I have wanted to Crochet for ages, but everytime I gave it a go it went wrong and I lost patience with it. I really, really wanted to make the ripple pattern that Lucy from Attic 24 has a tutorial for. Oh, I tried and I tried, but just couldn't get the gist of it! I wanted a lovely bright colourful blanket for my own! So, I perservered and mastered the Treble Crochet stitch and so thought I could make a whole blanket using that one stitch, YAY!! And so I treated myself to a bumper bundle of yarn and away I went and am still going, and whats more I still have the same number of stitches I started with, amazing! One day I shall master that Ripple Pattern, how hard can it be really, but for now I am soooooooo happy with my simple Treble Blanket.
There it is, each stripe is 2 rows and the colours are a tad brighter than the photo, its going to be quite big, its folded up in the picture. I am loving doing it, makes a change from knitting and its something I can just pick up and put down whenever, you know between sewing projects and when you've just got ten minutes here and there,although I find it quite hard to put down once I start!!
Do you doodle? I doodle all the time, when I'm on the phone, when I'm watching t.v, sitting at the kitchen table. Most of my doodles end up in the bin, mainly because they are on scraps of paper or old envelopes. This book I found after my Mum died, it had never been used so Dad said I could keep it, it's blank sheets not lined, ideal!
So, said book has been allocated for doodling!!!
So you can have a peek at my doodles, lots of flowers, hearts and a few little houses!
I do love little houses!!
Did you notice little yappy dog in the book, well, here he is!
A few posts ago you remember I made my first book, well, it wasn't quite what I had in mind. I wanted to make a fabric book really. So after trawling t'internet I found lots of good ideas for making fabric journals THIS is what I want to do I said to myself! So this is my first attempt at a fabric journal, based on Teesha Moores wonderful journals made by making small quilted pillows and stitching them together then decorating them with applique, embroidery and embellishments. I like how it turned out and made it for my daughter Ami. I added blank paper pages for her to either write ,draw, add photos or paint.
This is still not quite what I want! I want the whole book made from fabric, pages and all! So I am busy painting, dyeing, staining fabrics ready for my next attempt. I have a picture in my head of what I want so its just a case of getting it together!
Inside the back pocket of this book is a little fabric pocket to put bits and pieces in, photos and things! I forgot to photograph that bit!!
Wow, April was my last post, oops! But I have been very busy. We've had The Torch, The Jubilee and half term and I have no photos of any of it unfortunately because I have a new notebook and all my photos are still on my laptop, I haven't got around to sorting them out yet. So I have these new photos of my recent work.
I thought I would have ago at some minature pieces of art, so made these little aceo size works. They measure just 3.5" x 2.5" and are backed with medium weight card, they are rather sweet and don't take too long to make. I made a collection of 3 beach themed pieces and then made a little boat one.
This piece is a larger hanging. I have been faffing around alot with fabric and dyes and stamps and all sorts of lovely things, melting and generally altering fabrics, its alot of fun. This piece includes alot of those techniques.
And finally these little quirky houses inspired by the fishermans cottages here in St. Ives, they are all handstitched and each one has a real St. Ives shell stitched on, they also have a hanging loop.
For a long time I have wanted to have a go at making a book,so I had a go! And here it is, a book for doodling and sketching designs for my houses and things!,Its only small, about 6.5 inches tall, ideal for taking in my bag. Its a bit rough around the edges, but I,ve got the idea and may make some more!
I had a lovely day out with Carolyn from LoveStitchingRed, we spent the day down on the beach looking for treasures, chatting, taking photos and of course Tea and Cake consuming. We had a look around the Sloop craft market and a wander around a wonderful ceramic gallery, and ended the afternoon with a delish pasty. It was a great day!
My treasures above with a lovely postcard from the ceramic gallery and the pretty paper bag it came in is now on the inside cover of my little book!
This is my Sea Blue house which I have recently finished, I posted it on Facebook and it sold straight away!
Beach House is my latest one, I finished it last night, I love to make these, adding all the little bits including the shells straight off the beach and these two both have some of Carolyns beautiful art beads on them. Right I am off to design some new houses in my new book!!!