A little weaving

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Last year I had a little taste of weaving with a mini loom that came free with an issue of Mollie Makes magazine, I can't remember what issue it was but it was a 140x160mm tiny loom. It wasn't until Christmas that I got a chance to try it out, I posted a pick on my Instagram feed at the time - you can check it out here. I made a teeny tiny little wall hanging using the mini loom but I loved the process and the tactile nature of it. I really wanted to make something bigger but I didn't fancy buying a lot of expensive equipment but it turns out you don't need much to get started at all!!

You can pretty easily make your own lap loom, I found a few different tutorials on how to do this and all you need to do is make a basic wooden frame with four bits of wood, secure with L-shape brackets at the corners and add your pins/nails to the top and bottom of the frame. Creative Bug has a fantastic set of video tutorials on weaving for beginners, it covers everything from building your loom to creating fancy stitching! I highly recommend it!

I made this weaving with wool I just had in my craft room, I had the wool roving from needle-felting, I love how it adds more texture and dimension. To create the shaped fringe at the base I used a simple triangle of card as my guide. I didn't have much chunky wool but you can use several strands of wool to create a similar effect. I also added a little embroidery stitching to mine because I wanted some more details.

It's hanging in my craft room now and like most things, as soon as Isabelle saw it she said "can you make me one?" - so of course I'll have to make one for her room now! : ) I'll make one to match the colour scheme in her room and attempt to have a heart shape in the centre, we'll see how it goes!

Swing Cards - Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine

Friday, January 29, 2016

I can't believe it's the end of January already! I've been working on various projects so I haven't had much time to blog but I can share some swing cards I made for the January issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine. Full instructions are in the magazine along with templates at the back! That's all for now! : )

Needle-felted Butterfly

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I hope you're all enjoying the holidays! I received some needle-felting supplies for Christmas along with some fabulous books. On St.Stephen's Day my mom, Isabelle and I all got around the kitchen table and spent the afternoon needle-felting, it was really nice for us all enjoy the same craft! We all made something different and I made this large butterfly!

It's a Peacock butterfly and it wasn't too tricky to make. I did have some help from these gorgeous books though! My attempts at wet felting weren't so successful but I'm going to give it another go, needle-felting I will definitely recommend though! It's lots of fun and great for all ages! : )

That's all for now! Enjoy the rest of the holidays and I hope you get to have some creative time! Stay warm and dry wherever you are, we're awaiting the arrival of another storm today, we could do without the rain, a lot of people are at risk from flooding. Fingers crossed it won't be too bad!