Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Theme-a-licious Amazon April Amazing Catch Up Post

My poor little corner of blogland has been seriously neglected this last month and a bit but not due to laziness or unwillingness to blog, I have been busy creating!

I say creating because I have been leap-frogging from craft to craft this month (march madness has gone on a little longer than needed!)

Firstly I finally finished up the baby blanket for my co-worker who gave birth to little Freddie on Mothering Sunday (March 12th for those of you not in the UK!) The blanket is basically just one huge granny square with a single round of double crochet for the edge. It's made with Sirdir Snuggly DK & Stylecraft Special DK and is 100% Acrylic.

Next up I made my Rainbow Road Cushion, again its just granny squares, this time I made 2 and sewed the seams together, I also made the pillow sham to fit inside :) Made with Rico Cotton in Aran weight.
Sewing wise I have been watching 'the great british sewing bee' on TV and it has inspired me to take out the machine I bought myself last year and start playing and honestly I'm a little hooked!! I'd seen a number of potential starter projects on Pinterest but the one that caught my eye initially was this one
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I figured it would be easy to apart this to fit those lovely crochet hooks I bought in Chipping Norton last month. So here is my interpretation:

I'd had the fabric in my stash for years so it was actually nice to start cutting it up & using it, still have a good metre left though!
Next up I liked the look of this scissor holder and it looked a little complex to make but I couldn't have been more wrong!
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It's actually made from a rectangle of fabric measuring 11 x 9 inches! Here's mine!

In fact it was so simple to make I've whipped up a few more for some friends in my knitting/sewing group
The one problem I did find with my sewing was that I was dropping pins all over the place as I sewed, my old machine had a magnet stuck on the top that I could stick the pins on but my new one didn't, the solution was found on Pinterest again here & again is very simple to make (I even got to try out my buttonhole foot!)
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And my version, spotty to match my scissor case :)
Cross Stitching now and although I have done some, there is hardly any progress worth showing. Some stitching on Halloween Rules & Dandy Dreams:

Page 3 progress on Super Mario:

And a tiny happy dance in this small patch:
This was actually a very special patch, it ended up being sewn onto another crochet hook case, this one I made for my friend Jacqui's Birthday (it was a special one) and I corrected some mistakes I'd made with mine, the scissor keep is now central and I put wadding in to pad it out!
I gave Jacqui her present last Thursday and I'm thrilled to say she loves it!
So now that I'm all caught up with what I've been doing for the last month I can finally show you what I've been doing this weekend! I've been making flowers, lots and lots of crochet flowers.

No idea what I'm going to do with them just yet but they are simple and fun to make :)
Also I don't think I ever showed a picture of my 'new' antique sampler so here you are, here is 'Mary A' in all her glory.
So there we have it, this is the end of my Amazing Amazon April catch up post, if you've made it this far thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it, hopefully blogging will improve now that I'm all caught up and I won't have such a long post to write again for a while :)
Till next time, happy crafting!!
xX Fiona Xx


Tiki said...

Great work!

geeky Heather said...

WOW, you got a LOT done!! I love your crochet hook holder. You did a wonderful job and I think yours looks a lot neater than the one in Pinterest. =) All your crochet and cross stitch work is lovely, too.

Lesleyanne said...

Wow you have been busy and everything looks gorgeous.