craft, crochet, sewing, Uncategorized, vintage, yarn

New Products, New Ideas

I’ve had a lovely few days with Mum visiting, as I’ve been unwell and she has been visiting to look after me.  But also we’ve been practising my sewing skills, expanding my repertoire after having attended a sewing class recently.

I had the idea to make a crocheted clutch bag, but wanted to know how to line it with fabric to get a professional finish.  Thankfully Mum has the skills to teach me!  This is the item in progress.  The first part after finishing the main crochet design, was to block it to size and measure up the fabric.

Finally I have managed to use my KnitPro blocking pins and mats and they were fabulous – well recommended (from Wool Warehouse with free shipping…)  The yarn I used was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran – it holds up very well and was a joy to work with.

We quickly decided that there needed to be some interfacing to stiffen the edges, otherwise it wouldn’t hold up too well.  Eventually we settled on sew in interfacing which we measured to just under the size of the silk taffeta lining fabric.

And here is the finished article!  I’m so happy with the outcome – finished off with a magnetic bag clasp and a vintage brooch.

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In fact, I love it so much I’ve even started on the next one already!

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art, craft, crochet, knitting, sewing, Uncategorized, yarn

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 28

Nearly there!

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

I have always been a crafter, it’s in my blood!  My Mum is very inspirational and we have always made things together.  Here she is with some of her hand stitched and pieced quilts for Project Linus, made for children and teenagers who are sick or traumatised.

Mum and I have done craft activities together for many years, from simple childhood crafts, to things that we have created together and sold at craft fairs.

We started off with dried flowers (this was the 1980s!) and I also at the same time learnt cross stitch – I had many commissions and made some lovely pieces for Mum and Dad, but never made anything for myself…

We moved on to decoupage (what is now known as Victorian Decoupage) and my very talented elderly uncle made some wonderful wooden objects which we painted, covered with paper and varnished, often cracking them and rubbing in raw umber or occasionally using gold or silver leaf.

Unfortunately, no photographic evidence of this exists, but we enjoyed making things together and it was only my moving to London that stopped us doing so much crafting together.

I then had a quiet few years (well, not in my social life!) where I did little crafting.  When I moved down to Wiltshire I took up firstly knitting and then crochet, and I haven’t looked back since…

I would like to feel a bit more confident with my knitting and would like more experience in using a sewing machine, but Mum always says that my hand stitching is probably the neatest she has ever seen.

If I had the time (and resources!) I would love to devote more time to craft as it gives a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness that I rarely get elsewhere in life…

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Spring Plans

Happy (belated!) New Year

Christmas passed me by in a flash this year..

One minute I was desperately making presents for my friends and family, work was completely manic, and then it was all over and the New Year arrived!

I still have two presents to complete – I had a last minute idea for presents for my brother and my little friend Mikey, but they are not quite finished yet, more details and photos to follow…

So now I’ve finally got the time to turn my attention back to home and to my plans for 2016.

I’ve amassed a large amount of craft trimmings, notions and yarn over the last year or two – most of which I have had plans for, but like all good crafters, sometimes I got a bit carried away!

A lot of my collection is made up of the vintage goodies I collected at the car boot sale and at vintage fairs.

 

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Although some are well worth keeping, I would have to be retired for at least 30 years before I could use them all up!

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So along with my spring clean at home, I’m going to pack some up and sell them either online on at a Craft Fair in Frome which also allows the sale of craft items.  This means that I clear some space, for some more crafty bits of course…

Most of my crafting takes place either at the dining room table or on the sofa – I don’t have a permanent crafty space, so I’m going to rejig my dining room so that I can make a proper crafting space.  I am planning to get rid of the computer cabinet and create some shelving space in the alcove to tidy up all of my crafty bits.

I just need to look for a nice small unit / desk to fit in this space and then I will paint and perhaps decoupage my dining room chairs and make some nice seat cushions.

 

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I bought this antique sewing machine (sadly not in working order) at the car boot sale which I would love to have on show.  Due to the wooden base it is incredibly heavy but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!

 

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I have some nice plans for the weekend, to finish my presents for Mikey and my brother, and to finally get around to doing some of the fun stuff I have had to put off for a while.

Oh, how I love weekends!

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