Friday, September 26, 2008

I've become a hooker (with wool)

He He, what a cheeky thought....No I have gone quite crazy with the crochet, I just cannot stop, any spare moment it is hooking away on hats and caps... I bought some great bakersboy(newsboy) crochet patterns from here.

I have had no luck locating a size Q hook but I am still working on it. I have had to modify the patterns a bit to get them large enough (due to the hook size issue) and finally, I have hit jackpot.... I have changed a stitch in the brim that makes it easier to find the doubling spot (blah blah blah, It matters to me only I think).. But here are some pictures of my recent crochet creations.. Oh and the flowers are blooming all over the place..

Now this little model , has no idea that his sisters are hiding behind the couch giggling their heads off, but my early attempts would only fit his head...

This crochet thing is my latest obsession.. I am sure Nanna would be proud..

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sidetracked in a sea of pink

Lucy Top

I am in school holiday mode, the washing machine is not getting a break, the ironing basket seems to refill itself daily and the food is dissapearing too!!

Time out for me!! - I decided it was high time to sort through the stash and trim some bits for a very special project... While sorting and snipping I found some long forgotten bits and pieces You know when you see it on the roll at the store and think of all these great ideas and just HAVE TO HAVE IT>>>> But I was inspired to make the girls some buntings for their bedroom walls.

I had clipped this pic out of a magazine some years back and thought it would also make a great gift for some little girls who were soon to have birthdays.. So with my little ironing lass, we cut and made triangles all afternoon..

We traced the letters, she ironed them on and along we went in a sea of pink...

I have stopped momentarily to refill the biscuit barrell..

Meanwhile here is a sneak peek at the nearly finished Audrey top..

These two tops are only my test sew items, I hope to make them in a linen blend in several colours.. though it probably wont happen in the holidays I am guessing.. Then I hope someone wants to buy them!

It is very difficult to sew whilst counting for the skipping rope or resolve arguments over who had which texta first!!
The Audrey Top

And this little parcel will be on its way today, fully stacked with goodness and a few hand sketched pictures by the girls...possibly even some bikky crumbs by now!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Design, create & enjoy...

My tags have arrived hooray!!!!!!! now I bet get that Janome cruising...

I have finished my very first fully designed item and my 2nd is only needing a hem and some buttons. I tried my hand at making a pattern form a block. I drafted the basic block in a size 6 and then got creative. I had a pile of sketches and decided to give it a go.

My sheets of sketches..

After watching Project Runway Australia, I came to the conclusion that I was making it out to be far more technical than it would be. I was right. I loved the whole experience. I forgot to take any photos of the during process *(I was obviously far too enthralled) but shall post some soon of the products.

I have had my labels delivered and now need to get my designer brain around some serious sewing...I am excited and anxious at the same time. Hey its a hobby at this point, although after reading Craft Inc. this week I think someone wrote that book just for me.

Also I found this totally awesome website, check it out....I had never heard of digital scrapbooking till today!

A few things I have made recently.

Pardon the toes, these are a few things I have finished but hadn't taken shots of. Every time I try to catch a model in something new, I am usually confronted with a dirty scruffy hairdo that just cannot be touched or a grumpy poky out tongue face that does not want to stand still let alone smile.. i refuse to bribe at this point, the reward is for good behaviour not the opposite.
Oh and I had a girls day activity on a day of no school the other day, what fun (and mess) a little fiddly but good fun and some very pleased little girls...

Happy sewing, crafting and remember that super glue is not good for skin!