Saturday, 29 September 2012

Vintage Shopping

I went to another vintage fair in Chipping Sodbury today, the same one that I have mentioned a few times before. So I thought you might like to see some of the things that I got, it's mostly lace, fabric and buttons (I bought two colour co-ordinated packs that included material, lace and buttons as well as some other bits and bobs). But there's also some lovely doilies and lace roses (don't they go well together by the way?!) as well as some fabric iron on perfume bottle labels.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Watercolour Picture

I drew and painted this picture inspired by the work of artist, Katie Daisy. I wrote a quote in the middle of the page and then I drew the flowers from photographs that I had taken around the edge. I then painted the picture in watercolours. Its very cheerful and summery (perfect for when the weather is horrible)!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Granny Squares

I've had the urge to make loads of beautiful blankets that I can pile up on a chair to create a lovely burst of colour and pattern recently. So I've started by making these granny squares, all the squares will be done in the same way with two different colours in the middle that are edged with cream yarn. I've only made four so far though... I've got a long way to go yet!

After I've made this blanket I also want to make a patchwork blanket (or should I say quilt, I'm never very good at knowing which is which!), I have so many pieces of beautiful fabric and it would be great to have them all on display. I saw a beautiful patchwork blanket made out of tiny hexagons the other day but I've never really done any patchwork before. I'm never one to start on the easy stuff though and I haven't decided whether I will go for the hexagons or the safer option of squares...

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Earrings

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I saw these lovely crocheted flower earrings on the Dolce & Gabbana website so I thought I would have a go at making some myself. The earrings are from the Mediterraneo fall/ winter 2013 collection. I made my earrings by adapting a pattern for crochet flowers to match those used in the Dolce & Gabbana earrings. I then attached the flowers to a pink bead and then I added a pearl to the bottom of the flower. To create the metal shape that is just hidden behind the flowers I flattened out two large bead caps using a small hammer and metal block. I then glued earrings findings to the back of the pink beads, et voila - a little bit of Dolce & Gabbana for a fraction of the price!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Inspiration Sketchbook Update

You might remember a few days ago I posted about my inspiration sketchbook, well I thought I'd give you an update about how it's been going. Recently I've been demolishing old Laura Ashley catalogues cutting out beautiful photos. When I'm finished with them there isn't many pages left that I haven't cut up! I'm sure I'll get lots of inspiration from them in the future!


I still have lots of pictures to stick in too!

P.S. Sorry that my posting has been a bit on and off recently. You might have noticed that I like to post about something every other day, well I've just started my A2 courses at Sixth Form and at the moment I've had a lot of work to do! So, it's a sad fact but I haven't been making that much recently. Can you believe it?! No I know, I can't either! I know this year is going to be a lot more busy, but I hope that things will calm down a bit soon and then I can get back to more making, hopefully on the weekend!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Pom Pom Trim Necklace

I made this pom pom necklace by following this tutorial - As you can see I used a mix of cream white and grey colours along with silver textured chain. I also added three silk strings that I had twisted round each other to my necklace. This necklace looks like it was complicated to make but it was actually really easy! It did take me quite along time to put all the different pieces together though. I really love it and think it will be a great statement piece.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Embroidered Rose

To embroider this rose I used a photo that I had taken to draw a rose onto a piece of fabric using a soluble fabric pen. I then embroidered the outline of the flower in back stitch and then I embroidered shading onto the petals in three different shades of pink embroidery thread. I did this by using just one strand of embroidery thread, first I embroidered lines in the lightest shade, then I embroidered lines in the next darkest colour in between the first lines. Next, using the darkest shade I embroidered lines in between every other two lines of the previous colours. I repeated this technique on the leaves but this time I only used two different shades.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rose Ring

This simple ring took me literally seconds to make! I bought the rose cabochon from Bead shop Scotland and then, using super glue I attached it to a flat ring finding. Super simple, super effective!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Sunshine Award

I have been kindly awarded the Sunshine Award by Laura over at Love The Blue Bird. Thankyou so much Laura! I always love to hear from people who are enjoying my blog and this award really made my day!

So what is it? Well, the sunshine award is given to bloggers who "creatively and positively inspire others".

Part of the award is that the blog writer has to answer a few questions about themselves. So here's a little bit about me...
  1. Favourite places to visit? Italy, Paris and Bath.
  2. Favourite colours? Pink and white.
  3. Other interests? Fashion, I love the work of designer Erdem.
  4. Sweet or savoury (food)? Sweet, especially cupcakes!
  5. Favourite season? Summer.
  6. Favourite gemstone? I can't get enough of pearls.
  7. Favourite magazines? I love magazines, my favourites are Mollie Makes, Cross Stitcher, Vogue and Elle.
  8. Favourite artists/ textile artists? Chloe Owens, Jo Butcher, Kate Wilson, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, the list could just go on!
  9. Best crafty shops/ websites? Bijoux Beads, The Makery, Sew N Sew at the Guildhall market in Bath, Liberty, The Cotton Patch, Josy Rose, Wool Bath, also there is a small material shop near Wool Bath.
  10. Favourite pattern? Anything floral, but particularly if its vintage too.
Now here are the blogs that I am going to give the sunshine award to:

Je Ne Sais Quoi
Three Red Apples
Cocoa & Heart
Jennie Sandford
retro mama
Miss Sews-it-all
The Crafty Folk
daffodils & snowdrops
Heidi Bears

I really enjoy reading these blogs and I am always inspired by them, so I hope that they enjoy receiving this award!

The rules of the award are:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2.  Put the Sunshine Award in a post or on your blog.
  3. Answer a few questions about yourself, about anything you like.
  4. Give the award to 10 (or more) other bloggers.
  5. Comment on the blogs that you have awarded to let them know.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Fabric Flower Necklace

You may remember my post about a fabric flower that I made into a hair clip Well, I love these flowers so much that I have also made them in a necklace as well. The instructions for how to make up the flowers is in All Sewn Up by Chloe Owens. I made the flowers quite small and used different smaller scale prints for the petals. I sewed the flowers together at the corner of the petals to attach them together. The fabric buttons in the centre of each flower are from Cath Kidston. I attached a chunky textured chain to finish off the necklace.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Vintage Style Rose Necklace

I made this vintage style necklace using a small rose cabochon which I glued onto a lacy flower shaped charm and then attached it to a length of fine gold plated chain. The rose cabochon and metal charm were both bought from Bead Shop Scotland. I thought that this idea would also look good with several of the flower charms attached together with different coloured cabochons glued onto them.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Cross Stitched Bird

I was looking through my old issues of Cross Stitcher magazine a few days ago to find a small cross stitch pattern to fill a photo frame I have that is empty. I found this bird pattern in an issue from quite a while ago, I think it was from just before last Christmas. So I stitched the bird onto off white coloured Aida. When I had finished stitching the bird I cut the Aida into a rectangle around the bird and frayed the two outer edges of stitching.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Crocheted Infinity Scarf Tutorial

I saw this lovely chevron crochet stitch in Handbook of Crochet Stitches by Betty Barnden. I thought it would make a lovely scarf. So obviously I can't share the instructions for the chevron stitch because I didn't write it myself, but I wanted to write a tutorial for you to make another infinity scarf. This time it's thicker than the last one because its crocheted and lined as well so it will keep you cosy on really chilly days. You can probably find a similar stitch to the one I used or you can buy the book or use a different stitch to create the scarf, so here is how I made it...
You will need:
  •  Several balls of yarn in different colours, the amount of different colours depends on the stitch you are using and how many colours you would like to use. I used four different colours of yarn.
  • A crochet hook in the appropriate size for the yarn you are using.
  • Half a metre of fabric to line scarf, I used a natural cotton.
  • Sewing machine (optional).
  • Sewing thread.
  • A normal sized needle for sewing thread and a larger needle for the yarn. 
  • Pins.
  • Fabric scissors.
  • Small embroidery scissors.
Following the pattern for the stitch you have chosen crochet a long rectangle to your desired length and width. You can measure how long you want your scarf by occasionally wrapping the crochet around your neck. Weave in all the loose ends of yarn.
Cut your lining fabric to the same size as your crochet and pin the lining and crochet together with the right sides facing. Sew the longer sides of the crochet together using a sewing machine (or by hand). If you are using a sewing machine I would recommend using a longer stitch such as 3.5 instead of the standard 2.5 setting. 

Turn the scarf the right way round.

Then, using sewing thread sew the two ends of the crochet together. If you are using a chevron stitch like I have then the two ends will fit together nicely, I joined my crochet between the cream and light pink yarn.

Sew the lining fabric together using an invisible seam stitch.

Your scarf is now complete! The possibilities are endless, you could create so many using lots of different stitches and colours of yarn, how about a using a lovely lacy stitch? You'll never need to buy another scarf again! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and enjoy wearing your scarf!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Green and Pink Necklace

I actually made this necklace quite along time ago using a bead pack from Bijoux Beads. At the moment I have started several projects and I am very close to finishing a few of them but today I didn't have anything that I had made recently to blog about. So I thought I would show you this necklace, I love the large textured chain and the colour combination.

P.S. There's a few more tutorials coming up soon, so keep a watch out!