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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be picked from the cup of chance on Create and Craft TV, to win a crochet flower that Wendy Poole had made. The flower is made from Patons Fusion yarn and feels delightful.

Crochet flower made by Wendy Poole

Crochet flower made by Wendy Poole

Last year I had made a little tote bag, which was until now, un-embellished. This was the perfect place to put the flower.

The tote bag I made, with Crochet flower made by Wendy Poole

The tote bag I made, with Crochet flower made by Wendy Poole

DO check out Wendy’s blog, she has all kinds of amazing projects on there, and a lot of patterns for knitting and crochet too.

Thank you so much for the flower Wendy, its beautiful. I cannot crochet, due to limited dexterity, which makes this flower very dear to me.

The Patons Fusion yarn, is lush! I treated myself to a ball of the blue and its one that’s almost too nice to use, at the moment it’s just ‘saved to stroke’. Tell me you do that too?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The Virtual Crafting Challenge theme for March 2012 is:

Yarns, Fibers & Textiles

Great I hear you say, but now what? Well for those of you who would like a few ideas to get you started, here are some  colours, products and techniques to help you choose, where you could go with this month’s theme. Feel free to use your own ideas for this theme too.

Colours

  • Create something in your favorite colour
  • Create something in a colour you have never used before
  • This month’s birthstone is Aquamarine, try using this colour in your project

Products

  • Try out a different yarn to the type or weight you normally favor. There are some exciting fashion yarns around for something completely different. They knit up very quickly and often have patterns on the ball bands.
  • Fabrics; Had your eye on some wonderful fabric? Go get it and lets see what you create with it.

This doesn’t have to be an expensive project; lots of the manufacturers have free patterns you can download. Check out the Yarns tab at the top of the page, for links to yarn manufacturers.

Surfaces

  • Create something you can wear
  • Add fibers or yarn to alter an item of clothing
  • Use Textiles/fibers or yarn to decorate a card project

Techniques

  • Knitting, there are some superb tutorials around the web, if you have wanted to learn how, try it now :)
  • Crochet. Check out You Tube for tutorials on how to crochet
  • Sewing. You Tube is again the place to go for inspiration and tutorials for textile projects
  • How about making a bag?
  • Perhaps find out more about quilting.

The most important thing about this challenge is that you have fun and explore. Don’t feel pressured to have a finished item at the end of the month. Explore different styles and techniques either in person, if you have the supplies, or through research, looking online.

You learn so much more when you take away the rules and just PLAY. Adapt this challenge to a creative style that interests you. Enjoy :)

Links

For inspiration around the web, have a look at my Textiles and also Yarns tab at the top from here you will find some interesting sites you may not have found before.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As the year comes to a close I thought it would be a good time to look  back at some of my favorite things of 2011. Today I’d like to share;

My favorite projects of 2011

I have two favorites;

First place goes to. Gift Bags.

Holly Gift Bags with handles and tags

Holly Gift Bags with handles and tags

This was a project I started only recently and its a favorite, as I can see a lot of potential for designing different styles and shapes with it as well as lots of different papers for it too.

A close second goes to; Hand Warmers

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

This is a personal favorite with me, as thanks to RSI and bad circulation they are a simple project to put together but also using them makes a huge difference to pain levels. So a winner for several reasons :)

How about you?

What project have you most enjoyed creating or reading about this year? Would love to hear about it or see pictures of your finished pieces.

Links

To find out more about the gift bags and the hand-warmers here are link to their original posts.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of the hand-warmers I made for the family for Christmas.

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

Hand warmer, with gift bag and instructions tag

Often hand warmers are scented, which not everyone likes. My husband’s family have wheat intolerance and often the hand-warmers sold are filled with wheat. I have filled these with dried lentils and no fragrance :)

There is an inner bag that contains the filling and then an outer cover, this allows the cover to be removed and washed as needed. These are a small size, so they will fit into your coat pocket. Great for when your hands get cold when walking the dog/ de-icing the car.

Hand making Christmas gifts are a great way to share meaningful presants with friends and family. You can create them in the warmth of your home, no long cues, no bad weather and if you start making them early in the year, no rush :) Take the stress out of Christmas and hand make your gifts. Short notice for this year, perhaps, but make a plan for next year for a more relaxing build up to the holidays.

The card explaining how to heat the hand-warmer and what it contains, I created in Craft Artist :) Really pleased how professional they look. I also layered papers to make the gift bag using digikits in Craft Artist, plus matching gift tag. These were a lot of fun to make and I’ll be showing a video tutorial on how to make the gift bags next year, once the brighter weather returns.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As a break from tradition, I thought it might make a change if I shared some sites that I particularly enjoy visiting with you.  Next up is Sew Mama Sew. This is a great site if you are into textiles, there are tutorials, a forum, projects and places to purchase from. Take a beverage and get cozy there’s a lot to see at;

Sew Mamma Sew

It’s coming up holiday time and the good weather means long tutorials are not likely to go down well at the moment as either everyone is just going or coming back from holidays or battling with their over growing gardens.

Fear not tutirials will return, and this will give me time to create some crackers for you for the later months of the year ;) In the meantime if you are missing your tutorial fixes, check out the Tutorials Tab at the top of the blog for goodies you may have missed from the archives.

Do stop by and have a look at Sew Mama Sew’s wonderful site, leave them a comment and say who sent ya if they ask ;) This site always makes me want to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Site of the Week; Lisa Lam

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As a break from tradition, I thought it might make a change if I shared some sites that I particularly enjoy visiting with you.  Next up is Lisa Lam. I adore Lisa and her work as she is so inspiring. Lisa is a textile artist and has written the book The Bag Making Bible. Recently Lisa travelled to America to film a video tutorial to go with the book, she is in the process of writting a second book too.

Lisa Lam

It’s coming up holiday time and the good weather means long tutorials are not likely to go down well at the moment as either everyone is just going or coming back from holidays or battling with their over growing gardens.

Fear not tutorials will return, and this will give me time to create some crackers for you for the later months of the year ;) In the meantime if you are missing your tutorial fixes, check out the Tutorials Tab at the top of the blog for goodies you may have missed from the archives.

Do stop by and have a look at Lisa’s wonderful site, leave her a comment and say who sent ya if she asks ;) Her spirit and ideas make you want to create.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, I’d like to share a few pictures of the knitting needle wrap I recently made.

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

I found a tutorial for a pen wrap in the book Bags, Bags, Bags but being an inventive sort I decided to modify it a little. You could just as well use this for pens, pencils, brushes or similar items. I’m using mine for storing knitting needles.

Here’s the wrap open, notice the overlapping top, so the contents don’t escape.

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

This shows the top flap open, so you can see the contents.

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

Brush/Pen or knitting needle wrap

In the future I can see my making more of these. They are simple and quite quick to make. NEXT time I’ll photograph the process so I can share a tutorial. I’ve got written notes, just not the photos ;)

Hope you like it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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