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.
https://folksy.com/items/6803821-Thread-bear these little bears just shout out that they need love!
https://folksy.com/items/4403034-Blackwork-bear Love that this bear maker uses daring colours, fabrics, and style.
https://folksy.com/items/5284011-Arcturina-The-Bear-Girl-Felt-Doll Not my cup of tea but definitely thinking out the box
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
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
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.
May 31st, 2015
At 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.
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.
March 24th, 2015
I bought this wool on a visit to New Lanark Mill. I purchased what I thought I needed to knit my Saltire dress, using the Rowan pattern for the Union Flag dress but only using the Saltire section. Anyway, somehow I miscalculated (not on purpose, honestly) and after knitting the dress discovered I had bought twice as much as I needed.
The plan then was to knit a cardigan but I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked. I am now at that age where I have discovered the joy of 3/4 length sleeves and loose necks. Fell in love with this Drops pattern (www.garnstudio.com). It had more fairisle pattern than this but I took some of it out and left what looked like Saltires.
With the left over wool I just had to have a new bag, as one does
March 21st, 2015
First project from the book purchased at the quilt show last month.
Mother knows I am knitting a garment for her and she picked the shade. No matter how fat I knit though it will never be ready in time.
So, rather than go buy a card I thought, ‘why not make her one of the buildings from the book?’
I swithered about which one to do as there was a hat shop and she does like hats. However, being that it is a birthday I reckoned a flower shop might go down quite well. The top window is a bit squint but it really is not easy turning under and appliqueing such small pieces of fabric. The fact I picked tweeds to work with didn’t help with the bulkiness. On the whole I’m quite chuffed with it
March 21st, 2015
Last year friends of ours were going out to the U.S.A. to see their son married. They were also meeting extended members of daughter-in-laws family. Knowing there were 3 wee girls to meet they asked if I could make 3 bears the same but in different tartans. As you can see in the first picture they were a little unsure what sort of creatures they were. They soon worked out that they were Scottish bears though.
Had forgotten to add these pictures (parental approval gained) till I was asked to make another bear for the soon to arrive first child of the best friend of last years groom. It’s always lovely to see pictures of the bears new homes.
February 23rd, 2015
Took my mother to the Spring quilt show at Ingleston on Friday. Given that she has had a recurring virus over the winter, we decided not to battle with the morning rush. We got there late lunchtime and found a place in the canteen to leave the chauffuer, otherwise known as my husband. Bought him an overpriced cup of tea and left him in the company of some quilters with his book and newspaper.
Didn’t find the exhibited quilts terribly inspiring this time. It happens, we can’t all like every technique. I did find some seaside fabric which can be hard to come by. There is no firm project in mind but I get an urge every so often to do something So couple of fat quarters added to stash.
Thought I was being rather frugal, even when I found the bookshop. Then, right up on the top shelf was a book I just had to have. SO many projects that I wanted to do. That led to purchsing needles and some hand dyed embroidery threads.
First project has been chosen. I find paper piecing frustrating at times but the category I am entering in the local craft competition calls for patchwork and/or quilting. This project fits the bill. Scraps of fabric looked out. Diagrams drawn and numbered. Just got to get started now.
February 16th, 2015
This quilt featured in the Fabrications Quilting For You magazine that I picked up at one of the quilting exhibitions in Ingleston. Can’t remember if this was the reason for buying this issue but it eventually shouted to me. After one of my mothers recent fabric destashes I decided to have a go at it. I took it along to the craft group I go to in Buckie and one of the girls loved it so much she asked if I would scale it up to fit her king sized bed. I am still working on that one!
dolphins at play
This quilt has been on the go for a very long time. It was on of those projects that I would get a block on and forget to go back to it for long spells. Eventually I got to the point where lot’s of hand quilting was what I needed to sooth me and this was the perfect piece for that. The waves in the water print provided plenty of scope for free quilting. I have never done so much quilting on one piece before. It was worth it though as it really makes the water stand out. This now hangs in my bathroom which has one long window in the corner. This quilt provides another window for the room.