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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.

The finished quilt

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Way back when( January), I posted about a quilt I was making. This was to be my “lock down project.” The quilt kit was special as I purchased it from a lady I met on my trip to India in 2019 Kim Porter at http://www.wornandwashedfabrics.com

I enjoyed the jig saw puzzle pre construction

Well! I did actually finish it and was delighted with the result.

It was lap quilt size and lovely and soft

As it was made from pre used linens I wanted it all to be 100 percent natural. I used 100 percent cotton wadding and for the back chose vintage linen tray cloths which were very soft.

I machined the blocks together and hand quilted the finished quilt.

I gifted the quilt to my lovely Sister and she was thrilled with it. So much so that she said when she dies she wants to be wrapped in it! I cried!

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.

Long Time No See

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Hello dear reader what a long time since I last posted! How our Worlds have changed! All is good in my little World. My friends and family are well(ish) and my new hips are wonderful. I’m so grateful that I had the surgery pre Covid and that I had them both done at the same time. Sometimes things work out.

I have been busy crafting as usual and have managed to complete a few UFOs ( unfinished objects) I will report back on what I have done in the near future! In the meantime I’ve taken up residence in my sea side home with the intention of crafting and relaxing. Well I’m relaxing all right. Here is the view from my sea side bolt home today.

Beautiful Cardigan Bay

I arrived at my little piece of heaven intending to have a full on crafty week. Hopefully to complete a quilt that’s been on the go for some time. I packed my sewing machine, half made quilt, batting etc and arrived yesterday. I organised the sewing machine only to realise that I hadn’t brought scissors, threads, needles etc!

So having completed one mini project last night I drove into Porthmadog and bought the ingredients for Crafting two more items. Ahh well! So much for completing my long list of UFOs One day I MIGHT be organised.

The trip into Porthmadog was also rewarded with a fab organic ice cream enjoyed by the harbour.

Craft Group

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I so enjoy my Monday craft group in our village hall.

This is my current project. It’s destined to be a blanket ( or Afghan) I took it to the group this week to ask advice which was offered in abundance. Along side the advice was good ideas and encouragement…

There are stitchers and…..

Knitters and…..

Weavers and …..

Creators and……

Most importantly friends, yarn swappers and social support.

(This last picture was on Facebook with no accreditation) BUT isn’t it good?!

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 as we Cruise towards Namibia

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Another busy day crafting at sea as we head across the South Atlantic towards Namibia. Our craft group is packed with people of mixed abilities all working hard on individual projects. They’re also brilliant at helping each other. Interestingly we provide the initial ideas, lots of craft supplies and away we go.

Today “inspiration Textile packs”were the name of the game. As the name suggests we have put together these packs designed to inspire the imagination. I will show you some end results very soon.

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!

Cruising South

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Yet another day at sea. Not that I’m complaining . Crafts are doing well and today we did felting Lush soap again which is always popular. Ladies continued to quilt their iPad projects and seeing how pleased someone is with their efforts is a delight.Up cycling the Lush pin cushions is a great quick project which is also popular.

Gaelic coffee tops off the day nicely

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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