After admiring the book Hoop-la! 100 Things to do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale each time I saw a blog review, I finally splashed out and bought it. It is a lovely book, full of ideas. It also features 2 bunny projects. This one is called Hipster bunnies and I was disappointed to find out it's not a pattern, but a photo printed onto fabric. That wasn't going to stop me though, I just traced it!
I painted a hoop in blue to frame it, when I came to do the framing, I discovered I'd painted the wrong hoop!
This is the right hoop! It's 3" x 3". The bunnies are appliqued and then outlined in 1 strand of black embroidery floss. I love them.
I think it must be Colin and Ellis in this picture. Ellis is a pretty lady and Colin... well Colin is my lovely Colin!
I laced the back but decided I couldn't be bothered to sew on a circle of felt, after all, this is for me and will be on the wall so no-one will ever see the back. I've got another hoop bunny project in the works, then I just need one more to make my four bunnies...
I had a little kit for a cross stitch which came with a 3" plastic hoop for framing. I didn't much like the project so had a quick look in my books for a different design. I found one in Picture It in Counted Beadwork. This little fella is made from size 11 seed beads. The book said to use Mill Hill beads but I had Mikiyaji and they seemed to work just fine. I've never done counted beadwork before, but it was simple. I used 14 count Aida to go with the size 11 beads and it was simply a case of doing a half cross and threading on a bead.
Yes, I know, that hoop is not plastic, it's felt. I didn't like this design in the hoop, not sure why. Rooting through my drawers (of the chest-of-variety, I don't keep craft supplies in my (UK) pants) I found this felt frame that must have been free with a magazine.
Mr Penguin looks quite happy to be in it. I did a running stitch round the circle and then blanket stitched round the edge. It took forever. Well, about an hour.
I wasn't watching my stitches on the back, but I think they blend in well enough. Sick of Christmas decorations yet? Tough...
I really have cracked out the craft books recently! This little project is from Stitched with Love by Mandy Shaw and was totally inspired by Susan. It's a bunny, how could I pass that up, and why had I forgotten I had this pattern?
I used some wool felt I had to hand and decked her out in red.
I added some simple embroidery and then sewed her up with blanket stitch.
She's plain on the back. Hang on! There's something missing!
Aaaah, that's better! She was hanging up for a couple of days in the living room before I noticed!
On Friday and Saturday me and my wonderful mum went to the Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate. We stay overnight to make it all a bit more leisurely. It's a good job we do as the place is rammed! I thought you might like to see my goodies?
Yarn for a pair of fingerless mittens I want to make
Wool roving and fancy threads for a little felt picture I have in mind.
A goldwork kit that's actually a copper work kit and is done on canvas.
Me and mum went halves on this one. This is proper goldwork, but in silver if that makes sense! We got two patterns and the materials needed to make them both.
They come with leather, and silver threads and metal threads...
And all kinds of other threads that I've forgotten about! We watched a lady doing a demo and it really didn't seem as hard as I've always thought it would be, so I'm going to take the plunge!
This little fella is a magnetic needle minder. I couldn't leave him behind!
I didn't intend to buy any fabrics, but at £2 a FQ I couldn't resist. The car one is to make a crayon roll for my nephew. The other two are just because.
These were £5 for three and I think they'd look lovely with a bit of embroidery, I have something in mind! In the background is a metre of brown corduroy which is for a bag I'm planning.
I bought this pattern and a roll of fusible binding tape to try the stained glass technique. I wanted to try this and as the pattern is Rennie Mackintosh, how could I resist?
And how could I resist this bunny who has a little bunny in her garland! I found the perfect FQ of white fleece on the stall opposite so it was clearly meant to be.
I bought a couple of beadweaving kits. They're beginners kits but I love the designs and the prices were too good to pass up.
This is my jewellery making stash. Some of it was from Harrogate but most came from the Bead Show that me and mum went to on Sunday... it was a craftstashalicious weekend! I bet you all think I'm crazy. I've got a list of WIPs and kits as long as an orangutan's arm, but I'm adding to it. Ah well!
Following the craft class, I wanted to try some more polymer clay techniques I'd had my eye on. The first is an imprint technique from the book Patterns in Polymer by Julie Picarello
I created a layered stack and then used various items to imprint it. I didn't have many items I could use, I need to keep a good eye out and maybe visit B&Q. Above I mainly used cutters, but the crosses are a screwdriver, the circles at the top are from a spool and the wavy lines are a cutter.
This really terrible shot is of the layers. I can't get a decent in-progress shot of some crafts, like polymer clay, as I do them downstairs in the dining room which has a special film on the window so people can't see in. It means that the light is also blocked. Working on a garish cutting board doesn't help either!
The idea is to cut thin slices. I didn't succeed with that! Most of mine were wedges or about 10mm thick! Here's a couple of the slices.
Don't you think this one looks like a frog!
I cut a couple of decent areas out with cutters and I'll turn them into brooches. The failure of this made me want to try again, but this time I started at the beginning with something a bit more basic from the same book.
Not so bad! But they're also very thick. I wish I hadn't cut the large one out so asymmetrically.
I then pulled out The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques by Donna Kato. The striped cane was fine. What I did with it... not so much!
OK, so back to an old technique that I know is a success. I've made these before, but not in blue. I am going to make them into necklaces, the small round ones are beads which have been pieced through the sides.
Still managed to make a mess of this though! So the marks?
Following on from last week's blackwork post, I thought I'd show you the rest of the blackwork I did. Tucked in my New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches were some loose leaves torn from a magazine, one of the cross stitching ones I think. My mum gave me the book so I'm not sure where they came from. On a Christmas tree decoration roll, I set to.
I was really pleased with this holly as I had the perfect green in my stash. I suppose I could have done the berries as buttons.... I might try that.
This star (and the only black piece of blackwork I've done!) was a nightmare to sew. I couldn't get the patterns to align properly despite recounting dozens of times!
Above is the design Snowflowers by Jeanne Dansby. I had this saved as a PDF so I'm afraid I don't have a link for you. I went with red for pointsetters and I love it. It's so delicate. I added green size 10 seed beads into the diamonds.
This was another free design from Borduurblog, that link will take you to a page with lots of blackwork designs. Now I just have to get these sewn up into ornaments. If you fancy giving blackwork a try, I have loads of free patterns saved on my Blackwork Pinterest board.