Sweet Scraps

Today’s tiny project was a way of using a couple of fabric scraps I picked up yesterday at the fabric sale. I’ve fancied a little bit of hand paper piecing for a while now so this was the perfect opportunity. Mum dug out her collection of templates and papers, and I had a good old rummage through my new and existing scrap collections. 

  
 I settled for some 1/2 inch hexagons, and decided to make a little pincushion. Despite being a keen patchworker, I didn’t really have a pincushion! My pins end up stuck in anything available to stab, so this little chap will definitely come in handy. 

   
     
 
  

  

 

I’m not as pleased with it as I thought I would be, I can’t put my finger on why though. Possibly due to fabric choice. But I’m already covering some more papers for a second attempt….pop back tomorrow to check my progress!
Emily x

 

  

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Bargain Buys and a Beautiful Blanket!

Fantastic morning! I was so close to not going to this particular event, but now I am SO glad I made the effort to go. It was a local fabric/crafting sale that was run by members of the Quilters’ Guild. And what a success it was too.

 

On sale was a huge selection of fabrics, books, magazines, patterns, threads, and much more! And tea and cake, obviously. My very first purchase was a bag of scraps – pick and mix style from huge buckets, bought by the sandwich bag! What a good idea, I adore scraps of fabric and it’s so nice to think that I can make something out of scraps that probably would have been thrown away.

I also bought fabric by the fat quarter and half metre, most of which are small floral prints (surprise!):

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Small floral prints…….yummy.

 

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These two fat quarters caught my eye, I have a nice collection of reds and creams and these will either join my collection, or they would make something pretty on their own. I don’t have any plans for them yet!

 

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I think these three fabrics might end up as a pin cushion. All from different sellers, costing a grand total of £1.10! Aren’t they beautiful? And they go together so well.

 

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And once again, I have no plans for these three yet, but just couldn’t resist them. They are right up my street!

As well as fabrics, I also got these gorgeous patchwork blocks. They have been hand sewn by the lady that was selling them, and came either individually (50p each) or as a set of 16 blocks. As much as I don’t need any more half-finished projects, I really didn’t like to think of these dainty little blocks going to waste so I am looking forward to putting them together into a small lap quilt. I have my boyfriend’s mum to thank for these blocks, as I had actually run out of cash at this point! I am terrible at carrying money and nearly always only have my debit card, which is no use in a village hall out in the country!

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And finally, my favourite purchase of the day……….the prettiest little crocheted blanket made out of tiny granny squares! ……

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It does need a little work. It’s difficult to see in the pictures, but there is one little square that needs repairing as it is not very well attached any more, and one has already come out entirely. You might just spot the hole in the picture of the quilt spread out on my floor!

The blanket is actually currently in my freezer (!). Freezing yarn/fibre/clothing is a way of eliminating moth larvae…..I guess you do learn something new every day – thanks mum! We don’t know that this blanket has been exposed to moths, but moth larvae do cause damage to fibres and it is one of many possible explanations for the damage. For the sake of a few days in the freezer, its’s a precaution I’m willing to take. I don’t have any plans to patch it up quite yet as I will need to source a matching yarn, so I’ll use the time wisely, just to be sure.

And just in case one tiny granny square blanket wasn’t enough for me, I’ve also ordered some Drops Alpaca 4ply yarn in a selection of colours to make my own version! This little blanket totally inspired me. When my yarn arrives, I’ll be sure to post a picture.

Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend.

Emily x

Buried Treasure

First thing this morning I was enjoying a cup of tea with my mum as she put on her make-up for work, when the side of a box under her bed caught my eye…..Of course, I pulled it out to investigate. This is what I found:

Not only is it full of beautiful yarn from the Natural Dye Studio, there is a granny square blanket pattern, and 92 gorgeous finished granny squares!

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This has been untouched, under the bed for a long time so with mum’s permission I am taking over where she left off to contribute a few more granny squares!

Apart from the fact that this is only my second ever attempt at a granny square, the only issue I came across was that my mum wasn’t sure what hook size she used. The pattern said 5mm, but my mum’s work looked like it used a smaller size. She thought she might have used a 4.5mm hook, so that’s what I started with.

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I’m not sure if it was purely just hook size or whether we have very different tensions, but my square turned out a lot bigger than the existing ones (my first attempt is on the left with the pink and purple border, the yellow bordered square is one of my mum’s). So I swapped my hook down to 4mm and consciously tried not to stitch too loose, and my second attempt came out much, much better (the middle one).

Progress was hindered slightly by my little helper….

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Meet Maisie, one of my four cats. She is ever so sweet but just like a toddler – into everything and I need eyes in the back of my head when she’s around. She loves nothing more than to get excitable when yarn is involved, although it usually ends in tangles! I wouldn’t change her for the world though.

For those of you who saw yesterday’s post about my little frame, I have decided to go for some sewing related embroidery in each heart. I did end up getting distracted yesterday though, so I haven’t actually done it yet. When I have, I will provide photographic evidence! Thank you to Lucie for your input. For anyone who hasn’t already, check out Lucie’s blog – packed full of gorgeous clothes and crochet! As a very new blogger (3 days now!), I am particularly enjoying the nature of blogs/bloggers and the journey that I end up taking from one person’s blog to the next via links/pictures etc., it’s a fantastic way of discovering new sites and meeting new people with similar interests. So much so that my poor university work has suffered this week while I’m busy being inspired by other peoples’ handiwork! I’ll start again with my work on Monday. Until then, I’m going to make the most of my crafty time.

Emily x

Pretty Little Frame – help!

Good morning!

Today I have decided to do what I do best….start another project when I have so many things I really should be finishing. But I just can’t leave this pretty little frame empty any longer.

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I can’t decide what to put in it though! I don’t want to use photos – it lives on my desk in my sewing space so I’d like it to have something sewing related inside. The hearts are only small though, roughly 3″ x 3″. I’m torn between 3 options:

a) three different pretty, floral fabrics (I LOVE floral prints and lots of other things in my room are proof of this)

b) some pale linen or calico embroidered with little motifs, probably different colours and designs in each frame

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c) piece together lots of tiny scraps in three different ways and put these inside eg. tiny squares, triangles and hexagons

 

Which would you choose? Or do you have any other suggestions?

Emily x

 

Revamped Stool!

As promised from earlier today, here are some photographs of the bedroom stool before and after its pretty new cover!

Before……

……..and after!

The cover was sewn by my mum, large hexagons in a selection of purple and lilac fabrics, pieced together by machine. The stool was ever so easy to dismantle and it didn’t take me too long to put the new cover on. I used a staple gun and just spread the new cover over the top of the old one. The trickiest bits were the corners! Overall, a pretty quick and simple job that makes such a difference to the room. Now I’m feeling inspired to re-cover and revamp more furniture…..watch this space!

 

Emily x

W.I.P. Wednesday 24/2/16

Today, my day off from university work began with a beautiful frost on a bright and sunny but very chilly morning.

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I spent my morning and part of my afternoon in Faversham, primarily to see a friend but I also enjoyed meeting my mum on her lunch break from work. We spent her lunch hour in one of our favourite places, the fantastic luxury yarn shop – The Old Pharmacy. The shop opened in September last year – it sells an amazing selection of yarns and is run by very inspiring and helpful people. My mum and I are regulars here and often spend our lunch breaks sat on their sofa, knitting our break away.

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Please check out their website or Facebook page for more details – as well and gorgeous yarns/needles/hooks and more The Old Pharmacy also offer workshops and classes and a knit night for getting together with other local crafters! I can thoroughly recommend them.

This afternoon’s project is one of many works in progress. I am terrible at finishing projects and always have so many things on the go at once! This project does have a deadline however, as it is another present for my friend’s baby boy.

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This little blanket is a crocheted ripple blanket in blues and grey. The pattern is the Neat Ripple Blanket by Lucy of the gorgeous Attic24 blog, and the yarn is Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, purchased from The Old Pharmacy.

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I have one more job for this afternoon too – a joint project! My mum has pieced some pretty purple hexagons to re-vamp her bedroom stool, my job is to cover it! So I’m off to find a staple gun and have a play around….photographs to follow later on!

Emily x

Hello!

Hello! Welcome to my new blog. I’m brand new to blogging so please be patient with me! Tonight I am working on a stripy baby cardigan for my best friend who is expecting her second baby. The pattern is by Debbie Bliss and can be found in her Ultimate Book of Baby Knits. The yarn I am using is Drops baby merino. This is my first knitting project since I was a child so progress is slow but I am enjoying it and looking forward to seeing the finished cardigan! X

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