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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / EMBROIDERED Italian Princess on: May 09, 2008 02:17:53 AM

Embroidered drawing by my 6 year old daughter on a piece of antique linen. It's an Italian princess. We collaborated on the colour choices and this is our final piece. It was harder than I thought it would be to keep it exactly like her drawing - had to simplify it here and there.

Here is her original drawing.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / FABRIC AND BEAD STAR DECORATION on: April 07, 2008 11:21:43 AM

Here's a wire and fabric star decoration that I finished off with some vintage crystal beads. Have no idea where the heck an item like this might go, is this the place?
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered & Applique gift bag for a little girl on: March 04, 2008 01:17:17 AM
Antique linen gift bag.

Here's a little gift bag I made using antique linens, a Liberty print applique and embroidery. The little girl who received it was very pleased,
mainly because her name is on it!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / BIRD CARDS with found bits on: February 28, 2008 10:53:05 PM

Here a couple of cards I made with bits found around the house: Used gift wrap bodies, vintage buttons eyes, raffia legs, scrap of lace for wings, and feather plumes.

Thought they looked a bit like spring!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / PAPERCUT, Valentine on: February 26, 2008 06:15:38 AM

Here's a little paper cut I made for my hubby (A5 size).
It's my own design and I'm quite pleased with the results  Smiley
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Getting original embroidery designs printed. on: February 24, 2008 03:47:46 PM
I've had many requests for my hand drawn embroidery designs. Does anyone know where to get designs printed for transferring? Perhaps in a book format?

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / TIPS FOR TEACHING CHILDREN TO EMBROIDER on: February 24, 2008 02:37:51 PM
I'm a primary school art teacher and mum. I recently learned through teaching my own 6 year old how to help kids master more than just a running stitch.

My six tips for hand sewing with children:

1. Let them use real tools, especially the needles. Ever tried to sew with one of the safety needles that have a blunt end for children? I can't do it, don't know how they'd be able to. I even bring real needles into the classroom - shhhh, don't tell. Same with scissors, let them use proper fabric scissors. If they are embroidering on cloth, give them a hoop.

2. Keep the thread or embroidery floss on the short side. Don't cut a piece more than about 12 inches or 30cm long (at the most.)

3. Wax the thread or embroidery floss. Run the thread along some beeswax to help keep it from tangling too easily (I do this for my own sewing too.)

4. Choose simple shapes. Keep to very simple shapes and simple stitches until the child feels confident.

5. Encourage the boys to have a go. Boys usually love to stitch and often are better at it than the girls. Every sewing project I've brought into the classroom boys managed easier than the girls.

6. Don't try a big project. Create small things then add to them if you want to. Children feel better about trying new things when they can finish it in a short amount of time - they love a quick pay off - so do I!

This really works. You can see a sample of what she created in a matter of minutes.

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Reuse plastic fruit containers - a tutorial kids will love! on: September 14, 2007 05:02:22 PM

Ive worked out a few projects for children that use up the horrible plastic containers fruit sometimes comes in. This one will help bring a bit of colour to the grey winter months ahead. Its so simple instructions arent really necessary, but here they are just in case it looks mysterious for any reason.

Lid from a plastic fruit container * a fine permanent marker * various colours of tissue paper * white glue * paint brush for the glue * a tapestry needle and thread in any colour * scissors

1. Slowly peel any stickers off the plastic lid.

2. Using a permanent marker, draw a simplified picture on the lid (this can be done on paper first, then put the lid over the paper drawing and trace it with the marker.)

3. Tear or cut up small pieces of tissue paper choosing the colours that best fit in your picture.

4. Paint glue on the lid over the picture youve drawn and lay pieces of tissue down to colour in your picture.

5. When the tissue is finished paint another layer of glue over the picture and leave to dry.

6. Poke holes in the two top corners of the lid with the tapestry needle, and tie a thread loosely through the two holes leaving enough to hang the picture.

Hang it up in a window and see the colours shine through.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled clothes peg bag on: September 02, 2007 04:37:12 PM
I got finally got tired of carrying my clothes pegs around in an old ice cream container so I made this.

I used the best bits of an old, stained Cath Kidston oil cloth, table cover and a plastic hanger that sometimes come with children's clothing. It's quite simple and makes hanging the laundry much more fun! If anyone is interested in the pattern or tute - leave me a comment on my blog or PM me.
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Fantastic bracelets with toilet paper rolls and old magazines! on: August 29, 2007 12:05:37 PM
Here's a little tutorial for gorgeous bracelets that can be made by children of almost any age.

They are great fun to do in groups too!
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