Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Boot Serviettes

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Every year I make loads of these cute little boots for the table.
They're a great idea to spread cheer and give to friends and neighbours.
Here's how to do it .... visit my Christmas Boot Tutorial above or click on the photo below!
...... a bit fiddly at first, but hang in there, they're well worth the effort.
You are guaranteed to hear lot's of oooh's and aaaah's of delight from your guests !
Get the family together and have a go - they're fun ! 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Preparing for Christmas

Every year a new decoration for the tree...
This little pixie slipper
is destined for my daughter's Christmas tree this year.
She decorates with bright pinks, oranges greens and purples.
It's about 12 centimetres long and made from hand made felt.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Sending love

I remember a day in my childhood
when I felt lonely and lost
and I burst into tears on my Nanna's stairs.
She sat beside me and we talked for a long time,
ending with one of those 'Nanna Hugs'
that made you feel you could do anything in the world
and even if you couldn't, it didn't matter, because she loved you.
When I left to go home
she slipped a note in my pocket and told me not to loose it.
This is what it said .. .
Every so often
it's pleasant to find
That some little thing
will have brought you to mind
A warm happy glow
comes to brighten that minute
Simply because
of the thought of You in it !
Wow, I did have a place in this world . .. my Nanna's heart.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Are there Fairies in your sewing basket?

This little Fairie will keep your pins and needles safe.
She has little silk wings and makes garlands from threads we leave behind!

She is a perfect gift for someone special

. .. but there is no guarantee that she will do your mending for you!    
... sorry, this little Fairie has found a new home !

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Friendship grows here

Take some morning sunshine
add a smile
. .. some kind words too
sprinkle in some happy hours
It's not very hard to do

Add a little thoughtfulness
. .. stir just enough to blend
serve it warm with loving hands
It's the makings of a Friend

Monday, 22 April 2013

Every girl should have a pretty needle case

I love felting
and gardening . .. and I believe .. .
every girl should have a pretty needle case
to help ease the drudgery of mending !

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The old and the new ...

I made this needle case years and years ago
adding synthetic fabric flower petals
to each nuno felted page. It survives today in spite of being attacked by scissors
in the hands of my young son (along with his doonah, pillowcase and a pair of his shorts)
- I should have known better - instead of blessing the rare silence,
I should have been afraid of it and asked myself what he was up to ...   
I like to make needle cases and pin cushions - perhaps because it's easy to have several
on the go at once and make each one very different, without taking on a huge project.
I am also in the habit of keeping one in my work basket and one with my sewing machine
-  a decision arrived at when I stepped on a needle, piercing deep into my heel
- no more leaving pins in the arm of the chair, my shirt or scattered on the table !
Last night I felted the cover of this one to add to my collection.
I've hit a bump now .. . not sure if I want to crochet around the edge or keep it simple. 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Pretty pastel needle case

I embellished the fleece with silk fibres, silk fabric strips
and a small amount of opalescent pink fabric.

Champagne pink is such a gentle colour.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Blue Star Nuno Felt Baby Wrap

Here's another baby wrap nuno felted onto white cotton muslin.

I'm not sure if it reminds me of stars in the sky

or starfish in the ocean.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Easter cheer


a big bowl of eggs ...

Friday, 1 March 2013

Belated Valentine

My 'I Love Hearts Swap' gifts sent from Australia to Kuwait
have finally landed at their new home with Tammy !
Here's a peek
an embroidered linen bag
A red embroidered felt heart
an alpaca pincushion
an embroidered felt card and a white felted hanging heart.
I'm so glad she likes them !
Drop by and say hello at T's Daily Treasures
. . ..  lucky girl just had a holiday in Sri Lanka for her birthday !

Thursday, 28 February 2013

A little off topic . . .

It's raining again today
surprise surprise !
So we went for a walk by the beach
for a breath of fresh air and to escape the muddy garden.
This is my other girl, Willow.
Look at her face -  she loves the car.
Walk . . . Did someone say Walk ?
 We walked and we walked
and we walked in the rain,
fascinated by the gloomy but beautiful day.
Colours are more rich,
textures more vivid
and everyone is wet, sandy, dripping and wearing smiles.
A good day !

Friday, 15 February 2013

Crochet Butterflies by Dinaz

I just LOVE butterflies
and had to share this find with you ! 
. .. Dina has posted instructions for these sweet crocheted butterflies.
They're on my To - Do List !

Friday, 8 February 2013

For the love of Nanna

This is my girl . . .
or was about 10 years ago.
She has a beautiful heart and holds her memories close.

She is lucky enough to have a Nanna who loves to knit
and as a small child had an abundance of cardigans and jumpers.
I remember her crying, sobbing when she out grew her favourite blue bunny cardigan
. . . so Nanna made her an identical one in the next size !
 . . . and there was a similar story with her penguin jumper!
 Such a lucky girl.

All these years later it's been decided 
that since she can't bear to part with them,
we will make them into something she can keep for ever.
She's in favour of a blanket, one that can be handed down to her own children.
So that's my challange . ..
She has a couple of requests
Please can I leave them in pieces, so they look like jumpers ?
 . . . as each one has a story
and  Please can I not felt them . .. she loves the textures just the way they are
. . . they remind her of Nanna.
So I've spent a lot of time thinking . . . thinking  . ..  thinking
and I'm still thinking and collecting ideas.
 .. . at this stage a story blanket is my favourite idea  
My concerns so far
 . ..  the finished weight - will it be too heavy ?
. .. what type of backing will be best and how to secure it ?
. .. my knitting is laughable ! - I will need to fill the gaps with crochet
If there's anyone out there who may have attempted this before
I'd love to hear from you . . .
And equally if there's anyone out there who'd like to do the same
and would like a friend for the journey . . . Email Me !
The more the merrier.
This is going to be a long ride, I think !

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

A visit to Faser Traume

It's raining again today and I found myself wondering around
looking for inspiration for my next project
and found Faser Traume  .... meaning  .... Fibre Dreams.
If you love all things textured and coloured 
you have to visit !
Have a wonder around .... You will find lots of lovely treasures to inspire you !
- well I did anyway !
I'm going back to read more - the photos are so much better close up : )

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Medusa - a felt sculpture

A long time ago - April 2010 to be honest,
I posted about a new project I had been working on ...
and I've just found the long lost photos! 
I had joined a fibre group
who experimented with all types of creative fibre methods.
We had been given a challenge with a theme of
'Wild Women'
My mind went immediately to Medusa.
To me she was truly wild, exiled to survive on her own
and all the while haunted
by the writhing of a myriad of snakes which replaced her hair.
I could imagine a felted bust of her tortured face
and snakes of all colours and textures
slithering about her, so I set myself to work
- creating a project which is still unfinished.
. . . Firstly I went under the house and found some garden wire
to build a basic frame

Then covered the frame with chicken wire.
This allowed me to shape her face

And I covered the soon-to-be snakes with fabric medical tape
to prevent the fibres slipping away from the wire

Using corriedale fleece I began to needle felt the shoulders and face

and refined the facial features

then began preparing the snakes


added some colour to the shoulders

and face

- I like her best like this


added more shape to the shoulders

and began colouring the snakes

The nights were long

It was my intention for the snakes be the feature
with each one created using different fibre techniques

but alas, I was running out of time!
I didn't want to be late for the display
... and there was still SO much to do ....
so I had to forget most of the finishing and textures 
and present her as she was
I think she looked wild enough 
but not the way I had intended.
Next time I,ll better manage my time
or be less enthusiatic and create a smaller project !