March 16, 2013

Fabric Decisions


I recently went travelling to India. One day me and my friend G wandered into a block printing factory. I’ve seen similar prints for sale at home, and in India they cost about a tenth of the price. So I went a little crazy and had a parcel of about 20 metres wrapped, stitched up…

March 15, 2013

Knitting Update – Herringbone Stitch

Rowan Yarn

It’s been a while since I posted about knitting and that’s basically because I haven’t been doing much. The days got warmer and I wanted to encourage spring by refusing to knit my scarf but that plan didn’t work and it’s now freezing again. All the more reason to get knitting! I’m using Rowan Lima…

March 13, 2013

Tea Light Holders


Because I’ve just started out with clay and still getting the hang of how to work with it, I have been looking for some tiny little simple things to test out. I wanted to make a little tea light holder. This is basically just a tiny little bowl – with an added bee for fun….

March 12, 2013

Aaron’s Needlepoint Project

My boyfriend has basically never crafted in his life. He made a canvas bag for his sister with my help a few Christmases ago but apart from that he is a needle-and-thread virgin. A few weeks ago he found a small canvas frame in a charity shop and decided he’d like to try his own…

March 11, 2013

How To: Pottery Stencils


I’ve been working on some new prints for stencilling on to different pieces of pottery this week. I’m gonna put the kiln on later this week when they’ve finished drying out, so will post the results after that. Everything is still a little hit and miss as I’m just starting out, but hopefully soon I…

March 10, 2013

Liberty Coin Purse

Liberty Coin Purse

I have a bit of an obsession with Liberty fabric, if I could afford it I think I’d make everything using it. Last week I bought a small piece of the ‘Mitsi’ print in green on eBay. It’s only 35x35cm so I decided I’d try and make a small coin purse with it. I ordered…

March 7, 2013

Ceramic Illustrations


I’ve been posting a bit about various pottery projects that I’m working on and I know that not many people have easy access to a kiln, which makes those projects impossible. I wanted to find a quickie craft that’s easy to do and can be done with the most basic equipment… you’ve only gotta go…

March 6, 2013

Button Hearts


These little button hearts are perhaps the quickest quickie of all. All you need is wire (various types/thicknesses will work), wire cutters and buttons! I initially made a small one as an idea to put on a homemade Valentine’s day card but ended up creating a few larger ones too as decorations. I have one…

March 5, 2013

Glazing Over


Today I took some little samples of different glazes out of the kiln. These are different to the glazes I used for the stencils – they were underglazes that can be applied directly to leather hard clay (clay that has dried out for a few hours). To use these glazes the clay must first be…

March 4, 2013

Simple Spring Skirts

Simple Spring Skirt

We’re four days into March which means spring has officially begun! My sister and I decided to mark the arrival of one of our favourite seasons by making some new, decidedly un-wintery, skirts. Our pattern cutting/following/sewing skills aren’t great but we picked a simple pattern and we think the results are perfect! I used a thin…