The postman brought me a lovely parcel today. The dishcloths from the recent swap I participated in arrived.
This first one I’m calling the ribbed one. Its knitted and similar to the one I made for the swap except way more fancier. The lovely person who made this took the time to make it a strippy look which I think is really cool. I would love to one day knit in strips.
The second dishcloth is by Anna It is a knitted waffle design. This is the same yarn that I made my shawl in a few months ago. I really like it knitted in this dishcloth.
The third dishcloth is from Laura her Instagram is @thisladylovescrochet (sorry Laura I don’t know how instagram works so I couldn’t put the link in for you) Its crocheted into 3 pieces I think then woven together. Its looks like so much work has gone into this. I almost don’t want to use it for dishes. I almost want to sew this onto the outside of a bag or something as a feature piece.
The last is by a very talented lady called Jodi. This crocheted dishcloth just reminds me of sunshine and summer. Its so bright and happy. I like this square shape and would love to one day do one like it.
We attached a little tag to each dishcloth saying who made it. Jodi has done the most sweetest tag I’ve ever seen. Its a little envelope and it just made me smile. Very sweet.
So thank you to all the lovely people who participated in the swap. All your work is just so pretty. Thanks also again to Mel for running the swap
My scrap stash has gotten a bit out of control. Although I try and use stuff from it when possible I add to it with each project. It was now in 2 medium plastic tubs for which I couldn’t get the lid on the 2nd tub anymore. Like most crafters I find it hard to throw away fabric even if its just a small piece. I think its a waste surely I could do something with it. I saw a project in the latest edition of Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine by Julie Clarke “Flip-Flop Scraps” about making scrap quilts for charity from random scrap fabric. You basically just make blocks from scraps squares than use 1 colour as sashing pieces around each block to form the quilt. I can sew squares perfect.
Because of the types of things I sew I often end up with random shaped off cuts so I set about going through my stash cutting out 2.5″ 2″ and 1.5″ squares from fabric where I could. I kept aside any large pieces that would be useable for future projects. But what to do with all the rest of it that I couldn’t cut down into squares but are too good to throw out. I finally settled on 2 ideas.
1. Give some to a friend who makes toys and is going to try how stuffing small offcuts will go in filling to toys.
2. Give some to another friend for her children to use in craft work.
I’m happy for my scraps to go to these 2 homes. I know each of my friends will be able to use them. I’d rather the scraps get further used before just being thrown in the bin. To be honest once I decided where the scraps would go I found it easier to raid my stash. When I first started going through the stash I wanted to keep onto a lot of different thin offcuts cause I do have a project in mind to do with them one day. Once I knew that I wasn’t actually going to throw scraps in the bin but find a new home for them I relaxed and thought about realistically what I could actually use. I made a big dint in my scrap stash.
As far as actually sewing all the squares together and making the quilts. I’m looking at this as a long term project. I’m not rushing madly into it but once all my squares are cut will start piecing the blocks when I can. I also know that I myself won’t get the chance to ever finish the quilts so I’m only looking at piecing the quilt tops than sending them to charities looking for completed quilt tops so they can make them up.
I decided to type a little note to go along with the Eye Pillows so the recipient would understand how they could be used. I also think its nice seeing that what you’re receiving has been hand made. I found some purple paper and used that. I decided to wrap the pillows in clear cellophane.
I’m sure I will make these again. I’m going to try and get some card stock and print on that so it is thicker therefore I won’t need to wrap them in plastic instead just tie them on with string or yarn.
I went yarn shopping last week……
These lovely yarns are all from Bendigo Woollen Mills They are all 8 Ply cotton in the following shades Honeydew, Blush, Light Teal, Peach, Blue, Wine, Wild Lavender, Pomegranate, Daffodil, Pink Rose, Cypress, Sky, Regal and French Navy
I now have enough to make lovely face cloths next year. Ooh I can’t wait to start playing with them.
I was wanting to add something to a charity Christmas hamper and came up with idea of eye pillows.
The fabric I used was scraps from when I made the Ipad rests
Here’s the basic way that I did it
- Cut 2 fabric rectangles 3.5″ x 7.5″
- Right sides together sew all around leaving a gap
- Clip corners and turn right way out
- Fill with rice.
- Add 2 teaspoons of dried lavender or the contents of a herbal teabag
- Slip stitch closed
Don’t over fill the pillow with too much rice. You want it to be very floppy so that its not too heavy on the eyes and moulds around the face.
As these are just mini heat packs you can treat them the same and put them in the microwave or pop them in the freezer as soothing eye pillows.
I do own a lot of craft books. I think I may own more than my local library.
Most of my books are on sewing, knitting or crochet. Some are only pattern books, some are more tutorial type books. I like the variety of them all as I not only learn from them but get inspiration to create the gifts I make. I don’t have favourite book as such but one I do constantly go back to is The Needlecraft Book. It covers Knitting, Crochet, Embroidery, Needlepoint, Applique, Patchwork and Quilting. I’m always calling it my Bible cause I’m always going back to it to refresh my mind on crochet. Just noticing on the back of the book it calls itself “The Complete Bible” and I agree 100% with that statement.
The reason I go back to this book so often is that the pictures are very clear and the way things are written is very easy to understand. It goes through for example a crochet stitch step by step in detail. Each topic is really an overview of things but its enough to give you the base understanding. It also has projects that you can make using the techniques in the book. If you ever come across this book I do urge you to look at it.
Over the last few days I’ve been under the weather a little. I have been trying to rest and take it easy but even when I’m sick I’m not one to sit idle.
I didn’t want to touch my regular crafts as I didn’t want to pass on my bugs (even with mega amounts of hand sanitizer) so instead I made a crocheted headband for myself that I kept saying I would one day.
I used 8 ply black cotton from Bendigo Woolen Mills unfortunately the colour is no longer available. I made it pretty much the same way as I did ear warmer a few months ago. I opted to just keep it plain and simple and not add any flowers or anything. After I finished this I was still feeling crafty so I have started a knitting bag using the same yarn. Again the bag has been on my todo list for myself for a long time.