Friday, 17 November 2017

More Stock for my Etsy Shop

I've made some more boxed notebook sets to go in my Etsy shop.

Notebook covers are geli prints.

The inside of the boxes are also decorated.

Notebooks stood inside the box.

More gelli printed notebooks for next set.

I don't know why, but my camera doesn't like blues, so it hasn't picked the box colour up very well at all, it's much brighter IRL.

Notebooks stood inside the box.

And finally a bigger box which houses five notebooks.

It's very similar to the one I posted yesterday, but not the same.

All five notebooks stood inside the box.

Again, they will all be for sale in my Etsy shop.

Boxed Notebooks Gift Set

Made another box and 4 little notebooks to fit inside.

These are the four books I made using the new to me DecoArt premium acrylics which cover beautifully.

They all fit nicely in the box.

They would make a lovely gift and if you are interested, you can find them in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


Pat, a facebook friend, very kindly sent me a box of Merino wool that she no longer had a use for. Love all those neutral colours at the top. So with this in mind I decided to make a needle felting piece as the kitchen is a bit upside down at the moment, so it's a pain getting to the sink, which is what I need to be able to do for wet felting.

So here he is, my little snowman to go with my little santa. I watched the basic shapes living felt tutorial by Marie and I also downloaded the free pdf from their site too. 

I made the hat rim a little bit small, but that's because I didn't put enough wool down in the first place. It's amazing how much it shrinks, but that's something I'll get used to. 

I'm really pleased with how smooth I got everything though, which is no mean feat in itself.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The BIG Craft Event - Lincolnshire Showground

Today I had a day out at the Big Craft Event held at the Lincolnshire Showground.

I bought some wool felting bundles from this stall but I have no idea what it was called as there is no banner or name and nothing on or in the bag.

More stalls and it was actually quite busy.

Lots of handmade Christmas things.

And this was the other end of the hall.

There were also sewing machines demo's too.

Needle & Thread were running all the workshops. 

These were all the 1 hour taster workshops on offer, most of them had sold out, but I was booked on to the needle felting santa with Robyn Smith.

Pinched this photo from Needle and Thread FB page!!

This is where I got to yesterday as the sun was really really bright and I picked up the pale pink instead of the white and so he left the show with a pale pink beard, so I pulled it out.

A needle felting workshop in progress with Robyn.

Lots of workshops going on at the same time.

This is Sally (stood up on the left) who owns Needle and Thread and organised the workshops. I did go and say hi to her as I took a workshop at her studio earlier this year and I am booked onto one next year.

And you can't go all that way without buying anything can you, so this is what I bought.

Close up of the locks from the stall I don't know the name of!!

Silk sari ribbon waste from Robyn's stall.

And silk tops, also from Robyn's stall.

And I bought this little guy for my mum for Christmas as she is very into ducks at the moment.

His body is filled with something heavy as he is a door stop.

I think (hope) she will love him. If not, I can always keep him.

And I finished him this morning.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Craters & Spikes

I decided to make my resist from cardboard as I wanted it a bit thicker because I wanted to slightly shape it and didn't want to create a seam.

I also wanted to experiment with craters, so I made six circle resists and a tiny ball of wool to mark where I'd placed each one.

I also wanted to make some spikes, so I rolled one end just with water and left the other end fluffy. I wrapped three round cocktail sticks, but that wasn't necessary at this stage.

Next I placed my layers of wool over the template.

I did both sides and then decided which side I wanted the holes on.

Once the resists had been covered in wool, I placed the orange dots in the middle so I could easily identify where the resists were. I also decided to see what linen bouche would do too so laid it down in a spiral around the middle.

I wrapped the twisted lengths in cling film as I didn't want them to felt to the base but I did want them to become attached at the fluffy end.

I wet the fluffy ends and massaged them onto the base with soap and water.

I worked on both sides and then when I thought I'd finished I pulled the cling film off and soaped and rolled them individually in my fingers.

I cut a hole in the middle and pulled out the cardboard resist and shrunk it more by rolling, hitting with hot and cold water and throwing it on the mat. Once I was happy with the shrinkage, I cut the resists out using the orange dots as a guide.

And once I was happy with everything, I stuffed it with cloths and dusters, tied it to help it keep it's shape and twisted three of the spikes around the cocktail sticks. 

It's now in the airing cupboard drying.

So this morning I took it out the airing cupboard, took the string off, took the cocktail sticks out and unstuffed it.

And I was really, really please with how it came out. Again, I learnt a lot from the process and what to do differently next time.

I probably should have worked the edges more and next time I won't cut as much out so I can leave more of a crater.

These ones worked a little better.

And the spikes held their shapes, the straights and the spirals but in future they need to be longer and thicker to start with.

Finally a view from the top with the linen bouche and the original hole.

But for a first try at incorporating a different shaped vessel, spikes and we'll call them craters, I am really, really please with the outcome.

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