2016 Challenge – Whoops!

Welcome 🙂

Things have changed a bit in my little world recently and one of those changes is that I have returned to the workforce (but only part time). This has, of course, cut back on my sewing activities and I initially wondered about how I was going to get my sewing fix! I needn’t have worried because after years of working in a profession where a lunch break was a dream I now find myself in a job where you are expected and encouraged to go and have your break.

Now, the job is too far away from home to go back and sew but I can easily sit in my little office and do some hand sewing while I munch my lunch. So, you remember that challenge I signed myself up for? (Post here) The one where I was going to make a hexie flower every week for the 52 weeks of the year.

Well, yes, you guessed it…

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This is what a stack of 52 hexie flowers looks like! I guess I will have to wait until January to find out what the next step in the challenge is. In the meanwhile I need a small hand sewing project to keep me going through my lunch breaks – any ideas?

Until next time,

Chris x

 

Naked No More

Welcome 🙂

Remember this little cutie?

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She had her tunic nibbled by mice and was for a brief time rather cold! As Wendy from The Crafter’s Apprentice said she was NAKED!

Here she is now after going shopping,

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A brand new hat decorated with one of my favourite mother of pearl buttons.

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And here she is modelling her new pantaloons and tunic.

So who spotted the little tulip she’s carrying?

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After showing one of my groups how to make tulips, one of my friends reduced the size of the pattern and made a tiny one. It was so cute I HAD to make one too! This uses a piece of fabric 1 1/2″ by 1″ and a cocktail stick, it was very fiddly to do but is just the perfect size for bunny.

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Here she is with both tulips!

Until next time,

Chris x

Fireweed Flower

Welcome 🙂

Fireweed is a plant and around these parts it’s known as rosebay willow herb, it is described as being a pioneer of the plant world, one of the first plants to colonise a patch of bare soil. A real tough but pretty plant.

It is also the name of a Dear Jane block which I have been struggling with for a couple of days. Not sure if it’s just me but I have found this block to be like the plant -tough but pretty!

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M3 Fireweed Flower – I started by foundation piecing, failed miserably, then started again this time English Paper Piecing and with a bit of reverse appliqué thrown into the mix (the white border was appliquéd on top of the central ‘flower’). I’m so happy that it is done.

I need to find an easy block to do next!

Until next time,

Chris x

Spring Tulips

Welcome 🙂

Pinterest, love it or loathe it you have to admit you can get some great inspiration from browsing the pins. While I was looking for a pattern for fabric tulips (so I could have a very long lasting bunch of flowers) I found a lovely idea for a bag charm.

Well my plain black handbag needed a bag charm to pretty it up so I got to work. The Pin didn’t have a pattern but there were plenty of other patterns for larger tulips so I just adjusted the size of the tulip and winged it 🙂

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The charm is 6″ long excluding the fitting and is made of 6 little tulips attached to pieces of cord (I used shoe laces).

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If you’d like to make one I used a piece of fabric 2″x 3″ for each tulip and this tutorial from The Flower Craft.

I made sure I sewed through the shoelaces so the tulips couldn’t be pulled off.

I made a pattern for the leaf from paper – it’s about 8″ long and 1 1/4″ wide at the widest part of the leaf (that’s without a seam allowance). You can see the shape of it here,20160329_163851

I just pinned the pattern on a double layer of fabric (right sides together) and stitched round the template leaving a 1 1/2″ gap on the long side for turning it the right way round (I used one of those very handy tube turner gadgets) I whip stitched up the opening and knotted it around the cord with a few stitches to hold it secure. Et Voila!

And, in case you’re wondering, I also made some big tulips,

because they were so nice I showed one of my sewing groups how to make them and we had a lovely time creating before putting them together to make a bright and colourful arrangement for this photo 🙂

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Until next time,

Chris x