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Adult Craft Workshops for 2022 - Hampshire and New Forest

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Hello! I'm really excited to share the first of my planned workshops for 2022, which are based in Hampshire. These are aimed at adults and we will be learning how to sew eco-friendly reusable cloth pads, which are great to keep or to gift for your eco-conscious friends! Visit the websites at  Ashcroft Arts Centre  or  Forest Arts Centre  to find out more and book. This is a project that I have been passionate about and planning to get underway for a while and I'm so excited that it's finally coming to fruition! If you can't make the classes but you're interested in making your own reusable pads you can buy my craft kit on Etsy . It comes with instructions and materials - you just need a basic sewing kit and sewing machine (although you could hand sew if you prefer)! I'm really looking forward to things picking back up again in 2022 after so much uncertainty over the last couple of years and I'll hope to see you at one of my classes or events. Bye for now, Sa

Folk Embroidered Felt Birds - Corinne Lapierre

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Happy new year one and all! For my first post of 2022 I wanted to write about this lovely book which I was given as a Christmas gift a few years ago from my friend Wendy Nutt because it's proven to be a really useful one that I go back to time and again to create unique gifts for my friends and family. If you're interested in embroidery and specifically want to give 3D creations a try, I would definitely recommend it! The book has full instructions and illustrations, with templates for each bird in the back. I've made around half of the birds in the book, here is some of my handiwork: Dove Robin Puffin Seagull Peacock Flamingo! City Dove Goose Parrot! I'm glad that I decided to write this blog post actually because it has really shown me how much my photography skills are improving (assisted by getting an updated phone). The 'Folk Embroidered Felt Birds' books inspired me so much that this Christmas I even had a go at drafting my own pattern for a partridge and

Gift Tags a Go-Go!

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This month (like many people) I have been gearing up for Christmas in a big way. Along with adding my new  Christmas Cards  to my Etsy shop , I also made some gift tags for sale using the same lino block and some leftover shrink plastic that I had. This is the first time I had experimented with such a project and I had a lot of really nice feedback about them: In fact, the whole lot sold out straight away - so they must have been good! I made mostly Christmassy ones but I also tried out a couple of other designs too, like my peacock: I'm trying to use up some of the 'less sustainable' materials and packaging that I have, so it's unlikely that I'll be making any more exactly like this - but I did design them with the intention that they be reused and/or hung on the Christmas tree as decorations! I am not a re-gifter but I am definitely a re-claimer of tags, ribbons and even gift wrap sometimes... would that be a re-wrapper?! 🙈 Any other re-wrappers out there make yo

Little Amal's Skirt; Chapter Two - The Sew In!

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When I wrote my first blog post about making a block for  Little Amal's Skirt of Welcome  I never expected there to be a second part to the story from my perspective. But after posting a picture of the square that my Mum and I had made on my Instagram  I was surprised to be invited by  Annie Symons  to head up to London to help out with assembling the skirt. I was even more surprised when after I jumped at the chance, my Mum said that she was also up for the adventure too, so in October we headed from Dorset to Highgate Library, with sewing machines in tow. There we met up with a whole team of ultra talented creative people; some sewing, some ironing, some organising and all super friendly and welcoming. I was overjoyed to see our block coincidentally waiting at the top of the next pile on the table to be sewn in as soon as we arrived.  I did various jobs throughout the afternoon, including sewing, trimming, unpicking and sewing again, measuring, cutting, making tea, hand gathering

Libraries Week and Trees!

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I'm not usually much of a Christmas person (I'm more interested in Halloween), but now and then I have a flash of festive inspiration and this month it involved Christmas Trees! More specifically my Christmas Tree cards, which I designed and hand printed and are now available in my Etsy shop : If you love them so much that you want to buy three or more, you can use the code PUMPKINS at checkout for a 15% discount for a limited time only! Earlier in the month it was Libraries Week and I had the absolute pleasure of making bookmarks and decorating bookworms with the kids at Corfe Mullen Library. Here are some of their fab looking creations: As you might be able to ascertain from the photos, we made collaged bookmarks out of old (discarded) books (not new books, we don't cut up those) and yet again the children outdid themselves with their creative ideas; some wanted to add feathers and long looping ribbons to their bookmarks and there were googly eyes galore. Fun was had by e

Little Amal's Skirt

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During September I worked on a project with my Mum in which we collaborated on a single square to be sent off as part of a bigger project called ' The Nationwide Skirt of Welcome '. The giant skirt is being made from many patchwork squares to welcome Little Amal (who is anything but little) to the UK and raise awareness for refugees - especially displaced children. If you want to know more, or to donate, please use the above links - at the very least you should check out the amazing puppeteering; I can tell you from first hand knowledge that working with these giants is not easy! It was my Mum's idea to take part in the project but given my history with giant puppets  I was happy to help! The theme of the skirt is British Flowers, so we decided to make a bluebell and dandelion applique and embroidered piece. I sketched out the design and we both worked on the actual making of the square. Here it is in its finished glory: It ended up being a good representation of both of o

Blanket in Love

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I've had a busy couple of weekends recently. Last Saturday, the 18th of September was my cat James'  16th birthday - which makes him about 80 years old in human years! I've had him ALL of that time, so it was a really special event and I wanted to commemorate it by making him something fancy. I'd had the crochet pattern for a small cat blanket for quite some years; regular readers will know about my dabblings in crochet ... I am by no means an expert but I love giving it a try with varying results! So here's the latest effort: It's also high time that we had some decent pictures of the boy himself on here so here you go: He had a very luxurious day with lots of pressies and certainly seemed to enjoy his blanket even though is was a zillion degrees that day! This blanket is made by crocheting each cat face square in the round, similar to a granny square and then sewing each piece together. I went with a different colour combination than the original pattern (whic