Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Quilted Advent Calender

It might seem way too early to be even thinking about Christmas yet, but as sewing projects can take a while I wanted to start this one early! My Mum has a lovely quilted advent calendar that I have long coveted. I borrowed it from her over the summer so that I could copy the design and work out how to make one myself.

I copied the basic tree design pretty much exactly. On Mum's calendar she has cross stitched ornaments for the 25 days. I'm not much of a cross stitcher myself, so I decided to make felt sewn hearts to hang instead.

I'm very happy with the finished result, and have already made one for a friend as a gift. I'm taking orders for these now, for sale through Vintage Bee.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Embroidered Pictures

I've been making new stock ready to sell at Christmas markets - yes, I know, it's too early to think about Christmas!

I got some lovely chunky white frames from Ikea and have been free motion embroidering pictures for them. The fabrics used are mainly vintage.

These are for sale from Vintage Bee.

The Handmade Fair

The location for the Fair was the grounds of beautiful Hampton Court Palace

At the weekend Mum and I traveled to London for Kirsty Allsop's Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. We drove up on the Friday evening and stayed overnight to make a weekend of it.

As you'd expect from anything Kirsty puts her name to, the Handmade Fair was wonderfully well organised. It was laid out in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, and from the moment we entered and saw the strings of pom poms wrapped around the trees, it was clear that this day was definitely going to be all about the handmade!

There were two huge shopping tents, housing stalls from all sorts of traders, fabric sellers, crafts people and retailers. There were also plenty of food stalls, a pop up vintage cake stall and a Mollie Makes cafe.

As part of the ticket price we got to sign up for one lecture theater talk, one workshop and one 'grand make'. Brilliant value for money, and as we booked a time too we could plan our day well without queuing for everything. For our theater talk we went to a Mollie Makes 'mash up'. Two crafts experts were given identical white t shirts and given 45 minutes to transform them live on stage. Inspiring stuff!

For our workshop we did cake decorating. Although I may have eaten more icing than I used to make dainty pink roses!

Our 'grand make' was a pom pom lesson. We quickly became hooked, and both Mum and I ended up buying the gadgets we'd used in the class. We quickly put these to use at home, making Bronwyn a pom pom collar!

If the Handmade Fair runs again next year, I urge you all to go along if you can!