Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Last minute WestFest prep

So, Westfest is this weekend, and as I'm back to work on Thurs/Fri, I have lots to do still! Finished off 2 cakes today, and caught up with the stamping/pricing process!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Working for WestFest

The basket is filling up, but I still have a long list of things I want to make for the stall.
I need to fill these birds with lavender, sew them up and add a ribbon.
Make more flower brooches, cakes, apple badges and hair bows!

Wish me good luck!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Monday, 16 August 2010

Paper flowers in an hour....

Have you ever found yourself in a shop, of lovely handmade goods, and thought, I could make that, wouldn't take me long? I was in such a shop yesterday and stopped myself from buying some gorgeous paper flowers that I thought would look lovely on my kitchen window sill.

Today, I dug out some wallpaper samples, a reel of gardening wire and some super glue, and an hour later I had a lovely vase of paper flowers...it really is as simple as that!

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Sunday, 8 August 2010

WestFest Banner

After a few failed attempts, due to my sewing machine deciding to chew up my cotton, I managed to complete this banner for our WestFest stall.

I used lots of scrap fabric, some old clothes and the apple I had made using the I-cord technique!

Really excited about it now!!!
Need to get knitting!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

I love my home

With my craft circle 'Crafty Apples', I will be selling handmade goods at the West Didsbury WESTFEST event in September!

Our venue is Silver Apples, where we meet most weeks to craft, chat and sample there amazing selection of cakes...during WestFest Silver Apples will be working the 'village fete' idea. From bales of hay to a life size scarecrow, face-painting, outdoor cake stall, hot dog eating competition, morris dancing and special weekend festival food, including festival ciders and ales, German bratwurst, chilli, pork pies etc.

Other reasons to love West Didsbury...

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

I-Cord technique

This technique is really quick, and you can make easy shapes by pinning it to a template as you go.....

Use any scrap yarn / wool Cast 3 stitches onto dpns Knit 3, then instead of turning around, slide the stitches to the other end of the dpn and knit again, keep knitting to desired length. This will create a thin rope, which you can then wind into any shape.

For the cloud I sketched the shape onto a piece of paper, and wound it around, starting on the outside, I pinned it, and then stitched it together on one side.

I have used 100% pure wool for the cloud so i can felt it in the wash, then Im going to sew it onto a canvas bag!

Knitted Bow headbands & Brooches

I found this pattern on this lady's blog A Common Thread

The pattern is for a knitted bow headband, but you can pretty much use them for whatever you like... I think they make nice brooches, necklaces, pins for bags etc...

Here is my first attempt...