A great visit to Yarndale in Skipton a few weeks ago. This is One of my favourite days out of the year. Of course I didn’t go to buy any yarn, after all my stash is beyond measure! I just went to enjoy the woolly experience. Well, enjoy it I did! I enjoyed buying some beautiful four ply Merino wool. Well it was a bargain and it would have been rude not to buy it. I checked out all of the stalls, which are incidentally, located in a the animal pens of an auction mart. I enjoyed squeezing lots of wools and admired the rainbows of colours. It’s the colours that are the main attraction. I enjoyed buying a wool felt cushion kit. A girl can never have too many cushions (although when I will make it I have no idea!)I did also buy hessian, now I REALLY needed this! Also a roll of Tweed scraps just because I could!
ANOTHER UFO finished. AKA a finished object.
I did a course at Liberty Bell Chester to make a felt cushion. As I didn’t want to turn it into a cushion I made a craft bag! I really enjoyed the course – it is lovely meeting other crafters, learning new techniques and just having a pure “Me” day.
I chose a contrast lining and inserted a zip into the top. I used a lot of blanket stitch as I adore blanket stitch! The whole bag was made by hand. I find hand sewing therapeutic and relaxing and really enjoyed the process.
I now have a finished bag to carry ANOTHER UFO
The cat sitting by the tree is a button. He does have rather a startled look but I have just sewn his bottom to the bag.
The shawl mentioned in the previous post was a great sucess on Christmas Day. My Mum was very pleased, even if I’m not sure that she will remember to wear it! Christmas was good in my part of the World and I hope that it was in yours also.
I can now show you the cushion that I made for my little Sis. The fabric was purchased from a craft show and I was advised to wash it before sewing because of potential shrinkage. I was amazed at the amount of dressing or starch that did come out of it when washed. It was purchased as “shabby chic” fabric and indeed ended up as very “shabby chic” if not just “shabby rag”! Because of this I chose to quilt the cushion using a backing of quality batting. This worked and I am pleased with the end result.
I made two nine patch quilts to which I appliqued hearts and flowers. I used contrast threads to give the cushion a country, simple look. I machine quilted in the ditch and a little around each patch to give it some body.I also attatched a border of a contrasting lace frill using a tiny red Cross stitch which is very effective. I also added pretty buttons to the flower centres. Over all, after a disappointing start, I am very pleased with the outcome, and more importantly so is Sis
This weekend we attempted to put up the awning to our campervan for the first time. This “tent” is a porch for the van to allow Benji dog a comfortable place to live whilst travelling with us. Now this was a first for us as we unknotted guy ropes ( or is it guide ropes?), detangled tent poles and and tried to organise the confusing canvas. All this was assisted by Benji dog and Grandson playing chase, ball and rolly polly on the grass over and around the supposed tent! Great fun! I just hope we’re not in a hurry when we put it up for real.
With campervan aka Damnvan1, adventures in mind I have made two cushions for said van. I had great fun sewing on the bobbles. I also put a zip in each. Unfortunately I sewed in the zips closed and around the cushions. It was a great challenge to open the zips from the inside out. However, I am very pleased with the end result and will make some matching tie backs for the vans curtains. All mod cons. Can’t wait to get away for a few days in the Damnvan1 I will report back when we do.
I purchased this cushion as a kit and it was my first foray into English paper piecing.-Even though she is a Welsh lady! I pieced together the appliqué lady and attached her to the background by hand. I wasn’t really knowledgable enough to quilt the cushion at the time. I would probably still struggle with the quilting,but these days I’d be prepared to give it a go.
I’m all organised for the craft fair on Saturday. Hopefully there will be a good foot fall as everything will be handmade. I will report back.
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