Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The yarn is just something random chosen by my eldest son at our nearest yarn shop. I love the pattern - very easy to follow and lots of different sizes to choose from. And free! Thank you Magpie Patterns and thank you Jackie Z
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
- Homemade Bread
- New tablecloth using fabric from stash
- Patchwork cover for a noticeboard using some charm squares
- A bag to keep essential knitting supplies together
- Emmeline apron
- Wall decorations for the boys' bedrooms (I'm thinking either bunting or fabric on canvas?)
- Pyjamas for the boys
- Gladys turtle pincushion
- Dinosaur mittens
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A while back I bought some ultra cute felt food patterns from Bugga Bugs. I thought it would be a great way to encourage the boys' kitchen play. They love mixing and stirring and baking, pretend and for real.
It is also a great way to challenge my beginner sewing skills! Challenge 1: I have not done any machine sewing with felt before, and only a little bit of hand sewing. I wondered a lot about what needle size and thread would be ok. I looked in the sewing machine manual and googled, but I didn't find any answers. So I figured I'd just use the standard needle and whatever thread was the best colour match. Luckily that seemed to work ok!
Next challenge: how to sew curves? That one was pretty straight forward. It was very easy to find videos on the net. And it seemed to boil down to stop with the needle in the fabric, rotate the fabric and sew a bit more.
Final challenge: following a very well-written pattern without enough (any?) basic sewing knowledge. When it came time to turn the bread right-side out I just couldn't make sense of how to sew it up. I was majorly stuck. So I emailed Annika from Bugga Bugs asking for some advice. She was so lovely. Not only did she explain how to hand sew the rest of it, but she was so reassuring and encouraging too, and told me a useful sewing tip: "Things don't always have to be perfect to be wonderful". Isn't that sweet?
Now I am just waiting on a bit of spare time and I'll give it another go...