Monday, 31 October 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011

Fluffy Knitted Owl Babies

I know there is only one of them but a little friend of mine has asked for some owl babies to go with her favourite book so here is the first one he's only about 4 inches (10cm) high. I shall knit the other two when I have got some more eyes. It's a really simple pattern so it won't take long. I used to love the book 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.The pattern is here if you want to make one.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Crochet Amigurumi Owl

Wednesday is my crochet class day. There isn't one this week so I thought I'd experiment with shaped crochet and this little amigurumi owl is the result. He's probably heading for my Christmas tree. The beads I used for his eyes are stored in a glass chemist's vial with a cork lid. They have been there at least fifty years so these two must be quite glad to escape. I think it's just possible that this hoarding of craft stuff may have been inherited.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Owl Doorstop

Today's owl is a doorstop that I made by recycling my daughters jeans (one leg anyway!). I cut off about 12inches(30cm) of jeans leg and embroidered the owl onto it. I cut a square of denim for the base with sides half the width of the flattened jeans leg plus 3/4 inch(2cm)With the jeans leg inside out I stitched across the top of the leg, leaving a gap in the centre for turning and filling, then pinned and stitched the base to the bottom of the leg. I turned the doorstop the right way out (those pointy ears just happen when you fill it) and filled the body with rice (you could use lentils or pulses) then the face section with toy filling and used a slip stitch to close the gap. Isn't he cute?

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Owl Cards (2)

I did manage to use up a little of my card stash. There is something very appealing about owls. They come in so many shapes and sizes but as long as you give them big eyes somehow they always look right.

I made this one for a friend who is always sewing so the background paper is scissors and the owl is made with fabric effect papers. The eyes are indian shisha embroidery mirrors.
Owls always look wise so who better to bring a wise saying?
Loved these eyes. They are paper clips. The feet are made from twisted wire.
This pretty pink and green owl is made from a set of papers that were a free gift from 'Simply Homemade' magazine. It started life as a collection of printed hearts. I trimmed one to make the head and pencilled in the edge stitches. The button eyes and the ribbon bow were part of the same coordinating set.

Finally an owl for Christmas. I've had this gorgeous shiny backing paper for ages but hadn't thought of a way to use it.I cut the owl, tree and stocking from the scrap card that came from the aperture so they match the surround exactly. The sequin eyes match the backing paper and make it a very Xmassy card.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Owl cards(1)

After a lovely few days away it was back to normality this morning. I couldn't decide what to make so I got out a box of paper shapes and played with them for a while. Eventually I realised that whatever I started with I ended up with an owl so this week's theme is going to be owls. I shall start by making some cards as my box of 'free gift papers that come with magazines' is beginning to overflow.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Reversible Goban (games board)

Two of the family have recently got addicted to the oriental game of Go. So of course we needed something to play on (internet play works fine, but it isn't very sociable). We found instructions for making the board itself on bamsoftware, and made two - one each. Quite by accident I found that the bits of MDF left over were just enough to make this rather nice Go-ban. It looks the part, and is just the right height to play sitting on the floor, or to put coffee mugs on when there's no game in progress.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Hello Pudsey Bear!

We always do something for the BBC Children in Need appeal, and it is useful to have Pudsey Bear nearby, so people know where to come to hand over their money. This is the second Pudsey that I've made, and it is slightly smaller than the first, which was about 7 feet tall - unfortunately we lost him. You read that right, we lost a seven-foot bright yellow teddy bear! Told you we had too much stuff to keep track of.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Fake Old Plaster Frame

Ann's away for a few days, so I get a turn!

This frame came from a charity shop and is made of a shockingly bright electric blue moulded plastic. Not at all something I'd want hanging on my walls, so naturally I bought it and tried to make it better. It took a bit of experimenting to get the right look of faded glamour, but here's how I did it.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Knitted card(peacock)

There was a free gift in Crafts Beautiful this month. A foil embossing tool and some foil so I thought I'd better make some cards rather than just put it away. The foil card was made by foil embossing using a stencil. The Good luck card is a piece of card painted with acyllic paint, heaps of metallic embossing powder were placed on the wet paint and then I heated it with a craft gun. I layered it with copper card and used peel off strips to give it a more oriental look. The knitted peacock is one I made a pattern for a few years ago. I'll put it up in case anyone wants to make one.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Knitting bag (Recycled tiebacks)

I didn't post yesterday as I was cleaning my craft room. It looks a lot better and hopefully will make it a bit easier to find things. One of the things that turned up was a bunch of curtain tiebacks left over from when we moved house. They looked really bright and cheerful so I joined them together, Took off the D rings and made a decoration from them and a piece of the green fabric that had been left over when I shortened one pair and sewed on a set of handles from the charity shop. I just need to line it now and my knitting will have a new home.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Teddy bear (Sparse fur)

When I saw this amazing fabric remnant I knew I had to make a little bear from it. I found a great free pattern at and adapted it slightly by sewing on the head and using string joints rather than the ones they had used. Because the fabric was quite thin and the seam allowances very small I backed it with thin iron on vilene before cutting out the pieces. NowI just need to find some ribbon for a bow and he will be ready to be adopted.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Hallowe'en Crow Mask

Don't ask me why my daughter wanted to be a crow for Halloween but she did. They don't seem to sell bird masks so we had to make this one. The beak is  folded cardboard covered with masking tape and painted with black acrylic paint. I sewed it onto a shop bought wrap round mask and we wrapped a long haired furry scarf round her head. What am I going as? Your worst nightmare. Remember that teacher you hated - well she's back to haunt you.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Crochet Classes

I think I'm beginning to get the hang of this crochet thing. Last week we made the snowflake and this week the flower square. The mat at the bottom was where I tried experimenting with different threads. The purple is ribbon which surprised me by being really nice to crochet with. I would like to make some of those amigurumi animals so I've borrowed a book. I'm not totally certain I understand the instructions so the results may be interesting rather than accurate.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Crazy Patchwork Cat cushion

I was planning on some nice flowery patchwork when I went to my scraps drawer but these cat scraps were just begging to be made into something so why not a patchwork cat? It's so nice to be able to sew properly again. I cut my index finger last week and everything I tried to sew ended up sewn to the plaster.He didn't turn out quite the way I'd planned but I love the multicolored embroidery silk (anchor 1375) it gives a great effect on the crazy patchwork.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Hallowe'en Chocolate Raffle

I did start making something today but didn't get time to finish it as I had to go shopping  before the complaints about lack of food grew too loud. I did finish putting together the prize for a charity chocolate raffle.There's a lot of chocolate in that box. I just have to keep my fingers out of it for a few more days!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Personalised Christmas tree decoration

When I found the fur tape yesterday I thought I'd try to make a tree decoration with it. I cut a the felt slightly larger than for the Eskimo card as the tape is quite thick.I cut two sets of body shapes and blanket stitched round them and then laid them between two jacket shapes and added a little toy filling as I blanket stitched round them. Then stuck on the fur tape and the face. All this Christmas stuff (and the weather) is making me feel very wintry so I'm going to put away the felt and get some nice light flowery fabrics out and dream of summer.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Dreamcatcher Card

A very windy couple of days, the leaves are piling up in drifts and two of the fence panels are lying on the lawn where the fence post has broken.It made me remember the tiny maple leaf punch I used on this dream catcher card. I made the mini dream catchers from brass curtain rings which I button hole stitched round with thread and added bead and pieces of feather when they were finished. There are loads of instructions for making dream catchers on the web. The pink card was made by folding an oval aperture card in the middle and folding the aperture section to the centre. I cut a piece of card the same size as the unfolded aperture card and folded that in half to make the outside. I taped the two outer sections of the aperture card to the outer card so that when it is folded the aperture folds the opposite way to the outer card.The faux fur down the edge of the blue card is a stcky tape which would have been handy for the Eskimo card if I had found it yesterday.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Personalised Eskimo Christmas Card

When I made the star decoration it struck me that I could use the glass tile technique, but using 1inch(2.5cm)  clear plastic stickers, to personalise some Christmas cards. I think most children would be happy to get a card with their face on, these little Eskimos are the result.The pattern is here if you want to make one.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Steampunk Teddy Bear

What do you do when you make a teddy bear that is just a bit too tall and thin? You dress him! Mr Ted is wearing the latest in steampunk costume. Recycled chinos, a studded (p)leather handbag, a glass tile,parts of two belts and a keyring.OK maybe the jacket is a little more punk than steampunk but have you tried making a frock coat to fit a teddy bear? I did enjoy making the eyepiece, it's amazing what you can stick with super glue.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Knotted Cards (Nautical)

I've gone a bit nautical today. I was born by the sea on one side of the country and now I live by the sea on the other side so perhaps that's why boats seem to feature on a lot of my cards. The fabric card is made with  mounting film. This is two layers of acetate with a stick centre(like double sided tape). For this card I peeled off one side and stuck the adhesive side  to the back of the fabric. This stops the fabric fraying when I cut out the shapes. You could peel off the remaining side and back the shapes with card but because the acetate is quite stiff I leave it in place and use to keep it in position. The mast is a tooth pick. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Recycled Hoodie Cushion (with remote pocket)

My daughter gave me this lovely hoodie to recycle. For some strange reason the neck had shrunk so nobody could wear it. I managed to cut a 17inch(43cm) square from the front and back. I'd had the appliqué balloons for a while now so just ironed them onto the back and stitched round them to make sure they stayed there. The front (now back) pocket was a bonus as it may cut down the time I spend looking for the TV remote.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Knitted dog keyring and card

I wanted a little extra to put in with a card today so I made a keyring/bag charm. It was a bit hot to do any thinking so I used the pattern I'd already written for card embellishments.I just sewed two dog embellishments together and added ears and a key chain. He does look rather sweet.The size difference in the dogs is due to the needle size and yarn used.The pattern is here if you want to make one.