Monday, 17 July 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness July

Oops, a little late this month with Gifted Gorgeousness - the blog hop organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show off our gifts and gift related projects.
I've got a couple of gift related projects and an exchange gift to show this month.
First up, I finished the little top-down cropped cardigan I was knitting for Eloise, which I showed you part done in the last GG post.

Secondly, also for Eloise, a cross stitched cuff.

Treble Points for this one. 1) I made it as a gift. 2) It was made using a cover gift from Cross Stitcher magazine. 3) The cover gift was very kindly gifted to me by Jo because I'd already used the one from my copy of the magazine.
And finally an exchange gift. This is an  exchange with a difference organised through Needlecraft Haven. The idea being your secret stitching partner sends you a chart and the materials to make it up and you find out who your partner was when everyone reveals their finished items in September.
This is the chart and materials pack I received. Isn't it adorable?

For obvious reasons I can't show the one I sent out.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Some Sweet Day...

...I'll make her mine, pretty flamingo
Who else here is old enough to remember that song?
It was love at first sight when I spotted this Michael Miller flamingo print fabric. Unfortunately by the time I spotted it, it was sold out pretty much everywhere.
I spent hours trawling the internet and eventually I managed to track down a scant metre remnant from a UK online shop, and another metre from a shop in Germany.
My mother, who was a genius at this kind of thing, could take a slab of fabric and a waist measurement, and by application of some form of arcane mathematics make a perfect pleated skirt without a pattern in about ten minutes flat, so I thought I'd see if the eldritch seamstress maths gene had passed down to me
I haven't quite got her knack for it, because it took me the best part of an afternoon, but all in all I'm pretty chuffed with how it came out.

I added a some white ric rac to the hem, because, obviously, a flamingo border print skirt isn't anywhere near kitschy enough on its own
Now all I need is some sunny weather to give me a chance to wear it

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness in June

It's time for June's Gifted Gorgeousness, the brainchild of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching, where we show off anything we can remotely shoehorn into the category of a gift.
I'm kicking off this month with this stitched bracelet.

Double GG points for this one as it was a cover gift with Cross Stitcher magazine, and I've stitched it for Naomi.
I swapped out the slightly loud colours in the original kit for a cooler palette of blues and turquoises with white, and left a few rows blank as I liked the effect of the "leather" showing through.
Second up, is this handbag I made from a vintage souvenir scarf depicting scenes of  Rome.

I'ts got the Colosseum on the other side.
This is another double pointer. Again it's a gift for Naomi; who is going to be living in Italy next academic year as part of her degree, and consequently needs an Italian handbag; and the pattern to make it came from a book which I received as a gift from Julie a couple of years ago.
And finally, just so you don't think Eloise is being left out on the handcrafted gift front, here is my progress on a cardigan I'm knitting for her.

The pattern is "Mizzen" from Classic Elite Yarns. It's a raglan sleeved cardigan knitted in one piece from the top down, the line of lacy holes you can see is one of the raglans forming.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

A Spot of light Summer Knitting

I don't often knit for myself but I couldn't resist this little raglan sleeved summer jumper (Pattern Number 4772) in King Cole Cottonsoft Crush.

I do love a self striping yarn. Lovely mindless, in front of the TV knitting.
One small problem. As you can see from the pattern illustration it's meant to be quite a wide neck. Well their model must have shoulders like an all in wrestler because knitted up as given it falls clean off mine. I remedied it by threading a few rows of shirring elastic through the ribbing to pull it in so mine's a bit more scoop necked.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - May

Where is this year going? It is Gifted Gorgeousness time again already! (Gifted Gorgeousness being the blog hop organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching, where once a month we show off our gift related crafting, or crafting related gifts for that matter)
This month I can show Naomi's Bambi pyjamas, which you'll probably recognise because I only blogged about them a couple of days ago (note to self: try to remember the date before blogging)

And here is a QAYG pouch made using a mixture of vintage fabrics and sari silks that I made for a friend's birthday earlier this month

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sewing and Upcycling

A little more sewing this week. First up a pair of summer pyjamas I made for Naomi using a gorgeous Bambi print jersey I bought from Elephant in my Handbag

And secondly a spot of upcycling using New Look pattern 6230 to go from this xl men's t-shirt

to this swarovski crystal embellished top with lacy raglan sleeves.

I've entered this in the Upcycle 2017 contest on Pattern Review

Upcycle Contest 2017

Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Take on the Zadie Dress

If you sew at all you've probably seen the Zadie dress from Tilly and the Buttons, with it's funky colour blocked panels and deep roomy pockets, all over the internet, and after seeing so many lovely versions of it I could resist no longer.
Here is my version of Zadie. I made the 3/4 sleeve version in a plain and a print jersey.

And here's a side/back view to show the diagonal seams

Next up a red and black Zadie for Eloise

Sunday, 30 April 2017

More Block Printing and a Spot of Slightly Mad Knitting

This time I decided to use an Indian printing block to upcycle a plain and boring denim skirt. I also added some braid and a few sparkly beads.

Classic husband quote - "you've only done one side of it", well, yes, it's called a design choice...

And the mad knitting? This is from an Alan Dart pattern in Simply Knitting magazine.

Bwaa Ha Ha Ha!

 He was NOT easy to put together, but I think he was worth it

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Block-Printing and Bluebells

Penguins are not just for winter so I printed myself a silk penguin scarf for spring.

Penguin printing block and black and teal fabric paints from The Arty Crafty Place
And just because they are pretty, some bluebells in my garden.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Exchange

I took part in an Easter Exchange on Needlecraft Haven. You had to send a stitched ornament and a sweet treat.
Here is the beautiful ornament I received from Mary. I love it, and the way it is finished as a little bell is fabulous.

Mary also sent me a chocolate fish. I have to admit that is a first for me, but apparently it is a thing in France where Mary lives.
And here is the ornament I stitched for Clare.

The design is from Alioka here

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - April

It's time for April's Gifted Gorgeousness - the blog hop organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show off our, however tenuously, gift related crafting.
This month I have a couple of things to show.
I made this zipped pouch as a birthday gift for my friend Ruth (no blog) using the QAYG technique and incorporating scraps of metallic and embroidered fabrics, shisha mirrors and sari silks.

And this is a small weaving I made.

The loom was a cover gift on Mollie Makes magazine so that totally counts right?

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Spring Has Sprung

I picked this posy of flowers in the garden this morning.

And made this little skirt for Naomi from a fun Japanese print cotton

I just hope it doesn't say anything vulgar!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Carry On My Wayward Son - The Sofa Edit

Warning:  This is not  going to mean a lot to you if you don't watch Supernatural

I saw on Pinterest where someone had embroidered a Supernatural anti-possession symbol onto flannel and mounted it in a hoop. I liked the idea of the embroidery but I'm not keen on the whole hoop-art thing so I adapted the idea, making a nine-patch square out of upcycled jeans and flannel (very Sam and Dean I thought), and here is the result
The Winchester Cushion.

This one is for Eloise, but I may make another.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Not Much to See for Gifted Gorgeousness in March

Gifted Gorgeousness is the blog hop organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we sho off our gift related crafting. Due to the fall of Birthdays and Easter there isn't a lot I can show here this month, but there is this plant, which was given to me by a neighbour a few years back, and is definitely gorgeous.

Also this little Liberty cord skirt I made myself, because the pattern (New Look 6843) was free with Sew magazine

That's about it for this month I'm afraid.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

With Apologies to Edna Mode

Sorry Edna.

I made a cape. 

Perhaps I should call it a wrap?
Pattern and wool tweed outer fabric from Cool Crafting; lining from a liberty Tana Lawn remnant, wooden buttons from EvilBay.
The next project was something I saw in Mollie Makes magazine, a magazine rack made from copper piping.

This was a joint effort between me and my husband. He did the cutting the copper pipes bit and I did the sewing the fabric bit.
And here is a spot of upcycling, This second hand enamel colander, that had seen better days and cost me less than a pound; is now a miniature succulent garden.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monthly Challenge, Dressmaking and Upcycling

Sunday was reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge. This month we did these fairisle style heart designs from Luli.
Here is mine, stitched in my favourite variegated red (Crescent Colours - Ruby Slippers), and white, and finished off with a teeny tiny pom pom trim.

The rest of the gallery is here
I've also been doing a spot of dressmaking. This is my version of the Lisette Traveller dress, done in a white broderie anglais for the bodice and a Lewis and Irene print cotton for the skirt, and finished with vintage buttons. I think it has a nice mid-century modern vibe.

I just hope we get enough good weather for me to be able to wear it!
And finally the upcycling. I'm sure you've seen the fancy marble coasters in the high end shops (eg John Lewis have a set of four for £20).
I picked up these ex-display samples of composite stone worktops for 10p each at a local DIY place.

All I needed to do was stick some self adhesive felt on the backs of them. Bargain!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness for February

Gifted Gorgeousness, for those who haven't come across it before, is a blog hop organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching, where we show off anything even remotely gift related that we think we can lever into the post stitching and crafting gifts we have sent or received.
To kick off this month we have the Valentines Exchange at Needlecraft Haven. . The idea was to exchange Valentine themed sock and matching thread.
Here are the wonderful snuggly and oh so pink socks I received from Justine.

Thank you Justine, I love them!
I sent to Julie, but forgot to get a picture before I sent them out.
In other gift related news, I made a little something for Kerry who won my imaginatively titled "Guess how many finishes I'll have this year" competition for 2016.

Yes, you can cross stitch on a tea strainer. Who knew? Anyway, I'm pleased to say that Kerry loved it.
And for dear Barb's birthday I made and sent this quilted patchwork zippered pouch, incorporating various vintage and contemporary fabric scraps including a piece with a lovely metallic sheep print, because as we know, Barb is rather fond of sheep.

Well, that's it for this month. Off to hop the blogs and see what everyone else has been up to now.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Day

This is my post for Jo's Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop  
Here is the picture I was sent by my secret stitcher. Isn't it lovely?

Say hello and identify yourself secret stitcher!
I'm off to see who got mine now (link to the master post above)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Braiding and Beading

Just a couple of little makes this week.
I finished this braided cowl for Naomi (yarn and pattern from Deramores here)

It's done with two variegated wools (red/pink and black/grey) worked together in a tweeded stitch. Not too tricky once I got the hang of which stitches to slip on which row. The same cannot be said for the combination of navy/blue and black/grey which I'm currently knitting up for myself, as I can't tell the two colours apart under electric light!
And here are some little Swarowski crystal heart pendants, which as you can see were so much fun that I couldn't stop at just one, so one each for the girls, one for me and one that didn't work out quite so well because the black beading thread showed through the crystals

Hard to get the colours of these to photograph well but we have (clockwise from top right) Metallic Silver, Turquoise AB, Rose Alabaster, and Lavender ABx2

Friday, 3 February 2017

Completely Forgot!

It was reveal day last Sunday for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Challenge. This month we all stitched our own versions of this New Year design from Aliolka.
Yes It's a Penguin. No I'm not sorry.
I stitched mine using Gloriana silks, and finished him into a little pillow

The other finishes can be seen in the gallery here. It's always fun seeing how different people interpret the same design.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Year of the Rooster

I couldn't find a Year of the Rooster design I liked so I adapted one I found at La Comtesse & Le Point de Croix, adding a small chinese lantern to make this New Year decoration.

And here I am wearing the snuggly new jacket I made at the weekend, using a sherpa backed faux suede fabric and a free pattern from Simply Sewing magazine. Just the thing as the weather has turned cold and damp.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

QAYG and First Shoes of 2017

Contrary to what I may have previously believed, QAYG is not in fact the back-up computer aboard Red Dwarf.

That would be Queeg

QAYG, on the other hand, stands for quilt as you go, and I found a really good tutorial for making a zippered pouch using the technique at SOTAK Handmade.
Here is the pouch I made, incorporating, amongst other scraps, some vintage Liberty and Laura Ashley fabrics, an old pillowcase, and one of David's old shirts

I also upcycled a rescued section of one of my vintage embroidered cloths which somebody had managed to get tomato sauce on. This is why we can't have nice things. (Yes dear, I am writing about you on my blog).
I made some new quilted table mats as well. So far they are tomato free...

"And the shoes?" I hear you cry.
Check them out. Gotham City Sirens Converse. I am in Shoe Heaven