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.
We have been busy decorating the new BBQ lodge ready for Chrisrmas. I have made two lots of festive bunting …..
and, some cushions. I love this hare cushion.
And this fox cushion…..
I might even add this stocking that I have made from an old pair of denim jeans.
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!
Looking forward to more sewing fun in the New Year!
Posted in bunting, Cards, Cushions, Machine embroidery
Tagged BBQ Lodge, bunting, Christmas, Christmas bunting, Christmas Card, Christmas stocking, Denim Christmas stocking, denim jeans, Embroidered Scottie dog, festive bunting, fundraising, hare cushion, reindeer, reindeer sacks, scottie dog, Scottie Dog Christmas Card
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
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.
Posted in Cushions
Tagged applique, BBQ Lodge, Coffee morning, Cowbridge Stitch 'n Bitch, Craft sale, floor cushion, Frida Kahlo, Fussy Cut, nativity play, sewing machine, sheep costumes
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.
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.
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!
However, when I showed it to friends they just said that it looked vintage – so, colour running and washout can be the new vintage!
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
…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!
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.
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Tagged Chrismtas crafts, cushion, cwtch, lace, lace heart, melin Tregwynt, Melin Tregwynt wool, owl, owl door stop, pearl beads, Solva, vintage lace, vintage lace handkerchief
Someone recently gave me some little craft bobbins and after pondering and searching for ideas I finally used them to make a Christmas garland.
A great way to use scraps of fabric. I have used Christmas cottons here but you could use brightly coloured satins.
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.
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!
Posted in Doll
Tagged bells, Christmas, Christmas decorations, Christmas fabric, Christmas ribbon, cord, cotton bobbins, fabric bow, felt hat, queen of recycling, recycled cotton bobbins, recycling, ribbon, ric rac, wooden bead
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!
And a few little heart key rings. The patterned ones are the Tregwynt Wool and the plain ones are made with recycled blanket.
And, I managed to use some pieces to make cushions!
Still lots more to go though!
After a long pause, I have finally finished the little quilt that is all about sewing.