at Radical Craft Adelaide’s shiny new flickr group!


Posted by on September 16, 2010 in Craftiness


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Needlework for pirates

Having duly recovered from our Radical Crafternoon, I shall now blog as follows:

The skill levels of our Crafternoons are going WAY UP. I had very little teaching to do – people just rocked up and started stitching Radical Cross Stitch designs, or crocheting seaweed, or knitting crazy rainbow things. It was awesome. I do love showing people how to do new things, and there was a little bit of that going on, but mostly I had plenty of time to get on with other things.

Like this:

And all of these:

Clearly, I have been having a great deal of fun with our new badge machine, our scrap fabric, old pattern books and AIDA offcuts. I really am paticularly keen on the “skull-and-cross-needles” badges, adapted from this Anticraft pattern.

Also, I would like to say thanks to the guys from Format’s Hackerspace.  They were busy deconstructing the universe in the basement while we Crafternooned, but kindly took time out to help me carry brown vinyl chairs and green velvet sofas up a flight of stairs. All in a day’s work for your friendly neighborhood hackers.

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In other news, there’s a new phat quarter swap in town! I really do love swaps, because I work so much faster with a deadline. (As opposed to the next exegetical profanity, which has been a work-in-progress since about June. It is progressing, though!) This one is movie-themed, and I’m quite excited by the design I’ve knocked up – it’s totally different from anything I’ve stitched before, and I’ll get to play with interesting variegated threads. Stay tuned, movie buffs.


Posted by on August 4, 2010 in Craftiness, Deviousness


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The last few weeks have been hectic to say the least.

Last weekend, Radical Craft Adelaide had a stall at Format’s Christmas in July, where we sold brownies, cakes and lemon butter, as well as – and I quote – “a buttload of craft”:

The weekend before that, we were at the Vitalstatistix book sale, which was fabulous. I swear, the only reason I decided to be a stallholder was so that I could get at the books before the vulture-like general public arrived. I managed to snaffle the first three Harry Potter books, and a whole bunch of chocolate-themed cookbooks. We also fed the hungry populace with gingerbread and cheescake, and sold tiny evil owls.

In related excitement, Radical Craft Adelaide made its debut radio appearance, on ThreedD Radio. We had a very pleasant chat with the lovely Suzy and Jade, who have promised to bring their mix-tape of crafty songs to the next crafternoon.

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Which brings us, rather neatly, to the “anticipation” portion of this blog. Crafternoon is tomorrow. Holy Crap. It’s going to be massive. We’re stocked up on snarky cross-stitch kits and rainbow vintage knitting needles. There’s yarn all over the place. We even have a freaking badge machine (bought with the proceeds of our previous excursions), with which we will make cross-stitch badges, you guys! Seriously, we’re going to be like a SWAT team of craftiness. If you’re in Adelaide, get prepared.

It’s on, bitches.

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Posted by on July 30, 2010 in Deviousness


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