Monday, 23 November 2020

Crochet robins knitting a tabard and cross stitching badges.

 Hi everyone,

How are we all this cool evening? Hope you had a nice and safe weekend.

I was quite busy crafting over the weekend a bit of crochet, knitting, and cross stitching😀

Here are the first of the cuties I made

crochet robins and a little gnome.

I made these to go on my Christmas tree and no I haven't put mine up yet but I don't blame anyone who has, anything to add a little sparkle in our lives at the moment.

These patterns are from CROCHET YOUR CHRISTMAS BAUBLES booklet by David and Charles D&C

Here is a photo below.

back view.

plenty more items to make it is a lovely book with clear easy instructions.

I have been knitting too but this isn't a finish, I am making a Tabard for myself very easy rib stitch a great one to do in front of the TV 

I am using Aran weight yarn a combination of Womens Institute yarn for the main colour in a denim blue and a contrast colour by SIRDAR JEWELSPUN aran. Both have the same tension using 5mm needles.

The pattern is by KING COLE not using the same yarn as in the pattern but the tension has worked out fine for the yarns I used.

I told you I had been busy 😀

I still found time to make a few cross stitch badges though and I will be making some more with Christmas motifs.

They are form old patterns World of Cross Stitching magazine I am just in the middle of a Rudolf and I want to stitch a Christmas pud too. Great fun I plan to finish the festive ones for my Granddaughter to wear to school, I think I will add a red bead for Rudolf's nose and use silver thread, that sounds like a plan.

Well that is all for the moment, thank you for your comments and taking the time to read my blog.

stay safe

Julie x

Monday, 16 November 2020

Knitted Scandi Owl and other crafty things.

 Hello everyone, 

Well here I am shielding for another couple of weeks It has to be done doesn't it for all of us, and at some point we will get through this. Thank goodness for hobbies and anything else you can find to keep your brain active😀

I have a few things to show you like this finished knitted owl from one of King Cole pattern booklets

I am still very much a beginner doing colour work knitting so my tension started a little tight near the base of the owl then seemed to get a little better as I progressed, better with practise and I do enjoy it.

This is book 1, designs by Jane Burns.

I also finished the very Autumnal cross stitch fox. 

This was from the UK CrossStitcher magazine which was to be stitched on plastic canvas and made into a broach but I wanted to display it in this little hoop, and I stitched the fox on 14 count aida with DMC threads the pattern was by Jane Prutton.

Then I have my own WIP for this hand embroidery I started many months ago I seem to have fallen out of love with this

Flower hand embroidery. Own deisgn.

I won't give up on it but for the moment I will leave it in case a mistake is made or I add something that will spoil it altogether, I am sure many of us have projects that we don't seem to want to finish and then go back to them at some point with fresh eyes.
You will be the first ones I show in a future post. 

For now anyway stay safe everyone and keep busy.
Julie xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Knitted Fancy Hen finished and needle felt toad stool.

Hello everyone,
Been a while since I did an update on my blog but if you wonder what I am up to you can always see posts on my Instagram page too.

As crafting goes it has been a little up and down for me lately I think the only things I seem to focus on are needle felting and my knitting/crochet. There are a couple of cross stitch WIP s and an embroidery flower which has been weeks since I started it, the embroidery flower I had been stitching is one of my own projects its nearly finished but like I say just haven't wanted to pick it up.

But any way what I can show is the finished Knitted fancy hen

pattern is by Ella Austin BomBella designs, you can find her patterns on Ravelry.

This poncho above I was knitting with Womens Institute yarn in Aran weight well I finished it but I will not be wearing it 😐
Reason being it looks horrid on me, nothing wrong with the pattern that works fine. Don't you just hate it when the model in the photo looks great and you think yeah that will look good on me to no way Hmmm!
But I am never put off I have no problem undoing and starting again with something else, yes you heard me. It's fine though I would rather do that than shove it at the back of my draw and not wear it, so I am on the hunt for something else to make with this yarn which I love it is so soft and snuggly to work with. I will keep you updated on this one.

Now for a little bit of needle felting here is a cute toad stool house

this hobby is still very much a learning process but enjoyable it is a little addictive when I think about the first kit I bought which was from Hobby craft here in the UK, because I had some vouchers given to me as a gift I made a mouse which is on a previous post. It has certainly been something new to try while on this lockdown but I don't think I will be giving up my knitting or stitching they will always be my first love.
The pattern or kit can be purchased at Lincolnshire Fenn Crafts

I will post again as I have a crochet blanket to show you and some stitching to.
Everybody take care and stay safe.

bye for now Julie x

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Flower embroidery update and new knitting projects.

Hello everyone, How are you all?

I do hope all is well with you my readers in these uncertain times.
As we are all keeping ourselves indoors it is surprising how many jobs around the house that I see unfinished or I hear myself saying I will get round to that another day. The same can be said about my craft room where I have a few boxes here and there storing WIPs or unfinished projects, I have started working my way through some and finishing, however it dose not seem to stop me starting any new ones either 😊 hmmm!

Here is one WIP which is a fairly new start my Flower embroidery

this is one of my own designs and I have stitched on linen using DMC threads, I am just finishing strands of grass around the stones. It is a nice relaxing project that I can pick up any time on rush with this one.

Now for knitting projects years ago when my children were younger I would make lot's of knitted toys and for some reason I felt the need to knit a Teddy, just to see if I could still do it.

How cute is he with his red dungarees I used chunky yarn by King Cole. The pattern is an old booklet I had called Fuzzy Mittens Fuzzy Knits by Barbara Prime.

There are 12 designs in this book all animals, check out her website Fuzzy Mitten
Next I knitted these cute Hens

why because the pattern is in Fair isle and I have wanted to tackle this technique for a while now and I loved the idea of making little hens in this way. The design and pattern is by Susan B Anderson I think you can see from the picture the orange tan colour was the first attempt with a few mistakes then I made the 2nd which turned out a little neater as I was starting to get the hang of it. Good practise, check out Susan's Instagram

So now that I am on a roll I bought this pattern to make a Fancy Hen again in Fair isle

I have not used the yarns as shown in the pattern instead I already have plenty of stash yarn that needed using and I choose Stylecraft Special DK yarn on 4mm circular needles. The pattern can be found at Baa ram ewe 
I just love something different to knit that is fun to look at and makes you smile. I hope you are finding nice things to do together, try a new hobby or anything you like.

So that's all for now, hope to show you more updates soon.
Bye for now

Julie x

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Owl wall hanging and hand embroidery Daisy finished.

Hi everyone, How are you all?
I have some finishes to show you the owls in the tree,

using felt applique on cotton fabric and DMC threads and made into a wall hanging.
I first found the template for the tree in one of my old magazines then changed and added everything else to suit what I wanted.

Here is the magazine showing the tree template from Love Crafting.

My own hand embroidery finish for the Daisy using DMC threads and adding swirls and beads, then displaying in a small hoop.

I also got around to finishing my small embroidery Hedgehog

I feel I have accomplished a little, it always feels good when you have a finish. Up to now I have tried keeping on top of new starts and making sure a finished project dose not go in the draw with the idea of I will display that later.
I do how ever have a new start and this is going to be another embroidery, I made a few drawings and have collected all the thread colours and fabric ready, that will be something to show in the next post or on my Instagram page.
So till next time have a lovely week.
bye for now
Julie C x