Posts tagged ‘sewing group’

January 18, 2013

Craft group update

Well we’ve be very busy in sewing/craft group recently sharing lots of ideas and skills, sewing and more. Here is a little round up…

Flower arranging
We had a great evening before Christmas making festive door hangings utilising Kate’s expertise on the subject. Using a potato(!), wire, festive off cuts and decorative accents we each made an arrangement that can be hung on the door.

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This was a really fun evening and I think we were all happy with the results we got.

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Sewing skills
We have a new member of the group, Sally, who worked as a seamstress and is keen to pass on her knowledge, yes please!! We’ve had a couple of sessions looking at clothes alterations and how to do piping on a cushion cover. It’s really nice to learn new techniques with good instruction. We are hoping that there will be more to come.

Sock monkeys
I recently came across Craft Hope on Facebook. They (based in America) seek to spread love and encouragement to those facing difficult times, through crafted gifts. I think this is a great idea, to know that someone has put in the time and effort to make something unique for you might be small in the face of the big issues in the world but it must be encouraging. It’s great that people are also willing to organise the collecting and distribution of these gifts and amazing how much response they get to their projects.

So the most recent project was to create soft toys for children affected by hurricane Sandy. I thought it would be good for us to get involved so we had a sock monkey making session. I’ve made many sock monkeys in the past (tutorial here) so led people thought the process. They are fairly easy and each one is unique with lots of character.

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Our little clan of sock monkeys

They might not be the best of the lot that craft hope receive but I think they look fab. They are on their way to The States now.

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Hopefully there will be many more evenings of making, sharing ideas and techniques and chatting over coffee and a needle and thread to come in 2013 x

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April 24, 2012

Sewing group does cake decorating

This week at sewing group we had a master class on cake decorating from a friend of one of the girls.

(Spot the sparkly apron we made Kate as a wedding present!)

We learnt how to cover a cake, make roses and leaves and write on the cake.  And the end result…

Not too bad but I think it would take a lot of practice to get good.  Also it’s so time consuming!  I couldn’t believe it took us all evening just to do this.  Big respect for people who do this so well.

I had to dash off at the end but took a couple of photos of the others…

Not bad for our first attempts.

April 16, 2012

It’s not Christmas I know…

I have lots I want to blog about, I just need to find the time.  Get ready for embroidery, thrifting and a tutorial coming soon.  But for now I had to show you this…

A fantastic nativity scene

 

This is the creation of one of the ladies in sewing group.  Isn’t it amazing?!  She designed it (based on something she had seen but this looks way better) and made it all herself.

I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me saying that she is at the perfectionist end of the spectrum within the group.  This shows in the level of detail involved in each piece.

Mary and baby Jesus

 

Joseph, a wise man and the donkey with little pots of hay on its back!

 

A camel, shepherd and an angel

 

Incredibly she is now going to make more for other family members.  I’m sure they will be just as great.  Nice one Emma!

December 17, 2011

Craft Stall

It’s been far too long since my last post, I forgot how busy things get in the lead up to Christmas (well that’s my excuse anyway!).   The big news in my crafting world recently is that, together with a couple of others from sewing group, I had my first experience of selling some of my makes  at a Christmas fair.  We each made what we could in the time available and, when we pooled our goods we had a table full which looked pretty good.

Craft Stall

 

My stuff is mostly on the right side of the picture.  I made sock monkeys, Christmas scented hearts, lavender scented hearts, baby blankets, tote bags, button hearts and some brooches.  This was complemented by Ayla’s bunting, needle cases and tea cup candles, and Susie’s vintage plate stands, fridge magnet pegs, notice boards and more candles, all of which were lovely.  The display was quite simple with a white tablecloth and some bunting and use of a cake stand to give it some height.  It all had a nice vintage feel too it and it all looked very pretty which attracted people over to have a look.

Originally we were going to have a table at a craft fair but unfortunately that fell through so we managed to book a space at a school Christmas fair instead.  As we expected this meant that our products weren’t really targeted at the right audience.  The kids were there to spend their 50p and the parents weren’t really planning to spend much so the larger, more expensive things didn’t go.

Christmas hearts and sock monkeys

 

Our aim was to each sell at least one thing and cover the £10 for the table and we did that in the first 20 mins or so which was a relief!  After the two hours we had each sold a few things, mainly the smaller things but also a cake stand so we were happy.  Overall it was a really useful experience.  Although people weren’t looking to spend much the feedback we had on our products was all really positive.  We also met some lovely ladies on the stalls next door who had much more experience than us and we were able to exchange ideas and tips on making and selling.  We are definitely up for doing it again, perhaps at  craft fair next time.

I’m afraid making has been rather slow since the stall, not much of a home made Christmas this year.  But I am always very excited to put up my tree which has some home made bits on it.

I'm loving red and white at Christmas at the moment

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

November 22, 2011

Sewing group update

Last week in sewing group we were depleted in numbers but it was still a hive of creative activity…

The hive of activity usually involves coffee and yummy things!

All sorts of exciting and beautiful things were being made.  Here is a round up…

Tea cup candles in these gorgeous vintage cups

 

This beautifully made Christmas bunting on display on the fireplace

 

And this brilliant lavender filled chicken by a new convert to sewing and making!

 

All accompanied by lots of sharing of ideas and catching up.

Love it!!

August 25, 2011

Sewing Group

Every couple of weeks or so, I get together with a few other ladies for sewing group.  It’s very informal; about seven or eight of us gather at someone’s house and each bring our own projects to work on.  This week we had: baby mitten knitting, felt needle case making, card making, bags and bunting, cardigan knitting and bandanas for dogs!  So its really more of a craft group than a sewing group.

Spot the Royal Wedding mug!

 

We are a real mix from beginners to the more experienced; the focused and the chatty; the perfectionists and laid back (who can knock up two or three cushion covers in an evening!).  But we all enjoy it and it’s great to get together, have a natter, help each other out and share tips and ideas.  Sewing can be a bit of an isolated hobby so its good to do it with others and it makes you put time aside to do it.

Having dutifully washed and ironed the fabric I got at the quilt festival, I spent the evening cutting squares for my baby blankets.  I think I’m going to use fleece as the backing for the blankets to make them nice and cozy.  Trip to the fabric shop required to get some fleece.

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