Sunday, 29 July 2012

Weekly Update

Hello Friends,

Apologies for being missing in action last week. My weekend was filled with pounding the pavement for the St Luke's Midnight Walk I walked 13 miles in 3 hours 35 minuets and raised over £80 for the charity. It was such a buzz to finish.
So in the crafty news I am still working on that doily for my friends birthday, I forgot how long lace work takes, I think she'll be getting and IOU for 1 doily on her birthday.

As always I have been distracted by another new craft. I have recently been making Kanzashi flowers.

They are so pretty and addictive to make.There are a lot of good tutorials around to fold your perfect petal. My favorites are:
Little Birdie Secrets tutorial for the pointed petal
This one form cut out and keep for rounded petals.

See Easy Kanzashi Flower and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

I have put all of the flowers I have made so far on Maggie Makes Stuff along with some 5 strand braided head bands I made.

And last but not least I have cast on my Ravellenic project today, for the synchronised stash busting event. I have a big bag full of all my nasty synthetic novelty yarn and I'm using the giant knitting needles to make it into a rug. Its looking pretty good so far as all the colours are complementing each other and it's really fluffy.
I'm knitting with about 11 strands of yarn and one it's done my nieces' will be playing with it.

TTFN friends, keep crafting

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Weekly Update

Hello Friends,

Well the Fox is now very well dressed with evening gown, cardigan, skirt and two pairs of shoes and off to it’s new loving owner. That little fox was very popular with the ladies at stitch and bitch, may have caused a bit of brooding.

Progress has halted on the hexagon patchwork due to inconsiderate people having birthdays, lol, but I hope to get some more of this done soon.

Hexipuffs: My begging for left over sock yarn has paid off. One of the lovely ladies at stitch and bitch gave me some sock yarn which has spurred me to get hexipuffing again. So far the total is up to 14. I'm going to take them away with me on a trip in August so I'll get loads more done then.

Crochet doily: I’m currently working on a doily in a rich purple crochet cotton. It is intended to be a Birthday present for a friend, I wasn't sure if she would like it though so ended up telling her what I was up to. Turns out she loves doilies. So glad I asked, saved me worrying about it. The pattern is from ravelry coffee table topper by Agnes Russell.

I mentioned ages ago working on a slouch hat with hearts on it, I think I am going to frog this one as I havn’t worked on it in ages and I’m sure the moths are having a feast on it so it’s best it gets ripped out and sealed in the yarn stash.

Journaling: I still currently have two pages for my creative journal but with being a busy bunny I have not had the time to make further pages though I have been pinning lots of beautiful pages for inspiration and making notes of ideas for the next pages.

So much craft, so little time. There are so many things on my crafty wish list at the moment;

Weaving, after my failed attempt at weaving a rug I have decided not to give up entirely on weaving, there have been a few tutorials on pintrest and cut out and keep for weaving with newspaper or magazines to make bowels etc and also an interesting technique for weaving a quilt out of flat strips of fabric, of course I cant try that until my god damn sewing machine gets fixed. I like this tutorial because of the unusual shape of the bowl it's made:

I have been wanting to do some fabric covered books or a while, I have a craft encyclopaedia that would look awesome covered and I could cover some diaries and note books and put them on Maggie makes stuff as matching sets with pretty button and ribbon details :)

Needle felting, for some reason I really want to try needle felting now. There are some really good beginner’s kits online like ebay and Blooming Felt which look great and not to expensive. There are lots of cool things to do like making 2D pictures or 3D objects like animals etc, you can felt directly onto clothing and use things like cookie cutters to make nice neat shapes. I feel I may be buying a kit soon to add to the many crafts that I already do.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this weeks crafty rant.
see ya'll soon

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Weekly Update

Hi Friends,

Well it's been a crafty week. I have been busy making lots of presents for people. The fern cowl turned out really well.
As I was using a chunky wool I stopped half way in the lace pattern so that it wouldn't be to long, I was worried when I finished it as it wasn't sitting very nicely but after blocking it's perfect. I am going to give it to the birthday girl today. Very excited.

I have also been working on my niece's birthday present. I was looking for a doll that I could make clothes for so she could play dress up but couldn't find a doll that wasn't hideously expensive or hideously ugly so I got a stuffed animal instead.

So far this cute fox has an evening dress (blue and sparkly one) a cardigan, a skirt and a shoe. I am yet to make the other shoe. I'm pleased with the cardigan as I have been looking for a project to use this cute rainbow yarn in for ages.

I have lots more to make over the next few weeks as I have two more birthdays to make for, Busy busy busy.

Another thing I have been working on this week is my new facebook page Maggie Makes Stuff. I've had all my stock from craft fairs just sitting at home not doing anything so I decided to put them all on a facebook page so everyone can see what I have. I'm looking forward to making a few other bit's and pieces so I'll keep you updated on what's new. Go on take a look, have a browse and don't forget to click like :)