Thursday, 14 August 2014

Etsy Picks: Time for Tea

This week is National Afternoon Tea Week! I don't know what that entails particularly, but I've made a treasury on Etsy to celebrate all things tea party. I've gone for a fresh, bright feel, lots of popping colour and strong shapes. Here's a few of my faves, I hope you like them!

I love this Scandi print tea cosy by AndShine.
These coffee pot wall decals by SirFaceGraphics are available in a range of colours and would instantly brighten up any wall.
This gorgeous macaroon photo by KeriBevan looks good enough to eat.
This pretty upcycled cake stand by AnnaJaneVintage is delicate but not fussy. Perfect for my tea party!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Making Plans

My studio suffers from an abundance of dress patterns, all safely stored away in an old filing cabinet, and of fabric, which is less safely shoved on a very bowed set of shelves for all the world to see. Fortunately there is one very simple solution to this problem; MAKE THINGS. Here is what I am thinking so far...
A Hazel dress by Colette in a retro floral cotton.
Some sort of pajama-y/night dress/shorts thing in these Tana Lawns I was given for Christmas.
 I've got loads of this poly-cotton madras fabric so potentially a cheongsam style dress altered from this pattern, and..
A 50s style shirtwaister using this Burda repro pattern.
Still not decided on this one, I LOVE the fabric, and am thinking a peplum top in a similar style to this dress. Or maybe a skirt? Or something else entirely?
 Possibly a blouse in this green print chiffon, although there's about 3m of it, so I could do a full dress?

 I got a copy of Drape Drape ages ago and haven't made anything from it yet so hopefully this navy stripe jersey will become a lovely dress like this one.

 And this blue and grey jersey might get the Drape Drape treatment too, maybe with a bit of contrast trim, or a printed yoke section.

For once I've been a good dressmaker and washed all my fabrics first, with varying success, that blue jersey is VERY blue and it's not afraid to share it. No major disasters, just might need to get some colour run remover next time I'm in town...

So, what's on your sewing pile? 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Giant Crochet and a Giant Grandma

There's always something interesting happening in Liverpool, and more often as not it's something you can get involved in. Recently, in the company of the Happy Hookers, I was busy making a giant tree cosy for the Mark It, the Liverpool Street Art Festival.
I'm just going to take  moment to sing the praises of my new crochet hooks, KnitPro Waves, I did the whole thing with the 10mm and it was wonderful. I've got lots of the bigger sizes but need to stock up on the smaller ones now!

Back to business, whilst the rest of the Baltic Triangle was playing host to graffiti and paste-up artists, we took over an entire street and at 5am we covered all the trees in knit and crochet loveliness.




That was on June 27th, and they were still looking great when I passed them on Friday to go and see another great Liverpool event, the Giant Spectacular!



Isn't she fantastic? I particularly love her patterned dress and the detail of her hair, she has such a kindly face too. They were here all weekend, with a big finale on the Sunday as they sailed off onto the Mersey (I was stuck in work though, boo).



 All the crew were looking very dapper dressed in velvet frock coats and breeches but I definitely didn't envy them in this heat!

 I would like to have seen more of Xolo the dog but I ended up stuck behind a load of tall people on the Saturday and couldn't really see him, a shame as he's a real crowd pleaser!
Just look at that grin!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Handmade Home: Crochet Face Cloths

Last weekend I was at St Georges Hall for the second annual Summer Arts Market, and the few weeks running up to it were hectic to say the least (although I still managed to squeeze in a trip to see Caitlin Moran in Birmingham!) Once it was all over on Sunday evening I had a little bit of self-indulgent crafting time and got out a couple of unfinished projects. My EPP project is still on the go, with just a few hexagons to attach before I decide what to do with it (I'll be asking for your help with that). The other project is a set of crochet wash cloths.


I used Twilleys Freedom Sincere, an organic cotton yarn, and a 4.5mm hook. The patterns I got from Ball Hank n' Skein blog.

 The blue and white cloths are the Grit Stitch pattern.
 The purple is the HDC Shell pattern.
 The yarn is really soft and squooshy but makes for a good textured cloth, and the colours are great too.
Each cloth took just under one ball of yarn, and with the left overs I made a little hexagon medallion face scrubbie!


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