17-11-11 Sewing and Fabrics

Bearpaw

House Blocks


Bearpaw

For the last year I have been sewing blocks for the Tag Square Bee on Flickr. This has been a fun, though frustrating Bee, to be part of. We seemed to have more than our fair share of Bad Bee Luck, with about a third of the members dropping out half way through due to illness or just going AWOL. Poor Jo, the admin and organiser, has had quite a difficult time of it and there have been a lot of angel blocks made.
But despite all that, I have managed to collect some beautiful house, people and cat blocks! I have laid them out above but need to ask you all some advice.
And here is a house whose occupant loves Babushkas (or maybe one lives here!), and where the toaster dances with the toast every morning. And hedgehogs roam around the garden in vast numbers (but don’t like straying from the path and getting their little paws wet).

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Jenni Cresswell

Memory Quilt 2011: I used to be shirts…


Jenni Cresswell

Memory Quilt 2011: I used to be shirts…

An exercise in how much fabric you can recycle from unwanted clothing and how it can be transformed into a useful object which contains the memories of the items of clothing which added it.

Also some other designs….

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Bothabunch

Ready for a sleep over!


Bothabunch

Once again Pinterest inspired me! And lucky for me a week later my MIL(mom in law) dropped off a load of old bedding and fabric for me put in my scraps bin!

For those of you who remember Jenna-May is enjoying sleeping on the floor – which made this a perfect project for her!

The ol’ sewing machine was once again unpacked (thanks again to the MIL for the loan)! Such a simple little project and Jenna absolutely loves it! Now choosing to sleep on it during “nap time”. She has also had it on top of her bed!! Seriously that little girl is a funny one!

One tip I would give though is make sure the pillowcases are all the same size!!! a little tweaking needed to be done to ensure it was more aesthetically pleasing!

Rolled up, ready to store

The full affect

And already it’s a favorite TV watching spot!

Once again though a little something that the kids love that cost me NOTHING! and those to me are the best things!!!

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beepbeep

Stay your wandering feet


beepbeep

My friend Amy just bought her first house so I made her an embroidered picture for her wall. I chose a quote from Jane Eyre because that is a book we both love. The background is a blackwork pattern I chose from a cross-stitch book I have, the same one that had the alphabet I used. It took a bit longer than I thought it would but I love the way it looks.

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Wag Doll

Winter Cape Coat in Grey Wool Cashmere


Wag Doll

Well my first attempt at clothing from a commercial pattern is complete! A winter cape coat.

I adore capes, I already have 2 ready-to-wear versions bought a couple of years ago. I love the way you can wear them over chunky winter jumpers and batwing sleeves without crushing your armpits. I really don’t need another one, but I saw this cape on Ebay a few months ago and was outbid (grrr!) ….so I went on the hunt for a pattern that could replicate it, and I think the end result was fairly close?

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Me and My Shadow

No Crochet Crocheted Poncho


Me and My Shadow

A little while ago I was mooching around a craft market. I spotted some beautiful crocheted kid’s ponchos. They really were lovely, but at around £15 each they were a bit pricey for my budget. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not begrudging the price, I’m sure they took hours and hours to make and when you take that into account, £15 was actually very reasonable.

However, I know I can pick up hand crocheted granny blankets for a couple of quid in almost any charity shop I go in, and these were essentially little crocheted granny blankets with a hole in the middle…

(did you hear the penny drop then?)

I present to you, the cheat’s crochet poncho…for those like me who can’t crochet for toffee…

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KEYNKO – A CRAFTY FAMILY

Pop up play tent


KEYNKO - A CRAFTY FAMILY

One of our favourite projects attempted by the Keynko collective was this fab pop up tent. G’ma Ann saw a similar one and the decision was made! As you can imagine it was fairly tricky to get through the sewing machine (it stands 7 feet high at the apex and 5 feet across at the widest point) However G’dad T was on hand to guide the acres of canvas!
We faced a dilemma with the pop up aspect as to how to achieve the best result whilst still making it simple to use and easy to store away. Having experimented with a selection of stiff hose pipe, Roman blind poles and sectioned carbon fibre tent poles, the final version uses the poles from a pop up tent The loop at the top means it hangs from a tree or a hook in the ceiling and there’s no need for extra poles and pegs, although we have included pegs and loops at the bottom if you chose to peg in down in the garden! We are hoping it will bring years of imaginary play joy to a lucky aspiring Knight in Armour or Proud Princess in the making!

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