Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Free Standing Lace Doily

This project has come about because I've started a Machine Embroidery Group. I looked for a long time trying to find a Machine Embroidery group which could offer support, friendship and a love of all things to do with M. E.
Since I was unable to find such a thing, I decided that I would have to start my own. and that's exactly what I did 3 months ago. I posted on a local Facebook page asking for local interest and was very pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually others like me who really wanted and even needed a group.  Some because they have machines and don't know how to use them, others, like me who want to share knowledge and enjoyment, so the group was born, It was only to be 1 afternoon a month, but then I had several requests for an evening group for those who work, so now I have two sessions per month. It is anticipated that this may very well increase to fortnightly. The interest and enthusiasm are there, and in no way do I wish to dampen it down.
So far there are two types of machines use by the members, mostly Brother machines, and Janome's, a variety of machine ages, capabilities and functionality makes classes 'Interesting' I'm certainly learning how 'other' machines work.
My own beast is a Brother Quattro 4, the INV6750D , love this machine, occasionally could do with slightly bigger than my biggest hoop, but not very often.

Anyway, as the group is new, I'm doing a technique tutorial each meeting, eventually others in the group will share their ideas and projects, but for now it's up to me. September's meeting will be doing Free Standing Lace. Hence this design as a larger sample. The tutorial will feature a butterfly lace coaster, much smaller and quicker to stitch out.  This is the design I'll use to introduce them to Free Standing Lace. It's rather cute and only about 4" square.

This design I'm sharing with you today I bought soooooo long ago, that I can't actually remember when I did buy it, I do know that it comes from S-Embroidery which you can find here:
S-Embroidery  They have such beautiful lace designs that you're sure to find something to delight you.

This design is called SKU 10458 Butterfly Freestanding Lace Doily.

The finished size measures a fraction over 18"

This first picture shows the 8 sections joined and ready to pin to my linen fabric.

the second picture shows the finished doily washed and laid out on a towel to dry.

As it's still wet, the embroidery looks darker than when dry. it's not turned out to badly for my first go at this project. I can see a couple of mistakes which can't now be rectified, but I'll know the danger next time, and will try to not repeat the mistakes.

Free Standing lace, a bit time consuming to sew, but I sat and crocheted poppies for Remembrance day while I waited. no time wasted so its all positive.

Thank you for visiting my blog, 

Happy Crafting at whatever rocks your particular boat.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Two Zip Hipster Bag

I found this delightful pattern while surfing Pinterest, It's by Erin Erickson it cost $10 and is downloadable so you get it right away. you can buy the pattern here Erin Erickson Store and it's called as above, 'Two Zip Hipster Bag'

The step by step instructions with pictures are easy to follow, and while I'm easily confused, and did have a couple of moments when I had to stop and THINK about what the instructions said not what I Thought is said, besides that, I found the bag easy to make, and have only to get over my hardware supply issues to actually make them.

This bag pictured is actually missing the slider that allows for the strap adjustment, I've ordered them online and now only have to practice that element called patience, (which I don't have much if any of)

I found a supplier on eBay, from china, free postage to Australia, LOVE it, and have placed my order. You can find said supplier here: Jmzcity2046
The items I've ordered are described as follows:

  • 20 pieces Belt bag buckles metal wire rectangle Ring loops  strap adjuster DIY 272422412456 25*16*2.8mm $2.59 Free Postage
  • 20 Pieces Metal Sides Tri-glides wire formed roller pin buckles strap adjuster 282228714129  25*16*2.8mm $2.79 Free Postage.
The pattern calls for 38mm hardware, which is okay if you can get them, This size is only 1/3 smaller, if you work in inches, then 38mm is 1.5", these are 1" which only means that instead of cutting your strap fabric at 6" wide, you cut it at 4" wide. everything else is the same and I personally don't believe that 1/2" makes any appreciable difference.

So to the bag, The next one I'm going to do will feature some machine embroidery on the front pocket, I'll update this post when that happens. Here is what I've actually done!

This will easily hold my Samsung Galaxy tablet, my Kindle e-reader, my mobile phone and still have room for bit's and pieces, so it's perfect for me to take away on our next holiday in January 2018. (I've stuffed all the above in to make sure)
The inside pocket I divided to make a pen slot, and left the rest open, it will hold my car and house keys, with the top zip, everything is safe and secure inside. 

Hope you like this little project, 

Have fun and do all the things you love, because time is slipping away......

Thursday, 10 August 2017

A Mixed bag today

Today my post is something of a mixed bag as it's about both In the Hoop Machine Embroidery, plus, some card making.

Firstly the cards.

I recently bought a stamp set by Heartfelt Creations, while this is no where near a new stamp set on the market, it's new to me, so of course I have play with it, lots.....

I made several  of these cards, all with slight variations, but basically the same, all were coloured with copic markers.

The next card is another birdy card, I guess you can see I'm into birds at the moment. This one uses the bird builder punch from Stampin Up, and some itty bitty flowers also punched out, shaped and tinted. The embossed background used Couture Creations JO JO embossing folder.

 The following male card used a retired SU embossing folder with diagonal stripes, which I then added gold and silver metallic Washi tape between the wide channels. the Camera is an SU stamp called Snapshot (retired) and the sentiment is from SU stamp set Perfect Pennants (retired).

The In the Hoop machine embroidery, is a design from Anita Goodesign from a collection called Pocket Purses.
This Owl, and I may have at some point in the past mentioned that I love Owls. Anyway, this little fellow is so cute, and the zipper makes him look like a wide-mouth owl sort of, ish.... a little bit anyway.

There are 12 designs in the collection which include:

  1. Cupcake
  2. Strawberry
  3. crayon
  4. watermelon
  5. Owl
  6. Heart
  7. Flip Flop
  8.  Dog n Bone
  9. Cat n Fish
  10. Butterfly
  11. Tape cassette
  12. Tulip
All are done in the 5x7 hoop and the instructions are very easy to follow with pictures each step of the way.  You can find this set here: Anita Goodesign Pocket Purses
Thank you for calling by today to see what I've been up to, having fun and doing the things I love. It's highly recommended, certainly by me!

Happy Crafting,
Hugs n Stuff,