I also really enjoyed making this crazy blue and grey monkey for Paul.
I did some vintage shopping and ended up with two covered coat hangers, an orange knitting needle box, a small blue pot, a strange plastic notebook cover, a table cloth, a pair of curtains and a Pyrex bowl! Now I need to find somewhere to keep it all.
My favourite part of the weekend was this delicious asparagus quiche that Paul made. It was exactly how I like a quiche, crispy pastry and lots of cheese.
Last night was the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, I have really enjoyed watching this series. I particularly liked seeing how much they managed to get done in such a short time. I feel inspired to try altering some clothing to make it more interesting and unique as well as trying more of the dress patterns I have bought but never made. To start with I really need to finish the dress that I cut out a few weeks ago. Hopefully I will have a finished project to share with you soon.
For now I will leave you with a knitting needle rainbow that appeared at Knit and Natter recently.
I am not sure where the time has gone recently and I don’t have very much to show for it. My latest crochet blanket is getting bigger and I have been trying some new felt badge designs, but I have nothing to share with you yet. However, you can see me over on the Berylune blog showing off some very nice bags Amy and I made. They are very good bags made in lovely vintage fabrics, I recommend visiting Berylune and buying one!
I love the combination of pink and green fabric on this one.
I have bought a Kindle, I love books so having a eBook reader feels very odd for me. I needed a pouch to protect it in my bag so I made a really simple one from felt.
I cut two rectangles to cover the Kindle and a scalloped piece in another colour that I stitched to the front. I stitched it all on my sewing machine so it only took a few minutes to make, so quick I made two!
Read the short story this post is named after here.
I have been working on more felt brooches since I finished my owl design and now have a fox and a badger as well. They are available to purchase from my shop, The Granny Square, on Etsy and soon to be in Berylune. I am very excited that some of my creations will be available to buy in my favourite shop! You can see more pictures of my brooches here.
I have been making a lot of things with felt recently and I am loving it! I started with my Christmas kits, firstly a flower brooch from Berylune.
Then some little people with felt clothes from a kit my Mum gave me.
I made some fruit coasters next using some tutorials from Purl Bee. You can read about these on the sew make believe blog.
Then I designed my own tree brooch and added a little bit of embroidered detail.
For my latest project I designed an owl brooch, it took a couple of attempts to get it just right. Here is my first attempt that looked like I wanted it to, I think this was actually my third one!
Then I came up with this one that I liked better.
Once I was happy with a design I made a parliament of owls!
One of these became a birthday card, I am very pleased with how this card turned out.
My first crafting project of 2013 was a small tree brooch. I made the tree from felt with a little bit of embroidery to give it some detail and the top is lightly stuffed. The tree is about 6cm high, just right to wear on my coat.
One of my last bits of crafting in 2012 was also using felt, I made some citrus coasters that you can read about over on sew make believe.
Ok, so I know I said I wouldn’t be making any more Christmas items, but I decided I really needed some Christmas placemats. It was only lunch time on Christmas Eve so I still had plenty of time left to do something!
I made two placemats and two coasters in about half an hour. They are so simple, just some green felt and some red ric rac. All I did was machine stitch down the centre of the ric rac on to the felt. Done!!
The colours go really well with my patchwork mat, it looks like I put a lot of thought into it!
I have been working on another Christmas project, this time a snowman. He is made from faux fur fabric, some felt, buttons and yarn.
To make the main body shape I drew round some plates, overlapping them to get a good snowman shape. I cut out two pieces, using this pattern, from the fur and stitched them together with the right sides facing each other. I left a gap at the bottom so I could turn it the right way out.
I turned and stuffed the snowman, adding a small bag of rice in the bottom to help him stand up. I stitched the opening closed and set to work on his features.
His eyes are buttons, his nose is two small triangles of orange felt stitched together leaving the short side open so I could stuff it. I stitched a mouth on using black yarn.
To complete the snowman look I made a small scarf. I knitted rows of six stitches in garter stitch until it was the right length.
Thanks to the rice in his base the snowman stands up very well. You could also accessorise your snowman with a hat or buttons down his front.
This week at sew make believe we made felt owls from a pattern by Laura Howard. It was great fun, you can read more here. This is the owl I made.
I love how the feathers work, such simple stitching, but very effective.
Here are his features, I was pleased with my neat stitches!
I love making things with felt and will make some more of these owls. If you want to make an owl you can find the pattern here.