Pages on my blog

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mr Thunderstomp

Meet Mr Thunderstomp. I bought the book Edward's Menagerie recently because I saw a giant version of the rhino pattern and fell in love with it. I have been crocheting for a few years now but have never felt like trying amigurumi before. But the rhino stole my heart as soon as I saw him.


I had some problems figuring out the pattern but thanks to a search online I found that it used a shorthand version of crochet instructions. Once I figured that out the crochet made up really quickly. Each leg took about 40 minutes to crochet. I used Cygnet Seriously Chunky yarn and it was lovely to use. It's acrylic but much cheaper than the yarn recommended in the book - and for such a large animal it would have cost a small fortune to make him in anything other than acrylic.

He is almost 16 inches (40cm) high when seated. I used seven 100g balls for the body and part of a 100g ball for the horn. So it's quite a lot of yarn. But I do love him. I already have plans to crochet another animal - a rottweiler. Although the book does not have any dog patterns they can be easily adapted for anyone with a bit of crochet experience. No doubt I will post the finished article once I get round to making it.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

New beads for warmer days

Some new beads this week - with a sea theme. One set has sailing ships. The other has starfish. As always, they can be found in my Etsy shop.



And on that warm weather theme - the swallows arrived yesterday so summer must be on its way.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Kanzashi flowers

Gina_B Silkworks has some new products out this month. Kanzashi flowers are little flowers made from fabric that originated in Japan. You can find out a bit more about it here or Google to find some fabulous pictures. They are super easy to make with a few folds - rather like origami for fabric. My desk has been covered in flowers this week as I wait for them to dry. Very springlike. Needless to say I made a few samples using the new kits:

A little sewing kit/needle case made from a pair of old jeans and a little treasure chest...


 and some of you might remember this bag from a few posts back.


There was also a little pendant that I forgot to photograph. So in absence of that photo, these are samples for Gina's previous button show that I forgot to share too: a thread catcher for sewers, a bookmark, a little pod bag and a pin cushion.


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Fabric and patchwork!

My new Janet Clare Wordsmith fabric arrived today. I love the fresh greens in her collections. Now to decide what to do with them.


Some might end up as part of the Splendid Sampler quilt I am making. This is my first attempt at a proper quilt. In fact it's my first proper attempt at proper patchwork. It is a steep learning curve but I am getting there. By the end of the year I should have a nice quilt to snuggle under too. The photo below is the blocks I have stitched so far.


This is one of this week's block. Designed by Janet Clare and made by me using Janet Clare fabrics by Moda.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Lady Mary of Downton

I forgot to post a photo of the Lady Mary doll I made using a pattern by Six Penny Memories. I was lucky enough to win the Emily Doll pattern on their Facebook page before Christmas and managed to get some time to stitch her up. I think she looks rather pretty in her Moda fabric dress (Joyeux Noel - Couronne) with her set of beads, hair decoration and handbag. I added a little bracelet and brooch myself. Well, she is aristocracy after all.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

The pods have got me!

I came across a cute little pattern for making Sweetpea Pods by Lazy Girl Designs (bought from Sew Thankful - who also supplied a speedy dispatch and quick delivery to the UK from the US - I'm not affiliated, just appreciative of good service). They are great. Really simple to make and quick, once you've made the first one. I even discovered that by not doing the final step of stitching the corners you can make a nice little flat purse (the lime green one at the back). I may have to make a few of these for gifts and fill them with something nice like chocolates or sewing goodies.


Another of Lazy Girl Designs patterns is the Becca Bag and just as easy, if not easier to make up.


Another lot of pods by a different designer are the Storage Pods by Beth Studley. I came across this pattern on Pinterest and thought it would be great for the hooks on the back of the craft room door. I paid for the downloadable pattern but you can order a paper pattern if you prefer - I just couldn't wait for one to be delivered. Another nice little gift idea and great as a quilting project for those who want to quilt but don't need multiple bed covers, table runners or cushions. This one holds my fabric scraps at the moment but I think I will need to make more for all those little bits and pieces I have lying around.


Monday, 22 February 2016

New bracelet kits

I have added some little bracelet kits to my Etsy store this month. They are boxed kits that show you how to make fine, handmade silk bracelets with a tiny paper bead as the focus. All the materials needed are enclosed in the kit along with full instructions and both the silk cords and the paper beads are handmade by myself. I also re-listed the brightly coloured silk cord so those who don't like the black silk in the kits can buy a colour of their choice. They do make nice little gifts, either as unmade kits or as finished jewellery - and the box can be used to either store the bracelet or give it away.




Monday, 15 February 2016

Post-Christmas commission pics 4

These two guys were painted for a lady who was treating herself to paintings of her lovely bunnies. They are called Toffee and Casper. I'll let you guess which is which. Watercolour paintings, 8x6 inches.



Saturday, 6 February 2016

Post-Christmas commission pics 3

Third in the line of Christmas commissions is Milly. She is a chocolate labrador belonging to my neighbours and whose daughters wanted to give them an original gift this year. Watercolour painting, 6x8 inches.


Monday, 1 February 2016

Button-a-Day for January

This year Gina-B Silkworks is taking part in a button-a-day project. A whole year of buttons. Can you imagine it? Talk about focused. Unfortunately my focus does not extend to seeing twelve months ahead but I did like the idea of making a button every day. So I have been doing the Button-a-Day for January. Below are the photos of each of the buttons - a veritable rainbow. I even had to order some new threads because I was so 'inspired'. Now I just have to find projects to add the buttons to.