Recent Crafts.

I thought I had more crafty things to blog about but when I checked back through my photos there weren’t quite as many as I’d thought. This will be a fairly quick round up, though there’ll be a couple of posts in the next couple of weeks – I’ve recently completely a big knitting project that deserves its own post and I’ve got a set of cross stitches that are waiting to be mounted before I can blog about them.

Starting with cross stitch I have a pair of projects to share. This card:

I made this as a thank you for Sarah, the lovely librarian who agreed to let me interview her for my dissertation. She has a pet budgie so I thought she would like this design. I particularly loved sewing the cage – I really need to do a blackwork style project sooner rather than later.

The second cross stitch project I recently completed was this little hanging:

I spotted this on a cross stitch tumblr I follow, emailed the link to Liz because I knew she’d appreciate it to – her response was a request for her own version! I made a slight alteration to a couple of the colours used but other than that the design is as the original. Once I’d finished it I took a while to decide how to present it best – I’m really happy with how the little felt frame turned out though cutting it reminded me how much work I still need to do on my straight line cutting.

Felt is very much the thing for the rest of this post. First up is this little owl:

I made this for my sister-in-law Keeley after she spotted it on my Pinterest board and commented on how cute it was. The design is by the very brilliant Lupin and it made for a very enjoyable afternoon’s sewing. I didn’t have a suitable colour ribbon for the hanging loop so I choose a trio of suitable embroidery silks and used my best friendship bracelet knotting skills instead.

Finally is Totoro:

This was made for my friend Al’s birthday – he’s a big Studio Ghibli fan. I found a few patterns but none of them were quite what I wanted so I took inspiration from the lot and ended up with this. My pattern drawing skills are still very basic so I was really pleased with how it ended up and the recipient seemed to like it too.


Recent Makes

After spending most of the weeks around Christmas cross stitching cards and coasters I decided it was time for a change in crafty pursuit. After spending lots of time browsing the forums on Craftster I decided to try my hand at making plush toys out of felt.

This was my first attempt:

It took me an afternoon to make, the pattern is really simple and it went together like a dream. The only reason I stopped after making one was finding space to keep them!

I then started to make things out of this book once I’d worked out how to order from Amazon in Japan. There are lots of different designs, and then variations you can choose for each one. They do tend to be on the cute side, there are some that are just too cutesy for me to ever consider making. So far I’ve made sea creatures, robots and spaceships and a random assortment of other things. I’m not going to make any more for a little while now. I need to decide on what to do with the ones I’ve made before I make any more. The book suggests making them into keyrings, bag charms, push pins (particularly the frog heads) or putting them on wires to poke into plant pots. Anyone got any other ideas?