I have had a very quite crafting time for the past few months. I in the autumn I went to a quilting class locally and had fun, so I made a quilt on my own using the same method as I had learnt.
All made from fabric that I had in my stash!
I do like the strip method, but I suppose I should try something else.
But then I have been cheating…
I have made four seat pads that have been stamped and then stitched with a zigzag to make them look quilted. There are great for extra seating or taking outside to add to garden chairs and can just be thrown in the washing machine.
Can you see my not so deliberate mistake? I have spray much more heavily at one end of the canvas than the other, which was not really noticeable on the flat sheet of canvas, well not so noticeable! It is at the back, so I have not done anything about it.
I stuck a piece of card on the bottom so that it was flat. Make slits in the canvas so that the fullness is catered for when you fold over the excess, this give a fairly neat finish.
I added another piece of card just to keep it neat and again give me a good join to the base.
Carefully attach to the solid brim.
The join at the bottom is not very neat, but that is what ribbon is for.
To decorate I have used the Burlap Flowers and Ribbon.
Also the new Woodware Cotton Ribbon in Natural the ribbon comes in 15mm and 6mm I have used the 15mm to wrap around the hat. I made a multi bow with the 6mm and the medium (middle) sized template from the Brilliant Bow Maker.
I inked all of the edges with the Caribbean Surfacez ink. And used some ribbon and double sided tape to attach the top of the hat.
The tag on the top had been punched and the stamped with the Rollagraph Define it. I have then written on my little ditti.
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The theme this week over on the Woodware blog is Alter or recycle it, I am not sure what I have done you decide…
I started with this and finished with…
I like the yogurt, but I also like the tub that it come in, and use them for bits and pieces, and also as a waste bin on my table while I am crafting, ideal for the backing off double sided tape and the ends off ribbon. Decorating one has been a plan for quite a long time.
So when the yogurt is finished and the cardboard cover in the recycling you have a pot or bin.
Over on the Woodware blog this week we are looking at the colours of the earth my project happened by accident, not a mistake. I started out at the weekend making a cover for a mirror that was a present, I like it very much and didn’t want to keep it in my handbag without a cover in case it got damaged. It ties in with the theme on the Dream It Up blog this month.
But well, I don’t really use earthy colours so I made a phone cover for Judith (the Boss) she is getting a new phone soon so I have made a pocket for it.(I haven’t posted it to her yet)
you can see that I have not coloured the flowers on the stencils only the ferns. That is one of my favourite things about stencils it is so easy to only colour the parts that you want. I coloured with an assortment of ColorBox Crafters ink pads and my ColorBox Stylus tool.
The other side I coloured in the same way but used the Leaf Branch stencil and over stencilled it.
The surface that I have used is craft Canvas by Roc-lon, which we are going to be stocking but it has not arrived yet. It is a fabric that thinks it is a paper, you can cut it with a trimmer or scissors and it very easy to use.
I have used a zig-zag stitch to attach some velvet to the back.
on the fern side I used free machining around the ferns. Then I trimmed closely to the zig-zag.
Then zig-zag the two pieces together, the zig-zag gives you a nice finish and no turning or finishing off.
Well I am last this week for the Woodware Challenge and this week I know where I got my inspiration from,
I subscribe to this magazine from Rainbow Silks, but quite often I don’t get around to reading them, but this week I spotted these hearts. My daughter has bought herself an iPad Mini and wanted a cover for it, and she does like hearts.
So here we have it, no nothing like the hearts that inspired it.
I then placed the fabric on some wadding and stitched. To do the stitching all that I do is use a darning foot and lower the teeth so that you can move the fabric in any direction. I have used a few different variegated threads to add colour.
The back and front are just velvet panels that have some wadding in the middle.
Here in Scotland it is almost the end ot term, they only have two more weeks to go so time to start thinking about teachers presents and that is just what we are doing over on the Woodware blog this week. I have done a note book cover to fit an A5 note book.
The first thing that I did was to paint some calico fabric with watercolour paint from a USArtQuest Mica Pallette I used the metallic one, but used it with a lot of water as I just wanted to have a wash of colour.
It had to be hung out to dry, but we have had some sunshine!
While it was drying I went to work on the decorated panel.
I used the Jumbo Rollagraph Simple Dots with a Lipstick Red Chalk Ink Pad. The dots are in a pattern but I like to roll it in various directions to make it messy, I ironed the ink to set it and while I was ironing it I decided that I liked the reverse side best so I used a much more muted dotty pattern.
Then I got to work with my Emboss Gloss, it is embossing fluid that looks like a lip gloss and is nice and wet, so it is perfect for using on fabric, although it is really designed for card. I used the Emboss Gloss to draw the lines and the splodge and I have used Aged Gold , Aged Rose, and Shabby Ping embossing powder. I also have various Mica Fragments and some Shaved Ice in the mix. Just I big mix of FRANTAGE! Oh I love it!
I used Dicro Fibres and the Butterfly Post cling rubber stamp from Stampendous. The easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp with a strong colour of pigment ink, the pigment ink gives you longer to get the fibres in place, lay the stamp down ink side up on a heat proof surface, then place the fibres on top, cover with Parchment Paper and iron for about 10 seconds. This fuses the fibres together and imprints the stamp into them.
Then just machine stitch the panel on the front.
Making up the cover is easy just fold over enough for a flap at either side and stitch a couple of pockets for your book to slip into.
When embossing on fabric if you use an embroidery hoop it holds the fabric so that you can heat from underneath. It does seem like a long and complecated project but I have made cards that have taken much longer!
This is my mobile phone cover that I mad iin the same way, but it is made from two layers of velvet to protect the phone.
Thank you for visiting you will find a great array of projects for teachers or lots of other gifty occasions so why not pop over and se what the rest of the girls have been up too?