Saturday, 21 March 2015

Miss Maggie Rabbit







I have for many years been a huge admirer of Alica Poulson, she has a style so effortlessly beautiful.   On my crafty wish list for what seems like forever has been to make Miss Maggie Rabbit....I purchased the pattern almost as soon as it was released.....last weekend this became a reality and oh what fun she was to make.

The pattern calls for Sandstone WoolFelt® for the body and Havana Gold for the delightful boots, both of which can be found on our website here.   Alicia also uses embroidery thread to stitch her Miss Maggie, we have matching shades here, however I used Aurifil Wool Thread for mine, this one for the body, this one for the whiskers and this one for her boots. The original Miss Maggie wears a beautiful dress in Liberty Tana Lawn and whilst I have some in my stash, my Miss Maggie was always going to wear Tilda.   I chose Lizzie Pink for her dress and her ears are in the delightful Jean Dove White.  

I called on mum to knit her little shawl for me (it's Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Amber that I have left over from a little crochet cowl I'm making) ...  having attempted and failed to learn to knit over the Christmas holidays, I have to say I think I have found the one craft that I do not love.  

Rather indulgently, Miss Maggie was always destined to be mine.... I had intended on her living in my sewing room, she does however look very comfy on the sofa in the living room, the challenge being for her to stay there and be snaffled off to a certain Miss Poppy's room....there's nothing for it, I'm going to have to make another!


Did you spot the other finish......... two in one week....what about that!  I'll be back with pics of my latest Brick Quilt another day, when it's not quite so blustery outside.  Have  a lovely weekend.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A little happy Easter Bunting


It's been such a fun few weeks for new arrivals.... first up was a bumper box (or two) full to brimming with metres and metres of scrummy WoolFelt® closely followed by our first order of Aurifil, which in addition to cotton 50 wt and 12 wt threads included some luscious wool ones.   As you can imagine, I could hardly contain my excitement and quick as a flash, I had some bunting flags cut out and I had grabbed my drawing pad to sketch some sweet Easter designs.

I've then spent the last few evenings (when I haven't fallen asleep on the sofa) slowly and happily stitching......


It seems ages since I did any felt work and oh how much I have missed it, I honestly do not think there is anything more relaxing than sitting losing myself in the happy momentum of blanket stitches......

Anyway I thought it would be a fun little project to share, so if you would like to make an Easter Bunting like me, here's what you will need.....

30cm (3 units) of Off White WoolFelt®
A selection of pretty pastel WoolFelt® (I used Straw, Terracotta Mist, Pink,  Blue Snow and Pistachio.)
Co-ordinating threads (see below)
1 1/2 metres of Bakers Twine (I used Beautiful Bakers Twine in Daffodil)

I haven't written a tutorial as such, but here are some pictures and notes for you and of course if you have any questions, please do get in touch!

To print off the templates, highlight the picture below, then 'Right' click on your mouse, then select 'open in a new window' and then print using the keys 'CTRL' and 'P'.


From the Off White WoolFelt® cut 5 flags each one measuring 12.5cm by 25cm and from your pretty pastels cut out your choice of the Easter Templates.  Press the flags in half so that you have 12.5cm squares with the folded edge across the top..... unfold and then pin and stitch your templates to what is effectively the front of your bunting flag i.e below the fold.

Each of the appliques were sewn in place using blanket stitch, (if you haven't used this stitch before, you may find this post helpful).  A simple cross stitch with the Aurifil Wool thread doubled up, secured the fluffy tail on the bunny and the little chicks wing in place and then a couple of long straight stitches form the chicks legs.  


I made the little bow for the Easter Egg in the same way as I made this.  
To complete the bunting, refold the flags and place them over the Bakers Twine.  Stitch a row of straight stitches aprox 5mm away from the fold forming a casing for the twine.  As a final little flourish, I cut some strips of fabric from my scrap bag (each one was aprox 1cm by 10cm) and I simply knotted them over the twine in between the flags.
That's it, hang up your flags and enjoy!

As I mentioned for my bunting, I used a selection of utterly gorgeous Aurifil Wool Threads and just to let you know, we have a further 20 shades on order....eeeeeek!!!!   A fabulous alternative to these would be stranded cotton and rather excitingly you can now find the perfect colour match for each of our WoolFelt® colours here.


  

So that it's for now, I hope that you enjoy making your own Easter Bunting!

Friday, 16 January 2015

A little happy Rosette tutorial


A very belated Happy New Year!  I didn't intend on taking quite such a long blogging break, but December passed in a whirl of packing lots of parcels full of loveliness, end of term school activities, Poppy's Birthday Party, last minute present making (of which I mostly forgot to photograph before gifting) and then of course Christmas itself and all that it entails.  January was upon me before I knew it and in between packing even more parcels full of loveliness (thank you, you are keeping Mum and I so very busy!), a 7 year old very reluctant to go to sleep at a decent hour and then finding myself a little under the weather with an ear infection, I'm afraid my poor little blog was indeed neglected and even worse I'm afraid my blog reading has been virtually non existent...so sorry!

I have managed a little sewing and crochet, which, if you've been following me on Instagram and Facebook you will have seen the little snippets I've been sharing.  My main objective for 2015 is to get some of my 'works in progress' finished......I have plan, but more of that another day!

So anyway I digress, as I mentioned it was Poppy's 7th Birthday just before Christmas and as is my little tradition I made her a Birthday Rosette......  


I think it's no secret, that I like to make these................

round rosettes, flower rosettes, birthday rosettes, Christmas rosettes..... in my world there's a rosette for any occasion!


Having received various emails asking for some tips on rosette making, I thought I would share a little happy tutorial to make a heart themed rosette.



You will need

Fabric scraps in two designs (I used pretty Tilda)
WoolFelt® in three colours
One brooch pin
A selection of buttons, ribbons and lace
Sewing thread
Bondaweb
Needle, scissors, paper and a compass



The first thing you will need to do make some paper templates using your compass.  (Alternatively draw round some circular objects).  My circular templates measured 9cm, 8cm,7cm, 6cm and 5 1/2cm in diameter.

IMPORTANT, the fabric will need to have Bondaweb adhered to it prior to cutting.  You can find out how to do this HERE.

Cut the following:
Felt A (Duck Egg) cut out two 9cm circles and one 6cm circle.
Felt B (White) cut out one 7cm circle
Fabric A cut one 8cm circle
Fabric B cut one  5 1/2cm circle
Felt C cut one heart

A little happy tip.....for little hearts like the one used here, I find it easiest to freehand cut.  to do this start with a square of felt aprox 4cm high/wide, fold this in half and then with the fold line being the centre line of your heart cut out half a heart shape.  Unfold and you will have a perfectly symmetrical heart.  You can always use this method to create a paper template first.


From your pretty selection of ribbons and lace, cut several pieces 18cm in length and three 7cm pieces.  The OCD in me likes the ribbons to be symmetrical, but go with what you like!

Lets get started....... I forgot to mention that I generally sew all my rosettes by hand, but you can of course sew yours by machine in you prefer.

Firstly, adhere the 8cm fabric circle to the a 9cm felt circle and the 5 1/2cm fabric circle to the 6cm felt circle.

Take one of your shorter (7cm) lengths of ribbon, fold in half and stitch to the back of the 9cm felt circle that has the fabric adhered to it.  Make sure your stitches are aprox 1cm away from the outer edge of the circle as shown below.

Repeat for the other two shorter lengths of ribbon.  Don't worry if you're stitches are not terribly neat, you'll soon be covering them up with another layer of felt! 

Now you're going to stitch the ribbon tails to the bottom of the Rosette. I find it easiest to start in the middle and work outwards......take care if you are using one sided ribbons eg velvet..... we won't talk about the the time is sewed one on backwards.......

Once you sewn all your ribbons in place, put this part of the rosette to one side for the time being.

Using running stitch and the perimeter of the fabric circle as a guide, stitch the 6cm circle to the 7cm circle.  I positioned mine slightly off centre.

On top of this stitch your felt heart, again I positioned my heart off centre and this time I used blanket stitch for a little variety, you could of course use running stitch or back stitch or whatever stitch takes your fancy.  You can find some easy embroidery stitch tutorials HERE.

Now stitch this set of circles to the ribbon embellished circle,  again use the perimeter of the white felt circle as a guide.

Add some pretty buttons as many as you would like.  The rosette front is now completed......you're nearly there!

Sew the brooch pin to the centre of the remaining felt 9cm circle.

You're now going to stitch all the layers together.  Place your rosette front, right side facing down and place the rosette back piece on top, brooch pin facing upwards.

Stitch all the layers together using the perimeter of the dotty fabric circle as a guide.

Finally trim the ribbon tails to a length that you find pleasing.

That's it your little happy rosette is completed!  

 Pin it on your favourite cardi and wear with a smile!
I hope that you enjoyed the tutorial and if you use it to make your own version, please to send me some pictures, I would love to see.  Alternatively, if you share them on Instagram of Facebook, tag me or use the hastag:

#alittlehappytutorial

so that I can take a peek!

Have a lovely weekend and back soon!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Crafting

Now for the record I do know that I should be spending any spare precious crafting time that I have working my way through my rather long homemade Christmas gifts list, but sometimes an idea pops in to my head and I just have to make it!

That is exactly what happened the other night.  I had been working on my Christmas Quilty Fun Blocks (ok so that's another project not on the To Do list.....but these blocks have been so much fun to make, so I think that's an acceptable excuse).....this by the way is what my over stuffed make shift design board currently looks like....

Anyway I digress, as I was merrily stitching away I decided that it would be rather sweet to make a Christmas Tree mini quilt to hang on my kitchen door over the festive season.

Having been inspired by Lori's block, I did some quick maths and reduced the block size pieces, which then enabled me to add on some extra branches.  With the addition of some pretty cotton lace, a little embroidery, some cotton ribbon and a few precious vintage mother of pearl buttons from my stash, this is what I can up with.......


One of my favourite buttons ever takes pride of place at the top!
The fabrics for both these projects are in the main a mix of Tilda's from collections old and new.  I know I've said it before, but one of the principle reasons why I love Tilda so much, is the fact that each collection works so coherently together.

It was also so lovely to do some embroidery again, it seems an age since I picked up some floss!
Whilst talking of Christmas crafting, I don't think I ever showed you the Christmas box I made using some of the squares from the Moda 'Winter Wonderland' panel.........
This is such a gorgeous panel and redwork designs are just so timeless don't you think?   

I loved this panel from the moment it arrived.  You could of course use it as a centre panel on a Christmas quilt, but I have had such fun cutting it up and using the sections separately.   In addition to the box, I've also been adding some embroidery to one of the little squares....I'm planning on hanging this once its finished on the front door on Christmas Eve....

Mum's also been having some stitchy fun using the little line of snowmen from the bottom of the panel  ......

I have plans to turn the remaining squares into Christmas mats, but that will be a last minute project, once I've worked my way through that list!
 
'A little happy' shop news......

If you fancy a little Christmas crafting, our Christmas Shop can be found here, to be fair it is a little depleted, but hooray.....bells and ribbons have been restocked and you can find the Winter Wonderland panel here.  All our pretty Tilda fabrics from collections old and new can be found here and finally would you believe it........Christmas Fabrics for 2015 have been ordered...how scary is that!