Sunday 31 May 2015

A Small Challenge Finish

It's reveal day for the Monthly Ornament Challenge at Needlecraft Haven
This month the design was from Ajisai designs (chart here)

I missed off the background blackwork snowflakes from mine as they didn't really show up on the fabric I chose, replaced the backstitch bow with one made from real ribbon and finished it as a mug cosy (you can't see in the photo but it fastens around the handle with a button and ribbon loop)

Sunday 24 May 2015

A Cover Kit and Some Sewing

There was a half decent cover kit on Cross Stitcher magazine this month, so long as you ignored the minor irritation of it telling you to use a loop start and stitch with three strands. Yeah, sure, OK,,,how?  How do I do a loop start with an odd number of strands? Oh, and also, if you want me to use a loop start don't cut the threads to 12" lengths. Just saying...
Anyway other than that it was a nice little kit to make this brooch.

I really enjoy stitching on these wooden blanks. He's a bit bigger than I'd normally wear a brooch, but I think he might look quite good on my denim jacket.
On the sewing front I actually made something for me for a change. This is Simplicity 1612 made up in a nice ponte roma jersey I found on EvilBay.

Some slight tweaks to the pattern, (see my full pattern review here if you're interested) but it made up quite quickly, and I'm thinking of making another in a lighter weight jersey. I particularly like this soft-twist keyhole effect at the back.

Friday 15 May 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness ~ May

Yes, it's the fifteenth of the month again. Time for Gifted Gorgeousness, the SAL organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching where we show off any work that we have given or received as a gift or made from gifted materials or...well. you get the idea.
I made this tote bag for a friend's birthday.  She maybe almost as much of a fabric addict as I am (almost)

The amazing front panel is from Cat and Vee. Admit it, you just sang that in your head didn't you?
Here is another picture showing the inside,  the back is the same spotty print as the handle

Check out the other Gifted Gorgeousness entries here

Sunday 10 May 2015

Blood Spatter Ananlysis

Careful scientific analysis of the blood spatter pattern on this Robert Kaufman fabric reveals that it would make a perfect swing skirt for Eloise.
Not easy to get a great picture without her here to model it, but it is a short, fully circular skirt made from the same pattern  (New Look 6313) that I used for Naomi's super-heroine skirt in this post.
Also a little kiss lock coin purse made from the offcuts, because, come the zombie apocalypse, my girl is going to need to accessorise.

I did a spot of beading this week too and made up this dreamcatcher necklace and earring set from a kit from Beads Direct. A bit blingier than my usual style, but kind of fun for summer I thought.

Friday 1 May 2015

We Are Groot

After I'd watched Guardians of the Galaxy I decided I needed a Baby Groot (or three) in my life.

I made these from two shades of brown polymer clay lightly marbled together (I used sculpey), with a couple of green leaves added and tiny black beads for eyes. They are stuck into the mini plant pots with a little fake moss and a blob of florist's claggy plasticine stuff (I don't know what it's really called, it's dark green and comes on a roll like a giant one of those roll up sweets). They're about 3 1/2" high.
They don't dance though...

Also this week I finally managed to finish and frame this papercut for Eloise. Probably the most intricate one I've done to date

The template is from Wild Child Designs