Christmas makes 2016

Just a quick post to reflect on some of the makes I have made this year for Christmas!  There are a few which have been good or challenging which I wanted to share. The upcycled t shirt cushions My dad suggested that his old Hard Rock cafe tshirts should be transformed into cushions about two years ago but I wasn't convinced and didn't do it until this month.  They have come out much better than I expected!  I was worried that they were too faded, but I simply cut out the designs and appliqued them onto calico and created envelope cushions!…

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Pyjama bottoms!

I don't make a lot clothes-wise for my boyfriend... the thought of making a shirt is quite daunting (he has a lot too).  The only item I have made in ten years is a onesie funnily enough, which I made the day before Christmas Eve manically on my mum's sewing machine.  It is the biggest gift I've made him, and it would be more impressive garment I've made... if I hadn't cut half the pieces the wrong way round on the fleece! Making pyjamas for him has been on my list for a while.   However, I found this lovely…

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The stitching, sewing and hobbycrafts show!

Last Saturday, I went to the stitching, sewing and hobbycrafts show at Westpoint, Exeter, UK! My friend and I went as part of a day coach trip to avoid the prospect of driving.  Unfortunately, the pick up point was not in our town, so we had to get a lift to Truro. When we arrived, there was a queue which wandered around the building!  Once in, we decided to dive into the middle aisle which seemed quieter as others opted to choose to tackle the show from one end to the other. The first fabric shop we saw was Fabrcis Galore,…

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Crocheted Bunny

I haven't done a lot of crocheting beyond the string bags I make for the Etsy shop.  However, this bunny pattern has been a project I've been looking forward to making for a long time. Published in Simply Crochet magazine, this bunny originates from a lovely looking book called Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord. I made this bunny with Sirdar Country Style yarn, which meant it had a bit of wool content but would still be easy to wash (which I felt the parents of the owner of this bunny would appreciate)!  The bunny is advised to be made in alpaca…

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Dungarees!

When I took part in the #miymarch16 instagram challenge, I put down this dungarees pattern as my sewing ambition (new Burda 3779).  I bought the pattern from a charity shop for £2 just over a year ago because I loved the idea of making some, and bought some denim shortly after.  However, the amount of pieces in the pattern felt overwhelming, and I couldn't get started. A couple of months ago, I asked my mum if I could bring along the pattern and fabric when I visited her to see if she could encourage me to get started.  Over the…

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Wabi Sabi – embracing the beauty of natural imperfections

Wabi Sabi – the Japanese art of embracing the beauty of natural imperfections – is something I’ve stumbled across this month. Wabi Sabi in craft terms appears to be finding the beauty in the handmade elements.  I wish I’d discovered this art while I was learning ceramics earlier in the year as I could have defended my wobbly pots when compared to the much more symmetrical looking results from other students in the class!  It’s nice to know there is a philosophy which prizes the uneven glazing, wall thickness and overall performance of the complex ceramic process. I’ve also explored…

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#pic2stitch #1 The Man Engine

For my first #pic2stitch challenge, I decided to focus on The man Engine. For anyone who missed it, The Man Engine is a mechanical puppet of a miner which is 4.5 metres tall when crawling and 10 metres tall when standing. We were lucky to be able to travel to St Austell during one of the puppet's transformations.  There was a big crowd, so we couldn't see at first, but the organisers were really good in encouraging the crowd to keep moving to let people further back view it too.  Phill managed to take some pictures and it was from…

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