Saturday, 23 April 2016

Bag Making Workshop


Spent a great four hours with some lovely ladies as we made the aboe bags today.  This was the first time I have run this particular class and I will be tweaking it slightly and offering my own patterns as kits in the future.

typicaally it was a gorgeous day outside but we tried not to feel too guilty about staying in doors.  
Lovely bag made for a friend by Diana who has attended three classes so far.  I think she has the sewing bug!  Diana has made lots if items betwen classes as well.
I made this one along the way to show keyy stages nd how to actually construct the bag.  Do not normally do this but it is often easier and a format I use in the day job as well.
A lovely summery fabric was used by Helen and I have a feeling that her daughter will be after this bag.  After Helen's last class her daughter asked her to make some cushions for her bedroom!

Sadly one lady was ill  and another two have asked to attend since the class finished at 2pm today so another date will need to be organised.

They are great aren't they!?
Enjoy the weekend and thank you for those of you have started to come back and visit.

I was absent for about 9 months due to organising these classes, insurance, tax forms etc.
Will try to post more but do please come and Like my FB page as there is lots on there to look at as well.  No commenting needed.
Take care
xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

My Crochet Photography


I have had  a good week at work so I am going to be positive about this.
Above is a photograph that I took of my crochet, in my garden of a blanket that I was ( and still is ) making.

I contribute to a Crochet blog and I pop the odd post here and there (not regularyly as I am not fast at crocheting) and I think this picture was taken last Easter /Early summer.   I was in the process of adding my stool cover when I spotted this.................took a while to work out the plastic wallet - day job, our weather patio table, then it dawned on me.

My  (cropped) photo in the blog banner.

Bit of a surprise...........I keep telling collagues at work that my photography is not bad.  I teach Art/Design/Textiles/  and............. Photography.

Quite flattered.
xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Crochet Stool Cover - OPAM March 2016

This has been my latest crochet make to try and make this stool a little more comfortable.  I did not use a pattern but simply started out with making a circle and kept enlarging it my a granny stitch as I started each new row and stopped when I felt it was big enough. 

I just need to get a thin sponge pad which will go underneath the crochet cover and then I am going to tie the cover on so it can be removed for washing.

Quite pleased with this as it was simply an off the cuff make one afternoon.

The granny square blanket is still on going but I do need to odd smaller project to slot in between the larger and more long term projects.

xx

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Art Journaling February Challenge - Inspiration Cards


Monthly Challenges

This months challenge over at Jennibellies Art Journaling page was to create 4 inspiration cards of our own choice to add to our art journals at a later date or to simply have on the wall to inspire future work.

I really wanted to try a different apporach and i tthink i may have moved forward with my drawing and painting.
I used watercolour paper for this one and watched lots of Youtube tutorials as I was looking for a more fairytale look with Sproinng coming and some of the books that my daughter and I have been looking at from her younger years.
This is something that i am striving for all of the time and this year I want to try and achieve it on a higher level that i am at present.
Just for the fun of it.............Spring is coming and flowers aare starting to bud and bloom.
One of the reasons for joining this group was to take my art and drawing further whilst still at home and trying to fit it in with my day job.  Also it does give me a chance to drift off  with my paints etc.

Anyone can join this group and you can take part as much or as little as you wish.
Take Care .
xx

My Photographs

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Crazy Patchwork Workshop

Now that I have worked out how to sync my photos I hope to follow up all of my workshops with details and images.
We started off the session by learning what crazy patchwork is and how it could be created.  there are many ways of doing this but this was how I decided to teach it today.

We began by checking our machines and then constructing a small square sample using scraps that I had brought to the class.

We then backed them and they all became lovely coasters which can be used at home or at work.

Pictures are on my phone hence the slightly different shape.


We then moved on to deciding what to make next.  
There was a choice and two ladies decided to use the pre-cut Moda squares to make the 9 patch cushion because they had never made one before but would re-visit the crazy patchwork another time.

This is made with lovely Moda fabric and looks a treat on her new sofa which was delivered today!

This is another Moda pack from a new shop in Truro along Lemon Quay Market.  I have yet to visit this shop but I love this colour scheme so I may have to go!

Diana decided to go back to the Crazy Patchwork and make a cushion cover with the left overs from the bunting workshop last summer.

Penny is going to be a Granny so patchwork baby mat was started.
I liked the fact that several different ideas were tackled and as confidence grows I think this will increase.

Thank you ladies for signing up and coming along and i hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Next up on 12th March is a new group for the Beginners Sewing Class and getting to grips with your sewing machine.

Have a good weekend.
xx




Send a little Love Swap - I recieved.............


This is the lovely parcel that was sent to me by Stephanie.
The little basket is already in use on my desk.
The gorgeous fabric is sitting patiently for a new project.  


I am looking forward to trying out the Clover fabric heart maker.  I have a couple that make round Yo Yo's but not a shape like this.

Plus a brand new tape measure which I was quite desperate for so very timely and some crisps.
Finally a length of fabric ribbon with hearts on which I will use with the fabric.

Very thoughtful parcel for this swap.
So thank you very much Stephanie ( also a thank you on my Instagram page) the LOVE has been swapped.

I have a crazy patchwork Workshop tomorrow with 5 lovely ladies and i shall post some pictures here and on my Facebook page.
have a good weekend.
xx

Friday, 19 February 2016

Send a little love swap

Has been a while since I blogged as I was having trouble getting my photos but I think that I have solved it now.
My swap partner was Stephanie from Calico heart and I decided to send the following:
A hand stitched felt heart with heart shaped buttons.  Long time readers will recognise this as I have made this before.
I also made loads of oil cloth purses a while back and I thought that Stephanie would like this one for perhaps car parking change etc.  You can get a set of keys in this too.
I also added a tin of chocolates, a heart shaped hard backed notebook which I thought was brilliant!  A bright red beanie hat which I could not resist when I saw it in a shop.  
Everything has arrived all safe and sound and the hat will be worn during break duty at Stephanie's school!
Tomorrow I shall post the lovely items sent to me.
Take care all.
x

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Workshop dates

Finally sorted out my phone sync issues.. All by myself so I am feeling quite chuffed with myself.  This is why, because i have so much stored on my phone these days that getting access to it is quite useful.  The camera is better than my little digital and I use it a lot during my workshops.

Hopefully you can see above the poster that has been on my Facebook page regarding my workshops.  I started these last April with the first one being held in June.  Since then they have been full and I could have added even more sessions.
The first two are fully booked subject to confirmation and 2 places have gone for the bag making.
  
So if you live nearby and fancy trying something new or dusting off those sewing skills that get in touch.  they are so much fun and the amount of laughing that goes on it is any wonder that we get anything made.  More pictures on my facebook page but now that I have gained access to my phone I shall be able to post more images here and much faster too.
I have sent off my Send a little Love swap today and as soon as I know that my partner has received it  I shall post more details here.
I shall stop there as it is 2.15am but i have been ill with the most awful head cold in years that is very close to full on flu that i can not sleep due to everything aching hence the early morning post.  A nice cuppa has been drunk so perhaps I should try and get back to sleep again.
xx

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Help! Phone to blog images.

Dear All
I have been able to get images from my phone on to my blog for some time.  However I have upgraded (same make Samsung S6 just next version up) and access to my phone images stops the day I changed, the 15th January.

Any suggestions as I am at a loss as to how I can access images on my new phone unless I keep usiing theold one for blog pictures.  
Carrying around two phones seems silly.

Ho Hum, don't you just love technology!
Happy Saturday.
xx

My image dated before phone change.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Silver beaded bracelet

After the success of the first blue beaded bangle I started another but then forgot to post about it.  This did start out as a kit that my hubby bought for  a birthday some years ago.  Much easier to do than I realised.

You think that this is never going to look any good, but as it starts o grow and you gradually add the beads it is amazing how good it looks.

I think that I shall add these to my workshop class list as it is very accessible and fun to do.  As for these I shall either sell them or start off my present box for the end of the year.  No I am refusing to use that word , it is only January!
Friday tomorrow and after last weekends massive marking session I intend to have some family and me time this weekend.
All play and no work............. well you know the rest.
xx

Monday, 25 January 2016

OPAM 2016


I have signed up for the 6th year (I think) for OPAM and it is a great challenge whereby the aim is to get all those half made projects finished .  At least one a month which you then blog about and if you ake more than one item they aall added up and you submitt a total to Peg or Chris.

It really does foucs the mind and I get a real satisfaction from getting things finished that i have sometimes even forgotten about!

there is a certain set of curtains that have been staring at me for quite some kind!!
If you think you might like to give this a try click HERE and take a look at the guidelines.

Take Care
xx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Beaded and knitted bracelet part 2

After the successs of my first bracelet I decided to see what else I had in the waay of beads and wire and had enough to put together this version.

Shaped the ends to attach to the adjustable clasp.

Added seed and bugle beads randomly as I went along.

This fastening came from a kit I never made and it matched the colour scheme.


Which one do you prefer?  This bracelet or the blue version below?

I have now gone and found some bronze wire and matching beads in my neglected bead box...........Hmmmmm, I think a third one is on its way but perhaps this time a slightly different take on it.

xx


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Christmas Card swap 2015

Last Christmas Sarah  (Twiggypeasticks) and I decided to do a little card swap together.  So why not do it again for a second year?
Above is the cross stitch and felt card that Sarah sent me....but there is a twist.......it doubles up as a Christmas Tree decoration!

The colours go with our colour scheme and I think it is a brilliant idea which i think I might pinch for next year.

Of course I needed to send a card too and .......
..............I have forgotten which one I sent....how embarrassing!  I made the set shown above and only these (I really must start much earlier).
So we both had the same technique idea.

I like using hessian and jute  fabrics and combining it with loose linen fabric I thought it made a good change from glitter and sequins.

My new decoration has now been added to my collection of handmade tree decs that have been sent to me by blogger friends since 2008.

Many thanks I love them all and this year for the first time I used them to decorate my classroom and they generated quite a bit of interest!.

Quite glad it is Friday tomorrow been a very long week and my poor old eyes have really felt the strain this week.

Take Care
xx


Wednesday, 6 January 2016

A little knitted beading


Been wanting to make thi for months and finally the Christmas break gave me the chance to sit down and string some beads on to jewellery wire.  I mixed up seed beads along with larger different shapes beads in shades of navy blue

I ended up making a cuff/bracelet.  This was part of a kit that I bought at Creative Stitches on Exeter but I decided to add lots of my own beads as well.  

Always need a close up shot!

I used the clasp which came with the kit. and all I need now is somewhere special to go to wear it or would it be prudent to start a present bag in January?

Really enjoyed making this in front of the televisionso much that I have in fact started another one!!
Will post that next.
xx

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