I don’t want to let go

I’ve finally finished the last of my Christmas commissions and can begin to concentrate on all that noise in my head of new things to do.  I couldn’t take any photos for the last few days as it’s been so dark, wet and windy but this morning, the wind has dropped slightly and the light has improved somewhat. The river has broken it’s bank and if it continues to rain it’ll flood in more places and the journey home will be circuituous but here are a few pics before the items go.

It’s a while since I made a brooch in this style but it was a special request. The back two layers are Merino and the top layer is hand dyed Blue Faced Leicester.

Just like a firework in bright red Merino with gold, pink and orange silk fibres. Orange seed beads exploding from the centre outwards.

I just LOVE this fabulous ruffled heart shaped wreath. Do I really have to let it go, I do wonder if I could say I didn’t have time to finish it and keep it for myself. But perhaps, it would be better just to make another one.

Perhaps a red or pink one next for Valentines day.

Upgraded

It must be two years since I made this Christmas heart.

It’s made from old curtain fabric, bits of lace and handmade felt and is embellished with buttons,beads and hand stitching.It was always a disappointment to me as It wouldn’t hang properly on the wall and you can barely see the word noel.

Disheartened, I allowed it to languish in a cupboard. Too much time invested in it to throw it away.
How to rescue it?

After my success with the other felt heart last week I sought it out and took another look.
Simple to fix really with a little effort.

I hadn’t wanted gold on it it but even silver lurex thread didn’t show up the lettering, so gold it is.

I’ve added another layer of curtain fabric at the back and stuffed it with some ‘gifted’ natural kapok.
It now hangs perfectly, usable at last.

Don’t know why, but I’m thinking a furry edge would look nice!

Winter Crochet

I don’t seem to have had time for much crochet recently so was very pleased to finally find a few minutes to have a go. What inspired me I hear you ask. Well I found some cute patterns for small decorations on a couple of lovely sites. They’re not necessarily for Christmas and I’ve named them winter crochet as I’ve made them in white but they could be made in any colour.

This tree which comes courtesy of The Royal Sisters is good but is probably my least favourite. I don’t have a 3.5 hook so used a size 4mm and the tree is a little too large for me.

Now this heart is really nice and is also courtesy of The Royal Sisters. I didn’t put the final round on as I like the size as it is now. Definitely a pattern I’ll come back to.

My heart has been stolen by this little snowflake which comes courtesy of Attic 24. I’ve done the three rounds on a 3mm hook and it’s a perfect dinky size. Not sure what I’m going to use them for yet but my count is up to ten and set to rise, they’re so addictive. They will be blocked and dosed with spray starch but I couldn’t wait to show them to you.