Autumn linocut prints

These are the first linocut prints I have done for many years. I wanted to create a couple of different Autumnal designs to make cards for all the birthdays we have around this time of year. I bought a little Essdee kit with a proper bayer (I seem to have managed without one previously). The kit also came with some soft cut lino which was so much easier to use than the tough stuff I have used before. I ordered some of my favourite Elle Erre card from Soho Papers (my local craft shop used to sell this card but no longer does). The texture of the card looks great with the printing. I am looking forward to making some Christmas cards next.

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Mending

Mending these pairs of jeans is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – since I went wore through the knee of one pair then tripped over while out walking and ripped the knee of another pair on a rock. I came across Sashiko – Japanese embroidery and the idea of Boro – mended and patched textiles, on Pinterest. I loved the idea – and look, so gave it a go on the first pair. Then while researching on Pinterest I came across some lovely embroidered patched jeans, so decided to try this too. I looked in all of my local haberdashery shops for Sashiko thread but ended up ordering it online from Japan Crafts along with needles and a coaster kit to try out. I am not sure how these will wash and wear but for now, I am really pleased with the result.

Crochet season

September marks the start of the crochet season for me. I don’t generally crochet much in the summer, but when the season starts to turn and the evenings start drawing in, the urge to crochet hits me! I really wanted to start a new project this week and decided to crochet a simple cleaning cloth to ease me back into it. The stitch I used is either linen or moss stitch – I used this tutorial then added a border and hanging loop. I also went to my local “Crochet and cuppa” group for inspiration – and a chat!

Summer update

We’ve had a busy summer holiday visiting family, camping and on the beaches of the South West. I haven’t had much time for creating – I sewed this case for my sunglasses, made a Scottie dog card for Minky’s birthday and spent ages sewing badges on her badge blanket. This job has been on my “to do” list forever so it is great to be able to cross it off – although her brother has loads more badges and I have yet to start his!

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Bedroom Makeover

We have been redecorating and refreshing Minky’s bedroom with a new animal theme. The walls have been painted a soft grey and the new bed linen features a french bull dog print. I have been busy making a huge fluffy bean bag to create a cosy reading corner and I bound the remaining fleece to make a warm blanket. I also made a couple of cushions, a storage basket and a fabric covered picture using cool sausage dog fabric.

Spring things

Spring has definitely arrived so here is a round up of my makes over the past couple of months. This is the second Mamachee’s Galilee Hat I have crocheted, experimenting a bit with the pattern, gauge and colour. The Two Zip Hipster bag from Dog Under My Desk was quite time consuming to sew but the pattern was easy to follow and I am really pleased with the result. The mess of cables around the house was driving me mad so I made a few of these cable tidies. Now I need to make loads more! The crochet flowers are from patterns by Attic 24 and are work in progress…