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how to: handmade wedding card

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Hello everyone, hope you are all well? Sorry for my lack of posts last week, it was pretty hectic for me with work. I have been away this weekend in Scotland for my brother’s wedding! I decided to make a wedding card as they are so much more personal, especially for a special occasion such as this.

I bought the white square card and envelope from Paperchase, and all the other parts I already had in my box of random crafty bits! I used my trusty alphabet stamps (I don’t think I will ever tire of these..!), some antique-look lace, vintage pearl beads and white sequins. I used U-HU glue to attach all the parts. This style is so easy to make, yet the simple design is effective – why not try making a handmade card for your next special occasion!

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bunting crazy

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Today I had a go at making my own bunting as part of the SOTR accessories range. I used a mix of various scrap fabrics, vintage buttons and cotton bias binding, and a few hours later, ta-da! my first bunting!

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pinning the template to various fabrics

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all pressed and ready to sew

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stitching the pieces in place

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a peak inside my sewing box

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a vintage button helps to hold the loop for hanging

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topstitching and fraying

what to buy on etsy?

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Discovering the world of Etsy earlier last year really was the beginning of my love affair with crafts and textiles. It is a wonderful outlet for independent artists and suppliers. Be sure to check out the etsy blog, it is filled with great articles and advice for anybody wanting to set up their own brand. I love reading their ‘quit your day job’ interviews! I am hoping to become an etsy seller later this year if I can find the time between my work placement and university work! I love browsing through the many items in search of inspiration and decided to show you my favorite finds this week…

etsyfinds1 what to buy on etsy?Aprile Elcich – collage artwork – $35.00

Hens Teeth – mixed medio artwork – $42.00

Pegs Kitchen Studio – wooden heart – $12.00

Les Pompons – downloadable artwork – $3.00

Behjat – embroidery – $10.00

sunny afternoon in Manchester…

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

We’ve had some fantastic weather in Manchester this weekend – here are a few photos from Saturday afternoon. I hope you’ve had a great time wherever you are this weekend!

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Piccadilly Gardens Manchester

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a little piece of Manchester art

a little piece of Manchester art

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soaking up the sun , squinting for the camera :)

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Manchester food markets - smelled gorgeous!

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Manchester fashion markets selling a variety of garments and accessories made from recycled fabrics and vintage bits

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Market Street

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on the way home

textile pieces

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Here are a few bits and pieces I did this week with some scrap fabric … I am trying to decide on a technique to use on some cushions I am hoping to make for my university bedroom in September!

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This effect is really easy to create, firstly layer fabric together (I have used three layers) and attach them together by sewing vertical rows about 2cm apart across the area. Then it’s time to get creative by cutting inbetween the rows of stitching either one layer or two layers deep, fold the fabric flaps back on themselves and stitch down the other way. I like to fray some of the edges and keep the threads loose so give a raw look.

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Another little piece I did was rouching random fabrics onto a piece of calico.

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I teared the strips of fabric to about 3cm x 10cm in size. Using the longest stitch available, I sewed a line of straight stitch down the centre of the fabric. Pulling on either side of the one thread creates the rouching effect. I then randomly placed each strip onto a piece of calico and stitched either end to keep it positioned on the fabric. The result is a very tactile piece which I really like!

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online art journal class!

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

artjournal online art journal class!

What a great idea!  Elsie Flannagan and Rachel Denbow from the smile and wave blog have set up this 6 week online class starting on the 26th April. They will be sharing techniques and challenges each day which will help you to create your own sketchbooks and journals! To find out more click here.

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