Monday, 4 May 2020

Yes Still Crafting but Changing

I may have disappeared but I have been crafting my little fingers to the bone, there has been a lot of family and smallholding stuff going on, pop over to my other blog if you want updating on all that.
New additions arrived in the family a few weeks ago 11 weeks early so little dresses hats and quilts have been made 





I have also been getting to grip with something else, a couple of years ago I bought a long arm quilting frame and machine from a fellow blogger, try as I might I couldn’t get results I was happy with following the pantographs, well just before lockdown I have a lovely PPI payout, I was mulling over the idea of upgrading the quilting system to make it user friendly.
Then we went into lockdown, all the craft fairs were cancelled, I had boxes of stock all made so didn’t need to make more, 
so I thought ideal opportunity to work on the quilting white elephant that was taking up a lot of room in my cabin.
I invested my payout in a computerised robotic system to work on the long arm.
I have been spending my time during learning the software and how to top quilt on the long arm


This the front and back of one of the quilts I have done,
I have now top quilted two quilts and about to start my third, I have another two in the box to do, I am loving quilting again, it has been a bit of a learning curve and I do hope that by the end of the year I can offer a top quilting service.
If this works out then I can vastly reduce the amount of craft I do, which do take a lot of preparation and very exhausting at times. 
Any craft fairs I go back to doing my stock will greatly change as well including more of what is produced here on the small holding something I have been striving to achieve. 
More on that in my next post. 

Friday, 19 July 2019

Spinning a Yarn

As of late I have been doing a fair amount of spinning 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1H8x5NHhGjCuIfhglpIsvLETosBImB-M4
And I am improving much to my delight
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=11zmwESUpDHxUEAag0Rj_L9Vt9voIFGSA
Even trying some chain plying on the wheel
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=184lUhizKWdkG-y6MaPjdsVGN8MfiYhOU
Which is now a big favourite with me
Basically it’s plying the yarn off one bobbin instead of off several bobbins
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1JqntjHLSb-eUZzei60Z_wQECPoTgB89R
Using the niddy noddy to make skeins
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1s2Gr_v98Z3_hG3v00ysKfL8-mfp8tFBR
And while the previous yarn is drying and settingI can move on to my next, this is one I picked upat the wool fest at Builth Wells
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1n0_W6f7RH09mI5CQKmPFjot-H8_SJsaq
And off we go again

Monday, 11 March 2019

Still Being Fishy

There seems to have been a bit of fish theme going on in the cabin of late.
This week I was doing an underwater wall hanging


 it was a fairly easy one to do 
all the characters were done in applique using scraps from the scrap box
The background was strips of fabric put together to give the impression of the sea
It didnt take that long to do and made a small dent in the scrap box.
 
An order for a customer

Another dragon dream catcher has been made
This time in light airy girly colours.
 
I have been playing around with an idea for another dream catcher
Here is a preview glimpse of the idea, its not been fixed down yet still some work to do on it 
An idea in the making.

 

 

 

 
 

Sunday, 3 March 2019

A Project For Me

I got round to making something that I have had my eye on for some time 

 This big 3d fish he is 2 foot long and I love him.
I have mounted him on an artist canvas, 
each section was made separately embroidered then all put together like a jig saw  
There re 3 more in the set so I might get round to doing the others.

Over Christmas I started dabbling in a new craft Resin.
I have made lots of little bits and bobs with it 
these were on my list to do.
setting Snowdrops in pendents I had to wait for our snowdrops to come up and we are several weeks behind everyone else but at last I had some appear and I got them set.


 

Sunday, 17 February 2019

A Japanese Session

On Wednesday our little sewing group met up, the lady who was hosting this time had just come back from a tip to Japan
So set us a little Japanese  project to try with some supplies she brought back.
Sasiko stitching it was what the Japanese used to use for decorative mending stitching.
She had lots of lovely bits to show us from her trip
there are seven of us in the group, Jennie couldn't make today as she was at her quilting group and Julia was away visiting family.
December I was hosting and we did lampshade making
Jennie made hers from some Japanese fabric she patch worked together, Sian was also on a Japanese theme with some Kimono fabric, Sue made some 3d cherry blossom to decorate hers
I did a christmas winter scene for my one, 
 January Sian was hosting and we did some decorated candles using there different techniques
 Its a lovely group and we have been meeting up for just over two years now, taking turn about hosting. 
Next month we are dabbling in weaving.
 

 

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Dragons and Photos

I have been working on some new products to take down to the shop
 Dragon Dream Catchers
 I have been using a mix of materials,
 Leather, vinyl, velvet, lace and denim, the dragons are 3d and mounted in a 12inch hoop, they have gone up for sale in the shop for £32.
Another project I have been working on is converting pet photos to embroidery.
It started with a photo of Sol and Tess I did last year and turned them into cushions 


A few people had seen these and I was asked if I could do pets

This horse belongs to a friend
This is Wolfie who belongs to another friend, these embroidery's take a good few hours to stitch out and I am mounting them on 8x8 canvas.


 
 

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Now What

The Craft Fairs are finished for the time being,
 So now what, 
Well I have to put my thinking cap on and think what I want to do in the coming year.
And more importantly do I want to continue with craft fairs.
Its an exhausting process and you are under a lot of pressure to make and continue to make sometimes doing lots of repetitive makes, I hate doing repetitive stuff.
  It takes the creative enjoyment away,
just turning out the same old stuff
I enjoy trying out new things and really enjoy meeting the ladies and we all work on a new mini taster project
 like the silk painting we did the other month.
I am compiling a list of things I want to try,
I am compiling a list of projects we are going to do as group.
So who knows what crafting challenges 2019 holds
and who knows what direction it will all take.
Not me.