So, I have once again been making bookmarks to go in the goodie-bags at our annual UK Bookcrossing convention. Since I needed ALOT of them (at least one per attendee, and about 100 attendees) I wante dsomething simple to make and that I could use up stash for. So, inspired by a similar thing I saw on pinterest, I opted to make these book clips. I just gathered together all the shank buttons I could from my stash, glued them to some outsize paperclips, then backed them each with little circles of felt to hide all the glue. In some cases the shank buttons were pretty boring looking so I further decorated those with other buttons from my stash.
I'm pleased with how they came out, and because of the variety of buttons I had there are lots of different styles, hopefully something to suit everyone's taste (they can swap amongst themselves from what they get in their goodie bags - that's what they did with the bookmarks I made last year)
So, I usewd to have a pair of glittery red converse. I loved them and wore them til they fell off my feet, but converse don't make them anymore.... and I was sad
But what does a craftster gal do when she wants something no one makes? makes it herself is what, so that's what I darn tootin did
There are just under 6700 3mm hot0fix gems on these bad boys and I adore them! they are shinier in real life, the pic doesn't show them off very well. They look best when moving - ie when pretending to be able to tap dance purely as an excuse to draw attention to the shinyness of your shoes
I decided not to do the area around the laces, or the tongues, but to fill in the the little gap between the lines of stitching in those areas..
in progress shot:
as you can see i used a hot-fix wand thingy. I know the crystals will fall off, especially around the bit that bends at the toe when I walk... but i wore them all weekend at a festival, did a fair amount of treking about and they are holding up pretty well. I think I will replace any lost gems using a tiny dab of Uhu as that may be more flexible and so hold of better??? Any ideas on that?
So... I know the idea is not all that original. But I'm a massive potter head, and my buddy had pinned a couple of the themed TM patch bags so I figured I had to make her one for her birthday
I decided to manufacture the bag a little differently from the ones I'd seen, I wanted the finished product to look like something Mrs Weasley would carry around So I made up two mini-quilts of TM patches, then added a gusset and lining in bright felt (I used whip stitch throughout to keep that TM style going). I opted for hard handles at the top just because I liked the way they looked. It's soft and colourful, a bit messy (all hand sewn, not a machine in sight) but I was really pleased with how it came out and my friend likes it!
Anyway.... here's the result:
side one -
The patches here are: - DA communication coin (on red background) with my friends birthday written along the edge as the date for the next meet-up. Metallic thread because I like shiny things! - cauldron - Lily heart graffiti - I was really pleased how the wood grain came out for this one: - Mermaid bead (this is flipped up the wrong way in the main photo, opps!) - the Crown of the Weasley King in metallic thread with sequins. I was really annoyed about the pen I used to sketch this one out, it was supposed to be washaway but I could not get it to budge. I used the same pen on the same fabric in other places and it was fine so I have no idea what happened here. Anyone have any clues what I did wrong? - Winged Keys. These are actually two charms layered together - wings with keys on top, since I couldn't find any winged keys. I had to sew them pretty tightly to keep them paired, but I did leave a little movement so it looks kinda like the wings flutter - Humming Bird patronus. I spoke to my friend's hubby and he suggested a humming bird as her patronus, as it's the national bird of Jamaica where they got married (plus it's pretty). I was super pleased with this patch - even through that silver thread is a pain to work with - the sorting hat! - the hallows symbol - Harry's glasses and lightning scar - a crystal ball some close-ups...
here the patches are: - the mauraders map - Padfoot's paw print - 'This Button is a Portkey' - A ravenclaw eagle (my friend is a ravenclaw like me). I was a bit disappointed with the text on this one, I went a bit off the rails, but didn't notice until I'd finished and I just didn't have the heart to unpick and re-sew all that metallic thread (I now hate metallic thread. It is such a pain. Anyone got any tips for how to make it behave while you sew with it?) - Pigwidgeon! - SPEW badge - I just made cover buttons. I made a few in different sizes and colours so I could play with what looked best, and I threw the extras in the bag for my friend to attach to her none HP clothes so she can have a bit of Hermione wherever she goes - A golden snitch with golden bead wings - Trevor! - A firebolt
That's it I mostly used running, back and stem stitch, plus a few french knots and some seed stitch in the backgrounds. I'd never done stem stitch before so I was pleased to have a chance to learn and I think it all came out pretty good. All the patches are made from quilters cotton since I could get it in a range of colours. The lining and sides are felt, with a shop-brought wooden handle.
It may not seem like it, but I did try to restrict myself on pics - if there is anything else you would like to see close up I can post more! Sorry if it is already too clunky
I'd love any comments, ideas or constructive criticism maybe someday I will do more bags for my other fandoms, I had fun making this and it's good to share some geek girl love
so, this joke is a bit of a cliche in maths-nerd circles, but it's fun in a kind of self-aware retro way - so when I saw it on the pinterst of a swap partner I knew I had to make it, especially as I was just finishing up a 7 months math module for my degree ... I tied to use her colours and I think that kind of worked with the sort of retro old-joke look I was going for
I tried to use her colours and I think that kind of worked with the sort of retro old-joke look I was going for. It was a pretty simple make, about 3/4 hours - mostly spent being uber careful to keep the font neat and tidy Hope you guys like it, cc always VERY welcome
I made these for a swap partner recently - I spotted something similar on her pinterest with note saying maybe a rainbow of them would be nice. Well, I decided to orientate them so they could be hung together to form a colour wheel:
Of course they could also be hung them the other way around (with the buttons on the outside of the wheel) or in a line, or completely separately, to suit whatever decor is going on already
here's a close up on the buttony bits:
I had fun making them, I love playing with buttons, and it was a great chance to practice french knots!
I wanted to make gifts for two of my lovely girlfriends, and decided that since we always go to gigs together - and particularly Tim Minchin gigs - I would make photo albums full of memories of our nights out. I decided that the Teesha Moore style of embroidered patches would be a good look - with a black, white, silver and hot pink colour theme Here's the two album covers:
A couple of the patches were ones I received in a recent TM patch swap, (but I have mostly saved those for when i make myself an album in the same way): - The black with fat grey/white music notes and silver beads, in pink boarder (bottom of bottom picture) is by Sloth - the white with little black music notes & pink boarder (top corner of bottom image) is by Oodelally - The pink with black headphones and the black with White embroidered music notes (both on same side of top image) are both by Luckdragon The rest I made It was lovely incorporating little bits by other craftsters into my project, so a big thank you to them for contributing!
I used couching, back stitch, running stitch and over stitch, as well as adding buttons and beads to accessorise
as you can see, I just made a sort of mini-quilt, added rivits down the side then laced it too a photo album (a spiral bound one - I cut off the wire binding and used the holes that were left to lace through). I used pink leather strips to lace with, and secured the mini-quilt cover with ribbon wrapped around the original bookcover and sewn in place at the far end
I took my 6 year old niece to see Matilda the musical for christmas (It's awesome, reminded me why I'm so proud to work in west end theatre - if you get a chance you have to see it!) Anyway, as a memento I made this simple frame that is based on the set design for the show, and features a lyric from one of our favourite show songs;
this is the set design, as you see all scrabble tiles and different sized squares.
I made up the frame with some scrap, whitewashed (because the only wood i had was rubbish and i needed to disguise it) and sanded it (to make it look aged). Then i attacked it with permanent pens and some scrabble tile shaped fridge magnets (I couldn't find any old wooden tiles - only the new plastic ones. I found some lettering tiles for papercrafting, but way too small...) and glue. The back bit that it rests on is just from an old frame, and there's no glass in it (I'm gonna keep an eye out for frames the right size to take the glass from)
A nice simple project for a sunday afternoon listening to the cast recording - the picture is going to go in 'our' bedroom at my parents house - my old room is where Boo sleeps when she stays at Nannie & Grandad's
I really hope it's ok to post this here - I'm not trying to re-direct people to buy things or anything, I just need advice! But if it's not ok, mods please delete or move as you see fit. This seemed the best place to me!
Anyway, my Mother in Law is clearing out all her old sewing patterns, I said I would list them on E-bay to raise a little spare cash so she can treat herself. I don;t really know if they are worth anything, but I thought it was worth a shot. Only problem is I have no idea what information i need to include in the e-bay listing - I'm not a dress maker, and when i do sew (toys, mostly) I don;t use patterns!
So, my question is, when you buy second hand patterns, what information do you need? So a picture of the packet, the dress size it is is, the make and code... what else? Some of the packets have lots of dresses pictured so I guess I need to figure out which picture is the relevant one for the pattern inside... anything else?
Also, what sort of details about the condition are relevant? all the patterns are used (the are 60s and 70s mostly, I think) so I guess I need to take a general picture of the pieces?
as you see, I have no idea. So, any help would be appreciated! just, if you were buying vintage patterns on e-bay, what details do you want to know?
I went along to a meet up of a new craft circle today, and I had a blast, but it'd be great to get more people involved It's a regular meet, every Monday afternoon from 2 til about 5, but feel free to drop in and out for just part of the afternoon if you prefer. It's in Swiss Cottage / Belsize Park area, at a great cafe called Oliver's on Belsize Lane- ran by the lady who instigated the craft meet, full of books, crafted bits, all that good stuff - a really lovely creative space. We got chatting to a couple of regulars too, theatre directors and artists, so obviously a nice little place to go hang and work on a project even if the times our circle meet's are no good for you. it's all very informal - most of us took a project to work on whilst chatting - any kind of craft - this afternoon we had stuffie's being made, embroideries being sewn, knitting, an impromptu crochet lesson, and chatted about ideas for card making, pop up books, scrapbooks, jewellery making and lots of other stuff. The cafe does food, which looked tasty, or you can just have a drink, or you are welcome not to partake of refreshment - a couple of people today did that and no one seemed bothered. No joining fee or meetup fee or ownt like that. anyway, I'd really love this craft circle to take off, I thought it was great, so I thoiught I would spread the word a little! You are welcome even if you cannot come regularly - if you're in town on holiday or want to come less often than every week or whatever
(just to be sure no one gets the wrong idea, I'm not trying to hijack thye running of this meet or anything, just spread the word. If you have questions, want maps to the location or anything PM me and I'll put you in touch with our glorious leader!)
On holiday the first two weeks of December, my better half mentioned how he didn't have a case for his DS as the only ones he could buy were ugly, or bulky, or ugly and bulky. Cue quickie stitch chrimbo pressie.
(i have no idea why this pic is so massive?
A girl from work lent me her DS so I could cut felt to fit, I knobbled it together on the sewing machine then added a Frankenstein's monster head in backstitch, with long stitch nostrils & eyes, and blanket stitch for the scar. I purposefully kept the face asymmetrical, and kept the iris of the eyes messy to make him look kinda unfocused (and becasue it's just a damn sight easier to make stuff purposefully not match, rather than try for perfection...). the top of his head folds back, I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but that's how you get the DS in and out I know it would have been easier to embroider before sewing up, and I would have done a neater job of the needlework that way, but i wasn't sure how the face would sit on the DS once it was in the case, so I found it easier to sketch out when the DS was in there giving it body. I also thought about adding bolts, or some sort of beads/buttons to represent bolts, but I figured they might damage the DS if it got dropped or something... which would be kinda against the point. I's not the thickest felt, but it'll prevent any bits of crud getting in and scratching the screen, and it'll soak up any liquid splashes in the vicinity hopefully too! and I quite liked the idea of making the computer his brain... This just took a handful of hours, about 4 I think. thanks for looking!