Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Boutis and Trupunto pin cushion

I recently borrowed a fabulous book from my friend Jackie called Boutis and Trapunto by Catherine Coget. It is a very inspiring book. I had to try these techniques! Boutis is a type of quilting where you stuff small areas to create a raised image. Trapunto is were you add a cord in a similar fashion to Boutis. I decided to adapt one of the patterns in this book into a pin cushion pattern. It was lovely to do some hand sewing, I found it really relaxing. I went a bit mad and added a lace trim and bows. I love the fact it is very girly and frilly! Looking forward to trying some more Boutis and Trapunto. Perhaps with more colour next time.

This is the book....


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Masquerade ball - Mask and broach

Last night I attended a masquerade ball in aid of children with eye cancer. It was organised by Katie Lord and Natalie Crowe. They did such a good job of organising it, I had such a good time! I made my own mask out of organza. I used a technique that Kathleen Laurel Sage uses to create wonderful floral creations. I used free motion stitching and used a soldering iron to cut out the shape. I could not resist adding lots of sequins, using beads to you can not see the threads attaching them. It turned out to be quite comfortable and I really enjoyed wearing my disguise! I also made a matching broach. The mask and broach has hints of yellow to match my dress.

Here is a closer look at my sequins and silver stitches....

Friday, 21 November 2014

Even more christmas decorations for the charity sale at Taverham!

I have been busy making more christmas decorations for the sale at Taverham, sew simple, craft shop. This time I had a go at some Christmas puddings and red and white christmas stars. The sale is tomorrow and Sunday 10am - 4.30pm. There will be lots of lovely handmade items made by members of Drayton Patchwork and quilters. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christmas tree decorations

I am getting ready for Christmas and making lots of tree decorations. I started with a little bird. The pattern was given to me in a workshop by jackie from my local quilt group. I love the red floral fabric, but I think I made the beak a little bit big.

I have also made a batch of snowmen.....

Gingerbread men ......


And some reindeer.....

I am selling the snowmen, gingerbread men and reindeer at Taverham Sew Simple on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November. Some of the proceeds will go to charity. Although, I may keep one or two for my own Christmas tree! Who knows I might make more, they were great fun!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Beaded kumihimo bracelets and hand spun winter woollies

I am really enjoyed making these beaded kumihimo bracelets. I had a play with some different beads, I especially liked using the long magatama beads shown in the middle. These bracelets will be for sale at Dilham village hall, home of the Worstead spinners, weavers and dyers on 6th December. Some of the proceeds will go to fundraising for the guild to do repairs to our building. There will also be lots of other spun, woven and dyed hand made items. The adjacent village hall will also be open with a Christmas fair with lots more crafty goodies and nice things to eat.


I have also made some cosy winter warmers made of handspun yarn to sell....

The brightly coloured hats and the cowl are made from merino. The light grey, cabled hat is made from Shetland fleece and the dark/light grey striped hat is made from a mixture of black welsh mountain and light grey Shetland fleece.  For more information on the patterns I used you can see my ravelry page Ellieb93.

I am now working on a mask for a masquerade ball in November, I thought of using a technique similar to Kathleen Laurel Sage's organza work, I will let you know how it goes.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The cutest little Cotswold cottage scissor keeper

Yet again another purchase from the knitting and stitching show. I was admiring the lovely handy work of Sue Hawkins. She is a talented needlework designer. A Cotswold cottage scissor keeper kit caught my eye. I had to buy it and attempt to replicate this gorgeous design. It took me about 5 days to finish completing a few hours each evening. I really enjoyed sewing it and I am very pleased with the finished piece. Not as neat as Sue's but not bad for a novice. It has made me want to design some of my own 3D stitch early. Here it is...

I could not believe how many different designs Sue had made. If you want to find out more see Sue's website

Soldering irons and organza are the future!

Last weekend at the knitting and stitching show (Ally Pally) I bought a snowflake kit and a soldering iron from Kathlene Laurel Sage. Kathlenes display was so inspiring with a miriad of organza goodness. She uses a soldering iron to cut and seal the organza to make flowers etc. Kathleen was very helpful, she gave me a quick rundown of how to use the soldering iron. I was so excited to have a go, but did not get chance until this weekend. The instructions were really easy to understand, it took me about 6 hours to complete as I was faffing about a bit. Here is my finished snowflake decoration.....

I am definitely hooked to this technique. I have a hole host of ideas to make things using this technique. If you are interested is ordering your own kit see Kathleen's website... Kathlene has kits you can order online and you can see lots of lovely things she has made.