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Mask Making (again)

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I only wanted to make a quick six more masks. And everything that could go wrong did. I’ve made dozens of face masks already so I thought it would be a breeze. Well it wasn’t!

The thread tangled around the shuttle. I reckon that this wasn’t helped by using a thicker thread on top. I was trying to use up odd bobbins of thread but should have known better.

The whole shuttle assembly got wedged in at an angle and was clogged with dust bunnies. I’m not very hot on the maintenance so must try harder.

The elastic was too “elastic” I used a different product from previously but should stick with what works.

The back of the masks was a knotted up mess and I spent ages trying to unpick it. I travelled 10 miles to buy a seam ripper to put the faulty stitching right. Surprise surprise whilst I was in the sewing shop some lovely trim jumped into my bag! Great though isn’t it?

All in all lessons learned. BUT I’m still in a stunning location, the sun is shining and ( nearly) all is right with the World.

Vintage Book Wrap

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Back of the book cover

I made this book cover recently using vintage scraps of embroidery, ribbon, lace and other scraps hiding in my stash.

Front of the book wrap

The front and lining of the cover was a vintage tray cloth sandwiched around cotton wadding. The cover was quilted with embroidery thread scraps and bound and fastened with vintage lace acquired from a friend.

The book wrap opened up to show front and back

I embellished the finished cover with buttons and beads and a motif that was hiding in my scrap box.

The book was made for my Granddaughter who was thrilled with the gift. She loved the book and I hope will treasure it for a long time.

Paper Wreath

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Today’s craft class on board the SAGA Sapphire was a paper Christmas wreath. A nice project which was just challenging enough for someone who doesn’t really like paper crafts!

Quite a busy day on board today with lots going on to choose from. I started with an excercise class with Mr Motivator, Craft class, swim in the indoor pool and some fizz to drink pre dinner.I also managed to fit in a classical concert and a football match on TV! Phew! I need to go home for a rest!

A Different Craft Class

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As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.

Weaving in Namibia

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When we were in Swakopmund Namibia we visited a carpet weaving studio It was named Karakulia Weavers They can be found on line at http://www.karakulia.com.na The sheep’s wool is from northern Namibia which is more verdant. The wool is quite thick and course but makes beautiful carpets.

The designs are lovely on both sides, usually of a customers own design and are exported all over the World. The staff had opened especially on a Sunday for us but were delightful and deserved the custom. Sadly I couldn’t buy one as I’m overloaded with luggage any way.

Crafting at Sea

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Many people ask me what I do. Well, apart from being very happily retired, I do crafts! Multiple crafts, some old, up-cyclingn, some new and some for fun. This love of crafts has led me to teach my art on board cruise ships! Simply put I am cruising the oceans sharing my love of crafts. I do not profess to being a qualified teacher but what I am good at is creating a group of people bonded by craft projects. I like to think that I inspire people to “have a go”

I cater for around 30 people per project and have to take all materials with me. There’s little opportunity to shop for glue or yarn off the coast of Africa! (Where I am at the moment) This is an onerous task and involves lots of “arguments ” with suit cases.

The really hard work is in the prep. Deciding what projects to offer and how much fabric will be need to be bought. The reward is seeing someone struggle with a project and being delighted with the result.

Crafting in St Helena

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Today our Ship MS Boudicca was moored off the island of St Helena . A small lush island to which Napoleon Bonaparte was exciled in 1815 and ultimately died.

Crafts continue on board and I spied quite a few of our class working away on their silk tie projects and patchwork iPad cases,. whilst sun bathing on deck. I think that we can assume that the classes are a hit!

Crafting Around Ascension Island

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Today we should have visited Ascension Island but due to a large sea swell it wasn’t safe enough to land the tender crafts. I believe them! My life is in their hands!

Due to this major inconvenience we were asked to put on an unscheduled craft class. We found our enthusiasm and had a happy, crafty morning. Most guests choice to work on their previous projects which are coming together beautifully. What a talented group they are!

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Crafting in the South Atlantic

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We left Cape Verde with a great deck party. We sailed away with approximately 1000 nautical miles to go to our next destination of Ascension Island . At this moment there is in excess of 15,000 feet of water below us. Now that is deep! We are “somewhere” in the South Atlantic.

In Craft today we continued to work on beaded bracelets, did some block printing and generally had a good chat.

Crafts in Tenerife

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This is a looong cruise ending in CapeTown. All is good and the crafts are going down very well. I had to buy further crafting supplies in Madeira to keep us going. It’s a fine line between running out of stuff and having to carry too much home. We will be flying back so are weight limited. (But no one has told my waistline!) Due to waistline issues I’m trying to gym or swim each day.

The crafts so far have involved a cruise log book, felting soap, air dried clay, pin cushion and beading. We are so intensely busy for a shot time that I usually forget to take pictures.