Sunday, 18 June 2017

Teaching Cross Stitch at The Village Haberdashery!

I am so super excited to be teaching at The Village Haberdashery next month!

Photography by @vhaberdashery
Cross Stitch for Beginners is a brand new class designed for complete beginners and those who need a refresher.

Working with the lovely Mini Cross Stitch kits from The Make Arcade, you will learn all the cross stitch basics from tools to techniques, working with embroidery floss and the various types of cross stitch fabric.

Photography by The Make Arcade
We will also talk about how to finish your work in differnt ways so you can then give these as gifts or dispay them at home. I will also demo some of these methods for you.

All materials are included and you will leave with a started mini cross stitch kit to finish at home and the confidence to work on bigger projects.

The next class date is 19 July. Book your place here!

Photography by The Make Arcade

Look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Thicket Critters!

A while back The Village Haberdashery posted my tutorial to make one of these super cute cushions from Gingiber's (Stacie Bloomfield) Thicket collection and you can read all about it here.

Thanks to Annie for this fab picture!

This collection was just too sweet not to stitch up some more makes so I got myself some more panels and got sewing!

Using the mini panel bear and rabbit this time I made two soft baby rattles. The shapes are worked in the same way as the larger pillows but this time I added in a rattle disk from Odds & Soxlets to add some extra fun! 

More Thicket makes coming soon!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Handmade Gifts By Kym Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day is fast approaching folks and we have some brand new items at Handmade Gifts By Kym to make your gift shopping a breeze!


First up are these super cute spray painted cards which are made with stencils. A big thanks to the guys at The London Art Shop for their advice on which spray paint to use!

We have the choice of pink or blue and love hearts or love cats...

Or if you are looking for a more natural looking card for your loved one this year there are these beautiful little wooden hearts variations...

Little Wooden Heart Balloons!

Little Wooden Heart Hearts!

 Also available are these cute love heart pouches...

 These are made with 100% wool felt and hand stitched with the best embroidery thread.

All items are available on my Etsy shop!

As always I welcome commissions for the perfect Valentine's Day gift... just send me a message or leave a comment!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The Chance Blanket Challenge Month One is Complete!!!

How are you all getting on?

It has been a very busy first month of 2017 for me... with re-launching my Etsy shop. The Village Haberdashery moving to a brand new super shop and lots of lovely commissions being sent my way I have only just managed to find time for knitting my blanket squares.

Finding that quiet 15mins or so a day to knit really does help me to wind down so I have made sure I have kept it up!

31 squares in and my blanket really is growing...

You can really see which colours the dice is favoring at the moment! The Pinks and Feather Grey are very popular. Will almost be time to order some more yarn in a couple of the colours...

Am still really enjoying seeing the progress on all your blankets on Instagram! @littlest_luka and @judithmableson 's blankets are looking super colourful...

Keep Knitting Everyone!!!

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Week One of the Chance Blanket Challenge Complete!!!

Having a moment to knit every day is such a lovely way to unwind and relax. It is amazing how quick my blanket is growing already!

So far I have 7 squares with only one colour repeat. The dice has been lucky.

Am really enjoying seeing everyones progress and it is so exciting that lots of people have shown interest in my challenge.

@judithmarbleson is crocheting her squares and has found a fab way to join them with a border round each...

@dragonicknitter has a really cool diamond shaped pattern. Love these colours so much!

A big thank you to everyone who has joined me on The Chance Blanket Challenge and commented, liked and shared my posts so far!

Happy Stiching Everyone!

Dont forget to share your progress with #thechanceblanketchallenge

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Day One of The Chance Blanket Challenge!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Had a lovely morning starting my new knitting project, The Chance Blanket Challenge!

The Dice landed on number two which means the first square was to be knitted up in colour 875 Feather Grey.

Job number one was to wind up my skein of Cascade 128 yarn...

Then cast on my 14 stitches...

And just keep knitting...!

 Ta da!!! Day One complete!

Am really enjoying seeing all your colour choices on Instagram! Share your progress with #thechanceblanketchallenge