Green Hill Patchwork & Quilting, Romsey

On my birthday a few weeks ago we made a family trip to Romsey, for a wander around the independent shops and to pay a visit to Rum’s Eg. I was really pleased to discover a gorgeous little fabric shop, just up the road from the gallery, called Green Hill Patchwork & Quilting. They have a fantastic selection of fabric, which was beautifully laid out and very easy to browse through. I loved the variety of fat quarters and particularly admired the rainbow of spotty fabrics they had on offer.

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At the back of the shop they have a whole room of yarn too!

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I decided to treat myself to these lovely bundles of printed cotton tape, which were only £1.50 each. Can’t wait to dream up a use for them!

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Feeding my creative soul

I sat down last week, with my little girl on the floor next to me and set to work on a new project. My maternity leave in the weeks before O arrived flashed by in a whirl of batch cooking, stitching her quilt and afternoon naps. Before I knew it she was here and I had even less time or energy to do anything creative, let alone embark on a new project. I have been wanting to make a pair of baby harem pants for years, they are just so cute! So far its taken me a week to cut them out and I’m halfway through the sewing. I hope to finish them soon!

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She has arrived!

Our beautiful little bundle arrived at the end of February! Our baby girl is now 11 weeks old and growing fast. I’ll be posting regularly again soon, so look out for lots of baby makes!

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My scrappy blanket is finished!

My scrappy blanket is finally finished! This has been one of my long projects, that I’ve added a few stripes to when another project has been finished and left me with a small amount of yarn. It’s the perfect size to tuck around a little one in their moses basket…not long now until we get to meet them!

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Rosie’s Quilt

My lovely friends Jo and Ed celebrated the arrival of beautiful Rosie in November! I made her a patchwork quilt for Christmas and here she is enjoying the bright colours and elephant prints. I’m working on a quilt for our little one now, I’ll post photos soon!

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Bump’s first Christmas!

I’ve been rather quiet on my blog of late, due to the fact that we are expecting our first baby in March! I hope to be writing posts soon to share with you all the things I’ve been making in preparation for our new arrival. In the meantime I wish you a very happy and wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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My sprouting pencil!

When we visited Kew Gardens I found the most wonderful thing in their gift shop, a sprouting pencil! It’s a normal pencil, with a little plastic pod on the end which contains seeds to grow a lovely plant. I picked two, both forget-me-nots, one for me and one for my Mum. I can’t wait to use my pencil and plant my seeds next spring!

My sprouting pencil

My sprouting pencil

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Tahlia’s quilt

The latest baby is my life is beautiful little Tahlia! I recently made her a quilt, which you can see her modelling in the photos below. She only lives a couple of streets away so lots more baby cuddles coming up!  Tahlia's Quilt Tahlia's Quilt Tahlia's Quilt

 

 

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A colour update

A few weeks ago a lovely lady called Tiffany got in touch. In 2013 she commissioned me to make a length of bunting for her son’s nursery. Her family recently had the horrible misfortune to lose their home and all their possessions in a flood and in an effort to rebuild her son’s bedroom and restore a bit of normality she decided to commission another piece of bunting. We updated the colours and I made it the same length as the original piece. It’s on its way to America and I hope that it helps in a tiny way to make things a bit better.

Mini felt bunting

Mini felt bunting

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DIY : String Art

It was our second wedding anniversary this year and I wanted to get Matt a gift that followed the traditional pattern. Last year it was paper and we found each other a map and a lino cut. This year it was cotton, which actually made choosing a gift really difficult, because there are so many things you can make from cotton! I loved the idea of using cotton thread in an inventive way and finally settled on something that I have been wanting to try out for ages, string art! I settled on our surname as my word and got to work!

DIY : String Word Art

DIY : String Word Art

String art is one of those crafts that is really simple in principle, but you need the right tools and quite a bit of time to get your project looking how you want. Essentially you are wrapping cotton or yarn around nails that you have positioned into a design. To make your very own piece of string art like mine you will need a nice piece of wood, your template on paper, some nails, a hammer, a pair of long nose pliers and some nice yarn. I spent some time sanding my piece of wood to make the grain show nicely.

I found and downloaded from dafont.com a lovely script font called Lilly Belle. Then I experimented with different sizes so that it fitted nicely on my piece of wood. I also tried out 6 different types of nail before I found my favourite type! The nail you pick needs to have enough of a head for the string to stay put but not so huge that you can’t get a nice outline around each letter.

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So once you have your template printed out, spend a bit of time arranging it onto the wood. Once you have started hammering in those nails there is no going back! Secure the edges of the paper down with some easy to peel off tape. Use the pliers to hold each nail in place, exactly where you want it to be. Gently hammer it down, straight through the paper. Keep going until you have completed the whole outline and also any middles of letters, like in the centre of the ‘e’, ‘a’ and ‘d’. Try and keep the nails as evenly spaced as you can.

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Once you have completed your outline you can peel off the paper. Any pieces of paper that get left behind can be picked out with a pair of tweezers.

DIY String Art

DIY String Art

Now you can start to wrap your string around your letters. Tie the piece of string to one of your nails at the start of your word. Leave a tail and wind this in too. If the tail doesn’t get hidden then use a tiny dab of fabric glue to hold it flat. Start winding your yarn around the outline of the word first, then go back and fill in the middle. The beauty of this craft is that if you don’t like the look of a section, you can simply unwind and start that bit again.

DIY String Art

DIY String Art

When you get to the other end, tie the yarn tight and stick the end down with another small dab of fabric glue.

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Happy making!

If you fancy trying out my DIY you can buy some useful supplies from Amazon. If you purchase anything through the links in my post you are helping to support my blog as I get a small referral fee from Amazon. Thank you!

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