Monday, 30 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
3. sew any details onto the front fabric. i chose a large black corduroy eye for my animals for a bit of continuity. the bunny needed a fluffy tail and the penguin, a wing.
4. join the front and back together, with a generous seam allowance. i find it easiest and neatest to sew all the way around and then unpick a gap for turning the right way and then filling. CLIP any sharp angles or turns. i.e. the whale's tail needs a careful clip into the gap.
5. turn the right side around and fill with a mixture of lavender and wheat. i use about 3 tablespoons of dried lavender tips to 3 cups of wheat. you don't want the bag to be too firm, so leave enough space for a bit of squishing about.
6. finish by sewing up the gap with small neat stitches - you don't want the wheat escaping.
here are some of my finished bags - i sell them at craft fairs.
use the shapes to help with any gifts you make, BUT don't copy them if you are going to sell wheat bags yourself. it is not a new concept, so i am happy for you to take this as a starting point for selling, but use different designs, please. you could look in children's books for simple shapes. does this make sense? send me a message if you are confused or want to ask permission!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
i have done some embroidery, the donkey and turtle aprons sit in my shop still. but i do love the look of glass mountain's things. another favourite artist who paints with cottons is tiny happy, just click on the link on the left of my site.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
and we shared the time with good friends. you can't really go wrong.
the pictures of me and keith were taken by freddie.
Just back from Centreparks last night and thought you would be ready for a super-easy and practical gift to make. Well I think it would be a handy stocking filler, anyway. If you want to keep just a couple of sewing bits handy - in the kitchen drawer maybe - this is the thing. And for me, a chance to use some lovely Japanese prints because their small scale can be highlighted. Finally - that gorgeous bambi is centre stage!
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
1. Nant designs hand-printed cards, £12.50 for 5
Friday, 6 November 2009
- -lovely scrap of japanese fabric
-green felt already cut into the shape of leaf
- -vintage button
- -brooch back or safety pin (I found my brooch backs on ebay)
- -tape measure printed fabric strip or ribbon or braid
You need a small circle of felt for the back of the brooch and a large circle of your fabric for the yo yo. Use appropriate templates. I've used a small tea-cup plate (that doesn't sound right... oh, I mean a saucer!) plus a large cotton reel. And cut out your circles.
Start your yo yo. These are fun to make. Using your large fabric cirlcle, just fold over a narrow hem with your finger and sew a neat running stitch as you go. Use at least a double thread as it needs to have enough strength to be gathered up at the end.
Admire the finished brooch. Check which scraps you have left to make more.
And try the same ideas with hair elastics... great stocking fillers!