Here is one of the catch up Crafts posts. The last post was September 2016, on the old blog. This post contains the things made during the rest of the year. Fairy Tales got finished.
I picked up a bowl for 5p at a car boot sale. This 1930s cottage was so sweet on the rim. I wanted to make a stitchery from it.
The Welcome panel was made into a wall hanging.
Blue socks were knitted.
I managed to make a hat from an odd ball of Rowan 100% wool yarn. It was a joy to knit up.
Using air dried clay I made a face. I traced actual leaves from Heywood, then I created my own felt in the colours I was seeing that Autumn there. The result is Heywood Man in the Green Man tradition.
A friend with a couple of salukis needed coats.
Sorry this pic is blurry but it is the only one I took of these slouch socks. The foot is plain red and the ankles are flame colours.
This was a charity make to help dogs in Cyprus.
My new journal cover for the new cottage.
A charity dog coat from left overs. I like those two colours together.
Leads and collars for charity.
52 rainbow leads for a rescue in Cyprus.
These 2 photos show book covers for children's vaccination books. They are for sale at a drs in london.
I used tea bag paper to create a skirt based on Monet's lily pond.
I took a class in soft leather work. This was my first attempt! A Winter themed bag with 3 tomte on either side.
Daughter had a bottle she wanted to make more sea-ish. I had some left over nylon rope which I found in a hedge the very day I needed cord for PE bags years ago. So using my biggest crochet hook I made this mesh to give her the look she wanted, There was only just enough!
On ebay I found a pattern for a jumper I made daughter when she was little. For pure nostalgia I made this one for the One-Day Trunk.
A friend needed a dog coat so I made 2. One there and one in the wash as she liked pale pink so much.
Snood to match the coat above, as the saluki liked to have a warm neck following an old injury. It was lined in the same sherpa fleece as the coat.
A beautiful yarn for a don't get lost in an avalanche hat.
James Brett Marble yarn made this jumper dress and scarf duo. The pattern photo was misleading as the scarf is too narrow to really behave like a snood.
A little mini quilt in Summery fabrics so the butterflies could have flowers. I found the pattern on Craftsy as a freebie but already had some butterflies so used them instead of stitched ones.
Sorry this is such a long read. I think 2 more posts this long will bring crafting up to date. Is that ok with you all?
Sorry I’m like a bus. Nothing from me for months, then 3 blog posts in a glut!
This is a 5 mins make all from scraps. It’s a bag to keep washed cotton cleaning cloths in, under the kitchen sink. It kind of sums up my current thoughts on how I want this cottage to operate. I’ve been replacing tatty carrier bags with cotton ones I have made, over the last few months. We all know about how bad the plastic waste situation is around the world, and I’m guessing that like me most people feel overwhelmed.
I mentioned in a reply to a comment in my last blog post, the idea of LAST MAKES. This is where we actually use the fabric we have been stroking and saving for a perfect project. If you knew for instance that you could make a last bag (for example) and make it the perfect bag for you, then what is holding you back from creating it today? Why not make something you know will last a decade and that you or a recipient will love it? A LASTING MAKE! With Valentines coming up, why not make a spec…
Apologies for the hiatus. I locked myself out of here then google complicated things by thinking I was my husband and wouldn't let me in with his identity (surprise surprise). I think because I don't have a mobile phone, it doesn't think I am a person in my own right! PAH! Anyway I am back, as myself, and still don't want one of those devices. You can't get a signal in a lot of the forest anyway, so it is useless to me.
Come for a walk with son and I in the Forest on December 10th.
It was like Narnia with the White Witch in charge.
The only touch of colour in this photo is ochre in a puddle. The monochrome made you notice little details.
A snow laden seed head. The little birds can't dig through the snow to find food.
This Robin befriended us on the walk. As a thank you for the photos, we scraped a patch of snow away so he could get to the ground for food in the soil. I wished I had had some meal worms in my pocket for him.
Steam Mills Pond.
I challenged myself to use all my sock yarn. I managed these pairs this week. There wasn’t enough yarn left for another whole pair so I started making some Leonie Morgan hexagons from all my sock scraps Slowly they are making a blanket.
There are also some charity makes such as more lined bags, a couple of dried rose peal sachets, and 9 cup mats.
My pond has some 30th Anniversary plants now. We bought 4 salvias and a lavender. The others I already had.