Hasn't it been quiet here on the blog? That's because I've been busy behind the scenes with things that couldn't be shared here. I have been busy with the knitting needles though and I've got another completed pair of socks.
These are for an order and I was asked to do a picot cast on. It's the first time I've used it, but it adds so much to the top of the sock. It has a lovely 'frilly' edge. For those of you not on Facebook, here is a video I did demonstrating the stitch.
This came about after a conversation with a friend who wanted to help her young granddaughter make a cover for a new arrival. The easiest way to explain how to do it, was by making a video. I do hope you'll find it useful too.
Welcome to the first Ask Loopy round up of 2016. This time, I've got a couple of video tutorials.
The first one is buttonhole loops. These can be used decoratively, but I use them as an alternative to buttonholes on knitted and crocheted items
Following on from last month where we were talking about wrapped threads, the following video is for bullion loops.
Today you can find me over here with the Creative Pair. I'm very privileged to be the first of many they will be meeting in a new series, Meet A Creative.
There's a little about me and a video tutorial to make a simple cushion from from a recycled shirt.
While you're over there, I'll be taking photos of the new quilt. It now has it's post washed look, when it gets it's 'proper' quilt look.
Make a peg bag. There is probably more than one way to do these, but this is the method I use
I thought it might be a good idea for you to see what goes into making your ironing board cover. Buying handmade, can sometimes be more expensive than buying readymade, off the shelf items, but many times, a lot of care and attention have gone into making these items for you. Here is a step by step guide to how your ironing board cover is made, each one of the larger ones taking over an hour to make.
I always make a slip stitch loop, so the cord isn't lost inside the casing, and the cover is now ready to be packed and sent to it's new home. This one is going to the North East, where I hope it will be very happy.
The fabric I've used for this one, was recycled from a duvet cover. It was a batch I picked up from a charity shop. There were matching curtains and the remains of the fabric leftover, they had never been used. I do wonder about the history of these things sometimes.
I think I need to start this post by saying, I'm not an expert, I am only sharing what I've gleaned from more experienced quilters around the world. Tying a quilt isn't something I'd come across in the UK, although, that's not to say, it doesn't happen. I first heard of it from my American quilting friends and bombarded them with questions until I finally felt comfortable giving it a go myself.
Following a conversation on Facebook yesterday, I said I'd share how I tie a quilt, so please forgive me, if you know a better way. You can always leave me a comment, I'm still learning and happy for any tips you may have.
For my non-tying, quilting friends, this is what I've done
First, check your wadding or batting, and see the intervals between quilting that the manufacturer recommends. This will help you to determine how far apart your ties should be.
On this quilt, it's made easy for me, I'm using the centre of each of the squares as my tying point.
I'm using perle cotton as my tying thread, although this is my personal choice, use whatever you feel comfortable using. Make sure the needle has a large enough eye to thread easily, and a sharp point to go through all the layers.
First go straight down, through all the layers, taking the needle all the way through, making sure you don't pull the loose end of the thread through.
On the reverse, put the needle back into the quilt, a few millimetres away from where you came through. Take it all the way back to the top of the quilt
You will then have the two ends to the top of the fabric. Holding onto the loose end, pull the thread until it is flush and tight
Knot once, pull tight.
Knot again, pulling tight.
Knot a third time
Once the knots are in place, and you're happy they're tight, snip the ends, and you're left with a lovely tie.
Continue to the end of the quilt
I am sure there must be other ways, but this is what works for me.
I've now done another row on my quilt, so I'm getting closer to the end, however, orders are taking precedence at the moment. One pair of gloves will be off to Germany today, and the next pair have been started. First, I have a post office run to do, so I'd better get a move on, it's going to be a busy day.
Welcome if you have joined us as part of the Creative Crafting Blog Tour. Did you enjoy your stop yesterday?
If this is your first visit, this is where I blog about the things I make for enjoyment and to sell. I've always enjoyed crafts, enjoying knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, quilting and anything else that comes along the way.
To celebrate my day on the Blog tour, I am posting a tutorial on how to make a bag like the one you see below. Tutorials are new to me, so if you would like to see more, or have any requests, then please ask.
My regular readers will recognise this bag from last week. If you would like to make one similar, I thought I'd share with you the process. If you make your way to the end of the post, there is a giveaway, open to new and regular readers.
I made my bag from fabric samples that were given me, but you can use any fabric you like. The lining, I made from calico as it was a similar weight and colour to the main fabric.
I haven't included the dimensions, as you can adjust these to suit your own needs. The principles used will be the same, whatever size you decide to make.
Right, here we go:
1 - cut two pieces each of the main fabric and the lining fabric
9 - sew along open edge, as close to the edge as you can, ensuring both sides are sewn in. You will end up with your strap, once side with the main fabric, and the other with the contrasting lining fabric.
Put to one side and go back to the main bag pieces
10 - press about half inch over on the top of all four pieces that make up the bag.
11 - pin zip in place, ensuring front and lining pieces are wrong sides together, with zip in between.
12 - once sewn, it will look something like this. The zip is fully enclosed with no raw edges. This side is on the inside of my bag.
13 - This is where it get a bit complicated, as you have to check, then check again that the handle is not twisted, and that right sides are together.
Pin the handle into the side of the bag, along the centre of the bag by the zip
Check the handle isn't twisted.
14 - pin all around the bag, easing the corners into place. The zip should be open, check the handle isn't twisted, and it's not going to get caught in the seams.
Make sure the linings are on one side and the outer fabric on the other, right sides together.
15 - Sew all around the edges, leaving a space unstitched for turning. Take out all the pins and turn everything the right way.
16 - Sew opening shut. I usually do this by hand. Once this is done, push lining into the back and ease all the corners out, and you should have a bag.
This is the first tutorial I've done, and I hope I've covered everything, please let me know if I've missed anything, and please share your bags too.
As I said right at the beginning, I have a giveaway. Up for grabs is a bag, like this one. All you need to do is leave a comment, and I'd really love it if you would follow my blog, I'd love to make new friends. This giveaway is open until the end of the blog tour, when I will draw a name out of the hat, I will remind you when it will be closing. You are all welcome to join in, the more the merrier and I hope to meet some of you along the way on the tour.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.