Saturday, July 25, 2015

Recycled Jumper Quilt

I was inspired by the rugs the Made in Merri team made for our retiring school Principal and I decided to give it a go. Mine looks like the cheap knock off version but it's been great to try the techniques gleaned from those group crafting sessions.

The jumpers were felted in a hot wash, ironed and cut into 12 x 12 squares.

After playing with colour combos and contrasts, placing the squares on the kitchen table, I settled on patterns and gathered up each row in order and pinned with a number of which row it was.

With the sewing machine I stitched each row together....

Then the rows were pieced together on the machine. As it wasn't for a super duper important gift I wasn't as neat and super duper as the Made in Merri crew.

Then I backed it with linen, straight stitch around the edge.

My final (maybe)* step was to edge it with left over rib. The made in Merri gals made BAIS binding for their quilt and maybe they even STITCHED IN THE DITCH - far beyond me I'm afraid. Instead I overlocked ribbed bands together then attached to the quilt with the overlocker before turning the rib over and hand stitching it on the other side.
My plan is to keep going with these and hopefully sell the cheap knock off rugs at the school fete next year.

*Made in Merri ladies did a quilting stitch by hand around some squares and I still may attempt this just to hold the back and front in place.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Recycled Inner tube necklaces

These are made to order. It was good to dig out the rubber again and have a play.(Does that sound slightly sordid?)
This one is simple. Cut a length of tube on the curve.

Cut bottom edge and wash inside and out.
When it's dry, stitch a casing along with the sewing machine.
Then with scissors carefully cut fringing.
Thread chain through the casing to the length you want.

This one is a bit more complicated with tassels and jump rings but not too tricky because I'm not very good with jewellery stuff - pliers and the like - and I managed to make it! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

pom pom head band - a proper tutorial!

Everyone wants pom poms sprouting from their head now so I whipped up a stretchy pom pom headband for the kids and thought I'd redeem my laziness and do a tutorial - all proper like with words and pictures and numbers and everything! So here it is.

Monday, June 15, 2015

an UN-TUTORIAL for pom pom head piece

Do you like my pom pom head piece? Or do I just look like my woolly brain is exploding from my head (yes I feel like my brain IS made of fluffy pom poms sometimes..)

Here's how I made it  - although it's so basic I'm not sure I should even be giving instructions. It's an untutorial!
You will need:
 scraps of wool
a trusty pom pom maker
 and a hair comb.
1. make pom poms I made two different sizes and I also made a heap of them so I can do different colour combinations.
2. Use the wool around the centre of the pom pom to tie to the thick end part of a hair comb.
3. Stick it in your hair

It makes a good change from flowers...and it's woolly and warm for winter.

Monday, June 1, 2015

endings and beginnings...

With last week, Autumn ended.

With last week, the month of May ended.

With last week, the book I was reading ended and the crochet poncho project ended.

With last week, my kids book club finished their Moomin book reading.

So much ending.

With this week, Winter begins.*

With this week, June begins.

With this week, I start reading "A God in Ruins" by Kate Atkinson and start knitting this.

(free pattern here for the short sleeve cardi)

So many beginnings.

And as I discovered from the Moomins, sometimes endings and beginnings are the same thing.
*best thing about winter means I can wear my fur hats!

Friday, May 29, 2015

I've made it and I'm wearing it...

What do you think? Thanks for all the help - you were right. Stripes were the way to go! I ended up putting in the pink because I was worried I wouldn't have enough of the other colours and I like it. It's a heavy, fringy colourful, warm poncho and what was it the pattern said? It has a little touch of Mexico about it.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flourishing Fringes!

yes...there is quite a bit of fringing in this poncho...yesterday was a day of endings. I finished the poncho with a thick flourish of fringing and I finished the book I was reading ("How to be Both" by Ali Smith)too. Now I have a bit of a combined post-craft-project/post-good-book blues....