I'm on a mission. I want to make some bags from 1-2 Fat Quarters. I've been drawing patterns and cutting out fabric.
The blue floral fabric is hopefully going to be one of the Japanese Knot Bags. I don't have a pattern except the sketch I did while in Japan. The exact measurements are going to be a bit of a guess.
The blue hand dyed fabric is going to be a small pouch bag. A little while a go I tried to make one similar to sweet bag from Stitches mag. I used some left over sampler fabric. I could never get the drawstring to work. The bag has been pinned to my cork board ever since.
I really like the shape so I've drafted off a pattern from the bag and I'm going to have another go. This one will have handles.
The pink/brown hand dyed fabric is to be a small shoulder bag, I'm going to some embellishing before stitching together.
Dylon + Braid = Wow!
A little while ago I re-shared 2 posts here and here about refreshing a navy hat with Dylon Dyes. Well the hat had faded again so I decided to dip it again. I didn't have any navy left so I decided to go with Dylon's Velvet Black.
This time the hat came out a little worse for wear. This had absolutely nothing to do with the dye or the process. I'm guessing, just guessing mind you, that it probably has more to do with the fact that this hat is well over 20 years old.
I love this hat so I wasn't gong to let it go easily. I grabbed some braid and hand stitched it onto the brim. Then I grabbed a Dylon fabric pen and ran it over any obvious bare bits and threads. I reckon I'll get another few years out of the old girl yet.
Paper Crafts for Children
“Mum, we’re bored.” Have you heard this already these school holidays? Don’t panic here are a few more inexpensive craft activities that should keep the kids occupied for a little while. You might even make some and use in your own craft projects.
Double Dip Delight
You will need:
Variety of Different Paper. Images are paper towel; use normal photocopy paper, watercolour. Even newspaper works.
Acrylic Paints or Food
Containers for colours
Method: Squeeze paint into containers. Add water to the acrylic paint until its very runny. Fold paper into
small shapes; squares, diagonals, etc. Dip 1 corner into a colour very briefly, in and out quickly. Dip another corner into another colour. Refold the paper and continue dipping until the paper is completely coloured. Leave to dry. Do not try and unfold while wet. The paper is very fragile and will tear. As an
alternative to folding you can crumple the paper before dipping. Paper can framed, used in gift cards or scrapbook projects.
You will need: Corrugated cardboard, can be
purchased from a bargain shop or recycle an old cardboard box.
Water Spray bottle
Method: Draw the outline of a shape onto the corrugated cardboard. The kids colouring books are great for inspiration. Cut out this shape. Using the spray bottle mist water over the white paper. Don’t make it too wet or it will tear. Lay the cardboard shape flat and then place the wet paper on top. Using your finger, gently push the paper into the edge of the cardboard. Now place layers of paper towel on top. This
will absorb excess water. Weight with a heavy object until dry. Once dry the finished embossed artwork can be painted.
This post was first published here on 30th September, 2007.
Chicken Scratch Embroidery is a type of embroidery worked on gingham fabric. It is also known as Snowflake Embroidery, Depression Lace or Gingham Lace. The exact origins of this craft are unclear as is the origins of the name ‘Chicken Scratch’. Chicken Scratch embroidery is worked on gingham
fabric and uses 3 embroidery stitches. Couldn’t be simpler. In fact many of us can probably recall being given a piece of gingham, needle and thread as children to sew with.
The needle should have a long eye and a sharp point, a number 20 Chenille or number 5 embroidery needle are perfect. The thread is embroidery floss or stranded cotton. White is the colour of choice but
you can certainly experiment for different effects. The number of strands you choose to use will alter the finished look again experiment.
Chicken Scratch is worked from a chart; anyone familiar with Cross Stitch charts will be able to follow one. Before beginning to stitch it is important to measure you fabric. Do not guess this. While gingham checks come in a variety of sizes most are not square. Measure the number of gingham squares in 1 inch of fabric, top to bottom and side-to-side. This will determine the stitch count necessary for your project. If you do not do this accurately you may find that you don’t have enough fabric to finish the work.
Work Chicken Scratch in a hoop. Remove the fabric from the hoop when not working. Some of the
gingham fabrics are very fine and they will mark if left in the hoop for long periods. The stitches used for Chicken Scratch are already familiar to most Stitchers. The Double Cross Stitch, the Straight Running Stitch and the Woven Circle Stitch are worked in various combinations to produce a multitude of patterns. The Double Cross Stitch may be more familiar to some Stitchers as Smyrna Stitch. Chicken Scratch is worked in order. The outline is completed first. The Double Cross Stitch is worked next followed by the Running Stitch. The Woven Circle Stitches are worked last.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the stitches used in Chicken Scratch a quick ‘google’ will reap you many
This post was first published here on 28th August 2008.