It has been a while since I bogged but I have found time to make three more cards.
The picture is a little blurred and dark, the light these days isn't good for taking pictures. You can't see the decoupage effect of the Christmas trees and wreath it makes them stand out from the door.
The card is going to my mum's friend in Yorkshire.
This card I have layered the church window and pin pricked the background. When the card is open and is put next to a window or a lamp the light shines through the holes and lights up the card which gives a very nice effect.
Again this is not a good picture, the Christmas tree I made by using quilled curls and pearl beads.
The group blanket is finally finished, it has turned out very well and everyone is delighted with it. The blanket has been finished off like a quilt, it has been backed with a layer of wadding then quilted to keep the layers together. The tickets will be going on sale at the end of the week, so lets hope that we make lots of money for charity!
I have made two more Christmas cards, they are both made from tatting patterns that I have used before but designed in a different way.
I have been making a knitted cardigan for my niece Ella, I was going to make a Christmas one then decided on Peppa Pig as this is her favourite cartoon and I think that she will get more wear out of it.I have embroidered the design on the front with a matching flower border on the back.
I have managed to make two more Christmas cards, for some reason I am struggling to get ideas and have just binned one as a lost cause!
The card is missing a sentiment at the moment, I will add one at a later date when I have decided who to send it to.
This is all from me at the moment, the blanket is coming along and I will post some more pictures next time.
Hello just a quick post to show you all my first Christmas card of the year, I have been getting behind with my cards this time, I have been doing to much knitting and my mum is not well so I have been looking after her as well.
I recycled the snow flake from an old card adding my own papers and accessories
I have made the next stage of the Irish blanket, the group was very pleased with how it is going. We are now waiting for more wool. Some of the other ladies have been making moss stitch squares which will be added at the next meeting.
This is the central panel, the plan is to do two rows of green and cream moss stitch squares with the name Eira at the top and then a border of cable with the shamrocks in each corner which will match the central panel.
We have been planning a group knitted blanket with the knitting club. We decided on an Irish theme so that we could raffle it off in the Irish club. I am not Irish myself so I didn't mind what the subject was. I was nominated to do the central pattern which was decided to be the Irish claddagh, I had no idea what this was and worried a bit at first that I wouldn't do it justice but I think they will be pleased with it when they see it next week. The claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring given to represent love,loyalty and friendship (the hands represent friendship, the heart love and the crown loyalty. The design and customs of the ring origionated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh and was first made in the 17th century.
I am planning to make a knitted cable border with shamrock squares for the corners.
I have also made a start on a pair of elf slippers, I have finished one and need to start the other.
I have been having a bit of fun this week adapting this turtle pattern that I found in a book. The original pattern was just plain patches. I decided to add flowers and sew ridges around the hexagons to make the shell more rigid.
It has been a while since I blogged, time just goes over so fast. I have been busy knitting a little tea party for my two nieces Ella and Evie, they both love to play at cooking and making us all pretend tea. I got the idea when browsing the internet and came across knitted food patterns, I started by knitting the cup cakes first and the rest just evolved!
This is what I have made so far, I am just starting to make some knitted sandwiches to go with them.
As you can see there is a piece of chocolate gateaux, two cup cakes and a chocolate roll
The cake stand was made by covering a cardboard circle with crochet, I haven't worked out yet how to knit a circle. The trunk I did by covering a cardboard tube with knitting, sewing them together and with a bit of imagination you have a lovely stand for your cakes.
The tea pot was made in the same way by covering a cardboard tube. The spout I made by knitting a rectangular shape which I stuffed to create the spout shape.
The cups I made using the pattern for the cup cakes but put extra stitches on to make them taller, gave them a bit more stuffing making them into a cup shape.
As well a knitting the tea party I have at last finished my zip cardigan that I started months ago, I am pleased with how it has turned out, it is only plain but will make a nice everyday cardigan for the winter.
Hi, I have made this little cardigan and booties for my friend Sylvia who is expecting a new great granddaughter in June.
I called round to her house yesterday with my gift and she was thrilled, Sylvia is going to take me to see the baby when it is born.
I have also made progress on my cardigan that I started ages ago, I sewed it altogether yesterday and it is now waiting to be photographed ready for my next post.
Hi, it has been a while since I last put anything on my blog, but here it is another cushion. Just as I finished the last one I was given two more orders. The second one is still in the early stages but the first one is finished. The lady wanted a personalise cushion for her friend Vera with the colour red.
The Flowers are embroidered in wool with pearl beads and gold thread which doesn't show up on the photo that well
The nursery cushion is now finished and all orders done. This cushion was interesting to make as it differed from my usual flower patterns. The animals made a nice change and I was pleased with the finished cushion, I think it will look nice in a nursery.
The Iris cushion is now finished, the lady who bought it for her daughter was delighted.
The flowers were embroidered with double knit wool, I have added pearl beads and gold thread which aren't showing up on the picture.
When I showed the lady the drawing of the design that I was going to put on her cushion she asked me if I could do some sort of drawing of it and put it in a frame to go along with the cushion. At first I had the idea to paint an Iris but then I had a brain wave and thought why not use the same design as the cushion, this is what I made for her, she was thrilled.
We have got a little charity project going at the knitting club, we are now knitting things for orphan babies in Bulgaria, this little hat was my contribution.
I have now mastered the art of the knitted sock, they weren't as hard as I thought they were going to be and they do actually fit my feet. I plan now to make some nice thick ones for winter.
I have got two more orders for cushions, this is a little look at the first one
There will be four blocks each with the same design, all the stems radiating out from the centre with a blue button in the middle. the second cushion is based on farm animals which is only in the planning stage at the moment.
I thought that you all would like to see my latest handbag card that I have made for my friend Pam, I have had this idea in my head for ages and I am very pleased with how it turned out.
Hello just a quick post today to show you all my finished blue tit. The end result wasn't to bad in the end and it has now gone to a good home as one of the ladies at the knitting club bought it and put the money towards the hospice charity. The money that we raised for the hospice from the sale of the shamrocks totalled at £139 which is fantastic!
The pattern can be found on Stitchfinder: Knit Nature Motife: Blue Tit (bird)
The card is the second of the 60th Birthday cards that I have made
Hello, this week has been full of variety, I have been trying to do more of my cardigan, the back an one of the front panels are finished but with doing other project as well it seems like it is taking for ever. I have crochet a little baby bird mobile for a new arrival shortly, it looks very cute and will look nice hung in the nursery.
Moving on to knitting, I have been trying something more technical. I found a pattern for a knitted blue tit bird and I loved it. The pattern is for intermediate level and had lots of terms that I haven't used before. Part of the bird is knitted by using four double sided needles.
I had a few problems along the way, I had to start the head twice before I got the idea of what to do and the double sided needles I found a little awkward at first but in the end things came together. I have made mistakes so I thought if the bird turns out ok I will make another one making sure everything is done right. All that is needed now is to add a beak, stuff it and add the legs which are made out of wire so that the bird stands up.
I have two 60th birthday cards to make this week, I finished one yesterday and here it is.
The flower background is made from a material that has been machine embroidered, not by myself as it started life as a duvet cover, I got this idea from a card that I have seen in the Clinton card shop.
My Mother's Day cushion is now finished, I really enjoyed this project the flowers were interesting to make and I learnt a lot of different knitting techniques. All the flowers I made from a book called 100 knitted and crochet flowers.
The roses are made by knitting the petals all in one length and rolling them round into a rose shape. The rose buds are the same principle with the stems and leaves made separate. The bells took me quite a few goes before I got it right, the frilly tops were a bit complicated at first but once I worked it out things seemed a lot easier.