I’ve made my first batch of earrings to give as Christmas gifts to 3 little girls this year. These are so simple to make all you need is the earring studs, cabochons (charms) and E6000 glue all which I got from Jackobindi. I made them up in minutes then let them sit for a week or so to fully dry. I don’t think you really need to leave them that long but I’m always overly cautious. My advice is when working with E6000 glue you really do need to be in a well ventilated room as the glue is very strong smelling.
Your always learning whilst crafting and last week I learnt that sometimes you need to realise a project just isn’t going to happen and you need to let it go.
I was trying to make jewellery boxes. I made this earlier in the year and it worked well. I needed to make 3 this time and on the first one I was coming up hurdle after hurdle. I had thread breaking, needles breaking, ran out of cotton on the reel, cut the lid too short during the final stages, couldn’t hand stitch the sides together easily, discovered the sides were different sizes.
I’m not sure why I was having some many troubles but in the end decided to save my time and sanity I had to realise that I was never going to get 1 box made let alone 3. I don’t usually throw my hands in the air and give up but I think it comes to a point when you have to face reality that the idea you had is not working and you need to find a plan b instead of just wasting your time and energy on a project. I still like the concept of Rug Canvas Fabric boxes and I will try them again next year but the lot I attempted this time are not going to turn into anything. To discard the project I’ll put the pieces in the bag of scraps I’m gathering for kids. I’m sure the kids will find some use for them in their play.
I’ve made another fabric colours book like I made before.
Again the designs I used were from the Crinkly Critters book by Kids Quilts. I also set myself the same challenge of only using fabric from my scrap stash. Some of the pages I found really easy to do but others I had to really sort through my scraps to find amounts of fabric. I was going to do a red page but couldn’t find the fabric quantities to do any of the designs in full.
Even though I used the same fleece as last time to line the pages I did have a little trouble sewing them at the end to bind the book. I divided the book in half so I would be sewing 2 lots of completed pages (a completed page is once it is turned right side out so has a back and front) together at time with the intention of then sewing those 2 separate segments. I was able to sew the 2 pages without problem but at the final stage of sewing all the segments together my machine had a tantrum. In the end I stitched all the segments together on the spine by hand using an upholstery thread. I coved up the spine with a scrap of blue I found in my stash that I slip stitched into place.
Its funny how you can do the same project yet have different issues each time you make it.
I’m a little excited in 2015 I’m going to do my first Crochet-A-Long (CAL)
Currently Lucy from Attic24 is running a CAL for her Cozy Blanket, however in Australia it is a bit warm at this time of year to make a blanket so the lovely Sharon from Lilabelle Lane is organising an Autumn CAL next March when it gets a bit cooler for us. As soon as I saw a picture of this blanket I knew I wanted to be involved. I’ve been a fan of Lucy’s for some time and it was from her blog that I learnt how to do Granny Stripe blankets. For this project it wasn’t compulsory to get the yarn pack that Lucy uses but I decided too. The pack cost less than A$50 and it arrived from the UK in a week. I couldn’t believe the delivery time that was great. I’ve never purchased wool from overseas so it was another first for me. The wool feels so soft and the colours are great. I’ve printed the pattern and I’m ready to go. The pattern is so simple and only uses 1 stitch (Treble Crochet) which happens to be one of the two crochet stitches I can actually do.
I’ve made another ball however this one is a little bit different. The green floral fabric that I have used is from the stash of mum’s old pj’s. The ball is for a niece whom has only just arrived this year so won’t get to play with Nanna in person, however with this ball she’ll always get to play with Nanna. As the ball doesn’t look like a baby toy I can see this staying with the child as she grows. It’s a great little size to be tossed around a bedroom without damage when she is older.
On the sewing side this is done with English Paper Piecing using off cuts in my fabric scrap stash. I tack the pieces with leftover bobbins to empty them off. To whip stitch it together I used a tiny reel of thread I found in my stash that I can’t put on my sewing machine. This project is a good project to use up bits and pieces in your stash.
If your in Australia or New Zealand you may of heard about the 5000 Poppies project. For those unaware of it the project started in Australia in the aim to make poppies to be planted (placed) in Federation Square, Melbourne on Anzac Day 2015 to commemorate 100 years of service by Australian servicemen and women who have served our country in both war and peacetime. The call went out for individuals around the country to contribute by making a poppy. A similar project is also running in New Zealand.
As soon as I heard about the project I knew I wanted to be involved. As a knitter it was just the thing for me. There are various patterns you can follow. I had intentions of making heaps but have decided if I can send 2 really nice poppies in I’d be proud to have contributed to the project. 2 is my favourite number and therefore that makes it a little more special for me. When I see the display on the tv which will be amazing I can know that amongst them are 2 little poppies that came out of my heart with respect and gratefulness.
2 more Christmas presents finished. These bookmarks are from Farmyard Friends by Julie Lembit which was published in the Holiday Craft 2011 magazine. There are 6 designs but these little guys just spoke to me. Even though these guys are very simple I did have a boo boo moment when I was stitching them together. In the haste of not paying attention to what I was doing I put the backing on the wrong way and when I stitched the dog realised I was meant to have the pieces right sides facing therefore I couldn’t turn it out the right way. When I was stitching I had the embroidered side down and my mind was thinking something is wrong here but instead of stopping I kept going. I was going to trim around the edge and call it a design feature but I wasn’t happy so got out my unpicker for some reverse sewing and un did it all. I’m glad I did. Had a I used a contrasting colour it would’ve looked ok but plain white just looked out of place around the edge.