I've been sorting through my cupboard where all my makes and items for sale are stored. I came across this lovely pincushion and decided to have a giveaway.
It was made during a French Lavender themed SAL. There is some hand stitched hexagons, embroidery and applique. It's quite big, measuring aprox 6 1/2" across.
If you'd like to take part, just leave a comment, and I'll get one of the boys to pick a name out of the hat. Closing date will be 14th December, with the winner being announced on the 15th.
This is the same yarn as the gloves, but you can see how a different pattern shows the colours in a different way.
This hat is a beret style and is for age 4-6, although I can do it right up to adult sizes. You can find it here
Yesterday was a bit disrupted, but hopefully, normal routine is back for one day only. There are bags cut out and ready to sew, and a glove on the needles to finish.
Have a lovely Wednesday all.
Even though I'm sewing going on here, the knitting is continuing in the evenings, and yes, more gloves.
These are ladies fingerless gloves, though I've adjusted the pattern from the previous pair. They are longer in the hand before thumb shaping and seem to fit better. Well, they fit me better anyway, and short of people sending me their hands, that's what I'm going by.
There will be more gloves to come, I have orders for two more pairs of fingerless gloves, before starting on my own. The next pair are ladies, but in black, as requested and should be done by the end of the week.
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This is the first of the bags to be made, and I'm happier with this finish. It's quite a large bag, with boxed corners. The lining isn't as yellow as the photo is showing, but the overhead light is on and is affecting the colour.
As the horse blanket cannot be pressed into place, the handles were made a little differently. I had to sew, right sides together, then turn through and top stitch along both sides.
Apart from that, and not being able to pin as I'd like, everything was made the same as I would normally. Next will be a smaller bag, this time, I won't be doing boxed corners.
I thought the diary cover would be the simplest thing to do, but this wasn't the case. All the problems of using this fabric were brought home with a bang! You can't pin it altogether, and the rubberised material won't run freely through the machine! After puzzling for a few minutes, a solution came to mind. Up to the bathroom, and back down with some talc. Sprinkle on, hey presto, it now goes through the machine.
Another drawback, you need to take great care when pressing, or else you could end up with a melted mess. I have carefully pressed the lining fabric on the sleeves, but the actual blanket seams can't be pressed, and they don't stay, unless stitched. The unseen drawback-although the blanket has been washed, as soon as it warms up, it smells of horse, okay for those that live and work with horses, but a bit overpowering for me.
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After some fiddling about, the book cover is eventually made. It's slightly looser than I would have like, but it means that it'll be much easier to find a refill next year. The lighter blue that you see, is all part of the original blanket.
My sewing table is now a sea of white, there is talcum powder everywhere. I'll have to finish working on this, then a big clean up will begin. The machine will need a good clean and a new needle, the rotary cutter will need a new blade. Now I know what I'm working with, and how it behaves, it is getting easier. A bag is next.
It's surprising what people give you, when they realise you recycle almost anything. It seems they think you can make anything out of everything, or should that be everything out of anything. It has meant, I've been given a lot of fabric and clothes to use, but this is a first for me, was a horse blanket.
Blanket, doesn't really describe what we have. It is a blanket, in that it covers the horse in the field. It's different from our blankets in that it is rubberised fabric which brings it's own challenges. I will be needing a new needle and rotary blade when I've finished
The commission is to make as a diary cover, and as many bags and/or pouches as I can, utilising the oval plaque, which is rubber, somewhere. I shall let you know the challenges and results over the next week.
It's not as painful as it sounds, and I feel very spoiled.
Over on the Stitch Specialist yahoo group
, we've been put into small groups to get to know some of the members better. This time, I've been put with the lovely Nancy and she sent me a lovely parcel.
When I opened the packet, there were loads of individually wrapped items. When I opened them all up, this is what I found.
I was overwhelmed. Thank you, Nancy, there will be reminders of you for a very long time x
I needed to make a red themed pot holder for someone. Looking through my charm squares, I found this pretty square. I also had a white square cut, so it was simple to put together. The reverse is the same dark red as the hanger.
When I do pot holders, I normally bind them, but I thought I'd try a different method this time. I sewed right sides together, then turned it out, stitching around the edge when done.
There's nothing wrong with this method, but I have to say, it might be more fiddly, but I prefer the look of them with the binding. For those of you that make pot holders, which method do you prefer?
I think the sun confused the camera yesterday, it just didn't want to take a clear photo of these.
These are now packaged and ready to send, ten strawberries with hanging loops. Daniel said the pale ones were parsnips! The brief was to have them all different, so that's what I've done.
Seepage is a normal with these type of pincushions, that's why you don't get many surviving from the early days. However, it seems to be more noticeable with the finer filling. I've tried lining the strawberries, but it doesn't make a lot of difference. As long as thread is not being drawn through, these should still last for some time.
I just have to hope the lady that ordered them will be happy with them. Personally, I think it's such a shame we can no longer get the coarser emery here.
It taken a little while, but the next stage of the quilt is done. All the ties are done and, looking at the photo, I'm really pleased with the effect.
Unfortunately, or maybe I should say, fortunately, I have so many orders to get done, the quilt has been folded up again. It's still out in the open, so it won't get forgotten. With just the trimming and binding to do, hopefully, it will not be too long before it's complete. I'd like to get it done by the end of the year.
It's back to the sewing table again today, with a post office run thrown in for good measure.