Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Turquoise, Brown and Gold Bracelets

I made this bracelet set using beads and cord with the colour scheme of turquoise, brown and gold (and a little bit of black too!). All the beads and findings that I used were from Bijoux Beads I kept seeing bracelets like these in shops and wanted some but being a jewellery maker its almost a crime to buy jewellery! So I used clear beading thread to attach the beads onto faux suede and cord to make a set of four bracelets.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Vintage Fair

A while ago I went to a vintage and handmade fair in Chipping Sodbury, you may remember my post about it The fair had a few different stalls to the last one including a stall selling bucket loads of keys and watch faces. There was another vintage fair there yesterday so I went along and got a few buys. I finally got a vintage teacup after a long time of searching for one and I also bought a few haberdashery items.

This is my vintage teacup, it was only £3.00! I love it because it is so decorative and colourful.

This is the lace I bought, it is so pretty!

I also bought this silk thread, it is so beautiful that I'm not going to use it for sewing, it'll just be a pretty vintage decoration.

These lace butterflies are beautiful and will be perfect for embellishing items.

I bought this pack of vintage and new scraps of lace, material and ribbons and embellishments.

The pack included embroidered fabrics and intricate lace.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Delilah the Needlefelted Doglet

Here's another needle felted doglet! This little doglet is called Delilah, she has a pretty lilac beret and light coloured spots. I made Delilah from merino wool bought from The Cotton Patch and the beret was made from normal wool from Blooming Felt. Delilah loves shopping for vintage china and visiting art galleries! Mortimer is very pleased to have a friend now and there will be another needle felted doglet friend on its way sometime soon...

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

All Things Floral

I've been making a few crocheted flowers recently, the larger rose was made from a pattern that can be found here ( ). The four petal and five petal flowers are made from patterns in Teeny Tiny Crochet By Catherine Hirst. The flower buttons in the background are just some pretty buttons that I bought the other day when I was in John Lewis. Strangely enough they were in the Jubilee section!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Teeny Tiny Crochet Flower Pattern

The other night I was trying out a few crocheted flower patterns, I was really looking for one that would make up a very small flower. But even when I was using the smallest crochet hook and yarn that I have none of them were small enough. So I had a go at making up my own pattern and I thought I would share it with you.

I used a 0.75mm hook and Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace yarn to make this flower.
Begin with a magic ring
Make 10dc into the ring and pull tail tightly to close ring.
ss into the first dc to make a circle
*2ch, 1htr in next st, 2ch, ss in next stitch*
Repeat from* four more times to make a flower with five petals
Fasten off and weave in the loose yarns

I was thinking of making a lot of these flowers and making a bracelet with them or you could sew them around the neck of a t-shirt for a little handmade touch.
This is the first time that I have written a pattern so if you have any problems I'll be happy to help you. I would also love to hear what you have used the flowers for so please don't hesitate to leave a comment
I hope you enjoy making this.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Monty the Needlefelted Doglet

Say hello to Monty the needle felted doglet! You might remember I showed you Mortimer the doglet a few days ago, well like Mortimer, Monty was made from the project by Gretel Parker in Mollie Makes magazine. If you haven't already you can meet Mortimer here Monty is a gift for my sister, he'll be her friend for life with the added benefit that he's much easier to look after than a real dog but just as cute! This time I used a lighter coloured wool for the body with dark brown Dalmatian like spots and a little purple beret. Monty loves munching on sweets and reading books! I've already started making another doglet in a reddy colour to sit alongside Mortimer.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Mini Vintage Teacup and Plate

This mini vintage teacup and saucer were found by my sister when she was having a clear out the other day. I'm not sure where they came from, but I think they might have been a gift. My sister kindly gave them to me along with another mini teacup and a teapot. I am now using the teacup to store a few pretty beads in. I'm going to display the plate with my growing collection of vintage china. For the other teacup that I mentioned I  am planning to make a cross stitched pincushion, but I have so many other things that I want to make this might not happen for a while (plus I've just got the latest issue of Cross Stitcher magazine so that might distract me a bit!).

Monday, 14 May 2012

Summer Necklace

I made this summer necklace using beads from Bijoux Beads . I was making the necklace for my Mum so she chose a selection of different shaped beads in greens, blues and white. I strung the beads in a random pattern onto thin cotton cord and I used crimps to keep the beads centred on the cord. To finish the ends of the necklace I used folding crimps and a clasp. A simple summery necklace!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Crocheted Owl

This crocheted owl was made from a pattern in Teeny Tiny Crochet by Catherine Hirst. I used Sirdar Soft Spun to make a soft and slightly fluffy owl. The eyes were made from white felt and two black beads and the beak was also made from felt that was glued on. This was such a quick project that I managed to make it in an evening. I made this wise little owl as a gift for one of my friends to help her with revision for her exams, hopefully it will bring her luck!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Crocheted Jar Cover

This crocheted jar cover was inspired by Laura Maxell over at Love The Blue Bird, I love reading Laura's blog, it is full of inspiration (especially for crochet projects). Laura's crocheted jar cover was even featured in Mollie Makes magazine!
So I made my own version to fit a jam jar. I used yarn in bright pastel colours. To make my cover I used treble crochet, I didn't need to decrease or increase to make my cover fit because the jar that I was covering had straight sides. The frills at the top of the jar were made with a thinner yarn so I crocheted two treble crochets in each stitch and then joined with a slip stitch in  the first stitch. For the next row of the frills I crocheted two trebles in one stitch and then three trebles in the next stitch repeating this to the end of the row. This covered jar is perfect for holding my crochet hooks and it even looks pretty from the inside of the jar!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Crocheted Heart Necklace

I made this crocheted heart necklace by threading crocheted hearts in several different colours onto clear beading thread and threading pearls on between each heart. The crochet heart pattern I used can be found here I made eight hearts in each four different colours of wool so that I had enough hearts to make a long necklace. The pearls that I used were from Bijoux Beads, I prefer using freshwater pearls instead of glass pearls because I like the pearls to be irregular shapes and different sizes. To finish off the necklace I didn't need to use a clasp so I just knotted the ends and threaded each end back through a heart to make the knot secure.