Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Felt Ball Jewellery Art!


A nice and quick yet rewarding craft for an evening in front of the telly

These felt balls look so cute in the shop, like sweeties in jars!!! Perfect for making a bracelet or necklace.




I find a quick craft that can be done in front of the TV with a nice cup of tea extremely relaxing after a long day at work.

For my necklace I used 32 2mm felt balls (8 of each colour) but you could use any combination of as many balls as you like to create different lengths and designs of necklace or bracelet. I chose this number as I can comfortably slip the finished necklace over my head without undoing the knot.



The cord I used is a waxed cotton thread which is nice and strong. You can find this in lots of colours so you can match it to the theme of the felt.





When threading the necklace/bracelet ensure you are pushing the needle through the very centre of each ball so an even finish is created.

Enjoy watching your item grow….




…and grow…



…and grow...



I finished off by simply tying a knot close to the last ball on each end and then tying the two ends into a reef knot.

And Voila! A new piece of jewellery! Fabulous!


A great selection of felt balls can be purchased at www.thevillagehaberdashery.co.uk !!! 

 



Monday, 25 July 2016

Addison Top from Seamwork Magazine




I recently downloaded this top pattern from Seamwork Magazine as my first attempt at a PDF pattern. What drew me to this particular one was that I am in need of some tops to wear at work and this style is perfect with its smart collar and crisp finish. It will look professional enough on its own or with a cardigan.

The download and assembly process was a lot less tricky than I had anticipated and it went together without much fuss. Although it is moments like this when I wish I had a bigger sewing table!

I was sceptical at first about the amount of fabric needed as 3m (approx.) seems a lot for a top, but I can now see why. The pieces are quite large giving the top a lovely ‘drapey’ shape. Also, once you add fabric for the collar and facing pieces (although these could be done in a contrast) that is a lot of yardage required! Perhaps a wider width fabric would be more suitable when shopping for this pattern.

I had planned to make this top from sweet cat print cotton I got for my birthday but didn’t have enough. Perhaps at a later date with a plain back and collar….? What do you think?

Picture and fabric from www.fabricsgalore.co.uk


The denim flowers print I purchased from Sew Over It a while ago was originally destined to be a Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt but I am glad I chose this from my stash for my first Addison instead. The fabric drape is perfect for this shape and the interfaced collar came out lovely.

 
Work in progress

All the Seamwork patterns claim to be able to be completed in 3 hours or less. I have to say it did take me a few hours longer than this but I did still finish in one day. A few of the techniques were new to me which may have slowed me down a little. The pattern explains the Burrito Method of inserting the facings very well and it only took a little bit of umming and ahhing to get it right!

 
Attaching the facing

I did have more trouble with the collar however. The Seamwork tutorial for getting perfect points was an extremely beneficial read before starting this section however I struggled when it came to attaching the facing to this and getting the points to line up at the front. It seemed to be overlapping too much. After a bit of action with the unpicker and a very strong mug of tea I managed to get it sorted! The front facing is not sitting 100% perfectly but you can’t tell once it’s being worn so I don’t mind this too much.

Ta Da!!!



Hopefully the next time I make this pattern I will accomplish it within the three hours!

In terms of size I cut between 10 and 12. The top did come out way too large at the side seams so I have taken it in and made a note to amend this on the pattern for next time. I wouldn’t want it to be any tighter under the arms however so am glad I cut the size I did.

Big thanks to www.electricsmoke-photography.co.uk for the outdoor photoshoot!


Overall I am extremely happy with how this make has turned out and I am looking forward to wearing it for work tomorrow!









Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Cumbria Yarn!



Cumbria is my home county and is very dear to me so I was so excited to hear that The Fibre Co. had produced a range of yarn called Cumbria …and even more excited to hear that it was being stocked in my local haberdashery!

First time using circular needles.. these ones from addi are fab!




Luckily I had a voucher to spend as this yarn does not come cheap (£18 per skein!!!) but it is top quality and totally worth it! The colour range beautifully reflects the ‘deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys’ (as described on the yarn band) of the region. Its blend of brown masham wool, merino and mohair gives such a soft yarn that is fantastic to work with.





I chose the colour Eden Valley as this deep turquoise is one of my favourite colours and The Eden Valley is very close to where I grew up!



In a rare week off work I went to visit my family in Cumbria, it was fantastic to see them and good to get away from the madness of London for a bit! I took my new yarn with me and got started on my most challenging knit to date… a summer cardigan! Lots of googling and you tube watching to follow with this one I think!

Finally getting chance to use my cute Herdy Stitch Markers!




Follow my progress on Instagram!