Knit one, purl one

Hello from damp and windy, (as usual), Yorkshire. I have had a busy time just lately with some very exciting things to do, namely helping Ellie move into the house she has just bought! I went down to Worksop last weekend and with Kerry and another friend James helped her move some of her things then the removal men came on Monday.

All very good, she is very pleased to have bought a lovely house in a little village not far from work and has been busy buying furniture and things for it this week. I am going down again next weekend to help her do some painting.

Meanwhile on the crafting front I have cast on some knitting. It has been about a year since I last did any, I put together the mouse for Ava which involved some finishing but have not knitted for a long time as I have had tendonitis in my left wrist which has been painful. I was inspired however by the fact that we have a new baby in the family so got some of my stash out and have cast on this cute cardigan from an old magazine so excuse the creases!

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Am knitting the 6 month size so will have to finish it by August which should be fine, I have two weeks in Spain at Easter so will be sitting on the terrace in the sun with it.

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I have also made another little pouch, this one has some hair bobbles in and is for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. Same design and tutorial as before, Jedi Craft Girl

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The bow fabric is from the mini charm packs I bought at Quilt Festival last summer and it is lined with red linen which works well with the blue.

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The linen is all scrap from making kit for the boys.The deal is that I make things for them in return for a bottle of wine and the fabric left overs which seems like a very good deal to me ūüôā

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I love the ric rac braid and thought that the motif on the charm squares was very appropriate for hair bobbles.

We are coming to the end of term now and teaching is slowing down and the evenings are getting brighter so I am feeling very springlike, apart from the rain the last few days, and am looking forward to the summer starting. Roll on warm days and camping!

Hope that you have a good week ahead, see you all in a couple of weeks for an update on a newly tried design, I made my first Dresden this afternoon and it went very well! Just needs the centre finishing and some backing and I can share it with you.

Thanks for visiting and see you soon.

The internet is reading my mind!

Well bits of the internet are anyway. As regular readers know I have been developing my skills with zippers in the last couple of months and have plans to make more of the lovely pouches that I have been making and maybe even experiment with some more designs.

So I was really pleased when I visited Amanda Jean’s Crazy Mom blog this evening to find that she had a link to a friend’s site, ¬†A Little Crispy¬†¬†– what a fab name for a blog – who is running a 52 Zippers Project, one for each week of the year! This is a screenshot of what she has made so far.

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How fantastic is that exactly ūüôā This¬†is going to be a major source of inspiration for me this year as she has links to tutorials for each of the pouches for free and a basic pattern to print and there are some lovely ideas here.How kind people on the internet are!

I have not tried any curved pouches yet but these look lovely.Sadly I have other stuff to do this weekend and am busy for the next few weekends after that but the next free weekend I am going to lock myself in the craft room and go pouch mad, at last count I had about 50 zippers and I do have a little bit of fabric as well ūüėČ

Hope that you have a great weekend ahead, I am hopefully going to be making a surcoat for St George this weekend for the show that the group has coming up at Easter.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

 

A little crafting

Hello from a very cold Yorkshire, I am currently sat watching the tiniest snowflakes in the world drift down and hoping it is not going to get any worse as we are off to see my brother and sister-in- law this afternoon.

I have had a lovely if very busy week back at work, new groups to teach and lots of preparation and marking to do so including teaching all day Saturday so nothing of note has been done this week. I did have a lovely time in my craft room last weekend though, trying out a new pouch tutorial.

I like the ones I have done previously but the zips do get a bit squashed when you sew them together and Pinterest helpfully provided me with a few more ideas that use zipper tabs to get over that problem.

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I also had some difficulty boxing the corners of pouches after they had been sewn together and this tutorial eliminates that by getting you to cut out the corners as you cut the bag and lining pieces. The tutorial can be found at Jedi Craft Girl’s blog here – isn’t that a great blog name?

I used plain zips this time, have just bought a huge bundle of mixed colours at a bargain price from this Ebay supplier Zipperstore. The fabric on the front is from some charm square packs I bought at Harrogate and it is lined with some white fabric with a rose print on. I may just keep this one for me as I like the fact that it stands up on its own, very useful for storage.

The other make was a couple of pin cushions, I have made lots recently  and will keep on doing so to use up scraps.

I made one version of this one last year for me based on a tutorial from Vanessa from V and Co here. She uses another piece of fabric as a foundation piece but I just sewed the strips together.

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This is a great way of using up scraps and looks so cute!

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Looking forward to next weekend when I have the whole weekend in the craft room again!

Take care, keep warm and thanks as always for visiting.

 

Sofa,snow,stitching blogs….perfect weekend ahead!

Good morning everyone, I got up at stupid o clock this morning, (for a weekend), as I had a bed delivered and was contemplating going back to bed but have decided to have an indulgent morning with lots of cups of tea and snuggling in my PJs and dressing gown on the sofa catching up with favourite blogs.

We have had snow again this week, not as much as was forecast but our little world is all white again, it looks so pretty on the hills. I am still feeling a bit rough with the end of the chest infection so will not be going out and playing in it but enjoy the views and the pictures people post. Thought that those of you who don’t get much snow would like this one taken by a local photographer yesterday.

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One of the best things about snow is that we often get beautiful blue skies and sun after it so it is all sparkly and lovely.This is one of the hills behind my house.

I am so lucky to live here, all of the seasons are so beautiful.This panorama picture was taken a few months ago, my house is just left of the middle on the second row of terraces that were built for the mill on the right. You can see just how close I am to the beautiful hills where I go walking and the reservoir on the far right.

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I have made a few things this week, mainly experimenting again with zips. Turns out that I do have a zipper foot, the one that I found that I thought I would use just for now is a different type of zipper foot as I discovered when I went to order one. For anyone else who may be interested this is a narrow zipper foot which works perfectly well.

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I made this pouch using the same tutorial from Emkie Designs, the additional fabric is from one of my charm packs, am getting to the end of my linen leftovers from medieval clothes making so will have to order some more soon.

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I am getting much better at inserting zips now, am very pleased with how neatly this turned out.

This one is made from the Homemakery tutorial again, I used a longer zip this time at 30 cm and some of my lovely French vintage inspired haberdashery fabric.This will be for the stall at Yarndale again, the basket I made in this fabric sold last year so thought I would make a few more things with it.

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This little cutie I made just before we went away with some Liberty fabric.

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It was a bit difficult to square off the corners as it was so small so they are a bit wonky, which is good as it can stay with me rather than being for sale ūüôā

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I am using it to store my spare rotary cutter blades.

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Apart from that the free time this week has been mainly spent on the sofa watching the excellent Blindspot TV series on catch up and making hexagons for my first ever bed sized quilt.

This is a very long term project that I blogged about last year but one that is great for travelling or when I have no hand sewing or embroidery to do. I now have quite a good stack of them, I estimate that I will need about 60 for the quilt and they will be sashed with plain fabric.I love the pretty Moda Printemps fabric.

Plans for the weekend are a couple more pouches, have found some other tutorials that I am going to try to eliminate the bunching of zips at each end and to try and get my corners straighter so will report back on success or otherwise later on.

Thanks for visiting, hope that you have a good week ahead, stay warm if you are snow bound!

January thoughts

Hello and hope you are all having a good start to your crafting year. I have been thinking a lot about goals for this year, not resolutions but things that I want to get done and so thought that putting together a list on the blog would give me a point of reference.

I like the idea of looking back at what you have done and looking forward to the future, January being named after the Roman god, Janus, the god of doors because this month is the door to the year. The Roman god Janus represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see all things past and future which I think is a lovely idea and why he is represented with two faces.

So what did I achieve in 2016? This was very much a year of new things for me, coming really from a couple of courses that I went on at Simply Solids where I learnt to make baskets and had my first experience with zips with my pouch. I also used some of my ideas from Pinterest for pincushions and the little houses and made a sewing machine cover.

Looking at my photos for last year it doesn’t seem as if I did a lot but there also extra things that I did¬†like the gold braid on Ellen’s dress, finishing the tabard for Jamie, a ring pillow and the Christmas ornaments that were also completed. The fact that I changed job roles in the summer has also meant a lot less time for crafting since June though hopefully that has calmed down now.

So plans for 2017. First of all to tackle some of the pesky WIPs. Like most people I am a bit of a flibbertigibbet when it comes to crafting, I see a new thing that I want to do and then go off and do it and don’t finish other things.I have also been guilty of abandoning difficult things which is not good practice!

These all need finishing.The first one needs a frame but is done otherwise, the quilt block is part of the challenge that Helen, Sharon and I did the year before last. I have 6 blocks but need a few more. The cute car hexagons were supposed to be a present for a baby who is now two! The vintage crochet hexis are going to be a bee quilt cushion and the last set of hexis are a long term project which is good for travelling, I have made some more of these in Spain.

Then the new stuff. I would like to go back and make some more of the Splendid Sampler blocks, particularly these stitched ones.

I would also like to make some of the items that I have saved pictures of on the blog.They range from things from books such as the circular tile quilt and the triple hexagon tea mug  to more pincushions, pouches, baskets, mug rugs and bags from blogs, some of Lori Holt Bloom Sew Along and a Dresden block using vintage linen from a magazine.

I would like¬†to do more of Jenny of Elefantz’s lovely embroidery, the hexagon and roses one¬†above is one I have been meaning to do for the craft room but think it would make a great zip pouch as well.

I also need to find a use for these gifted hexagons from my friend Helen, zippered pouches maybe? Probably more likely than a whole quilt given my productivity!

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Finally there is more cross stitch, something I haven’t done for a long time but am feeling the urge for in preparation for next year’s Christmas ornaments.

Well that lot should keep me going for a while, meantime there is some crochet and lace zips calling me upstairs so I had better go and see what they want!

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Zipper di do dah!

Hello again, one of the good things about the enforced being indoors has been more time for playing with fabric. I have had lots of marking to do but have managed to escape to the craft room for a couple of hours each evening and so have increased my productivity no end.

I have been experimenting with zips, still not got a zipper foot yet but have been doing ok with the one foot I have and have been using up some of things in my stash to make some more pouches.

I love Liberty fabrics and have lots of hexagons that I am in the process of putting together for a bag so I used one of them and some of my linen scraps for another zipped pouch using the same tutorial as before from Emkie Designs. 

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This one turned out ok but I put too much wadding in as it is a bit lumpy with the linen but it is fine for me.I am pleased with the neatness of the zig zagging for appliqueing on the patchwork though and do love the little ditsy fabrics!

I wanted to make a present for my aunt and decided that a little basket using linen and some of my vintage lace scraps would be good and am very pleased with the way this turned out. This is the second smallest version of the Friends of the One Hour Basket and uses up some of  very cute lace collar that I was given by a friend.

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I think I will make some more of these with matching pin cushions and needlebooks for Yarndale next year as I think they are very lovely and will sell well.

I then decided to get a bit more creative with the lovely lace zips and made this matching pouch using the tutorial from The Homemakery for a boxed pouch. I have found a new supplier for the lace zips as I had used all the little ones that I bought last year, Buddly Crafts have them at a great price and it was very speedy delivery.

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I made an 8 inch by 8 inch pouch, with hindsight I would have made it 6 by 8 as it is a bit square and maybe should have moved the lace in a bit from the edge but as they say you live and learn and I think that they look very cute together.

I also made another little basket for a last minute Christmas gift for one of my other younger relatives, I made a similar one for her sister in the summer.

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I have now finished work for the holidays, hurrah! Jake and I off to Ellie’s tomorrow so am really looking forward to that, then Ellie and I go to Spain for New Year, looking forward to my usual New Year’s Day beach picnic and paddle ūüôā

Will pop in and say Merry Christmas to you all, meanwhile have fun with the last of your festive prep and thanks for visiting.

Note to self, buy a zipper foot

Hello there, the final countdown of Christmas crafting has begun, only 6 more days until we leave for Ellie’s. I have not been well this past week, have finally caught Jake’s horrible chest infection and have been confined to barracks but that answered the question about whether to buy or make the last few presents as I have not been able to go shopping.

Luckily I have lots of stash and lots of ideas and tutorials – thanks Pinterest ūüôā and I set about yesterday to make a pencil case pouch for one of my younger relatives.

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I had made the little hexagons out of the cute cat fabric scraps I got from Simply Solids some time ago and used some of my recycled denim and stash fabric for the body of the pouch and have had lots of these cute lacy zips also hanging about.The hexagon was appliqued onto the denim with zig zag stitch.

The only thing I didn’t have was a zipper foot, naively I assumed they came with the machine but after careful checking of all three sets of feet from current and old machines discovered that is not true.

However I did manage to find a foot that only had a metal piece on one side, no idea what it is really for but have managed to cobble it together and it all turned out very well for a first attempt.

I used this tutorial here from Emkie Designs which was very easy to follow. The only thing that I did differently was stitch wadding to the lining pieces to give it a bit more body.

Have also been hard at work with the last of the Christmas ornaments, some bigger versions of the folded one with the addition of Suffolk Puffs, partly because I love them and partly because I have run out of ribbon roses!

I also made another cathedral window one but not sure about it, maybe it is the lack of contrast between the two patterned fabrics, maybe I am just not that into Scandi colours. It also turned out rectangular for some reason.I do like the wooden button though.

 

These are some I made a while ago, English paper pieced and stuffed, I really like the look of these but they took a very long time so not a bulk make ornament.

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Just the Suffolk Puff tree to finish now and that will be it for ornaments 2016 though at the speed I was getting them done this year might start in Jan for next year!

However did find a very lovely post with links to¬†tutorials for 100 different pouches so might have to make some more of those for gifts… after I have got a zipper foot of course!

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Take care and thanks for visiting, will pop in later on in the week to wish you all festive greetings.