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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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This month The Virtual Crafting Challenge is all about Die Cutting and Embossing. So here is a project featuring a die cut tag which I embellished.

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

Hand made tote bag with embellished gift tag

The bag is an Easter gift for MIL, it features

  • Die cut was created using The Slice Elite and Design Card: Remember This
  • Zig Calligraphy Markers
  • Zig Art & Graphic Pens and Rock n Roll flower technique.
  • Zig Wink of Stella pens

Here is a close look at the tag

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

Die cut gift tag, with hand drawn elements

The calligraphy and hand drawn elements add a personal touch to a quickly made tag. How do you use your die cuts?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the latest sewing project I just finished;

New tote bag for knitting kit

New tote bag for knitting kit

 

Now I seem to have been bitten by the knitting bug, I thought it would be nice to have a knitting bag, rather than a Really Useful box that I had been using for my yarn, especially for the longer needles!

This bag started from the fabric produce bag  instructions on Daisy Janie’s Blog. It evolved as I went on, and this is the second generation. I altered the order in which I created the seams to give a neater finish to the top edge. My fabric is upholstery weight so was too bulky for the shorter second handle, so I cut extra fabric to create the second handle. When I’ve had more practice it would be nice to add a pocket to the front for my notebook of instructions, and a ribbon to hold my needles to the inside. But this is a very nice compact bag to have just by the chair and not too bulky to carry around.

The small size also stops me filling the bag with everything I own relating to knitting, which I simply do not need next to me for the project in hand and would otherwise clutter up the bag! (You can tell I’m a new knitter eh, bet you get more and more stash and give up this neat freak thinking as you go along ;) )

When I get to grips with interfacing I’d love to try to make a Bagsket, as seen on Foofangle’s excellent tutorial, now this looks a great way to stop your ball of yarn disappearing across the room. But that is a project for much further down the line, when I stop buying other craft stash and have some funds left for buying fabric. ;)

The little tag features Zig Calligraphy markers, highlighted with Wink of Stella pens. I’m making one of these for MIL for a Mothers Day gift and wanted to practice the lettering.

There are some truly superb tutorials for sewing projects around blog land. I’ve collected some useful sites together at the top of the blog, under the tab marked ‘Textiles’. Just a few to get you started. If you have favorites you’d like to share, let me know and I’ll check em out :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for February 2011

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore Featured Artist of the Month

I discovered her work thanks to sewing shows on Ideal World but for those of you who haven’t yet found Debbie Shore, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

My name’s Debbie Shore

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Debbie: I live in Northamptonshire with 2 of my 3 grown-up children, my photographer husband, two cats and two dogs.

What you do:

Debbie; I’m a presenter on the shopping channel Ideal World, where I’ve spent the last eight years, but began my career in television some 26 years ago on Children’s ITV. The middle years have been filled with commercials, corporate video and a bit of acting.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Debbie: Crafting has always been part of my life, from an age too early to remember I was sewing dolls clothes and making houses from shoe boxes, to modelling scenery for my model zoo from paper mache! But it’s the sewing that I enjoy more than anything. I love the feel of fabric, the texture and colours, and even more I love the way you can transform a room by adding colour and warmth. I like to figure out how things are made and replicate that at home, and I like to save money on shop prices!

What inspires you: 

Debbie; A piece of beautiful fabric really inspires me to get creative with small projects like cushion covers to the nail-breaking task of upholstery.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Debbie;  If money were no object for me, I’d spend my day making soft furnishings for yachts in the Caribbean, and I’d invite you all over for workshops!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Debbie; I am so lucky in my job that I can indulge my passion for sewing and be paid for it, but the most satisfying thing is to inspire others to dig out that old sewing machine from the loft and be confident enough to use it.

Links

To find out more about Debbie and her work, please visit her website, details below. 

I have a lovely bunch of members on my website Shortcuts to Sewing please feel free to visit, and chip in if you wish!

Debbie x

Many thanks to Debbie Shore, for being our Featured Artist of the Month for February 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***Updates***

Debbie has just opened a new website called Thimble Lane and now also has videos on You Tube and a shop on Ebay. For more details and links, please vist;

Updated 12 November 2011.

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In today’s post I would like to share a picture of the Rice Heat therapy bag I made a couple of weeks ago.

Handwarmer

Handwarmer

As regular readers will know, I struggle with joint pain and find wheat bags really soothing. It’s almost impossible however to find them un-scented! The one I have is getting on a bit now and I was getting really worried what I would do if it wore out.

I found a great tutorial for how to make a rice heat therapy bag and modified it both inside and out and created this handwarmer. It’s great, for one minute in the microwave it stays hot for about 20 minutes. I’m working on designs and trialing different fillings. If you are Celiac then the option of filling your bag with rice is a safe option as the store-bought bags are often wheat filled.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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