My craft of choice recently has been embroidery. Its small, can be done in little snatches and is oh so soothing after a long day.
This little fellow is adapted from a pattern I found on the art blog of the crazy talented Gennine (seriously check her out- so amazing!) I adapted the pattern to fit the size of hoop I wanted to use and off I went. When I finished this little fellow just looked so sad to me that I added the tears. Not sure what he is crying about though.
To get the deeper colour on the tail I mixed strands of thread from the two colours I had already used. Both artistically pleasing and thrifty (I hate wasting thread!)
What have you made this week friends?
So I was bored the other night, James was out and I was left alone with my sewing machine…. I wonder what happened! About 3 years ago I brought this very ugly, 3 sizes too big dress for the grand total of £3, meaning to do something with it.
I thought the colours were nice and had considered turning it in to a skirt, and only 3 years later, I got round to it! The dress had a zipper up the side which I wanted to preserve because I didn’t have another one in my stash, and I’m not very good at putting them in any way.
This is what I came up with…
In order to preserve the zipper the skirt has a deep fold over at the waist band which I added a sash to. I cut the bodice of the dress off and re hemmed the raw edge. I then had to take the side opposite to the zipper in a little so it fit snugly round my hips and added the sash.
I am really pleased with how this turned out. For £3 and about 45mins I now have a nice new summer skirt. Now if only the weather would start co-operating with me!
When your boyfriend has to dress up as an elf for charity and asks you to make him an elf hat to complete his costume- this is how you do it!
You Will Need:
Pins. Many many pins.
A sewing machine threaded up in the colour of your choice (unless your way more devoted than me and can do everything by hand!)
1. Measure his head. (His was 58cm BTW)
2. Divide this by two (29cm) and add a little bit for seam allowances (30cm).
(The photo isn’t great but I have drawn a triangle in pencil on the felt as a cutting guide)
3. Mark this out on your felt with a pencil. I used the bottom edge of my felt so I had one straight edge already. Then depending on how long your boyfriend wants his hat mark out the third point of the triangle (mine was 80cm long).
4. I then joined these three points up free handing a curved shape to make the hat sufficiently elfish.
5.Cut this out.
6. Carefully pin your hat shape to another piece of felt making sure there are no creases in the felt.
7.Cut round this so now you have both halves of your hat.
8. Lay them out so that they are a mirror image of each other.
9.Add green felt in which ever combination of stripes takes your fancy. I also added red ribbon. Make sure that that your green stripes are pinned at the same point on each side of your hat otherwise it will look lopsided when you sew the two halves together.
10.Sew the felt and ribbon on to the main felt piece. When sewing the second side make sure that the main pieces match otherwise your stripes will be wonky.
11. Match the two sides up and machine around the edge leaving about a 1/2 a cm seam allowance.
12. Turn your hat the right way around and sew a bell on the end (for a truly festive feel!)
13. Model your new hat proudly!
Okay so the end of term was hellishly busy and I kind of left the internet for a little while! But now, term has ended and the internet and I are making up again! Above is the extent of my christmas decorations thus far… does anyone have any good suggestions for christmas crafts I might like?
I hope everyone is enjoying the lead up to christmas.
Whilst I had lots of things to do this evening, for some reason I thought my time would be best spent making a cushion cover out of one of James’ old jumpers for my reading chair. Productive- yes, good use of time- possibly, relaxing- defiantly!
Well, here goes. I’ve been working on this piece of embroidery on and off for over a year now. Its one of those piece where there is so much I want to do I tend to get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. Life is ironic like that.
Its a piece of fabric from Ikea which James brought for me because he knew I’d love the pattern. I’ve been embroidering over it aiming for a cacophony of colour effect to make a really bright wall hanging.
I’ve been experimenting between keeping the colour life realistic like on this heron…
And being a bit more out there and surreal like with this seed pod and the main branch stem.
Like many an embroiderer before me I was very pleased with myself when I worked out that chain stitch could be made to look like feathers.
I’m really really proud of the way in which these leaves turned out. It was my first time at attempting split stitch and if it didn’t take so ruddy long, I would use it as a fill stitch for everything I love the effect so much!
I would dearly love to finish this so I can hang it in my living room, I’m off this weekend from work so I might have to have an intense session on it!
Have a fantastic Wednesday my friends
As you will have probably noticed I have become pretty bad with keeping up with a posting schedule around these parts; there has been a a few reasons for this none of them particuarily interesting; work, work and life in general really! The usual culprits!
However I have felt a burst of insipration recently and I have decided to get myself back in to some sort of schedule. Due to the fact I work 2 jobs and have to commute I’m going to be aiming for 3 posts a weeks! Not a huge amount but it will be an improvement on what I’ve been managing recently.
So heres the plan… on a Monday I’m going to continue posting 7 good Things, mostly because I find this really helpful in focusing my own mind on the good things in my week which I need to remember to be thankful for.
On a Wednesday I’m going to be sharing some of the art and probably particuarily embroidery inspiration I stumble accross on the net and hopefully some of my own work as well.
Then on a Friday we will have a bookish type post, review or otherwise.
I think setting these things down for myself will hopefully keep me focused and keep me on track, because I love writing and sharing things on this little blog and I would hate to loose this and become overwhelmed with the more boring aspects of every day life!
Anyhoo, I hope to see you all back here on Monday for 7 Good Things! Have a fabulous Sunday my friends.