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Sunday, 29 May 2011

My library book this week was 'Make' by Cath Kidston.

I made this fifties inspired red apron for a friend. The Cath Kidston element is the cockerel patch pocket. I traced the design out of the book and then stencilled it onto the fabric using my favourite freezer paper method.

As I was a bit butter fingers with the green paint and squeezed too much out I also re-used the stencil to make a simple card using the same technique. Simple but hopefully effective!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Quilt shows are the ultimate in inspiration.

I went to quite a large show last weekend and just spent two hours whizzing around it with a goofy grin on my face. I would love to show you examples of the wonderful work I saw displayed there but feel I have to respect the copyright of the quilters and instead I hope you don't mind if I show you the fabric (oh ok, ok, some of the fabric) I bought. I know it's not the same but just imagine it all cut up and sewn together again!

I do most of my fabric purchasing online but the show was a very rare opportunity to actually see the fabrics in the flesh as it were and it enabled me to purchase from quite a few different shops without incurred postal charges (at least, that's how I justified my extravagance!).

This year I had a definite colour scheme in my mind. The problem was I couldn't describe it. If I had e-mailed storekeepers with what was in my head I think I could have been taken off quite a few mailing lists... 'Dear Sirs, I'm kind of looking for muddy pastel shades? Sort of greyish tertiary colours? Do you have anything like that in stock?' But at the show - peer into a basket of fat quarters, say 'Aha!', ignore the stares, and pay for your purchase and on to the next one. I got exactly what I was thinking of. Although looking at the photo that light blue doesn't go... ah well, I guess no shopping technique is immune from the impulse purchase!

Friday, 20 May 2011

We are going to a family wedding in the summer and so I have decided to make a dress for my daughter.

This version is made with cheap polyester cotton and so is intended to be a bit of a practice one before I cut into the more expensive 100 per cent cotton I also bought.

I have fully lined it as it is quite a flimsy fabric but I shouldn't have to line the skirt of the next cotton one.

I love the detail of the little pleats but it had me flummoxed as I would like to make the neckline just a little higher on my next attempt but could not figure out how to amend the pattern with its zig-zag markings. This is where it comes in handy to have a sister who has a fashion and textiles degree and she explained I needed to fold the pattern at the pleats to make a nice smooth neckline that I could then alter. Very clever.

The only other problem I have is that the cotton fabric I fell in love with was at the end of its roll and there was only just enough to fit the pattern so there is no margin for error. Good job I've made a practice one!

Monday, 16 May 2011

My local library doesn't have a massive selection of craft books. I realise space is at a premium there and, going by the adage 'use it or lose it' I try to take out one craft book per visit, hoping it may spur them on to purchase a few more.

The thing is though, having taken the book out I rarely seem to make anything from it. This is partly due to the time constraints of only having the book for a few weeks and I always have something else on the go. But as I love a challenge I thought I would try and make something from them each time.

This week I took out the beautiful book 'Quilt a Gift' by Barri Sue Gaudet and found a perfect way to recycle a stained shirt. (The stain? A forgotten raffle ticket in the pocket which went through the wash and left a permanant mark.)

The blue check in the house door hanger is taken from the shirt.

And on the back of the hanger I decided to go mad and use a fat quarter I had yet to cut into as I love it so much.

So cute!

Friday, 13 May 2011

This is my first attempt at felting something I've knitted.

The yarn was produced specifically for felting so I knew I couldn't go far wrong! I was really pleased with how it turned out and made it into a brooch to give as a gift.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Bit of a departure for me. I decided to do a bit of paper crafting and made this bookmark for a friend. The beautiful paper was included in a recent magazine purchase and I used leftover card stock to make it sturdier so it didn't really cost me anything. And I enjoyed departing from sewing and knitting... just for a while.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Meet Socky.

He is made from, yes, you guessed it, old socks!

One pair of socks I have previously posted about as I used the tops of them as replacement cuffs on a jumper. The other pair were worn at the heel so I used the legs to make some cleaning cloths...

And the left over bits went to make Socky. I used a pair of slightly chipped buttons that I had been given for the eyes and Socky was born!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Here is the hair clip designed by my daughter. To be fair, she did all the work cutting out the felt pieces. Initially the pieces were glued together but it didn't feel very secure so I just went over the outlines with a running stitch and I fastened it to the metal clip.

I am hoping to use one of the remaining clips for a hair clip of my own!