Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Couple of Skirts and Playing With Lego

This has got to be the quickest skirt pattern I've ever come across. Here are Eloise and Naomi modelling two versions of New Look 6873.
Both are View C worked without the pockets. Naomi's is a duck egg blue and neutral polka dot linen, cut 3 or 4 inches shorter than the pattern. Eloise's is made from a metre of Avengers print cotton I found on EvilBay, which, unusually, features Black Widow and Hawkeye as well as the usual Cap, Hulk, Thor and Ironman. I had to be a bit creative with the cutting to get it out of a metre but it worked out in the end.
Note: If you are thinking of making this pattern it seems to come up a little big.

When are you too old to play with Lego? I can't answer that but I haven't got there yet. Anyway with some colourful lego bricks, jewellery findings and my handy-dandy Dremel you can make some funky earrings. This pair, and several similar ones in different colours, are now available in Eloise's Folksy shop

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Spring Exchange

Last weekend was opening day for the Needlecraft Haven Spring Exchange.
Here is the gorgeous sewing pocket I received from Mary. If it's looking a little plump it's because I've already got my current project safely tucked inside it! Thank you Mary. I love it.

And here is the daffodil biscornu I made and sent to Alison. I'd forgotten how much fun biscornus were to make.
I also included a little felt corsage in spring colours and a stitched tag but I forgot to get photos of them.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Stash and a Challenge

It's reveal day for the Monthly Ornament Challenge on Needlecraft Haven. This month the design was either one of these two lovely snowmen from Jura Point de Croix.
Here is my finish, stitched on pale blue evenweave using orphan threads from magazine cover kits.
The other finishes are in the album here

I had a fabulous stash parcel this week. Look at these wonderful goodies from The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. Nancy even threw in a few extra free things to help offset the postage charges.

I also had another parcel in the week. I mentioned last time that I'd run out of polyester fibrefill, so I went on EvilBay and ordered another bag, and because there wasn't much difference in price I ordered a 10 kilo bag. Well it came. Big mistake. Do you guys have any idea how big a 10 kilo bag of fibrefill is? No? Let me tell you. It is about the size of a large dustbin. I could take up taxidermy and stuff a baby hippo.
Guess I won't buying any more fibrefill anytime ever...

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Oink, Moo...

Strange title?
Oink. Sometimes I get the urge to make strange little smooshie animals. Does that make me weird? No, I didn't think so either.

Today I made this odd looking punky pig out of an old hoodie that used to belong to one of the girls years ago. He could do with being a little bit fatter but I ran out of fibrefill.
Moo  is the name of the company we just got our lovely new dinky little business cards from. I made the little holder from a scrap of felt so that I don't lose them in the bottom of my bag.

And I'll leave you with a few spring flowers from the garden. The vase is just a jam jar with a wrap stitched up from scraps of fabric and braid. I got the idea from Sew magazine. I'm thinking I'll make a few of them in different colours. Could be another use for the mountain of old jeans...

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Blooms, Bags and Buttons

Look at this beautiful plant which one of my neighbours very kindly gave me. All the other plants in the conservatory are now suffering from feelings of deep inadequacy.

The bag David uses to carry his portfolio and photobook samples around finally died from overuse last week and he asked if I could make him a new one. I did toy with the idea of making something very vintage and lacy, but I decided he wouldn't appreciate it, so I used a couple of funky furnishing fabrics I'd intended to make cushions out of instead.

If he decides the swinging London print is too much he'll just have to turn it inside out and use the boring manly stripe.
And I've been playing with buttons again. I made a couple of necklaces and a bracelet.

This one is my favourite. It was meant for the folksy shop, but actually I think I'm going to have a hard time letting it go...

Friday, 7 March 2014

Two Hearts

The first is the cover kit from this month's Cross Stitcher magazine. I know I've been less than complimentary about cover kits on occasion in the past, but just lately they seem to have been getting it a little better. Or maybe they are just more to my taste? Anyway this month's kit was this dear little notebook kit with a printed perforated paper cover.
I changed the design up slightly, working in an extra concentric heart. The original was done in just the three shades of red/pink and I thought it would be kind of fun to add in a little of the same soft butter yellow as the typewriter in the printed design. If I was going to be really picky I'd say the cover could have done with being about 1mm bigger all round to fit the book better, but otherwise I'm really happy with it.
The other heart is a little less traditional. A leather Zombie Heart brooch.
This one will be going in my Folksy shop soon. Unless one of the girls claims it first...

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Monthly Ornament Challenge

Here is my finish for the Monthly Ornament Challenge at Needlecraft Haven. The design is by  Steekjes & Kreisjes van Marijke and is available here.
I thought such a sweetly primitive little design deserved a naive kind of finish so I just made a simple hanging pillow and stitched three slightly rusty jingle bells on the bottom.
The other challenge finishes are in an album here and are well worth a look.
In other news I got some new Converse. Tie dye ones.
Now all we need is a summer so I can wear them