Tag Archives: handmade

Birthday Bunting

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You might remember that I was making Bunting for my super step granddaughters birthday BBQ on my last blog. Well job done and I was really pleased with the result.

In the meantime I have also been sorting through my stash of “stuff”. A local charity shop in Chester, The Share Shop Chester, had put out an appeal for fabrics, sewing patterns and notions. Three sewing machines had generously been donated and are scheduled to go abroad to enable refugees to make their own clothes. I had a good sort out and have sent over forty sewing patterns for them, some dress length fabrics and a pile of threads.   It’s great to know that they are going to a good cause. Not only that but I have actually made some space in my craft room.

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Finished!

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I stareted this throw in January 2017 and I made a supreme effort to complete it for January 2018. I didn’t buy any new yarn but used my stash of multi coloured wool. I chose random colours and used random crochet stitches, just following my creativity.

There is nothing cosier than making a blanket ( or afghan)  in the winter months. Fire lit, crochet over the lap and dog by my side. Bliss.

Christmas Cruise!

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IMG_1434Hubs and I are prone to making spontaneous decisions, or should I say jumping in with both feet! It certainly keeps life interesting. Our latest instant idea was to book a cruise. It goes on Sunday to the Caribbean. Whoo Hoo! We don’t get back until 6am Christmas Day!  Guess who’s not cooking Christmas dinner? Hooray.

I have had seven days to:

1 Write, post and deliver Christmas cards.

2 Buy gifts for the family

3 complete hand crafted gifts

4 Pack

5 Buy any clothes needed ( always a good excuse!)

6 re pack to check what I have packed.

7 Book car parking

8 Apply for Visa

9 Buy all Christmas food and freeze so that we can actually eat. ( maybe after two weeks cruise food that won’t be an issue!)

10 collect currency

11 Have hair done. Nails. Check packing……..

12 Happy days!

Most importantly what craft project shall I take with me?

Beads and Stuff

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My Sis gave me a large bag of beads that she had collected. She thought (hopefully) quite rightly that they would make a good cruise project.

IMG_1307I have sorted them all out and now need a project……

All ideas welcome. They are heavy and as you can see quite lovely. All I need to know is what to make with them…….

Thanks Sis! Thinking of you. Go girl go!

Textile Inspiration Packs

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One project that always proves popular at my cruise craft class is what we call “Textile Inspiration Packs”.The packs contain a selection of fabric pieces in various different types. There may be some colour co-ordinated velvet, cotton, corduroy, taffeta and perhaps,lace. They take quite some time to put them together, but it’s good fun.

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The ladies take a pack and it’s over to them! They usually make a fabric brooch, a bag pendant or whatever they wish. Inspiration is the name of the game. We always take along beads, buttons and bows, brooch findings and clips.

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This picture is of a jewellery roll which one lady was inspired to make. It’s lined with plain blue satin and pouches for beads – lovely.

Cruising and Clocks

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During my recent working craft cruise one of the “makes” was a wall clock. I have done this project on a previous cruise and it always proves popular. We used vintage fabrics, wadding, strong card for backing, embroidery hoops and of course, a clock mechanism. It does prove to be fiddly and the clock mechanism is temperamental. Although, that could be because they had travelled by mail all the way from China! The ladies who made the clocks were delighted with the outcome.

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Lessons Learnt

Use round doilies to minimise cutting and bulk.

Make sure backing card is strong but cuttable.

Provide smaller embroidery hoops (but not too small)

This project will defiantly be repeated if I’m lucky enough to be asked onto another cruise!

Fort William, Scotland

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Our recent Scottish Lochs cruise took us to Fort William where we Tendered ashore. This involves going from big ship to small boat to land because the loch is not deep enough to allow the ship to berth at the landing place. A degree of agility may be required if the water is at all rough. Going back to the Beautiful Boudicca ship was a little exciting as the wind created a rougher return. The ships staff were delightful in “man handling” some of the passengers aboard.

Meanwhile back to Fort William…….

Sis and I were lucky to stumble across a great craft fair in this iconic Scottish town. There was much to ooh and ahh about but best of all there was a stall selling beautiful hand felted items. We both fell in love with book covers hand made by Corrine at theatticwindow1@gmail.com Sis is using hers as a tablet cover.

IMG_1196Isn’t this a delight? It contains a note book and as you know a girl cant have too many note books! Not only that but when fully open the book cover is gorgeous.IMG_1195well done Corrine and thank you.

20170708_102751I had to add this photo as I couldn’t resist. Kennedy was my maiden name so fame at last!

Creative Cruise

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20170706_111744IMG_1139When we were on our recent cruise around Scotland, one of the projects that we made was a clock.  We used vintage textiles including tray cloths and doilies. The results were amazingly good and everyone who made one was delighted with the results.

As always there were lessons to be learnt.

1) The wooden embroidery hoops, used as a frame, take up a LOT of space in a suitcase!

2) Do not squash your finished clock into a suitcase as this stops the hands turning!

3) Use vintage doilies for the clock face not tray cloths. This way you don’t need to cut the fabric to fit and you get a better result.IMG_1192IMG_1120

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Cushions Galore

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I have mentioned my Monday craft group many times. The wonderful thing about it is the people ( of course) and the diversity of crafts that we have. There are spinners, knitters, crocheters, knitters, lace makers, knitters, embroiderers, sewers, knitters,and weavers. When we meet there is also a huge amount of chatter and laughter.

I recently commissioned one of the weavers, who happens to be the only guy, to make cushions. I wanted one for myself and one for my daughter. I must confess that he was very patient as I wanted mine to be woven in red. But not too red. With white but not too white. He was spot on with my request!

imageI also asked him to make a “purplish” cushion for my daughter. Again it was perfect.

20170221_090712Trevor also weaves the most beautiful scarfs which are soft and warm.

It didnt occur to me until I purchased these cushions that there is no need for a zip or fasten. Just use a polyester filled cushion pad and carefully wash cover and pad in one go when necessary! Easy!

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B is for…….

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I love this monogram…

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B Is for : Better get on with it! I am still trying to complete some of my UFOs! I have completed a Christmas present this week. Last year’s not this! I can’t show it to you as  I haven’t had chance to give it to Darling Daughter and she is the intended recipient! Watch this space……

B is for Blanket ( or Afghan or throw depending on where you live!). I have tried hard to get ahead with this Blanket this week. Today I spent my time at craft group Darning in ends. I hate that job so try to keep up as I crochet. This is a “use up stash sort of project”

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B is for Beach -I love the beach!

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