Crafting Group Swap

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Oct 232018
 

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Tree Of Life Wall Hanging

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I’m a member of many groups on facebook.  A large proportion of the groups are for crafters who do general crafts or specific crafts such as cardmakers. I’m also a member of support groups where members have various health conditions similar to myself. While some of the members of the various craft groups also have various health issues, and some of the members of the support groups are also crafters, I hadn’t come accross a group that was for specifically for crafters with chronic health/disability conditions.  But, a couple of months ago I found a group for crafters with chronic ill-health.  The group is called “Chronic Crafters!”  Members can do any type of crafting and have any chronic health issue.

It is a friendly group, and when a swap was anounced for September I thought it would be nice to put my name forward for a swap partner.

The rules of the swap were “Anything but a card” (If  I’ve understood things right it seems they had had a card swap previously so wanted to give a chance for non cardmakers to get involved this time).  And as members are from all over the world, to keep postage costs down, there was a size constraint of 6″ x 6″ maximum.

I have to admit that it took me far more time to decide which of my many crafts I would turn to for my swap item than it actually took to make it.

Out came the ruler to start with, to see what the maximum size was, but then I decided that I still couldn’t picture the size properly and come to a descision – so I decided to start by making a shallow box of 6″ x 6″, base and lid, so I could see straight off exactly what was the maximum sized item I needed.

I tossed a lot of ideas around my head, but in the end decided on some wirework.

So out came some beading wire, some semi precious stones, a metal hoop, and some jewellery making tools.

I chose a 5″ diameter metal hoop and made a “Tree of Life” style wall hanging. I used two different colours of the wire, one for the “tree” and the other to wrap around the frame.

I had domed the upper section a bit as I think the little shaddow that this creates on any wall behind it when hanging is quite nice.

I hope my swap partner likes it.

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Since makeing this I’ve made a few more wall hangings using metal hoops. Some are in the style of dream catchers and some are tree of life ones similar to this one with different sized hoops and different coloured wire.  I’m working on blog posts to show them to you now, so keep an eye out over the next few days for those.

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Chocolate Pumpkins

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Oct 222018
 

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Chocolate Pumpkins And Icing Carrots

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I book my slot for a Tesco delivery every Saturday morning a week in advance, sometimes more, and usually drop in an assortment of stuff I usually buy at the time of booking.  I sometimes also have a look at the special offers to see if there are any special offers that Mam or I fancy. Mam and I then go through the list Friday afternoon to remove anything from my basket that isn’t needed and adding anything that’s run out since I booked the order.

Whilst having a look around the Tesco app last week I spotted that Chocolate oranges were on offer – down to £1 each. Well I put half a dozen straight into my basket because I had an idea – not to put to one side for Christmas, but to use for halloween!

I had some red, yellow and green icing in the house from the previous week when I was going to use them to decorate carrot cupcakes, but I had been way to exhausted by the time the Tesco delivery arrived (the big storm had caused floods and downed trees on route) to think of cooking last weekend. I thought that I could use the icing to make “stalks” for the chocolate oranges to turn them into pumpkins, as well as make some icing carrots to decorate the plate.

Funny thing is, online last week I saw that somebody else had had the same idea to turn a chocolate orange into a pumpkin, but they had used a green pipe cleaner for the stalk and had added a green calix. I can’t remember now whose work it was.

So, with the two youngest nephews here again at the weekend I put a plate in the middle of the table, put out a chocolate orange each together with red, yellow and green ready to roll icing, knives, scissors, and some sticky back plastic sheets that I use to make peeloffs in my electronic cutting machine, and we all set about decorating.

The two boys and I decorated one each and then I quickly decorated one extra for Mam.

We mixed some red icing into the yellow to make orange icing (no orange icing available to buy when I ordered so mixed our own).

The carrots were made by takeing a lump of orange icing. Shapeing into a rough cone shape and makeing a depression in the top.  We then took a small piece of green icing and shaped a much smaller cone. This was put into the depression at the top of the “carrot” and the top of the orange closed around it.  Using a knife or scissors we tyen cut into the green top of the “carrot tops” to five it a broken leaf expect. The cartots were then finished by using the back of a knife to make some marks sown the sides.

A piece or orange icing was again cut off and a cylinder was made from it.  This was then put on top of the chocolate orange and squashed out a little to make it stay in place before adding some marks for texture down the sibdes and giving the top a bit of a tweak so it wasn’t completely upright.

We then cut out bits of sticky backed plastic to make the “face”.

 

And this is what we landed up with.

My first one.

Eldest of two young nephews chose to do a face based on a Minecraft character.

His brother went for a similar face to mine.

And my last, quick, one at the end.

All on the plate together for the icing to dry off a bit before Halloween.

Mind you, I’ll be very surprized if everything is still on the plate come Halloween.

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Basket Woven With Sock Yarn

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Oct 202018
 

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A Basket

In my post of the 12th – here -I told you I was doing a bit of “basket weaving”

Quite some time ago I’d bought a big pack of assorted yarns.  Very reasonably priced as there were only small numbers of each yarn lot left with the seller.  Can’t remember how much I paid or which company I bought them from now.

I’ve used many of the yarns making baby quilts, scarves, etc., but amongst the mixture were some balls of very thin sock yearns.  There was a time I’d have used them for knitting socks as intended, but those days are gone.  That type of work is too fiddly and time consuming for me to think of tackling at the moment.

Then, at sale prices I saw the pre-drilled circular pieces of wood for using as the bases for basket weaving, as well as the sticks to go in the holes.  If I remember rightly enough for this project came to under £3.  I decided that I would use the sock yarn to weave around with, putting 4 strands, 2 of a mixed grey colour and 2 of a mixed brighter colour, together – no way I was going to do it one strand at a time!  I figured mixing the colours would give a nice texture and colour that would be reasonably neutral and fit in with any decour as just a container.

I used two of each of these together for my first attempt.

It produced lots of interesting graduations in colours.

I decided that something needed to be put at the top of each cane, not only to stop the yarn coming off over the top but also to make the top of the canes safer.  So I stopped weaving a few inches from the top to work on the “stopper” fineals.

I decided to cut strips of 260gsm cardstock to 1cm width, put a little glue on one side of each, and wrap round the top of each cane as a sort of paper bead.

After the glue had dried on these, and tgey were very hard I decided to colour them with black acrylic paint. Didn’t matter that some of the paint went down the canes as I was brushing it on the underneath of the paper beads because of course the canes would have more yarn wound to the top before finishing.

I had to wait again fir a bit to allow the paint to dry before finishing the weaving the rest of the way.  I finished by cutting off the yarn a little way from the end, threading on a bodkin needle and knotting the yarn around the top layer a few times before pulling the end down through the weave, out through the side, and cutting the end so it hid away.

This is what it looks like when finished.

The finished item is around 12″ high. I’m going to put a few goodies in it and give it as a sort of hamper for Christmas, but it could be used to hold cotton wool balls in the bathroom, a small wastebasket, or even dried grasses or flowers in front of an empty fire grate in the summer.

I have  second set of basket bottom and canes, so keep an eye out for similar one appearing in a blog post in the next few weeks.

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A Couple Of Scarves

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Oct 182018
 

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A Couple Of Very Bright Scarves

In my post of the 12th – here – amongst my assortment of projects on the go, I showed you a bit of a “bright with fluffy bits” scarf I was working on.

I have now finished the scarf.  In fact I have finished two.  Both using the same yarn and about the same length, but one being wider than the other.

I used Bernat Zapp yarn, 3 balls of each of Out of the Blue, Banana-rama, Grass is Greener and What’s the Teal?

So, that’s 12 balls of yarn between both scarves.

I crocheted them using the treble stitch, moving the “pompoms” to one side when I came to them.

This is a closeup of what the stitches look like.

This is what the scarves looked like after finishing crocheting and tidying up the ends.

The narrowest.  Around 6.5″ wide.

The widest. Around 8.5″ wide.

Both side by side. Both are around 6.5 feet long.

Narrowest on top of widest.

I’ve now started crocheting another scarf while watching TV with my feet up of an evening.  Different yarn from these two. It shouldn’t take me too long to finish I don’t think. I’ll put together another blog post to show you when that one is finished.

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Quilling

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Oct 162018
 

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Quilling

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The English saying – There’s no place like home – is translated into Welsh as “Does unman yn debyg i gartref”.  I wanted to make my youngest sister something with this saying on for her birthday and decided to do a little quilling on it.

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But I started the project by turning to my ScanNCut.  I had a play in the online Canvas software and tried various layouts of the words until I was happy.

I decided, rather than using a pen to write out the words, that I’d use the ScanNCut’s foiling feature and get the machine to write out everything using a glue pen.  Some of the words I set to just write the outline and some with a solid fill.

I was working on an A4 size finished project.

I used gold foil to rub all over the glue lines as soon as it was out of my ScanNCut and dry.

Unfortunately, no matter how I turned my cardstock I simply can’t get a good photo showing the foiling all the way around my creation.

As soon as the foiling was done out came my quilling kit (similar to this one) and off I went filling in the letters I’d left with a blank centre with different colour and shaped quilling pieces.  I tried to stick all pieces just inside the foiled lines.

You can see the dimension of the quilling in this photo.

It took me several days to fill in all 7 letters of Gartref but it looked OK I think.

I then needed to frame it.  I chose a deep frame with a perspex front to keep the dust off the quilling. I tried to take this photo to show the depth from front to the quilled panel.

And this is my final creation.

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That’s it for this post. Hope you liked it.  I’ve got more crafting to do and more crafting to blog, so keep an I out to see what other creations I make.

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A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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Oct 152018
 

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Birthday Cards

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It was my youngest sister’s birthday last month therefore I needed to make a couple of cards my my mother and myself to give her. I didn’t want to give here cards from my stash of ready made ones in cade she’d already seen them online.

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My sister isn’t one for highly embelished cards but I did want them to look a bit more special than a flat card from a shop, so I went for base cards that already had foiled borders and then made toppers using Tatteted Lace dies.

The first one was made using a die from the front of the Tattered Lace number 54 Magazine the “Birds of a Feather Charisma” die. This comes with a downloadable file that includes the image of the birds and foliage in various colour themes ready to cut out. I used one of these rather than colour the cut myself.

I also used one of the Tattered Lace “Antique Lace Essential Square” dies to cut a mat out of pale blue Adorable Scorable.

I stuck the image to the mat but only put glue under some of the image after shapeing it a bit so that it kept a bit of dimension but not a lot.

I then stuck the matted image onto a square card from Kanban that came pre foiled. I also added a “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday) peel off.

For the second card I used an A5 foiled card from the same pack as the previous one.

I also chose to use images that matched the dies for this card, as well as using a matching background that came on the same CD-ROM that came with the dies.

I used another few Tattered Lace dies – two dies from the “Antique Lace Essential Oval” snd both blackberries and flowers from “Bramble Berries & Flowers 3D Decoupage“.

The largest oval I cut out of the matching background and one of the smaller ovals I cut out of white cardstock.  I stuck these ovals together and then placed on the greeting peel-off.

The two brambles branches were cut oit from the sheets I’d printed, before shapeing and sticking the one with berties around the top left of the oval and the one with flowers round the bottom right.

This topper was then stuck to my chosen base card.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Lots Of Projects On The Go

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Oct 122018
 

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Sneaky Peak Of Projects I’m Working On

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Hi Crafty Friends and other blog visitors.

Over on my Facebook profile wall I posted a few days ago that, “I have been doing bits of lots of different crafting lately, but most are unfinished or not yet given to the person who is to receive them, so you’ll have to wait a bit to see blog posts about my latest creations“.

Most are still unfinished, and those that are finished still haven’t been passed on to the recipient, so I decided to do a little post today to give you a sneaky peak of what I’ve got on the go.

Rather than drag consumables and half made projects from one room in the house to another, I have different things on the go in different areas of the house.

In bed, while watching TV of an evening, I’ve been crocheting bright scarves.  Still got to finish the crocheting and then tidying in the ends on those.

I think the best descriptionn is – Bright with fluffy bits!

Then, in the sitting room while supervising one nephew doing homework I’ve been working on some tassles from white cotton yarn.

Which I still need some more of to decorate some Dreamcatcher style wall hangings I’ve been working on.

I have a few different formats I’ve started on, in slightly different styles but every one all in white – they still need to be finished off.

I want to add some seed beads and faux pearls to one, perhaps more of these, and add more tassles.

Then, while sat chatting to my mother for a bit each day, I’ve been doing a bit of “basket weaving” using sock yarn to weave around the framework.

I need to finish this and add some paper beads to the top of each cane to prevent accidents.

Then there’s one quilling project that I’ve finished and another I’m working on.

Some wire work with semi-precious stones.

And some decoupage on cards.

There’s still the “Big” work in progress project of creating two single bed quilts for the spare room as well.

So that gives you an idea of what I’ve been up to, and why I’ve not been posting many finished objects lately.

Hope you come back and keep an eye out for the posts that are to come to show what these items look like when completed.

Have fun crafting.

 

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October’s Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Oct 112018
 

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October Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, and for September – here.

As soon as the school restarted last month Mam said that she wanted pictures of her two youngest grandsons in their school uniformnand sports uniform for the October page of her Calendar.  Easy you would think, after all they come here after school most days.  But they are already throwing off their uniform as they are coming through the door, and getting them to stand still, with a tidy look on their faces is not an easy task.

I did manage to get reasonable photos of them both in the end – although their shoes and school jumpers had gone flying before I managed to get them to stand for me, and the only way I could gat a reasonable look on their faces was promise them that I would take a second photo with them pulling the silliest faces they wanted.  I never did get ones of them in their sports kit uniform therefore had to crop out a photo of that uniform, together with the school badge, from the school prospectus.

After deciding on which photos I wanted to use I resized and cropped them, and then printed onto glossy photo paper.

I chose a metalic embossed, cream background, flourish patterened, cardstock from Kanban as my main background.  I trimmed a bit off the sheet and matted it onto a dark blue A4 sheet of Adoreable Scoreable cardstock so it was framed.

I took further sheets of the Adoreable Scorable of the same colour, and aftervcutting out the photos, I matted them as well, again trimming to give a small frameing border around each photo.

I then played around with the layout until I wss happy with it before sticking everything down, going for a bit of a jaunty layout for some elements.

The final job was to put a lot of double sided tape onto the back of my layout and attach it onto the calendar.

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So, that’s the October page done.  Hopefully I’ll be back next month with the November page.  What will I decorate that with.  A few weeks to get my thinking cap on I think.

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A Bit Of Repair Work

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Oct 082018
 

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A Bit Of Repair Work

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I had intended that today I’d be showing you how I’m progressing with my “Big Work In Progress” – making two single bed patchwork quilts for the spare room bunk beds.  But I got sidetracked into doing another sewing project for the youngest nephew.  The binding around the little quilt he takes with him from one place to another was coming loose and he wanted it fixed.  The first thing was to get it washed on a quick, gentle, wash – it seriously needed a wash after being dragged around for weeks since the last one.

Now for some reason, although the front was a square patchwork pattern, and it did have wadding inside, the wadding wasn’t quilted.  Probably because it was a baby quilt that was suppose to be used and washed a lot while a child is a toddler and then not expected to last much longer.  But what is a cot sized quilt for a baby is a lap size quilt for a growing child.  The problem of not being quilted is that, once the binding had started coming loose the wadding had also started to come loose, and once that happend it dragged inside the quilt and tore loose from most of the side stitching around the binding that was holding it in place.

Seeing as there was now a hole on one side now, I decided to put my hand in and try and get the wadding back into place so that it could be re-stitched all the way around.  But really, it was beyond saving!  So I just turned the quilt inside out and cut it away from the one edge it was still attached to.

I then raided my stash of wadding, and searched for my tin of temporary fabric adhesive spray, and set to work putting a new piece of wadding inside.

Lay it out over the kitchen table (it was a little bit bigger, but not a lot), a spray around the edge of the back panel and put the wadding on top.

It was then simply a case of cutting the wadding to the right size and turning the whole thing back the right way and pushing through the corners to make sure they were flat.

I then pinned all the binding that had come loose from one or both sides before sewing over the edge of the binding to the quilt using a wide zig zag stitch all the way around.  That not only had a better chance of holding all the layers together but covered the straight line bits of straight line stitching that was still there holding some of the binding.  By doing the zig zag all the way around it gives it a more even look because I couldn’t match the positioning of the origninal straight line stitching as well as catch the edge of the new wadding.

I then decided that, as holding the wadding to the binding wasn’t enough originally, I’d put a row of straight stitching in a couple of inches from the quilt edge all the way around.  I did consider, and asked my nephew whether he wanted, more rows of stitching.  But he didn’t want any more to change the look of his quilt, and to be honest, after being in use for 10 years, the fabric of the quilt is very thin so I reconed that putting more stitching in would be make it more likely to start tareing.

So there we have it.  One finished repair job.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report – unless the nephews find me more little jobs to do for them of course LOL.

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Recycling a Hoodie

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Sep 292018
 

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Making A Backpack From A Hoodie

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A few years ago my youngest sister bought a hoodie top for our two youngest nephews.  The boys loved them, and wore them over whatever they were wareing to go to Sunday School for several years (my sister had bought them a bit too large for them so that they had growing room which meant they had good use from them).  They boys have grown quite a bit since then and there is no way they could squash into the hoodies any more.

We’ve started having a bit of a tidy up of some of their old clothes (unbelievable how much little clothes of all sizes there are around this house in all sorts of cupboards and corners considering they don’t actually live here), but none of us wanted to throw out or give these hoodies to charity, which is where much of the other stuff is going, but we wanted them to be useful for something.  So I gave them a couple of suggestions – use the tops to cut up as part of a patchwork quilt or turn them into snuggle cushions.  One of the nephews did want his top made into a snuggle cushion but decided that he’d make it himself.  The other came up with his own suggestion – he wanted his hoddie made into a backpack that he could carry a few bits like a bottle water around in.

Having looked at the hoodie, and had a good discussion with him about what he had in mind, it was decided that the best way to go about it would be to remove the sleeves and stitch up the holes. Put velcro (or any other hook and loop fastner) along one edge of the front pocket and sew up the other hole to prevent stuff falling out, because the pocket is a long one that goes from side to side with two openings to put hands in to keep warm, not  really deep pockets for storeing things. We decided that the sleeves could be used as part of the straps and the hood as a flap to close the top of the backpack.

Finishing off by sewing across the bottom and putting in a bag bottom stiffner to give it some structure.

That was the plan!

This is how I got on with it.

The hood was removed and the two halves were separated.

Each half was a double layer stitched an inch from the front so I opened the double layer out.

I sewed down flat the bit that was the front edge of the hood.

The sleaves were also removed, the elasticated cuff removed and the underarm seam unpicked.

These are what I wanted to use as straps so I cut the pieces in half and then cut off a triangle of material to give me two straight pieces from each arm.

These were all individually folded so the edges were inside, and then sewn down the middle.

This left me with the body of the hoodie ready to sew together the arm holes.

I also sewed down one entry to the pocket and hand sew a piece of hook and loop fastening to the other side.

Then sewing on the hood piece to the front starting in the center and then sewing out to each side so that the piece was properly centered.

I cut off the extra that wasn’t needed and sewed a hem around the created flap.

A strip of velcro was then sewn inside the flap and onto the back of the backpack.

I then sewed on the straps, one at each shoulder and one near the bottom a couple of inches in from the sides.

I then got my nephew to put the backpack on his back so that we could decide how much of an overlap to put when sewing the top and bottom strap pieces together.

Once the straps were sewn I turned the backpack inside out and sewed the bottom together.

I also sewed across the ends to give the bottom a squared off bottom.

I cut two pieces of Clover bag bottom stiffener and stuck them together.

Then it was simply a case of turning the newly created backpack so that it was the right side out. Making sure the corners of the bottom were pressed to the bottom before dropping in the bag stiffener.  It’s not been attached in any way at the moment as just placeing it at the bottom of the backpack means it could be removed if the backpack needs to go in the wash. If nephew wants it stuck in the future it could be.

And here is nephew with his finished backpack.

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