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Monday, 11 June 2012

Embroidered Cree Rings

So I was leafing through my numerous Japanese Embroidery books when I thought, "how can I encapsulate these sweet little designs into a self contained piece of wearable art?"

I thought of fabric covered buttons, but wanted my rings to be a bit more special than the usual button rings you see quite a lot in markets and online. So I came up with the idea to wrap some embroidery around a glass cabochon, setting it onto a pretty silver plated ring blank.

I was happy with the end result; I love the texture, colour and utter cuteness of each individual ring.

I will be trying these with different fabrics , perhaps some natural linen, some pin dot fabric, or some sweet mini gingham?

I have uploaded a sewing themed page from my favourite Japanese embroidery book for you here.

They measure 26mm, are silver plated and adjustable as you can see in the picture below.
They are £10 each with free worldwide P&P. They also come in a dinky handmade drawstring bag for the perfect gift. If you would like to order please send me an email with your chosen design.

Friday, 8 June 2012

OWL for my Kid's Sewing Workshop

So I had to come up with a pattern that is easy enough for my young crafters to make without compromising on cuteness and looks! 

I think my finished pattern is pretty good in that sense.. a nice round body with no fiddly ears or wings for when they use the sewing machine and simple shapes such as the face, eyes and feathers which will be made out of felt and sewn on with a big eyed embroidery needle and some perle cotton thread. I figured that the round eyes can be secured on with the buttons to save time and make it a bit easier too.

Little details like the eyelashes make all the difference and I am sure they will all add their own touch with ribbons, buttons and trim.

Please feel free to comment if you would like to make your very own Cree Owl and I will upload the pattern pieces.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

OWL Sewing Workshop

New sewing workshop available with me at the Sewing Lounge in Hove

Come along and make your very own gorgeous OWL plushie with the Craft Imaginarium

Create your own owl” - Workshop for kids.

Join the Craft Imaginarium at the Sewing Lounge in Hove for a two hour sewing
workshop in which you will discover all kinds of new sewing and crafting techniques.

During this two hour session you will learn to -  stitch, stuff and personalise your very own super cute owl plushie toy !!

Pick your colour scheme and fabrics from our gorgeous range of quality materials and then make it truly unique and original with our selection of felt, buttons, beads and even feathers!

At the end of the session you will have your very own original creation to take home and everywhere else you go!

Fees for each two hour session are £30 which includes all materials as well as some scrummy home made cupcakes and drinks.

For more information and to make a booking :
 Email -  or Tel: 07868298739

Kids Classes - Drawstring bag

Last week we made some drawstring bags, which provided a perfect blank canvas for the girls to express their creativity and fire their imaginations. They personalised them with ribbons, appliqué, embroidery, trimming and fur! Each one reflected the personalities of its makers perfectly and, once again, they amazed me with their quirky, mad, wonderful creations.

There is nothing better than a big colourful mess!! 
Tula thinking hard about her layout..
The girls hard at work..
Kitty loves the colour red and found a cute pin-wheel from a previous class
Kitty's lovely bag
I loved the pretty simplicity of Chloe's bag
Tula's  monster bag  is just too cool for words!!
Maya found a cute cat she appliqued and added a cute pom pom to before completing with some pretty trim
Tabitha's embroidery was so neat! She added a sweet little heart button to finish it off
Last but not least is the very talented little sewer Lottie who made two bags!

The pride each of my little crafters took in their work and the confidence they gained from learning new skills really made my day. I am looking forward to our next class where we will be making some beanbags. I'm sure they will be just as creatively designed and thoughtfully put together as this weeks drawstring creations!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

On My Bookshelf

'Felt friends from Japan' by Naomi Tabatha should come with a warning " extreme cuteness inside"

I have an unhealthy addiction to japanese craft books and this is one of the few that has been translated into english. I fell in love with the sweet deer on the cover so that was my first project. I keep meaning to make another of the many whimsical animals but can never decide as I want them all!

Deero loves rainbows and chocholate chips..just dont mention her oversized head and she will be your friend forever :D

Tutorial Roundup - Summertime :D

The summer is here and while sitting on my bath towel at the beach with a warm bottle of water and no beach bag I thought to myself I need to get my summer sewing on!

Here are some of my favourite summertime tutorials.
Now which shall I make first....

A gorgeous and extra roomy beach bag from Elle Apparel
Who knew keeping safe in the sun could look so good? Pretty scallop hat from Very Purple Person.

Keep hydrated with this insulated water bottle holder from Pink Chalk

Love the comfy pillow and functional secret pocket from Make Something

A really clever way to carry your beach towel from Anna Marie Horner

A simpler version of the above bottle cute is that fabric?! from The Long Thread
Keep your food and drinks cool in this stylish cooler bag from Punkin Patterns 
Keep your wet bathing costumes safely stowed away in this cute wet bag from Little Birdie Secrets.

Maybe not waterproof enough for the beach but fun to kick around in the park! from The Purl Bee

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

On My Bookshelf

This book introduced me to the wonders of sewing with felt and after making a Samurai Cat, a sweet Babushka (both above), a pretty Mushroom Girl and a Sleepy Fox I was officially hooked!!

Felt is my favourite medium, it doesn't fray and the fact it comes in a huge range of gorgeous colours makes it so much fun to sew with.

If you use a wool blend mix its wonderfully soft too..long gone is the horrid, scratchy acrylic felt from my school days!

I wasn't as into taking photos of everything I made back then so you will have to make do with seeing this little guy that I just had to keep for myself...