This week’s folky felt pincushions

I really do LOVE making these little wool-felt pincushions!  This week (so far!) I bring you The Sunshine Shed & Vic’s Van – TaDah! (In case you’re wondering, the friend that I made the Sunshine Shed for has a ginger & white cat.  Although said cat is not that daft-looking in real life, honest!)Vic’s van has extra bunting!Plus I think I’ve finally managed to make my potted flowers a little less triffid-like, yay!

That’s it for today!  Wishing you a bright, bunting-filled evening 🙂

Makes & mends

Aloha!  It’s been a busy couple of weeks in my craft room, with several small projects going on as well as the long-haul Mending Challenge.  One of these ‘small projects’ has turned out bigger than expected so I think I’ll give it a post all to itself at some point!  But here are some of my recent activities…A belly dance coin headdress for my dancing pal L. who wanted something in red and gold.  I’ll be honest, when this coin trim arrived from eBay I was not overly impressed.  It looked VERY cheap and plastic-y and wouldn’t really hang the way I wanted it to.  However with a bit of fraffing around I got it looking OK.  Happily once on the wearer the overall effect is pretty good and L. was pleased, so all’s well that ends well.  (But I shan’t be buying any more!)I made myself a pin cushion!  I loved the last one so much that I decided I deserved one of my very ownI’ve found the felt-ball chimney is handy for keeping my needles from disappearing whilst I’m sewingThe flowers still look a bit triffid-like mind you, but check out the funky wheel arches!  I confess that the Mending Pile hasn’t had much attention these last couple of weeks, except for doing a make-over on a charity shop shirt I found a while back.  Someone somewhere had added this rather hideous lace cuff to it; part of a costume for an AmDram production of The Crucible, perhaps??Meanwhile the manufacturers hadn’t helped by attaching a panel of dirty-looking lace along the button band (on the left in the pic).  Offending lace removed (as shown on the right), it’s actually a rather fine, Channel-your-Inner-Stevie-Nicks-type shirt and I look forward to wearing it when things warm up a little.  Job’s a good ‘un!And speaking of charity shops, if you live in the Hereford area or are visiting, I can recommend a trip to the fabulous Rose Tinted Rags, run by local charity Echo and packed full of fabrics, trims, threads, patterns, you name it – it’s a sewist’s dream!  A friend and I went recently and I bagged 3.5m of Liberty lawn for £5 & various other bits including some beautiful space-dyed perle cotton embroidery threads for just 75p each.  (Don’t tell everyone though…!)Wishing you all a very colourful & creative weekend 🙂

All the New Things

Wow, it really HAS been a long time since I posted on my little blog, hasn’t it??  SO much has happened this year, it’s been a bit of whirlwind to be honest and blogging has taken quite the back seat!  My creative life has moved into whole new areas in this last year and I’ve been having a wonderful time making new things, trying new ideas and meeting lots of lovely new people too.

So first off, I have moved house AGAIN!  I now have a wonderful, permanent home (for the first time in, err, EVER) with lots of space and my very own craft room, that I like to call my Playroom!  That’s it to the left of the front door. And as you can see, I also have a WHOLE new wilderness of a garden to tame!  In fact I have three – one at the front, one to the side, and the main one here at the back.  It was a bit of a wrench leaving my old garden behind I must admit.  I’m very glad of this little video I made of it a couple of months before I left to remind me how lovely it was, and also how quickly a garden can change – who remembers what my last one looked like when I arrived??

As you’ll know from my last few posts here, starting this summer I’ve been co-hosting a craft stall with BitsaTat by Delia at our local Arts & Crafts market every month.  It’s been a wonderful social thing to do and I’ve really enjoyed meeting lots of other makers and being part of the lively creative community that we are blessed with here in the Marches.We have a great craft group in our little town too, and every Wednesday afternoon you’ll find a bunch of us surrounded by yarn, fabric, threads, and tea (and often cake!) in our local cafe.  Over the summer we did a little ‘group project’ to make a display for the cafe, which was so much fun that we’re all agreed we need to do another!  You can see the finished results on our Facebook page, but here are some of my contributionsI’ve not been doing so much sewing this year, but still plenty of crochet and lots of felt creations!  Mainly in the form of headdresses and hair clips where I’ll use a mixture of wet felt and needle felted shapes and embelish these with embroidery, beads, applique, and all kinds of bits I’ve picked up in charity shops and car boots.  I absolutely love these creative journies, I never know quite how they’re going to turn out!We’re taking a break from the craft stall for the winter now and I’ve almost finished setting up my craft-space Playroom, so there should be a bit more time for blogging over the coming months.  I have crochet cardies to share with you, plus my latest obsession – felt and fabric beads!  Hope you’ll come and join me!

Wishing you all a colourful creative weekend 🙂