It’s that time of year again when minds turn to Remembrance Day and Christmas, once we’ve survived Hallwawaoween and Bonfire Night. I’ve got one barky little bitch who doesn’t like fireworks and a drooly girl who is very upset by them too, so to distract us I’ve got a true crime podcast on. After tea I’ll be working on a blanket, if I can persuade Ezzie off my knee.
I’ve been crafting. For those who don’t like to wear the red poppy there is the white poppy of peace.
First the petals, crocheted according to a pattern an acquaintance gave me. This pattern came from a magazine, but they can be found online on Pinterest apparently.
Then sew the petals together.
And then finally sew on a big black button and a safety pin
It’s not difficult, except I kept forgetting the different crochet stitches.
For December, I’ve started a little project – a herd of reindeer.
This is the first one. For a while I referred to it as the duck-reindeer because the body looked like a bath ducky. I’ve used little gold bells for the eyes and tried to shape the ears.
Sorry, I’ve been busy with moving house and publishing novels.
However, I’m back, and hopefully I’ll be able to post once a month or so.
I have a craft fair coming up in April and lots of new stock for it, but I’ve run out of stuffing. I have a pile of deflated dogs and bunnies, an child’s cushion and a mini dragon that need stuffing but no funds to buy the stuff, or for the three cushion inserts for the cushions I’ve made. I’m going for a spring theme at the moment, bunnies and flowers, since the fair will be during April.
I need to go through my old stock to see what is suitable and what can be taken apart. Some things just don’t sell, I’ve found. People won’t pay a decent price for hand made scarves etc. so I’m going to stick with stuffies and cushions from now on.
I went to visit friends in Sheffield on Saturday; it was fun. The journey back yesterday, due to engineering works, was hell. Train times online were wrong so I only just caught my train from Meadowhall.
Anxiety isn’t fun but sewing helps calm me down, eventually. It took about four hours. This tortoise is the result. Instead of using my machine, it is hand sewn.
The pattern comes from the Sew Style & Home website. It’s for a tortoise pattern weight, but I haven’t used anything to weight it. It’s a nice soft toy without them.
On Thursday I sat and made a snail too, using this pattern. I got the dimensions for the snail shell wrong the first time, so I had to remake that bit. I didn’t add any weight to the body either. It was generally considered cute by by the rest of Immingham Sewing and Craft Club.
On Friday I made use of the hexxie set mother gave me a few weeks ago, and cut out some 2.5 inch paper patterns and material, the same as the material used on the tortoise. It’s been a while since I did some patchwork. I finished it on Saturday evening, while I was visiting my friends. I’ll get some pale blue material and make an envelope cushion case. I think it’ll look lovely in a child’s bedroom.
I have a potential first fair of the year coming up in April, I just need to arrange transport. It’s not very far and I could probably walk but I’d have to carry all my stuff with me. If I can get a lift I’d be able to take a few of the 200 books I need to sell too.
I’m currently studying for my MA Creative Writing so I haven’t had a huge amount of time to update my crafting blog, but I have been working on a few things. Continue reading
Afternoon, it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Sorry about that, I started my MA in Creative Writing in September and it’s taking up a lot of time and energy. Literally been exhausted and in pain for half the week after my day at university. However it’s reading week this week, my assessment piece for poetry is complete and I have a cold and so walking or gardening are out of the question because I can’t breathe well, so crafting it is.
I’ve been crocheting another corner to corner blanket using Aran wook and a 5mm hook. It’s going well. When I’m finished it’s going to be a lovely thick red and black blanket. I’ve also been crocheting scarves for my stall. I’m going to pull one back and make a bag with it instead.
The other week I won a bundle of fabric remnants in the raffle at sewing and craft club. I’ve been umming and ahhing about what to do with them but I think I’ve finally come up with something: tablet and laptop cases/bags.
This is the one I made this morning, being modelled by my 11.6 inch laptop. I reckon it’ll take up to a twelve inch laptop though.
It doesn’t have any padding but the handles and seams are strong. It’s really designed for carrying a laptop in a sleeve. It looks like a shopping bag – and can be used as such – to disguise your valuable laptop. There’s room for a notebook and pens, and possibly a bottle of water.
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Yesterday I decided my hell hounds needed their bed revamping. They have a crate with a tray in the bottom, and until yesterday, four old pillows. It looked a bit scruffy and was hard to clean. I’d tried washing one of the pillows in the past (there was a butter stealing-vomit incident, I don’t want to talk about it), but it distorted the shape of the pillow. The dogs did like being able to make nests though.
I’m back! I was only going to have a short hiatus for the duration on my holiday in Paris, but since I came home I’ve been recovering from that and dealing with a bad time with my anxiety and depression. Now, however, it’s time to get back to business, as it were. Continue reading
My sister and I went to a craft fair yesterday, as you can see we had a good big table. I finished a ‘bee’ pattern from Sew magazine; my sister says it looks more like a glow worm (who remembers those?). You can see the glow worm/bee on the table, bottom right as you look at the screen.
I also made a back pack on Saturday from a pattern in July’s Sewing World. It is going to Paris with me in two weeks as my luggage as we’ve only got hand luggage. It’s only a three night trip so I don’t need an awful lot and it all fits in my little bag. I’m stupidly proud of myself for making it successfully. I had to do a bit of a repair on the left strap because I didn’t quite get the strap in the right place between the layers of material and interfacing. I used the material from a couple of quilt covers I’d been given by a friend. I used one, a heavier purple/pink material for the outer material, flap and internal pocket. The liner is made from another quilt cover, it’s thinner and white/cream. The straps are made from white webbing and plastic clips. The original pattern has an open pocket inside, but I added a zip for a bit of extra security.
Since I couldn’t settle to much else on Saturday evening I finished my corner-to-corner blanket. It’s rather colourful isn’t it?