Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Zip it up baby!

So, recently I decided to tackle my fear of zips, and made a couple of little zip-up pouch thingies. I had been put off them previously due to dark mutterings about how difficult they are.

I'm pleased to report that it wasn't too tricky, once I'd dug out the ancient manual for my sewing machine and identified the magic zipper foot. I suspect that the way I did it was slightly a bodge job, but I'm really pleased with the way they came out. I have been reading about the 'proper' way to do it and promise I will give that a try next time!

The one in the picture has a 5in zip and is slightly too big for a purse - I thought it would make a nice little make-up bag or more likely for me a travelling sewing kit with scissors, tape measure etc... (I last wore make-up about 2006) I also made one with a 4in zip which would be a better size for a little coin purse. I used more of the butterfly fabric to line them, thanks to a lucky find in a remnant bin in Fabricland.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Venturing into card-making

It was my wedding anniversary yesterday, so decided to make a card for my other half. Having small children gives you an excellent excuse to mess about with tissue paper and glue, so I raided their well-stocked craft box for supplies. My inspiration was the Yeats poem 'He wishes for the cloths of heaven' here which set me to thinking about the sparkly gold thread in my tapestry kit.

The main materials are strips of tissue paper over a base of card, I like the contrast effect at the edges, a bit like a watercolour wash. I used PVA glue which did mean that things got a bit wet, and the card warped a little. I'm sure there's a better adhesive for this sort of thing. If I'd had more time I would have flattened it in a big heavy dictionary!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

On the trail...

So today I had a lovely afternoon at Easton Arts Trail, lots of really interesting creative stuff (plus the chance to be a bit nosy and see inside people's houses/workshops!). It was a mix of open houses, as well as some larger venues with plenty of artsy crafty stalls. Definitely came back inspired, saw quite a few things that made me think 'ooh, could make something like that...' I particularly liked these cute stitched cards by Zoe Gibbons.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Pocket purses

So, raining hard all day = I made something! I've made a few of these little purses for gifts and thought I might make a few more. The denim came from an old pair of jeans so is lovely and soft, and the lining is a scrap from my stash (some lovely stuff with parrots from Fabric Rehab). I also noodled about with some embellishment on the other side.

I'm finding the buttonhole setting a bit frustrating on the old machine tho'... apparently more modern machines do one step button holes. Better get saving my pennies!

No time to craft...

So I started a blog and then didn't post for ages - mainly because I haven't been making much recently. What happened? Well, boring things like applying for a job and prepping for the ensuing interview (I didn't get it - boo!) more fun things like school holidays and visiting family, but all stuff that eats up time.

I have to admit that I am one of those people who is better at starting things than actually finishing them, and always have several projects on the go. I'm trying to focus on actually finishing a few things at the moment. One of my projects is a lovely tapestry kit from Erhman. I got the kit for Christmas a couple of years ago, shortly after my daughter was born, so have only done about an inch. I have resolved to crack on with it during the light summer evenings - it needs natural light as some of the wools are so closely shaded that they are almost impossible to tell apart. I love the pattern, it's one of their Klimt range and has some sparkly gold threads in it.

I recently took the tapestry along to the first meeting of a craft group that one of my friends has started up. We all took our latest project and it was great to have an evening crafting and chatting, I felt inspired to get home and get making. The next one is in a few weeks, really looking forward to it.