In the bag

fabricOur craft group recently had a very popular session making bags/purses with traditional clasp tops. Several people enjoyed it so much, they kept making them and still are. My version was a slight twist on the pattern as ususal I like to add my own twist…


In my stash I had a piece of furnishing fabric picked up from one of my crafty friends – they had a stash sort out and I couldn’t pass it by! This project suited it well, its a little bit glam and has a bold pattern; I took the motif as a basis for the shape of the bag.

Now, I just need the occasion….



Making waves

Since Christmas I’ve been working on a new weaving project. Its been my most ambitious weaving yet but really enjoyable. It combines my ambitions for crafts and recycling.

For the warp I used some lovely linen yarn; its strong and makes bold lines though the weaving. For the weft, I upcycled a load of old t-shirts from my stash and cut them into long strips.

I started without knowing what the colour theme would be but looking at the colours the blues, greens and greys stood out. They reminded me of the colours of the sea in moody light and the bright orange and whites were like highlights on the waves of white horses and the reflected sunset. So the theme was born – a seascape.

I love the mix of colours, textures and patterns. Some of the t-shirts were printed – these patterns sometimes show though as different colours, sometimes are hidden and the background colour is seen. The weft is woven with random lengths like the changes of light on the sea.

And so, for the ta-dah moment, a fabulous rug…



I’ve found a solution to yesterday’s problem. Yeh! Yes, it involved buying more wool but the yarn is in plentiful supply so I only bought three balls and will go back for more if the colours and weight work well together. The three balls are different colour ways which hopefully will be similar to the colours I’ve used so far. The next challenge is to blend them all together! Watch this space…



Making waves


I’m just listening to a programme about good ideas for tv shows. Its a bit like a Dragon’s Den of ideas but without the dragons and people with products. Anyway, after talking about all the recent good shows, the best ideas they could come up with are pretty lame. Why is this relevant? Well, its a bit like my idea of a craft project for the week. I really fancied doing some wavy crochet (ripple pattern), and I really fancied a scarf/wrap thing and I really fancied using up some of my stash. Anyway, it turns out my good idea has shortcomings. It took about four goes for me to get the pattern right (my fault for not noting it down correctly) when I eventually went back to the original pattern and mastered it, (and it looks quite good) I realised that I’ve got less than a third of the yarn I need. Hmm, and its discontinued, and I’ve not got enough of alternatives. Hmm, back to the drawing board, or shops, so much for a stash busting holiday project.
Think I’ll find another project…


Quite finished quilt

Unbelievably, I’ve finished my quilt. I’m so, pleased. Many moons ago I read an article about making a quilt in a weekend. Ha! I can do that I thought. I can do a random pattern of stripes, use up all (ha) my scraps, make it look like a sea and do wavy free form quilting.

Well, it kind of meets that expectation except, most definitely the weekend bit! I know its been a while because the photographic evidence goes back 18 months and they weren’t taken when I started. I feels like four years but lets just settle for somewhere in the middle.

Anyway, here it is…

Raw edges and stitching in progress.

raw edges q

Work in progress, detail of strips, up-cycled fabrics including the odd remaining button…

detail q

detail q2

And the finished item folded…

finished q folded

Rear view, made in giant log cabin pattern…

finished q back

And the right side…

finished q

Phew! All done and very satisfying. Light weight and perfect for a spring/autumn boost.


Crafty 2016

Its so easy to lose track of what you’ve done over the last year. I found this last January when I blogged about that I’d read in 2015. It was difficult to remember all my reads. I resolved to keep a list of books and have kept it through 2016. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually had read and now I’m able to blog about all those good or not so good reads. That’s subject for another day but today I’ve been casting my mind back to my craft projects of 2016.

I don’t have a list, but at least I’ve a photographic record of lots of them! So, here are a few reminders of projects from last year. Some you’ve seen, some new…


I finished fingerless mits made with hand spun yarn, a baby jacket and at the end of the year made myself a cosy cowl – another stash buster!


I finally finished spinning some soft, but previously very dirty jacob, completed a four colour shetland yarn and at the end of the year spun some lovely soft, probably merino, multi-coloured top. I love its soft mossy green with hints of red.


For me, sewing means many things. Often I use a range of materials, a mixture of textures, machine and hand stitching and embellishments of beads, shells etc. This year I managed to finish some WIPs that had been hanging around for ages, which was very satisfying but also knocked up a quick and effective flipped and stitched picture…


I don’t really consider myself a crocheter but I’ve completed a few crochet projects in 2016. You’ve seen the rock pool cushion and experiment before but not quick Christmas decoration or the blanket which has played a big part of my crafty year. I really like it and it was very satisfying. Nearly all the yarn in these projects has been up-cycled and/or gifted and its been a good stash busting year!

And more…

And still there are a few more bits and pieces including a woven cardboard basket, the ever WIP quilt, a fun Lutrador and Xpandaprint experiment (still a WIP), a lesson in tunisian crochet (I really must revisit it) and shibori indigo dyeing.

And now for 2017…!


The big rock pool reveal…

I know I said that the free form crochet was finished, well, I guess it was, but now it actually is “something”. Meet the rock pool cushion…


complete with the dark side of the pool.