Craft pillow

My next sewing project has arrived. You may ask why it’s taken soooo long. Well, between work and housekeeping and doggy keeping there isn’t too much time and I steal pieces of time here and there so nothing much gets done too quickly. I am sure you all know what I mean! And I am a terrible procrastinator – which is not conducive to great productivity!!!!

Anyway, back to my project. I wanted the wording to stand out on the pillow so I made templates of the letters and cut out 1 of each letter in the fabric, the backing and the fleece. After fusing the fleece to the fabric using double sided fusible webbing for appliqué I pinned them to the basic pillow rectangle. And tried to sew in zig zag………….I had a pillow form so I fitted the pillow inside the basic rectangle shape and top stitched all around the edge.

Here it is! The fabric is by Amy Butler.

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This is a close up of the stitching – it’s not perfect but I’m still learning and I was going for the frayed look 😁

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Till next time xx

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Izzy bead project

A little while back I bought an amazing cabochon from Izzy Beads on Ebay. I adored the colours in it and knew it needed something special. Greys, whites, blues, metallic greys! At first I thought it wanted to be a bracelet – but that didn’t work………Then I learnt CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave) from this amazing video by Heather Collin. I loved this stitch so much, it is so versatile. ‘I know’ I thought – And out came my Izzy Beads Cab! It needed to be wrapped in CRAW! And so to work I got. It took forever – if you can do CRAW – in size 11/0 seeds – you will feel my pain – but it was totally necessary!

The design kinda evolved from a basic pattern I had in my mind!When the design was complete there was FAR too much thread on show (as you beaders will know well with this stitch) so through my stash I went and I knew exactly what I was looking for. Some Matte Haematite I picked up at the Essex Bead Show! I LOVE LOVE this stuff and it was perfect for the embellishment!

This is the design when worn – As you can see, it is quite rigid and stiff round one side and is quite structural which allows it to sit so well over the neckline!

I really hope you love it as much as I do!

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And a closer look at the necklace flat.

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And another shot of the beautiful Izzy Beads Cab. It is so 3 dimensional – just stunning!

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I was considering entering it for the Bead comp but just couldn’t wait to show it off so that put pay to that idea!

Till next time 🙂
Faye x

Baking? Don’t mind if I do

I went and bought myself the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook today while at Tesco. So I thought I would bake something, and the cola cupcakes sounded delicious but I prefer cherry cola. So I weighed out all my ingredients and got to it.

The smell while they were baking was divine. Like sweets. Made me want to open the oven door and snatch one out taste test one. But I refrained.

I got to whisking up the icing and decided to go with cherry flavour. Oh my……..the taste was heavenly. After the cakes had cooled I lathered the icing on quite literally. And topped with the cola bottle and cherry sweeties. They were ready to be lovingly devoured.

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They passed the taste test. My husband went quiet……a sure sign they’re good.

Thank you Hummingbird Bakery. Next on the list……..butterscotch cheesecake.

To iron or to press?

Well, I have a confession to make (my Mum would totally agree too) and I am ashamed to show this pic really.

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I HATE ironing. With a passion. As I am sure you can tell by the size of this ironing pile. Now, some of you may not think this is too bad but this is for just 2 of us. However, sewing means a LOT of pressing (ironing). So why don’t I mind that?

 

Are they the same? Well, I don’t think so – Ironing is removing creases and the boring momentum of backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, backwards……….. you get the picture!  Pressing, for me is putting in the creases that will make my items LOOK like they are professional and NOT handmade – I guess it’s a perfectionist thing whereas the ironing is just a chore.  In pressing you lift the iron….and place, lift and place, seeing that newly created seam is oddly satisfying.  So, I have NO problem, as a lot of people that sew seem to, with pressing and I am quite anal in ensuring I do it throughout every stage.  It really does give a lovely crisp finish to the garment.

 

Till later Blogworld

 

Faye x

My First Blog Post

Well, here is my 1st post and I thought I would coincide it with my 1st wearable item that I have sewn myself! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and have been playing with it as much as I can (which isn’t too much as my other love is beading – more about that another day). I have made little simple things such as carrier bag dispensers, cos they involve sewing in a straight line and that’s about it – Oh and FAB bag too  – I MUST show you this one day 🙂

Anyway, I transposed the pattern for this skirt from a book onto freezer paper 😉 and made the skirt from there. It involved adjusting at the waist, inserting a zipper and a waistband (none of which I had attempted before) so I was nervous and apprehensive and therefore thought I would use some cheaper material – a muslin if you like!

So, the picture,

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This material I got from a charity shop. It was a bed sheet and I paid £2 for 2 of them. I used half of one so in effect the material cost just 50p. I thought that was a bargain.

It’s not perfect by far but it’s totally wearable and I think it looks fabulous on.

Till the next time blogland

Faye x