Finishing Off For Christmas

Fundraising now over I have been busy completing off half finished projects ready for Christmas. These two reindeer sacks are for the little boys next door. I have filled them with a few goodies and they will receive them when they come over for tea in the BBQ Lodge on Thursday.

Fred and Alfie stcokings

We have been busy decorating the new BBQ lodge ready for Chrisrmas. I have made two lots of festive bunting …..

Nadolig Llawen bunting

and, some cushions. I love this hare cushion.

Hare cushion

And this fox cushion…..

fox cushion

I might even add this stocking that I have made from an old pair of denim jeans.

denim stocking

Finally, to round things off I received this lovely embroidered Christmas Card from a dear friend who knows how much I love Scottie Dogs. It is delightful and will continue to sit on the shelf well after the Christmas period!

Jans card

Looking forward to more sewing fun in the New Year!

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Frida Kahlo Cushion

Having been distracted over the last couple of weeks with the Cowbridge Stitch ‘n Bitch Festive Coffee Morning and Craft Sale and the addition of a BBQ Lodge in our garden I have finally found my way back to the sewing machine to complete some unfinished projects.

One of them is this floor cushion for someone who is for a fan of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

I love the fabric and have spent a ot of time fuss cutting the images out and appliqueing them on for maximum effect. I hope the receipient is as pleased with the end result as I am!

Now on to making sheep masks and costumes for an imminent nativity play! Watch this space.

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Countdown to Christmas

Over the last few weeks I have been making an advent calendar for my son and his partner. It is based on one that I made when the children were young.

advent calendars

The 1990 version has been well used and enjoyed over the years and still comes out every year. Here’s hoping that the 2014 version provides as much enjoyment! I have certainly enjoyed making it and sourcing litttle decorations for the pockets.

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To Wash, or Not to Wash?

I was reading a friend’s recent blog where she was asking whether people wash their fabrics before using them for making quilts. Having never done this before she decided that she might wash some intensely coloured fabrics that she had recently bought – and was very glad that she had done so!

It reminded me that I didn’t used to wash my fabrics although our patchwork tutor had always advised that we did. Now, after having experienced the disaster that can happen I always do.

And this is the disaster.

I decided to make an apron decorated with bunting and when it was finished noticed a mark on it so washed it. This only made things worse because the colours ran and when I used a colour catcher to try and save the apron it just made things worse!

bunting apron

However, when I showed it to friends they just said that it looked vintage – so, colour running and washout can be the new vintage!

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Crafting for Christmas

After an extended week in Solva I have returned home to all my half done projects which I need to get finshed for Christmas. As a diversion though I decided to use up some of the offcuts of Melin Tregwynt wool that I bought last year when I was in West Wales.

So, I have just completed a cushion

cwtch cushion tregwynt

…and this cute little owl door stop. The plain fabric is something that I came across in my stash. Bought it quite a while ago thinking it might make good Gingerbread Men. hey ho!

owl

Being on a roll by now I decided to finish off a lace cushion that has been on the go for sometime. In its construction I have used a vintage lace handkerchief and a variety of laces from my stash to make the lace heart. It is also embellished with pearl beads.

lace cushion

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Festive Coffee Morning & Craft Sale

flyer

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Planning for Christmas

Someone recently gave me some little craft bobbins and after pondering and searching for ideas I finally used them to make a Christmas garland.

bobbin garland

A great way to use scraps of fabric. I have used Christmas cottons here but you could use brightly coloured satins.

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Cotton Bobbin Christmas

There is no time like the present to be thinking about Christmas – the sun has gone, the temperature is dropping and the night’s are drawing in!

So, having collected a number of empty cotton bobbins over the last few months I have created some Christmas decorations with them.

Cotton bobbin Christmas

The bobbin is covered with either a Christmas fabric or ribbon and a decorative bow attached. The head is a wooden bead with a felt hat attached. This has been decorated with narrow ric rac. Gold or silver cord has been used to hang it with and the bottom of the cord has little bells attached. Looks quite cute. I wonder if it will catch on?

Many thanks to good friend Hilary, the Queen of recycling who encourages us never to throw things away before thinking about recycling!

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Using Up Wool Scraps

Last Autumn I bought a bag of scraps from the Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill in West Wales and after pondering what to do with them I have finally made a few things.

Surprise surprise – Scottie Dogs!

Scottie dog key rings

And a few little heart key rings. The patterned ones are the Tregwynt Wool and the plain ones are made with recycled blanket.

key rings wool

And, I managed to use some pieces to make cushions!

Tregwynt greay cushion

Still lots more to go though!

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Born to Sew

After a long pause, I have finally finished the little quilt that is all about sewing.

Born to sew

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