Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Monthly Stitch November challenge - From a Sewing Book

 The challenge for November was to make something from a sewing book.   I have had this sewing book for 2 or 3 years and have made a couple of other items from it. The designer is Natsuno Hiraiwa, her website is gorgeous to look at. Both of her books are now available in English but it isn't too hard to follow the illustrated instructions in the Japanese versions. I made the skirt shown on the cover, however my photo is not as artistic, so here is my skirt looking slightly crumpled because it has been worn and is made from linen.

And here it is with the buttons done up.  You can also spin the skirt around and have the buttons done up on the side, no photo of that as my photographer had to go to school.


 While this is not the most glamorous skirt I like it and can see myself wearing it a lot this summer.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Bertie Bunny

This is Bertie Bunny, my first proper attempt at needle-felting.  I enrolled in Needle Felt a Furry Friend class from The Amazings and just followed the instructions.  I like the format of the video lessons in The Amazings classes, there is a tutor and a student and it is quite friendly and chatty.  At the moment I think you can have a free trial of most of the classes, which is a good way of seeing if you like this style of  class or not. 

I have read needle felt instructions in a few books and magazines but this class is more like going to a workshop, only cheaper. One handy tip I learnt was to use fibre-fill as the main core of the body and limbs and then cover it with the wool, this saves using so much wool and the fibre fill is a lot cheaper.  I've also discovered that if you leave bits of wool and the felting needles out, other members of the household will not be able to resist the temptation to try their hand at needle felting too. It is good fun and slightly therapeutic as you stab away, just watch out for your fingers.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Bigger on the inside

 My new shawl/scarf ready for our trip to watch "The Day of the Doctor" next weekend.

Pattern: Bigger on the inside from
Yarn: Naturally Haven 4 ply, shade 452

Monday, 11 November 2013

Rainbow bright

It was a dyeing try-it day at spinning group last week and here are my two efforts.  It's lots of fun, you don't really know how it will turn out, at least you don't when it's your first go. I already have a few ideas on what to do differently next time.

 Top yarn : commercial Alpaca boucle
Bottom yarn: handspun wool (unknown breed)

 The spinning group has a set of Ashford wool dyes and I used hot pink, purple, yellow and blue.  The yarn was wrapped up in glad wrap and then steamed in the microwave. I haven't decided what to do with the handspun yet but I knitted up the alpaca into a very basic cowl.


Guaranteed to brighten up any day.