Monday, October 30, 2023

30 Bags


I sewed the remaining bags yesterday to complete the first batch of 30 jewelry bags. 

It's a great exercise for practising using my cutting board and ruler. They work well for measuring and getting everything square. 

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Christmas Trees


I'm preparing for tomorrow's craft group meeting. The project requires glue! I'm sure it's good for me to go outside my comfort zone, but I find that difficult to believe as I get all sticky and try to keep track of little red blobs. 

I finished 15 bags yesterday, with the help of the cutting mat that appears in the top picture. It's marvelous for keeping everything square and ship shape. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Bag Lady


I'm sewing bags for jewelry again. It's easier than the bags I sewed a year ago because all the bags are one size and there's no dyeing involved. I've been asked to sew them because the lady who usually does it, Liz, is ill. Liz is a quilter and very meticulous; I hope I can keep up her standards! She sewed the bags in the picture, I just finished them off by threading the ribbons. 30 bags a month are needed. I'll carry on until Liz feels better. 

I'm also still working on the lavender. I delivered eight on Sunday and made two more yesterday. 

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Tatting Lesson


I took my shuttles to the knit and natter session yesterday because Maria wants to learn to tat. She learnt beaded crochet rope in a flash and a blur, but tatting is a bit more tricky. Especially as she is left handed and I am right handed. I showed her briefly last week and then she looked on the internet, but didn't find a tutorial that helped. I showed her again yesterday, starting with two colours so that it's easy to see how the flip works. Maria did see that, and feel it,  so now she knows what she's aiming for and I'm sure she'll soon get the hang of it. Slightly disturbing was that she discovered a way of tatting a ring with direct (unflipped) stitches! I said I thought she'd be better in the long run to learn the correct way to tat a ring, even if her version did move. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Christmas Decorations

 Already? Well, the group in the retirement home will be closed in December, so we thought we could make a start. I've just been making a sample for this week's project, a fabric bell. I found it via Pinterest, it's here. It says it's a tutorial, but really it's a picture and a lot of adverts! But the bell is very simple, so I guess I've worked out what to do. 

Last week we made angels out of tongue depressor sticks and ice cream sticks:

Pinterest had a picture from Erika Trechova. 

The week before, we made Christmas baubles using styrofoam balls:

The balls are coloured using a mixture of glue and flood colouring. Messy to apply, so I did that job at home and just took them along to be decorated. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Fixing The Link

 I tried to review my own lavender pattern yesterday and found that the link on the sidebar didn't work! I've now fixed it. I think the problem is that http// or whatever it is, is already on the layout and then appears again when you copy the link. So a lot of deleting went on the put the link in properly. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

One Leaf Or Two?


I have another order for tatted lavender, 20 this time. I was a bit short of green on the shuttle on one stalk, so I left the leaf off. The leaf is definitely the most time consuming part of doing the lavender. I wondered if I should only do one leaf per bunch to speed things up a bit. Or does it look better with two?

Thursday, October 12, 2023

I've Been Tatting


I spent yesterday afternoon tatting Frivole's new snowflake pattern. Mine is not really presentable, I made a few mistakes, nothing to do with the pattern itself! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

A Sock


I started knitting the sock on Saturday at the morning market. I didn't sell any knitwear at the market, which wasn't surprising, considering it was a very hot day. I did sell quite a few jars of jam and chutney, so I was happy with that. I also bought herbs - parsley, basil and coriander seedlings - and fresh cream and yoghurt, so it was morning well spent. Now to knit the second sock. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

One Thing Leads To Another


I didn't sell any hooded towels at the market on Saturday, but a friend asked if I could make her a toweling robe to put on after her aquarobics sessions. Sure. I had to give it some thought. The good thing about working with toweling is that it doesn't have a right and wrong side. So I could cut half the towel for the fronts and turn them around so that the neatly bound edges are at the opening.  I neatened the neckline with bias binding, Nellie didn't say she wants a belt, but if she does, I can make one from a matching hand towel. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

A Few More


I'm still working on keyrings.  The blue one and the flower one on the left were chosen by the lady who ordered keyrings. I have two sets of rings left, so I may just do those patterns again. 

Monday, October 2, 2023

Working On Keyrings


I have an order for a key ring with beads. I thought I'd make a few, they're always saleable. The one on the right looks better in person than it does in the photo, I think because some of the beads are shiny.