Saturday, 6 December 2014

Patchwork cushion


This is a cushion I made this week as a present.
I started with a simple patchwork using 4" squares..
 

 
The piece of patchwork was then quilted onto a piece of wadding.
I used to add a third layer behind the wadding as you would for a quilt, but if it is destined to be a cushion it's not really needed.
 
The quilting was done on the machine using a walking foot,
 making tram lines either side of each seam.
 
For the reverse I used a recycled shirt which is a favourite and quick way to make a cushion back as it has a ready made opening with the buttons and button holes already there.
 

 
The whole project can easily be completed in an evening.
 
My other project on the go is the Scrapadelic scarf mentioned in my last post.
It is growing steadily and I should be ready to show you the rolling up bit soon.
 
 


A couple more rows and some braiding to do.
Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Work in progress..


 
I am making a scarf using a favourite pattern called the Scrapadelic Scarf
on a blog called Crochet in Colour.

It is a very simple pattern but I think it's really effective and the half double crochet stitches make a warm scarf that isn't too holy if you know what I mean.
The fact that the ends are used to plat into braids
and therefore there is no need to darn them in, is a bonus in my book.
It also rolls up into a lovely squishy roll that is easy to wrap,
but I'll show you what I mean when it's done!
 
The wool I've used is Merino Blend DK by King Cole
 and the shades are Cranberry, Olive and Bronze Green.
 

 
I also just had to do another quick yarnbomb because our neighbour put out a second sign and that was just too much of a challenge!
 

 
This time I went for the festive look.

Monday, 24 November 2014

A colour boost

At this time of year as the nights draw in,
working with colourful fabric and wool is even more satisfying than usual.  
 

 
These are some coasters made from scraps.
There is a good tutorial by Svetlana here if you want one.
 

 
I used some spiral quilting and added an applique flower using free machining.
The cotton is a variegated one by Gutterman.
 

 
A bit more colour from some small pieces of crochet which needed a bit of blocking..



 
The first was a mandala from Lucy's pattern at Attic24 found here..
 

 
I made one for the fantastic display she did for Yarndale
and decided that I would like one for home too.
 
I have also made a couple of the triple layer flowers,
again from another pattern at Attic24 here.
 
 
And finally a little yarnbombing to (hopefully) bring a smile to my neighbour's face when he sees his sign..