Cottage & Caravan pincushions!

Well, here we are in 2018!  I’ve already tidied my craft room, sorted through all my sewing patterns, and set myself some Makery Challenges for the coming year, how about you?

But before we sail forth into the NEW, I thought I’d share with you a couple of little felt fancies I made over the hols.  Both these funky little pincushions were presents for friends (obviously, my own pins live on a shabby, falling-apart thingy I bought YEARS ago) and I totally loved designing all the little details with each person in mind!  They are both made from wool felt/fabric and stuffed with 50% wool as well, which apparently is the best thing for keeping your pins sharp (yes I really MuST make one for myself!  And buy new pins!).First up is a Sue Spargo design, taken from her book Contemporary Folk (& post on Sue HERE).  I made this pretty much as per the pattern, but added a few of my own little extra touches.  The applique/embroidery is done on the individual pieces before you stitch the house together, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it would look until it was finishedAlso I was a bit pressed for time on this one, but if I make another I will definitely add some more embellishments!  That said, I’m rather pleased with the way the bead and sequin flowers turned outSo as well as doing all the applique by hand (no hot glue here!) I also stitched all my seams by hand as I wanted the whole thing to have that quirky, slightly off-kilter look.And finally I couldn’t resist adding a little needle-felted critter to the roof!So this was for a friend who’s just moved house.  But what about my friend who’s just moved into her new Dream Caravan?  I got my sketchpad out and came up with this!Yep, it’s the must-have accessory for retro-caravan-loving crafters everywhere!  I made it a bit dinkier than Pincushion Cottage and really went to town on the details.  I’m particularly pleased with the window curtains, made from some scraps of quilting fabric with iron-on interfacing on the back to stop the tiny little pieces from fraying as I sewed.The sequin flowers didn’t work so well on this one though, they look a bit triffid-like!Again, I did most of the embellishment before stitching the pieces together, except for the bunting which went on after the whole thing had been stitched and stuffed.  This is just tiny felt triangles sewed directly onto the body of the caravan.Oh I had SO MUCH FUN making this!  I even gave it a personalised number plate!I do need refine my caravan design a bit as it doesn’t quite sit flat, and I think I’d like to make the cottage a bit more like my faerie houses, but I will DEFINITELY be making more of these for my craft stall this summer!Wishing you all a Folky Felted weekend 🙂

Crochet Bunting

crochetbunting1Well it looks like summer is on it’s way, wouldn’t you say? – And just like last summer, I’ve had the urge to snazz up my space with a string of colourful bunting!

These little crochet triangles are based on the Attic24 Summer Bunting, which I saw on Lucy’s blog last year (one day soon, I WILL crochet something that isn’t Attic24 inspired, I promise!).  I prefer this design to the larger, ‘granny triangles’ that were used for the Yarndale bunting, and did my best to work out the pattern from the pictures.crochetbunting3

Not quite as neat as Lucy’s, but not bad!

I wanted this bunting to liven up my kitchen window, which is quite overshadowed.  My original idea was to use fresh greens and yellows with splashes of bright orange for some ‘zing’, to go with my kitchen colours.  However my first attempts had a somewhat ‘Cheesey-Irish-Tourist- Board-Ad’ look, so I introduced a few more colours to the mix… before I knew it, out came the purple, the turquoise, the day-glo pink… I just can’t help myself, can I??crochetbunting2

I steam-blocked the whole ‘string’ when it was finished to stop the triangle points and the top band from curling under, then raided my button stash for a bit of ‘bling’.  Because, y’know, I didn’t want it to look dull…

So, this didn’t quite turn out the way I saw it in my head, but I think you’ll agree, it does cheer up the window and make it look rather summery.  And you can definitely tell whose house this is now!crochetbunting4

Have a bright and colourful week, everyone! 🙂

The Joys of July!

avalonsunsetIt’s been a glorious July here, with lots of long sunny days (and a few wet ones, too!) that have been perfect for….

…hiking up to Llyn Barfog (Bearded Lake) a few miles from my house for a Sunday picnic and watching the dragonflies flitting amongst the lily pads…LlynBarfog

…spending a wet weekend making my BALCONY BUNTING! and watching the local birdlife’s reaction to it (completely indifferent, as you can see)…birds&bunting

…another ‘glamping’ trip to my beloved Glastonbury, where I spent a wonderful afternoon cooling down at the Chalice Well gardens…

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…hanging a little wish on the remains of the old Glastonbury Thorn tree (can you guess which one is mine??)…

GlastonburyPeaceFlower…visiting one of my best friends and having a day out at The Lowland Games, the highlight of which was, beyond doubt, the ferret racing!  Oh yeah…ferrets

…and my spectacular lillies, that flower for just two weeks in July and send their heavenly perfume wafting in through the balcony door on warm evenings…


I hope your July has been full of joys as well!

Fabric fun on a wet weekend: Bunting!

cuttingupOh, the disappointment of rain all day Saturday, gloomy cloud on Sunday…

Oh, the JOY of spending said Saturday rummaging through my entire stash, cutting up triangles from remnants of the brightest, most colourful fabrics from just about every sewing project of the last four years, and stitching them together… Fabrics from clothes I love but no longer fit into, gorgeous things I’ve made for other people, and of course favourites that are still around me every day.  It’s a lovely way, as well, to remind yourself of just how much sewing you’ve achieved and all the creativity that’s happened over time.laying outThen, EVEN MORE happiness getting up this morning (despite it being grey and gloomy outside when the forecast had been for SUN all day) to arrange it all into a rainbow of funky patterns and pin everything to the bunting tape…pinning… and then stitch it all up on Auntie Janis, who for once did not complain or throw a tantrum over all the different weights and weaves going under the needle together (a sharps 80, set to a medium zigzag stitch, seemed to be able to cope with everything from lawn to jersey)…readytosewBut most joyful of all, was hanging the finished bunting up on the balcony this afternoon, just as the sun finally decided to put in an appearance!balcony3There is something just so, I don’t know, FUN about bunting, isn’t there?!  balcony2 All those bright colours and patterns together make me SO happy!balcony1Yep, I’m LOVING the bunting!  My only concern was that my regular bird-feeder visitors might be scared off by all that colour flapping around, however I needn’t have worried, as you can see:bovvered“Bunting?  Am I bovvered though??” Have a wonderful, colourful week! 😉