Sunday, 4 October 2015

Confetti and organza needle case

A little while ago I went to a course lead by Margaret Currie about using fabric confetti and organza to make new fabric. I used this technique to make a little needle case. I wont go into too much detail as it would spoil your experience of going to one of Margaret's classes, she is a fabulous teacher! The needle pages are made from felt and simply sewn in along the spine and I added a satin ribbon as a closure. You can never have too many needle cases!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Waterfall ripple blanket

I was inspired by Tilly Trout from Ravelry to have a go at one of these blankets. I follow her video blog on you tube and she was really enjoying crocheting it. I am a big fan of blues and greens, as you may already have guessed! I picked up a few different shades in the stylecroft special double knit acrylic, great for blankets so it can be thrown in the washing machine! The pattern is called neat ripple by Lucy from Attic24, you can check out the pattern here. I used 6 balls of yarn and ended up with a good size lap blanket. I edged the blanket in a couple of rows of triple crochet to finish it off.  My fiance has already decided that it is his blanket as it is so warm! For more details see my ravelry page.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Bobbin Lace bookmark with a purple gimp

I am really getting into bobbin lace now. I fancied having a go at what they call a gimp. This is the thicker purple thread that is woven though the finer work (here in white). The pattern is from Torchon Lacemaking: A manual of techniques by Elizabeth Wade. It was a little tricky at the transition between the half stitch and the whole stitch shadow, but I think I got the hang of it in the end. I am still working on my bobbin lace lavender cushion. That should be my next bobbin lace project I post about. I am also starting to think about designing my own patterns, once I get the hang of it I will post some of my ideas.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Hearts and feathers table topper

I really fancied having a go at some free motion feathers. I found an interesting pattern on Leah Day's website called feathered hearts and decided to have a go. I had pieced together two log cabin blocks with a couple of plain green/blue blocks and needed to fill the plain areas with something interesting. Leah has some very good instructional video's for all her patterns and I found the video to this one particularly helpful, I drew two dividing lines with heat removable pen to split each of the plain blocks into 4 sections. In each section I repeated the feathered pattern. I quilted diagonal lines across the log cabin blocks and bound it with a blue/green fabric to complete the table topper. The free motion is not perfect, but I really enjoyed making it. I feel a little inspired to try out some more free motion patterns!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Cute little scissor keeper

I am a fan of Sue Hawkins patterns. I found this great little kit for a scissor keeper and thought it would be useful to mark my scissors at sewing classes. The kit is called a dressmakers scissor keeper and contained more than enough thread to complete the project. The instructions were very clear and are even suitable for a beginner. I quite fancy designing my own pattern next time, It is a very simple pattern but is so effective!

To find more of Sues patterns you can check out her website, click here.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

A little bit of free style hand embroidery

I picked up a little embroidery kit from Rowandean. I fell in love with the ones that had been made up and I just had to have one. Their style is to use a free style of embroidery on top of organza to create a lovely colourful background. I adapted the embroidery slightly from the original pattern, it was great fun. I am planning on designing one of these myself, maybe with some poppies next time. It only took a few hours to complete as well. I framed it in a plain white frame so as not to detract from the lovely colours...

Here is how the original patterned looked...

If you would like to pick up a kit for yourself you can order one through the Rowandean website. The pattern I had was called blue Delphiniums. 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Owl quilt for the Linus charity

I just could not resist doing a bit more vermicelli for my latest Linus charity quilt. It is a simple 6 x 6 square patchwork quilt made from the owl themed fabric from my stash. The squares are 6 inches finished so the finished size of the quilt was 36 inches square. As you can see I used a random placement of blocks as I had more of some fabrics than others.

Here is the back... 

I used thick polyester wadding so it really puffs out with the vermicelli quilting. It is so much easier to vermicelli on a smaller size quilt. I must try out some other free motion patterns soon.