My square for the Trafalgar sail

I have finished stitching my square for the Community Trafalgar Sail project! I used the colours that remind me of the Victory and stitched an outline of Portsea island, with little clusters of stitches inside in seed stitch. Make is one of the drop off points so I will be taking it along next Wednesday evening to add to the growing pile there! If you would like to stitch a square yourself, you can find all the details here.

The Community Trafalgar Sail Project

The Community Trafalgar Sail Project

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Tea tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

This tea tip (learn something new and useful in the time it takes to make and drink your cup of tea!) will show you how to attach tassels onto a scarf. Sometimes a handmade scarf needs that little something extra and tassels may be just the thing!

Tea tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

To add tassels you will need your scarf, some wool for your tassels, a crochet hook and a pair of scissors. I used a 9mm crochet hook because the wool I used was super chunky.

Tea tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

Cut yourself some lengths of your wool, approximately four times longer than you want your finished tassel to be. If in doubt make it longer, as you can always trim it down to size. Fold each piece of wool in half and then cut the looped end to make two pieces the same length.

Tea-tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

Lay your scarf down, right side up. Pop your crochet hook, from back to front, through a stitch on the end of your scarf. Loop a tassel over the end of your crochet hook and pull this gently through the stitch. Take away your hook and pass the two cut ends through the loop. Gently tighten this until your tassel is in place. I’ve popped a piece of paper on top of my scarf to make this step easier to see in the photos below.

Tea-tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

Tea-tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

Keep adding tassels to the edge of your scarf until you are happy! Trim the ends so that they sit neatly together.

Tea tip : Adding tassels to a scarf

One completed scarf! I hope you enjoyed your cup of tea (and biscuit)!

 

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Flowers for my quilt

Sometimes I buy an item of clothing because I love the pattern and I know that one day it will make it into my heirloom quilt! This skirt was one such purchase and it has now been chopped up and turned into hexagons. I love the retro flowers and the bright blue is just perfect! You can look back at my progress and see the other fabrics I’ve picked here.

Floral skirt

Heirloom quilt hexagons

 

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The long projects

I have quite a few projects in progress which I think of as my long projects. Many of them were started years ago and I knew that they would take me a while to complete. I love working on things over a period of months and years and I don’t ever feel under pressure to finish them before I start something new. My heirloom quilt was started over five years ago, one of my rag rugs has been in progress for three years and there are some others too!

What are your long projects?

Heart rag rug

My heirloom quilt

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Treasure Hunting for a Baby Shower!

I am excitedly organising a baby shower and this Etsy treasury contains some beautiful things that are inspiring my preparations!

Whale Pillow by Cecil Clyde

Whale Pillow by Cecil Clyde

Wooden Baby Mobile by Gera Bloga

Wooden Baby Mobile by Gera Bloga

Candy Buttons by Andie's Speciality Sweets

Candy Buttons by Andie’s Speciality Sweets

Bib and Burp Cloth by Owls and Co.

Bib and Burp Cloth by Owls and Co.

Ceramic Cupcake Stand by Barruntando

Ceramic Cupcake Stand by Barruntando

Loved So Much Art Print by Baby Bird and Bub Bub

Loved So Much Art Print by Baby Bird and Bub Bub

Gold Heart Cake Topper by The Path Less Travelled

Gold Heart Cake Topper by The Path Less Travelled

Cloud Cushion by The Fox in the Attic

Cloud Cushion by The Fox in the Attic

Hello Sunshine Cushion by Freya Art

Hello Sunshine Cushion by Freya Art

Tea party china from Sunshine Surprises

Tea party china from Sunshine Surprises

Honey Lavender Shortbread by Whimsy and Spice

Honey Lavender Shortbread by Whimsy and Spice

Tea Invitation Card by Mornings with Coffee

Tea Invitation Card by Mornings with Coffee

Candles by Sucre Shop

Candles by Sucre Shop

Nursery Art Print by Daisy and Bump Art

Nursery Art Print by Daisy and Bump Art

All these images are featured with the kind permission of the wonderful people who have made or are selling these items. Thank you all very much! Click on the images to go through to their Etsy shops.

 

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An Easter duck!

My sister loves ducks and when she saw my felt chick DIY earlier this week, she asked if I could make her an Easter duck! Using the same pattern, I simply left out the comb, made the body from white felt, the wing from brown and added a layer of green over her head. She arrived in the post today and my sister loves her!

What are you making this Easter?

Easter duck

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DIY : Felt chick

I love working with felt and so I’ve written a pattern for a little felt chick, that you can stitch in your favourite colours. In this post you will find full instructions and a pattern to print out so that you can make your very own Easter chick for next weekend!

DIY : Felt chick

To make your very own chick you will need some felt, little buttons for the eyes, a pair of scissors, a sewing needle, some matching embroidery threads, a small amount of stuffing and one chick template. Simply print out your template onto paper and cut out the pieces. From felt, cut two body pieces, two wings, one comb and a small triangle for the beak.

DIY : Felt chick

Stitch the little buttons in place for eyes and then position the wings and stitch in place. There is a guide to help you position the wings on the body template. I like to stitch my wings on with a single line of stitching along the top so that they can move about but you could stitch them down if your prefer.

DIY : Felt chick

Put your two chick bodies together, wrong sides together. Starting at the bottom, start sewing the two pieces together with a simple running stitch.

DIY : Felt chick

When you reach your chick’s head, pop the comb in between the two layers and carry on sewing around the edge, through all three layers. Do the same for his beak!

DIY : Felt chick

Continue stitching past his beak, leaving a small gap at the bottom. Pop some stuffing inside, starting by filling his head and tail. Once he is nice and plump, stitch the opening closed. Your chick is finished!

DIY : Felt chick

DIY : Felt chick

Happy Making and I hope you have a lovely Easter with your family and friends!

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The Community Trafalgar Sail Project

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, located in the historic dockyard in Portsmouth, have engaged the community in some great creative projects over the last few years. I blogged about a knitted seascape previously and now they are embarking on another great task. The museum are asking people to embroider, applique and quilt squares inspired by the fore-top sail from the Victory, which dates all the way back to Trafalgar and is on display at the museum. These 6 x 6 inch squares will be sewn together into a new sail, which will be a wonderful mix of techniques and colours. I’m looking forward to stitching some squares and seeing the finished work!

Trafalgar Sail Community Project Poster

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A makeover in acrylic!

When I was at college I studied ceramics and made all sorts of weird and wonderful things. There were many pots, a bowl which my Mum uses and even a giant hollow head! I experimented with lots of different glazes and whilst I love the shape and texture on this particular pot I’m not keen on the colour. So I’m going to paint it with some white acrylic paint, varnish it and pop a succulent inside! It’s going to need a good few layers of paint, I will show you photos when it’s complete!

Handmade ceramic pot

 

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Tea-tip : Finishing an embroidery hoop

Welcome to the very first tea-tip post! This post will show you how to finish off the back of an embroidery hoop. I love stitching a design and leaving it in the hoop, I think its simple, thrifty and a bit quirky. Your finished piece will be also be lovely and light, hung on the wall with a single nail or standing up on a shelf or mantelpiece.

Embroidery Hoop

To finish the back of your stitching, you will need sharp scissors, a glue gun, a pritt stick, felt and your finished piece. I normally use white felt for the backing but if you have used dark fabric you could use a coordinating colour.

Finishing an embroidery hoopThe first step is to check that you are happy with the placement of your stitching within the hoop, pull the fabric taut and tighten the screw at the top. Then turn your stitching over so that you are looking at the back. Using the pritt stick, gently stick any loose threads down. Try to use a small amount of glue and stick threads down onto a patch of the same colour. This means your finished hoop will look super tidy from the front too!

Finishing an embroidery hoopNext, you need to use your glue gun to put a small amount of glue directly onto the inside ring of your hoop. Pull the fabric over the glue and hold in place until it has cooled and dried. Repeat this all the way around the hoop, sticking small sections at a time.

Finishing an embroidery hoop

Once all the fabric is stuck into place, trim off the excess, close to the hoop.

Finishing an embroidery hoop

Next you need to cut yourself a circle of felt which is very slightly smaller than your hoop. To measure this, draw around your hoop onto the felt, then cut it out inside this line.

Finishing an embroidery hoop

Pop your felt onto the back of your hoop and carefully line it up so that it covers all the edges. Using your glue gun again, stick the felt onto the hoop. I normally stick it down at the top and bottom and then at each side. Then I fill in the gaps between each of these points, so that the felt fits nicely all around.

Finishing an embroidery hoop

One completed hoop! I hope you enjoyed your cup of tea (and biscuit)!

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