Last night my friend organised a craft evening at our church, for all the women in their church and their friends. There were about 30 women there and we got to choose whether we wanted to make a Christmas tree from a paperback book, a paper Christmas wreath or a fir cone. I chose the fir cone option and here it is!
The lady who taught us how to make it actually bought the fabric from my shop. It’s from the Winter’s Lane collection – our most popular collection at the moment.
It was pretty easy to make. Just a matter of folding lots of 2″ squares into triangles and then pinning them to a polystyrene egg. Here’s a YouTube video explaining it:
She also showed us how to make christmas baubles with ribbons using a similar technique of folding and pinning to a polystyrene ball. I might pop to Hobbycraft or the Range at the weekend and pick up a ball, so I can have a go at them. They looked particularly effective!
This week I made this scarf. We had some woven ikat fabric from the Midwinter Reds collection delivered to the shop and the fabric designs, Minick & Simpson are giving away a free pattern on how to make one of these scarves… so I thought I’d give it a go!
It wasn’t hard to make, just a little time-consuming teasing out the threads to make the fringe.
I was pleased to learn a new skill whilst making this scarf… I used the rolled hem foot on one of our sewing machines, to hem the sides of the scarf. I’d never done this before, but was really, really pleased with how professional the hem can look.
The only thing I found was that as I handled the fabric, my hands started going a bit red. The dye does seem to come out as you rub the fabric, so I have washed it before wearing it. Ikat is a dyeing technique like tie-dye, so I think this is probably why the colour might bleed.
We’re selling a pack containing the fabric and instruction sheet in the shop and on the website, if you fancy making one.
I’m hoping the knitting hiatus has ended. The other night I knit my first moebius cowl… in just a couple of hours and now I’m on my second.
Earlier this year we hosted a workshop taught by Alison Crowther-Smith on how to knit a moebius but I was too busy to join in. I kept saying I would have a go though, and so tonight I watched Cat Bordhi’s YouTube video on how to cast on for a moebius and away I went.
Knitting the first row was a bit tricky as I think I cast on a bit tight, but once I’d done the first half round, the rest was straight forward. The pattern was the bulky mobius cowl which I found on Ravelry. Ideally I think I would have cast on another 4 or 6 stitches as it is a little tight to put over my head, but I wouldn’t want it much longer when wearing it.
I used a ball of Lang yarn which I’d bought on a whim over a year ago. I’m hoping there’s enough left from the first moebius, to knit this second.
Think I’m going to knit a longer one for my sister-in-law too. I’m loving it!
Not a lot happening here on the crafting front these past couple of months.
At the end of September Mum, hubby and I went to the craft show at Westpoint, Exeter. It’s something Mum and I do every year and this year, my husband thought he’d come along too out of interest, bless him! I was fairly restrained. Bought some pinflair glue for my mother-in-law and some fabric with VW camper vans on. Not sure what I’ll make with it yet… maybe cushions for our VW T5 van which we are planning to convert to a camper one day.
I haven’t really done much knitting at all. There’s a secret project on the sticks at the moment which I can’t talk about but I’m just not feeling inspired. Not sure why. I have started a top-down jacket but I think it’s going to be too small, so the thought of starting again has made me put it down and not pick it up again.
I’ve only done a little bit of work on my quilt too.
However the Saturday before last, we hosted a lampshade making workshop in the shop, and thanks to my Mum for minding the shop, I was able to join in a make a lampshade too. The class was taught by Ruth from Quincy Lampshades and she was a great teacher: she explained things very well, and we all went home excited and pleased with how our lampshades turned out.
My husband was impressed when I got home and immediately hung it in the spare room.
You can see some photos of the workshop on the Hulu Crafts Facebook page.
I’ve not really been in the mood for knitting at all. At the last knit and natter I did about 10 rows of a swatch and that was it! Granted I was quite busy helping other people, but it just wasn’t happening.
However I’ve been itching to do some sewing. My own sewing machine is still at my parents house, so last week I set up one of our Elna demo machines that are on display in our shop and had a go at making this cushion during quiet moments.
The pattern is a freebie from the Janome USA site and you can download it here.
I used a Moda Aspen Frost mini charm pack for the small squares, a fat quarter of Moda Bella Solids in white, a fat quarter of the Figgy Pudding collection that Mum had in her stash, and a quarter of a metre of Makower Green spraytime fabric.
This cushion is going on display in the shop, but I might make another one for at home. I think I will try and collect my sewing machine from Mum and Dad’s this evening, so I can get on with some more sewing. I need to crack on with the Raining Cats and Dogs quilt!
I decided that as I don’t have much room in my new house for anything, especially a large stash of wool and fabric, that I ought to start using some up.
I have a couple of skeins of Fleece Artist Slubby Blue yarn and I recently turned one of them into this cowl:
I found the pattern on Ravelry. It’s called Rainbow Twist Cowl. I love the way you can just enter an amount of yarn into the pattern search and it will show you all the patterns that would be suitable to do!
I’m not sure that it looks as good as the one pictured on Rav but I’m sure I’ll be wearing it this winter. Now I need to think what to do with the other skein!
I just realised that I haven’t posted about the cardigan I knitted in Rico’s new Fashion Summer Print yarn.
The yarn is a cotton tape yarn and the cardigan was knitted on 8mm needles, so it was a really quick knit. It take a bit of brain work to figure out how to do the knot, but a friend at knit and natter understood and showed me. Once I understood, it was very simple!
The pattern is Rico Compact Idea 159 and the yarn is Rico Fashion Summer Print.