Bosie Quilts

July 10th, 2020

Once I finished doing the mini quilt swap I had all these ideas in my head for quilting. I started by doing a simple stripey quilt with fat quarters. I then made my own jelly rolls from stash fabrics and made two stripey quilts. All fabrics used were bright and floral. The pictures I took are too big to load up here. I decided to call them Bosie Quilts. Bosie is a Doric word for hug. I got the idea from a group in the borders who were making quilty hugs to gift to people. I gave these 3 lap quilts to the local community volunteers to gift to people needing a bit of a lift.

I was checking out the quilting groups destash page on facebook and saw a panel and co-ordinating fabrics for the Hungry Catterpillar. Instinct made me buy it, but what was I going to do with it? I remembered an original member of our local craft group, living in the village now, had a preschool child. Messaged her to see what her son thought of the hungry caterpillar. His favourite books at the moment. Well that was a home for that quilt. It was a bit of a hit as she sent photo of him sound asleep in bed cuddling it. Again picture I have of the quilt is too big for here.

Next I looked around for another pattern style. I liked the childs quilt, saved to many pinterest pages, of the elephant blowing hearts from it’s trunk. Was unable to find pattern. I turned to the UKQU facebook page to ask for help. Very quickly I got assistance to the pattern with the elephant blowing paisley pattern shapes from it’s trunk. I simply adapted it to use hearts. When I shared the quilt top after fusing and before stitching someone in the village commented they loved it with a big gif. As I quilted it I decided she should have it. I got to know her as she took a stall at our craft fairs a few years ago. She was in extreme sheilding for multiple medical conditions.

It has been fun. I have challenged myself. It has kept me busy and I have been able to give to others. To give something that I hope they will use and enjoy.

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Catching the Bug

July 9th, 2020

Well 2019 was taken from us by circumstances beyond our control. We decided to reschedule the big stuff in January for 2020. A few weeks later our plans were put on hold again due to Covid19.

We are lucky that we live in a coastal village with plenty space to walk. We also have a large garden, so plenty to occupy us there. What was going to replace the weekly craft group though. There were also no makes needed for the gift shops as they were non essential.

I had been a member of the UKQU group on facebook for some years. My activity was resticted to likes and the odd comment. A post about a mini quilt swap caught my eye. My patchwork and quilting was rusty but something about this appealed to me. I joined, and wondered what I had done. We were put in groups and encouraged to ‘stalk’ each other on social media to discover our likes and dislikes. It was a bit intense the first couple of weeks as we had no idea who we were to make for.

Then we were told who we were making for. The pressure of stalking was off but it was replaced by doubt about the choices we had made. Luckily each team had an experienced mamma. They checked over our ideas, gave advice and agreed the idea was good. The process kept us occupied. I chose to do the quilt at the top of the page. I had never done this before. My husband loved the design and I did another for us. Everyone worked at different rates depending on commitments. While we waited on the deadline everyone posted teaser pictures of what they were creating. I learned lots through the group about editing my photos.

Then we were given our recipients address. We still didn’t know who was sending to us. Everyone posted at different times. Some, like me had their local shop/postoffice fully open. Others were on reduced opening. Add to that the backlog in sorting centres and it was an anxious time. One quilt appeared to be missing after 2 weeks. As plans to make a substitute were happening, it turned up a few days later.

When mine arrived I was apprehensive about openning. What had my swappee made of me? On opening I was silent with a huge grin on my face. She got it so well. Loved everything about it. This experience renewed my faith in human beings. The small group I was in and the wider group of the swap were so friendly and supportive. I had previously come across the quilt police types who are intollerent to imperfections. This experience in the mini quilt swap has renewed my mojo for needlework. Thank you everyone involved.

The quilt I received. She is gorgeous
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Here’s to 2019

December 31st, 2018

Ha! So much for me posting more. To be honest though it has been a much busier year. I lost count of the mount of wee bear custom orders in different tartans I received in the run up to Christmas. Wonder what 2019 will bring?

Below are the North Bond Street and Regent Street windows in London with Knockie Bears as part of the display.

Wishing everyone a very good new year

 

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Well, Hello

August 27th, 2018

It has been a while. Many things have happened since the last post, including lost passwords etc. Admin is not my strong point.

I’ll endeavor to post a bit more frequently and catch you up with what has been happening. The biggest news was probablt the phone call late last summer from Laura at Ralph Lauren EU. Yep, you read that right. Bit of  stressy time for me. I like time to make my bears and by the time they decided on what they wanted, the deadline was tight.

In the end the bears ended up in Christmas windows in Glasgow, London and Rome. I got to see the Glasgow window. The head man at Ralph Lauren did send me professional photos of all the windows early this year though with a wee thank you letter. I was so excited.

They came back this year for more and gave me a nice long period to make them in. Should be finished soon and on their way to London. Wonder where these ones will go?

Glasgow window

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Team Mascots

September 11th, 2016

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Rosie is wearing the Lord Roseberry colours used by Heart of Midlothian as their away colours. The owner of this mascot also follows St Johnstone. On this occasion they were taken away for a few days to the Western Isles where much fried breakfasts were consumed and the weather was warm enough to sunbathe and paddle in the sea

 

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Next was Wee Crunchie ( I think that needs explained by the Falkirk fans). On his first outing Wee Crunchie was taken for a pre match pint and then sat beside some local dignitaries and season ticket holders for the game. Afterwards he met the real Mascot Fergus. Not quite sure what Fergus made of this impostor. Was he thinking post match snack?

BTW. a child friendly version of Wee Crunchie was made for a new Falkirk fan who is arriving soon

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Not to be out done by her work colleague an order was put in for another St Johnstone and a Manchester United for Pam’s granchildren

 

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and another grandparent ordered up a Dundee United mascot for her grandson.

 

Yarn is on it’s way for an Alloa Athletic mascot. We are shortly going international as there has been a request for a mascot for an Australian Rugby team and a mascot for the Norwegian team Fredrikstad. This has fair snowballed from a jokey comment from one facebook friend to another. It’s all be good clean fun though

p.s. there has been talk of Scotland team mascots…….shhhhh

 

 

 

 

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Into the woods

August 12th, 2016

This weeks Folksy Friday is everything woodland and forest

Fairy Forest Freestanding Decorative Sign

https://folksy.com/items/6836619-Fairy-Forest-Freestanding-Decorative-Sign

Reversible forest friends jacket 12-18 months

OOOh, to be 12 – 18 months old https://folksy.com/items/6611150-Reversible-forest-friends-jacket-12-18-months

Tiny Forest in a Jar - Scandinavian Inspired Recycled Cardboard House Model Jar

https://folksy.com/items/6860056-Tiny-Forest-in-a-Jar-Scandinavian-Inspired-Recycled-Cardboard-House-Model-Jar

Wooden Badger Forest Brooch nature woodland

https://folksy.com/items/4346862-Wooden-Badger-Forest-Brooch-nature-woodland

Sterling silver woodland scene pendant of fox and birds

I know what I Like!!!https://folksy.com/items/5260631-Sterling-silver-woodland-scene-pendant-of-fox-and-birds 

FREE UK SHIPPING RUSTIC RECLAIMED WOOD VARIGATED GREENS & COPPER COFFEE TABLE

planning a simpler version of this in garden with palettes  https://folksy.com/items/6702755-FREE-UK-SHIPPING-RUSTIC-RECLAIMED-WOOD-VARIGATED-GREENS-COPPER-COFFEE-TABLE

Copper Star Leaf Bracelet - Silk ribbon Soft Jewellery

love these colours https://folksy.com/items/6888793-Copper-Star-Leaf-Bracelet-Silk-ribbon-Soft-Jewellery

 

Till next Friday

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Folksy Friday

August 5th, 2016

Now that I have found a little time to attend to my online shops I have discovered there is such a thing as Folksy Friday. You choose a topic, go window shopping on Folksy.com and share the finds you like best on your blog.

Here goes. For my first Folksy Friday I am going to see how many quirky types of bear there are out there in the handmade world.

Thread bear

https://folksy.com/items/6803821-Thread-bear these little bears just shout out that they need love!

Blackwork bear

https://folksy.com/items/4403034-Blackwork-bear Love that this bear maker uses daring colours, fabrics, and style.

Arcturina - The Bear Girl Felt Doll

https://folksy.com/items/5284011-Arcturina-The-Bear-Girl-Felt-Doll Not my cup of tea but definitely thinking out the box

OOAK An Earnest Bear by Tabbyclouds "Brienne" ( Mohair Artist Collector Teddy )

https://folksy.com/items/6670216-OOAK-An-Earnest-Bear-by-Tabbyclouds-Brienne-Mohair-Artist-Collector-Teddy- Just SO cute, but if cute is not your thing she does a very imaginative Zombie bear

SUMMER. Ted with Attitude Individually created Art Ted  With Bee earrings OOAK

https://folksy.com/items/6875369-SUMMER-Ted-with-Attitude-Individually-created-Art-Ted-With-Bee-earrings-OOAK Nothing wrong with a bit of attitude

Well, took a wee while to find these. Not many crafters steering off the safe and normal path at the moment it would seem. Have enjoyed this. Not promising to do it every week but now and then could be fun

 

 

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Sweater Bears

July 27th, 2016

I have had a fascination for some time with bears made from felted knitwear. My intention was to start with a felted aran jacket I had of my own but the pattern is very intricate and I couldn’t decide which bits to use.

I have long appreciated the Burra Bears of the Northern Isles. When a textile artist I follow posted that she had sweaters she had felted was anyone interested in purchasing? I couldn’t resist a wee peek. I managed to purchase some fairisle type patterns.

I searched my patterns to determine which would be most suitable to this very thick fabric. I think I settled on the right one. They are fully jointed and as a wee personal and individual touch I have give each one a cowl scarf which is secured by large, vintage buttons. Genuinely vintage, from button stashes of previous generation.

One was given to Parkinson’s UK for an online auction in Aberdeenshire. One is in my Folksy shop (link on right of page), another is In Hellygog at Logie Steading, outside Forres. The 4th is still here with me. I have another two cut out ready to assemble.

I would like to offer this as a service to anyone who has accidentally washed a loving sweater at the wrong temperature. If you would like to turn a ruined sweater that lurks at the back of the cupboard into a living, cuddly object, get in touch.

 

sweater bears

 

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Some update pictures

May 20th, 2016

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New Venture

May 31st, 2015

IMG_20141103_174916At a Christmas craft fair last year I discovered a charming and whacky business called Hellygog. In 2 days of freezing cold in a garden centre we chatted a fair bit.

A few weeks back I was contacted by Jude of Hellygogs. She and her husband were opening a shop at Logie Steading visitor centre (IV36 2QN) near Forres. A well established centre offering shopping, eating, heritage centre and riverside walks, this was a favourite with us to take the parents to when they were up visiting. It therefore was an inviting prospect for me to participate.

Jude was hand picking items from the crafters and artists she has met over the years. She had fallen in love with a crochet dragon doll I had on my stall last year. So much so that she eventually bought it.

She asked if I could possibly provide some crochet dolls and some bears. While pondering what fabrics to use for the bears I received an email from Johnstons of Elgin to say that they had placed bundles of end pieces of fabric in the shop for sale. As we were going to Elgin anyway that day I persuaded husband to go round that way. One touch of the cashmere bundles and I knew the bears for Hellygog just had to be made in cashmere, it’s so soft and tactile.20150526_194022

So, 4 completed bears and 4 dolls later and we take a trip through to Logie Steading. What a wonderful place Jude has created at Hellygog. Although the crafters rent a space she has mixed everything up so that everywhere you look in the shop there is a feast of creation to view. Even on the third time round the shop you are noticing things that you didn’t pick out on the first two walks round. I really do wish her all the best with this shop. If you ever find yourself on the Forres to Carrbridge road please pop in. In fact if you are up this way on holiday it would make a good day out doing the walk, take a picnic, browse the shops in the steading.

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