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Baby showers and lonely dollops

24 May

So I can finally blog about some of the crafty bits I’ve been working on over the last few weeks! Yay! A few of the items were gifts for Lucy, one of my fellow Crafty Foxes, who is expecting her first baby. We had a baby shower for her today at her parent’s house and couldn’t have asked for such a perfect day weather wise for it. We had Bucks Fizz (and non-alcoholic versions), cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes (made by me) and an amazing blueberry muffin cheesecake from a local cafe (and also Lucy’s favourite). It’s the first baby shower I’ve been to as well and it was lots of fun just hanging out in the garden, eating and opening gifts.

So my contributions to the little man’s wardrobe included some hand-embroidered items. I am still yet to finish another couple of bits for him but had to give Lucy some of the pieces today.

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

Telling everybody that mama is crafty!

 

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

The finished rocket ship from our second craft group meeting

 

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

lil rocker onesie (shaking those lighting booties!!)

 

So these were the pieces that I gave Lucy and had loads of fun doing them, although tangled thread got very frustrating at times. The crafty fox bib was my way of truly personalising something for her and I put a bit of her and her partner’s personalities into the onsesie, knowing that they both have a complete love of rock music! It was so much fun to do and such a quick and easy way of making something plain into something personal and beautiful. Can’t wait to finish off the other ones I have. (All patterns used on the onesies -apart from some of my freehand stitching- were from Sublime Stitching)

The other thing I did during this time was make a small plush toy for one of my friend’s at work. I bought the ‘Softies’ book a while back and when I took it into work, one of the guys I worked with expressed an interest for the lonely dollop, a poo shaped plush by Shawnimals. So I took it upon myself to make it.

Senor Dollop

Senor Dollop

I had to shrink the original pattern down as the felt I had wasn’t big enough, but it turned out okay. Wish I could have gotten a little more definition in the shape of the poo (I never thought I’d be saying that ever!! Haha), but on the whole the project was really quite easy and only took me a couple of hours to complete.

Well, that is all for today’s update but I will definately be better with my updates from now on as I have a plethora of ideas stored away for future projects!!

Another day, another project

14 Mar

My final day of holiday from work and I decided to start on project number three – an embroidery piece from a Kurt Halsey for Sublime Stitching pattern. It’s a very sweet and cute pattern and Halsey also happens to be one of my favourite illustrators. His style is very simple and clean, something which I’m happy about as that makes it all the more easily transferrable to craft mediums! The subjects of his paintings/illustrations appear to be very innocent but there is an underlying melancholy to them which is found in the commentary he provides through messages he places in them.

A Kurt Halsey illustration

A Kurt Halsey illustration

So, to my embroidery…

My work in progress

My work in progress

Not as great a picture as I would have hoped but, bad lighting and material weirdness aside, you can see the detailing that I’ve started. The final product should be finished in a couple of days latest and I already have ideas for gifts for people (some which I will try to use Halsey’s illustrations). Oh, I’ve started on a path and there’s no stopping me now!

Embroiderer’s Anonymous

13 Mar
My first embroidery project

My first embroidery project

I thought that I should post something about my crafting so will start off with my embroidery projects I have going at the moment. A couple of them I have to keep under wraps and can’t explain much apart from the fact they are going to be gifts for people but I will show and tell as much as I can.

My embroidery obsession has been fuelled by a certain website called Sublime Stitching. Jenny Hart, I have to say, is a genius. Her patterns are some of the coolest and quirkiest around and provide me with enough inspiration to last a lifetime! (I tried to include a picture but my computer wouldn’t let me so follow my links to her website).

The patterns from the website can be ironed onto the fabric of your choice up to an amazing 8-10 times and from there you can start embroidering in our favourite stitch (mine being backstitch). I ended up ordering 5 patterns from the website and when they arrived I was pleasently surprised to find another 2 had been enclosed in my order as ‘Mystery Packs’. I also ordered Jenny’s book ‘Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To’ off amazon.co.uk, which includes around 50 pages of patterns! So I’m pretty much set for a while although I really want to order all the patterns available as I’ve got so many ideas.

One of my projects was recently finished – it took me about 5 hours to complete but seeing as it was my first project I was very pleased with how it turned out! Take a look at the Sublime Stitching website – if you want to start crafting and want an easy place to start, embroidery is it!!