Sunday, 21 December 2014

Mollie Makes Crochet Collar Kit

Man I have been doing a lot of crochet lately! I thought this kit would be quite easy due my recent success, but boy was I wrong!

I sat and made this free kit on evening at my mum's, and after a couple of attempts I "finished". This is what it looked like.

Crochet necklace

Crochet necklace

I was not happy! It just looked rubbish. A couple of days later I decided to give it another bash after watching this video from the Mollie Makes team.


Crochet collar attempt two

Crochet collar attempt two

Crochet collar attempt two

Much better, I'm sure you'll agree! So it took two shots, but I finally got a lovely lace collar (and to be honest, I prefer pink anyway!).

Friday, 19 December 2014

Beta Knit Pansy Tee Kit

I have some wool that has been sitting in my wool stash for quite some time, that is destined for my first proper jumper. I have the total fear of start the jumper, because I'm convinced I'm going to do it super wrong. I decided to get myself a little practise in garment knitting, I had a bash at my Beta Knit Pansy Tee Kit which I bought last year.

Pansy tee kit

Pansy tee kit

Pansy tee kit

Pansy tee kit

Pansy tee kit

I have to say, I'm not overly happy with it overall (which makes me feel even worse for the jumper I have my eyes on). The yarn the kit used was cotton, and it was a bit of a bother to work with. Something about it made it really hard to pull tight, which meant my edges were really lose and horrible. This in turn meant my seams weren't the best either (as sewing using the not very good yarn was another issue altogether). I also ran out of yarn about 10 rows from the end of the second half, but luckily Beta Knit were lovely and sent me a free ball of yarn to finish it. Also I had no idea how to sew the "made by" label, so it's not very neat!

I did, however, discover how good the Purl Bee is for tutorials, and used them for sewing in ends, blocking, and sewing seams (I used the mattress stitch for this one and it was really good! I'll definitely be doing it again in the future!).

Overall, I'm not even sure I'll wear the tee (it's currently in my pj drawer) because it's so heavy, it drags it down out of shape. It does look roughly the same as the model picture, but I'm just sure it's a style I actually suit.

So I might need a little more practise before I attempt the jumper, but we shall see.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The Embroidered Duvet

When I first started blogging, I read a post on the blog Feeling Stitchy about a stitcher going under the name giddy99, who was stitching an entire duvet set!




I believe I had done very little (if any) embroidery at the time, and was totally in awe of the vastness of the project. You can check out giddy99's Flickr set of her project here, though I'm not sure if she finished it, as the photos just seem to stop! I would love to see what it looks like now!

I've been thinking about this for a few months now, and have come to the decision that I'm going to start a duvet all my own! I want to do this for several reasons:
  1. My embroidery skills are quite basic. I read blogs like Wild Olive and I long to have a better stitch knowledge. I thought I might try and do a stitch sampler, but then I thought it might be cool to challenge myself to just use stitches in my embroidery, and what better way to practise than by embroidering loads of things! 
  2. I have a lot of thread that I need to use up! I bought one of those massive 100 skein packs when I first was learning, but now I just pick up skeins of DMC or Anchor thread, and all these random colours get very rarely used (for fear I'll run out mid massive project and not be able to get the same colour)!
  3. I have a lot of patterns I'm worried I'll never get to stitch. I've got a collection of patterns I've bought or won, in books, and in magazines like Mollie Makes. I want to make them all, but I have nowhere to put them! Now hopefully I can stitch everything! The duvet can be super random, and it doesn't matter. 
I'm still unsure if I want to stitch on the pillows, as I'm not sure how comfy that would be on someone's face! However, I did see this cute picture of a crochet trim on pillows, so I might do that instead, just so they aren't plain!




I've also been collecting free embroidery patterns I like the look of on Pinterest for a couple of months now, because blogs are always giving away lovely patterns, and again I'm always looking for an excuse to make them! You can check out the whole board here, but here are some of my favourite patterns!





















I won't be starting the duvet until the New Year (far too much Christmas crafting on the go) but I'm super excited about it! I feel like I haven't embroidered for ages! I've no idea how long this will take me to finish, but it's a project I can totally dip in and out of, just doing one pattern at a time!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Perler Bead Action

It's been a good while since I did anything with my perler beads, but here are a couple of things I made recently.

First up a cute little Pillsbury doughboy for our kitchen. You can get the free pattern here.

Pillsbury doughboy perler bead

Next up it was my friend Count's birthday a little while back, so I decided to make him a Pokemon perler bead bookmark. I used this picture for reference to make the Pokeball part, and then just made the long part by striping the same three colours all the way down.

Pokemon perler bookmark

Pokemon perler bookmark

Friday, 12 December 2014

#PaperHaul box

A little while ago, you might have started seeing crypric type tweets on the Crafty Creatives Twitter account about something called #PaperHaul. It turns out #PaperHaul is a similar monthly subscription box to the Crafty Creatives box, but is all based around lovely paper products and sexy snail mail supplies.

The lovely ladies at #PaperHaul asked if I would be interested in seeing what their new subscription box was all about, and I jumped at the chance. I bought myself a one-off Crafty Creative box a couple of years ago, and was really impressed by it, so I was excited to see what they had on offer.


#paperhaul box

#paperhaul box

The piece of card on top of the box asked you to describe the theme of this month's box. I chose "far flung" (though I'm not sure if that's an adjective) because everything this month is travel themed! So let's take a look at what's inside.

Two very cute greetings cards. I'll be saving these for a special occasion.

#paperhaul box

Three very lovely postcards, three brown paper tags, and some vehicle print washi tape. I really love the little tags, and that backpack postcard is just gorgeous.

#paperhaul box

A sheet of travel themed stickers, and two pieces of double sided travel paper.

#paperhaul box

I really like everything in this box, and it's nice to get a mix of paper products I might not usually buy for myself. I don't have a lot of travel themed items as I tend to be a bit of homebody, but I know they'll be good for making things for other people, or just decorating bits and pieces.

I'm still unsure if I would subscribe to #PaperHaul every month. Purely because the amount of crafty supplies I own is pretty ridiculous, and adding to it every month might be a bad idea, especially when we're thinking of moving house soon! Less to move is always good!

If you're interested in signing up to #PaperHaul though I would definitely recommend it. Everything is lovely quality, and who doesn't love getting a little treat through the door every month? You can find all the details for signing up for boxes on their website, with boxes costing £10 per month.

I'm really excited to see what future themes for the boxes will be, so I will be keeping an eye on their social media accounts for a sneak peak!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Pom Pom Wreath

If you've been on Pinterest looking at Christmas crafts, you will no doubt have seen loads of pom pom wreaths going about. I really loved this idea, and decided this year I would finally make one. I had a lot of little amounts of Christmassy coloured wool in my stash, and as I love using up odds and ends, I thought this would be a great way to do it.

The only thing I had to buy was the actual wreath. I just bought a metal frame from eBay, which only cost a couple of quid. I forgot to take a photo of it before I started, but here's one of it with just a couple of poms poms attached.

Something exciting is happening :)

I basically made pom poms of four different sizes using my pom pom makers, and then tied them over the sides of the wreath. I had to sew some of the bigger ones together with some spare wool, as they were swinging about a bit.

Pom Pom wreath

Pom Pom wreath

Pom Pom wreath

I plan to hang it on the door when I get around to Christmas decorating (probably this weekend!).

Pom Pom wreath

I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I used up all the remnants I had left of those colours (some of which were from when I made my granny tree skirt!).

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Embroidered Tea Towels

Another gift for some of my friends, but this time for a housewarming! My friends Matt and Jeni just moved into a flat they just bought and did up together, and we went over for a lovely housewarming party. I decided to give them something super practical, tea towels, with a little craft twist.


Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

Embroidered tea towels

I used the Kitchen Krazy patterns from Sublime Stitching, which I bought a little while ago in a kitchen bundle I still need to make for myself!