Because of a little project that I am working on, I have had nothing but crochet on my mind this week. (That isn't all true, because I am on holiday by the sea, and that is mostly what I have thought about). There are so many different things that you can do with crochet, and all of these pins are great and mostly beautiful pieces.
Today I took a big step in growing in confidence. I took the idea from the Voluntary Arts Week Craft Bomb. I have looked at other peoples yarn bombs throughout the past few years and wished that I could do something like that. Spread a little beauty through nice things. I love taking a walk through a park or somewhere and coming across something nice. The Eden Project is amazing for things like that!
So what have I done today? Well, I used my rose pattern and knocked up a few roses in different bright colours that would stand out. Then I linked them all together on a long chain. My mistake was that I didn't scope the area first. If so I would have measured the area first and known exactly how many flowers I would need. I then went for a walk in a local park area and found a lonesome tree looking for some attention. It was surrounded by some beautiful pink flowers so I decided to add more colour and strung my flower chain around a branch. I could have done with a step stool but that might have given me away! :) Have any of you ever done anything like this? I would love to see pictures!
I don't know why I have never made a purse before, but honestly, it is so easy and I am addicted! I want to make one for every hour of everyday! Bags... ooooh a big one as a clutch. Ahhhhh ideas are flowing! This is just a small floral pattern with a green interior which I decorated with a few buttons.
Purse frames are quite easy to come by. But haberdasheries tend to only have the odd couple of sizes. Online is where I got mine. These places are all pretty good for clasps: me, me and me! So get making quick!
Today one of my oldest friends has got married to a really lovely lady. He was always a really lovely guy to me and I have very fond memories of him in my life. So I didn't want to get the usual toaster or vouchers so I decided on something a little more special. Something that I could make to bring lovely memories in the future. So here they are...
I made two of these knitted dolls and just made up patterns to make their clothes. Hopefully they will stay apart of their family forever more!
I wish them every bit of luck for the future in everything that they do!!
Living in this apartment is sometimes hard due to a lack of space and me having a lot of craft stuff (I can't stop!!). So I decided to purchase a blanket box to keep all our linens in.
I first looked around for a lovely vintage piece, but I could not find one that I liked. So I settled on this cheap little number.
I wanted to paint it but there was no need to spend a ridiculous amount on paint, all I used was one small tester of this paint. I even did two coats with it. Though I will say I did not do the top! Then I had some left over 2 inch wadding and I cut out two rectangles the same size as the top and put them one on top of the other.I took the same fabric that I used on the inside of my pouffe and cut a rectangle the same size as the top but with a two inch border all around, then I picked out this gorgeous fabric and cut out the same sized rectangle. I purchased some white upholstery nails from B&Q and then folding the fabric under, so it doesn't leave a raw edge I hammered in my nails roughly an inch apart all the way around making sure the fabric is tight, but not too tight.
After watching the Great British Sewing Bee, I of course had to buy the book and learn more about all the sewing things that I am missing (like millions of others)! I found Tilly's blog (from the show) and looked into her makes and found this cute little belt. I have wanted a black belt for ages and never even thought of making my own. But here it is! My own belt :)
My only tweak will be to make it slightly smaller, I think I overplanned. Usually my items turn out too small, this time too big, ahh deary me! Anyway, I used a basic black cotton fabric, and followed her instructions here. I am thinking of making many different colours and combinations. Maybe even a plain strip with embroidery, ooooh embroidery!!
I am working my way up to something more serious in the sewing region... but if it's like my grand knitted jumper, I am not sure anything will come of it! We shall see...