Star cushion

What a lovely Sunday it’s been…well, a lovely weekend really!

Friends came to visit, the sun was out, there was an owl display and my friend got to hold one for a mere 30p donation (it was all we could find!), we ate pizza and drank coke, and we went for a paddle in the sea. It really felt like being on holiday. I stupidly didn’t put on a bikini and couldn’t go for a dip, but we went this morning instead. What a way to start the day!

I spent a few hours after the swim sewing, and managed to complete a new cushion cover.

Star yellow cushion

In the background are my first, slightly baggy, attempts at cushion covers. Lots of lovely foxes there as you can see.

Next up, I’m going to buy some reds & blues so I can make some more nautical and festive themed home ware. Hurray!

 

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Craft night!

I had been looking forward to the WI meeting all month as we would be getting the chance to learn to crochet and embroider! We would also be potato printing, but I foolishly thought that I’d be good at that as I’d done so much at primary school. Turns out, if you don’t practice a skills, then you may end up being rubbish at it, even if it is potato printing.

It was a bit of a whistle stop tour of all three crafts, but it definitely gave me a taste of embroidery. I learnt that you actually sew with the hoop the other way up than I’d imagined:

embroidery loop

You can just about make out my lovely hand drawn flower. I learnt to do a ‘split stitch’, which is exactly what it says – you make a stitch, go back on yourself, and make the next stitch through the previous stitch. I got about half way round the border of the petals, then it was time to move on. When I retrieve my work of art from my friend’s bag, I will continue my little flower, and one day it will be displayed in my home, in a location when the boyfriend cannot see it. Apparently he doesn’t like embroidery. Does he even know what it is?

Then it was on to potato printing. Actually, I may have been lying when I said that it is a skill that required practicing. It’s more that I needed to be able to envision my ‘design’ before putting potato to canvas. And realising that the amazing pink paint was nearly all gone, thus making a striking pink/ purple/ blue bag impossible. Also the ‘I’ in ‘W I’ really needs to be a capital, as now my bag looks like I’m promoting a certain games console:

WI bag

But look at the joyous mess of the table!

potato printing

And finally, it was the one I’d been waiting for. Lead WI crafter was leading the crochet, and had managed to convince me with her clever words, that crochet was going to change my life. I was ready.

It took me quite some time to get my head around the act of creating something from wool using one needle! After years of gripping onto my knitting needles too tightly (I know Gran, I’m trying to be better at this), to just have one needle in my hand really threw me. But once I got to grips with the act of wrapping and slipping or whatever it’s called, I crafted this rather fetching snake of loops:

Crochet snake

Despite the teeny tiny photos, you can see that 1. it is a nice long snake and 2. I’m not especially accomplished at crochet so far! However, I was so inspired, the next day, I got on youtube and started to try to figure out what the meaning of ‘treble stitch’ was. And it wasn’t easy, but I eventually found a tutorial. I got a small way, but it’s mostly a circle of messy knots at present. I shall be attending the next Stitch n Bitch night and am determined to have a full ‘Granny square’ by the end of it.

When I re-find said video, I will link to it, because I will probably need to find it in a hurry in the future when I’ve forgotten what I’m doing!

So there we go, after this amazing evening of craftspiration, I am even more craft-invigorated and ready to start (and finish) some more projects! Hurray for WI!

Wednesday nights are my faourite

Wednesdays have been the most fun days for me for the past few weeks. I have been doing some volunteering at lunch times, which has been so much fun, dressmaking in the evenings, which has been super dooper, and then coming home to relax in front of ‘One born every minute’. What could be better?

The lunchtime volunteering has ended, now that school term is over, so I shall have to find some other way to share my love of literature with the young folks.

I’ve got one or two dress making classes left, so I’d better get a stitch on if I want my dress to be anywhere near completion by the end of this month!

However shall I fill my Wednesdays now that (most) of my fun times have ended? I know….by finishing all the other crafty bits n bobs I’ve started recently.

Here’s the oven glove (a few loose ends to sort out)

oven glove nearing vcompletion

One cushion (one more to complete this evening)

pillow in progress

striped pillow

And the beginnings of another cushion cover…

patchwork pillow in progess

And finally, here’s my chair wearing a lot of lovely fabrics¬†

fabric covered chair

I learned something about knitting

I went for a lovely cream tea recently with my WI ladies, and naturally, the talk turned to knitting. One of the ladies told us that knitting was originally done mostly by men. Sailors to be precise, as it’s portable and easy to learn, and would keep them entertained on long journeys. How interesting!

I did a quick google search and found this amazing web resource from the V&A all about knitting:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/k/knitting/

I can’t wait to explore it further and find some snazzy new knitting ideas!