Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Rowan Spring CAL

Today was the day that the first clue of the Rowan Spring  CAL (crochet along) was released.

I have to admit I was a bit last minute buying my yarn as I couldn't decide on a colour scheme. I made up my mind eventually and bought mine from Spins and Needles. I chose duck egg, blushes, high tide and periwinkle as I wanted something quite fresh and bright.

The first clue is made up of double and treble stitches. I made my first attempt using some Style craft yarn as I wanted to practise the colour changes. My finished hexagon is below, there are a couple of mistakes but that is why it is the practise one!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Making presents

Over the last few weeks I have been busy making a few gifts. It was my boyfriend’s birthday recently and I made him some pyjama bottoms and a cushion. My friend bought the fabric back from America for me and it is also good quality and feels nice.
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Now we have a cushion each on the sofa, mine is my patchwork liberty cushion and he has the Avengers on his.

The pyjamas were a success; I am pleased with my stitching on them, especially the top stitching on the waistband. The fit seems to be good, so I may make another pair in the other fabric I got from America.

As it was Mother’s Day this weekend I have been busy making my mum’s present.

We were at a craft fair a few weeks ago and there was a company selling family trees with family member’s names in them carved in wood.

I then decided to make a family tree using the papercut method. I have seen examples of papercuts before and thought they looked very beautiful and detailed; however I have not made one before.

I started by drawing out my design, and then copied it onto the back of the card I was going to use. Next I cut out the design with a scalpel and put it on a piece of pearlescent card, to match the decoration of mum and dad’s dining room. I enjoyed making this as it was relaxing to do the drawing stage and then cutting out the design and gradually seeing it appear.

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