A couple of days ago, I shared with you the video showing you Nampy and promised to share some pictures with you. Here they are as promised.
The following slideshow video shows the making of the bear from start to finish. I got so engrossed in making her, I forgot to take progress photos during the stuffing process. This is the time when you really get to see the personality of the bear.
It's wonderful to know that these memory bears go on display. They become part of everyday life and each time someone sees them, they trigger such happy memories. I really do think it's time I made one for myself.
As promised, today I'm sharing the video I made once the quilt was made. In this video, I show you some of the detail of the quilt and explain how we made the decisions for the design of the quilt. Once again, this developed during the process of making the quilt to make sure we got exactly what was wanted.
When Laura saw the photos of the quilt, this is what she said "I don't know what to say, it's absolutely amazing. It's exactly what I hoped it would look like. I love it Jane! Thank you so much, my Nan will absolutely treasure this. I'm really choked up how beautiful it is."
I can't really ask for much more than that and I can't wait to make the next one.
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As you missed out on the progress photos of Lady Eleanor being made, I thought you'd enjoy seeing this video. It's a slide show of the making of Eleanor, from start to finish.
It's been a pleasure to have been instrumental is bring Lady Eleanor to life and I look forward to meeting the next bear. I'm sure they will have an interesting tale to tell.
I love it when I get a message to tell me that something special is coming in the post. Seeing as this one came from France, it was here in pretty quick time. Inside the package was one very special shirt.
The shirt is being used to make a memory bear. This one is quite poignant for me as this belonged to a gentleman that died around the same time as my mum. The shirt has been treasured and kept safe in a drawer for seventeen years. It's a real privilege to have been asked to make it into a bear that will take pride of place.
He's not quite finished, but here's a video I did on Facebook yesterday. He's going to be finished over the weekend and I'll show him off properly next week.
So, I've been trying a new product. It's called Creative Paper and it come in 'balls' to crochet with. It's quite tough going on the fingers, but it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
I made some table mats, two plate sized and four coasters. Although you expected them to be quite stiff being made with paper, they're quite flexible. I do have a little bit left and I'm toying with the idea of trying to knit with it, just to see if it's possible.
In case you didn't see the video on Facebook, here are my thoughts about the Creative Paper.
It was a quiet session this month as it's holiday time. I thought I'd show you my new toy in action. It was a great help when I was making the cushion covers.
Next month, I will finally get the video done of adding the zipper to a knitted cardigan. I'm just finishing the collar on the cardigan at the moment. I've had another couple of questions come in too, so we should have an interesting session. The next one is 20th September, so, if you have anything you'd like to add to the discussion, please let me know.
I had a lot of comment on the blog, Facebook and Instagram about the scrim lace I was making so I thought I'd show you what I had done with it. I can't show you the whole thing at present, but here's a peak at how it looks.
Previously, I've used scrim lace in mixed media embroidery, so using it as an overlay is a new way for me to use it. My fingers were itching to embroider on it and I may do so in the months to come. I do have some left over.
Here is a quick overview from a Facebook Live video I did yesterday. You'll be able to see some of the places I've used it before and how different it can look.
It's definitely been one of those months this month. The video was posted live to Facebook to introduce this month's session
The next video I did was done about the walking foot. During a conversation a couple of weeks ago, it came up that someone had a walking foot but had never used it. I wanted to show that they were easy to use.
Do you have a walking foot? How often do you use it? I know mine gets a lot of use, and not just for my quilts. I think this and my 1/4" piecing foot are the most used on my machine.
If you have any questions or tips for next month's session, please let me know as soon as you can. Hopefully, I can plan things better this month and get everything done in time.
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.
Just a quick video for you today to show the memory quilt from start to finish in pictures. I love seeing how three completely unrelated items come together and unite to make something special for the family
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.