Getting Crafty

April 2019 – Easter baskets

Creative recycling recently had me making a range of rather cute t-shirt yarn baskets. This weekend a number of them are being put to good use as Easter baskets, filled with tasty treats to deliver to some of my lovelies. In a moment of crazy, I even went the extra mile and made chicken-shaped egg cozies – a bit fiddly, but good fun.

June 2018Getting into Crochet

Lately I’ve been giving crochet a go – and it’s been surprisingly rewarding, partly because it’s simply so much quicker than knitting! It’s been great fun participating in a couple of community craft projects, creating blankets and beanies for people in need. I’ve ended up feeling quite accomplished 🙂

December 2016Xmas Craft

Creating outdoor Xmas trees seemed like a good idea and, with only a little encouragement, Himself scrounged up some wooden pallets to recycle and created two for our garden. They’re great and we’ll use them again next year. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Xmas baubles, miniature gift stockings (only one shown here) and pretty socks were made as gifts for various people.

May 2016Chicken Piñata completed

Started on 20 April, completed on 7 May. Many hours of sticky papier mâché fun.

pinata completed_7may2016

April 2016Birthday Cushion

Handmade gifts make me happy – both the giving of them and receiving them from others. Last month I decided to utilise some of the fabric I had hand dyed and create a crazy patchwork cushion for a friend. Some of the pieces are silk, but most are cotton (callico).

I used two different techniques for the silk. On some, I dripped alcohol onto the silk paint to create light and dark areas and diffuse the colours; for other pieces I tried batik, using wax and a couple of shades of silk paint. It was all good fun, but the silk takes more time than the cotton as it really needs to be stretched on a frame when working with it.

The cotton was more straighforward. I tie-dyed several pieces and had great fun getting messy with dyes, elastic bands, pegs and so forth.  For the rest, I used setacolour sunpaints.  This is a surprisingly easy and rewarding technique that comes down to dampening the fabric, applying the dye and then laying it out in the sun to dry. You can scrunch it up to produced random patterns or lay plants/other objects on it to produce designs. Alternatively, you could try blobbling paint on and use a straw to blow it around  for some interesting results.

The back of the cushion is simple tie-dye piece, but the front turned out to be an exceedingly colourful mishmash of fabrics, which is most appropriate since it was for a very colourful character 🙂

birthday cushion_march2016

March 2016Piñatas project planning.

I’m having some trouble deciding on a theme. I could do a pumpkin, but it’s a pretty simple shape and Halloween is quite far off. Maybe a bumblebee or a daisy or even a chicken… more thinking required!

Past piñatas I’ve made (dragon, Cthulu, dragon head, fish) – and the construction phase of a giant worm-piñata made by Boychilde for his birthday party one year.

niks pinatas

worm pinata collage

December 2015

Whilst quilting’s never been my forte, I did do some crazy patchwork bedcovers a few years ago to use up scraps of fabric that I’d accumulated over time. The simplest version of this is strip quilting –  a quick and easy technique that provides very satisfying results.

My holiday project this year was to get creative with pretty fabric and ribbons, producing Xmas stockings for seven special people. It was good fun – and so was hunting for things to put in the stockings for each person 🙂


November 2015

My project this week was a little bouquet of beaded flowers for my dear friend Chris, based on a pattern I found on cutoutandkeep 🙂

Floral tribute for a bride

August 2015

I had fun making random crafty things last week, including a beaded fish, a birthday card using same and a knitted face cloth (or flannel) to go with them. It was fun and kept me up until ridiculous o’clock at night all week, my best creative time being when the household is fast asleep!