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Change of plan, again!

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I’m nothing if not indecisive! I have thought this project through and gathered together the necessary. I’ve researched, upcycled and finally started to work on my future travel project. I don’t like it! I like the theory, I enjoyed the ideas book and I tried hard. However I don’t like it!

On review of my first hexigan ( which would be the first of many) it just doesn’t work. The beautiful Harris Tweed is too thick when folded over. It doesn’t sit well with the vintage embroidery and in short it doesn’t work! No amount of pressing will improve the look, but I haven’t abandoned it completely.

I adore the vintage embroidery which was worked by my Grandmother over fifty years ago. Don’t worry! I only cut up the cushion cover because a Grandchild tried to colour it in with a permanent Felt tip pen! So….. rethink, re trench and start again.

I did like the embroidery that I had done on the reverse of the hexigon so I intend to incorporate that into the “take two” project!

This is the second plan. I love the Harris Tweed that I’m going to use and I’m delighted to upcycle my Grandmother’s vintage embroidery.

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What are you reading?

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I couldn’t make my mind up which of these two books is my favourite. The book “A Trip around the Wool” is a great book and up there among my current favourites. It’s a bi lingual book in both French and English and beautifully illustrated. I’m just starting a project titled “52 Happy Memories of 2007”. The aim is to create an embroidered hexagon each week culminating in a 52 hexi quilt. I’m already falling behind so nothing new there.

The second book “Stitched Memories” by Tilly Rose is a glorious book sub titled “Telling a story through cloth and thread” which sits well alongside the other book. I’m using old embroideries and Harris Tweed to create my memory quilt. But lots more about that as it starts to come together.

Not A Good Result

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For the last few days I’ve been busy making a cotton tunic for my forth coming Indian trip. I finished today and am pleased with the result. Well…..actually I like the tiger fabric, the pattern went together fine and it fit well. Ok I confess! I don’t like it. There’s nothing technically wrong I just wouldn’t have bought it in a shop! Which is the acid test for home dressmaking. Whilst I love the tiger fabric perhaps it’s too busy?I like the tunic pattern but it’s just not “me”. Ah well! Lesson learned and all that! I’m sure as Hell trying!

Trying to recycle

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I’ve made an attempt to save the World this Christmas but suspect it’s not a single handed job!

I bought and wrapped my gifts in recycled brown paper. Then realised that the roll I had bought was wrapped in plastic!! Come on WH SMITH!

I used fabric scraps to tie the gifts up but then realised that I still needed sticky tape (because I’m a rubbish wrapper!)

Some recycled gift wrapping ( the paper is recycled not the gifts)

Scrappy Tin ( that has been recycled)

I only bought Charity Christmas cards from the actual charities but spent a fortune on postage stamps! I had thought of not sending cards this year but I actually enjoy receiving them. Any novel ideas about recycling them next year?

Well I have tried so I will try even harder next year . I’ll drink plenty of wine then I can recycle the bottles!

Decorating

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One of the best things about this time is the decorations. Forget the dark days and add twinkle to your life with fairy lights. Get all wrapped up with recycled paper. Make your own cool wreath.

This wreath is so easy to make that even I can do it. I made it three Christmases ago. It squashes flat and fluffs out when the decs go up. It also ticks the recycling, upcycling and reusing boxes. Here’s how:

Take a wire coat hanger and bend and twist into a rough circle keeping the hook as,well, a hook.

Cut plastic bags into approximately 2 x 6 inch strips

Take each strip and knot around the wire

Keep going round the circle pushing the knotted strips close and tight.

When the circle is full fluff out the strips and trim if required.

Add decoration of choice or leave without

You can use coloured bags ( I used clear) and adapt for other occasions e.g. Halloween, Baby shower, wedding, Birthday etc.

Hook up the wreath. Stand back. Admire.

Happy decorating to you all dear reader!

Finished Friday!

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I’ve Finally finished my current project!

It’s scarf called Hitchhiker and can be found on http://www.Ravelry.com and is by Martina Behm This is the third time I’ve made this cosy knit. It is easy to do and attractive when finished.

First I made this one:

Then I made one for my daughter last Christmas, which I forgot to photograph, but that time I sewed purls to each point.

And now I’ve made this one:

Gorgeous Grandaughter

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As you may know I have been having a craft fest in between looking after Gorgeous Granddaughter. Because she’s been in school I have been crafting all day! Bliss! One of the items that I’ve been working on is the beaded bracelet. I have now perfect how to make it and am delighted with the result.

I use safety pins (at least 50)

Thread beads onto the safety pins and close pin

Thread pins onto beading elastic

Thread elastic through the top and bottom of the pins.

Join elastic so that it is the length of your wrist

Use a wreath knot and dab glue onto the knot to secure

Done!

Gorgeous Granddaughter was delighted with the result. This is definitely one Craft that I will be offering on my next crafty cruise.

WIP? PhD?

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As seems to be a frequent occurrence I had the idea that 2019 will be the year of project completion. Then I remembered that I have this idea every year!

WIP= Work in progress

PhD = Projects half done

Current WIP ( that I can recall)

  1. Bee Keepers Quilt
  2. Knitted squares Afghan-all one colour
  3. Patchwork Quilt (three quarters done)
  4. Skirt-nearly done for Christmas
  5. Hitchhiker scarf
  6. Beaded bracelet ( nearly complete cruise project)
  7. Zippered pouch ( years old)
  8. Quillow
  9. Crochet shawl kit (never started)
  1. Two tunic tops (not started but required for trip in February

And the list goes on………

When I am brave enough to adventure towards the bottom of my stash I am sure that there are many more projects jut waiting to be finished.

I’m also thinking of starting a one woman campaign for sustainability

“A jumper is for ever not just for Christmas”

Apparently Charity (thrift) shops are swamped with old/ nearly new Christmas sweaters. Come on guys get off this bandwagon. Refined reuse recycle and more importantly don’t waste your money!