Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cath Inspired Crochet Granny Blanket

Finally the weekend! It's been a long week what with the little one being ill and all. I'm currently working on a new giant granny square blanket inspired by Cath Kidston. I love the Cath colour palette! I'm still on my quest to brighten up my new home and it's getting there! Yesterday I spent time jotting down some ideas for new hand embroidery tutorials and projects which I haven't done for awhile! I found I have lots of ideas for simple motif projects based on various stitches and so this is what I will be starting with and concentrating on over the next few weeks. I think it's not only important to show how to do a stitch but to show how you can use it too!

Friday, 21 March 2014

I Can Sing A Rainbow Granny Square Blanket

After completing my first crochet granny square blanket I thought I would have a go at creating a giant granny square blanket. My daughter who is five, loves to sing a rainbow, you know; red and yellow and pink and green etc. so I decided to make her a bright colourful blanket with all the colours from the song. It only took me a week to complete, which I think is pretty cool since I have only been crocheting for 5 months! Needless to say she loves it and it has been keeping her snug and warm on the sofa as she has been ill this past week. Thankfully she is on the mend and her rainbow blanket goes everywhere with her now!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Crochet Granny Square Blanket Finished

Finished sewing up my first crochet granny square blanket! I actually made more squares than I needed, so I’ve decided to make two! I added a black four row border around the entire blanket to finish it off. This will definitely brighten up my front room! The actual finished size is roughly 42 inches wide x 62 inches long. 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Colour, Colour and More Colour!

As I said in my last post I am currently working on my first ever crochet granny square blanket. I have decided this year is about colour and lots of it, hence the title of my post! The weather has been so dull and dreary that I thought my life could do with a massive injection of colour. So I am on a mission this year to create in whatever form, be it embroidery, knitting or crochet etc. lots of yummy colourful projects to brighten up my world and hopefully yours too!

Monday, 3 February 2014

New Year, New Space, New Work!

New Creative Space
First of all let me say Happy New Year! It's been ages since I blogged here and I apologise for my lack of posts. We moved house at the end of September 2013 as my last post explained and it has been hectic ever since. What with getting the kids settled in our new home and their new school classes and all. It has also been a tight squeeze fitting everything into the new house and unfortunately my creative space was put on hold. My quest for a studio space in Todmorden where I live also came to nothing as I couldn't find anywhere!

So what have I been up to in the meantime you may or may not ask lol. I have been doing a lot of knitting and also learning to crochet. I started a new blog called ArtyThreads on tumblr which is also the name of my Etsy Shop. If you want to keep up with my latest projects you can find them here. I finished my patchwork knitted blanket and I have been working on my first granny square one as well as kitting everyone out with winter woollies.

I will be doing a lot more blogging now I have my new creative space organised but in the meantime you can keep up with me on tumblr.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Keep Calm and Move House!

First let me apologise for the lack of posts over the last month, life has been hectic! What with entertaining the troops during the school hols and we have also decided to move house! This was a huge decision as we are moving to a much smaller property and I am currently having nightmares of how we are going to fit all the furniture in! So presently I am surrounded by boxes and feel like my head is going to explode from the stress. Luckily the kids are now back in school and settling in nicely and we are happy that they do not have to move schools!

In terms of my work, I have been knitting a lot but mostly things for the kids and I am currently working on a multi-coloured knitted patchwork blanket (see pics below) which I am going to be adding stitching to. One of the things I will be losing however is my studio space (sad face) as we had to compromise somewhere! We currently live in a four storey house and all the stairs have taken there toll on my arthritis and I am in constant pain! So we are moving to a normal house where the washing machine is in the kitchen rather than down a set of steep stairs in the basement!

I am however planning on producing some new embroidered artwork and hand embroidery tutorials / videos for the blog once we are settled in to the new house. I may however have to look for studio space around Todmorden where I live, if I cannot create enough work space at home! Well on with the packing as the title of my blog posts says I just need to keep calm and move house!

4 x 4 inch garter stitch squares in double knitting

Friday, 19 July 2013

Sun Printed Feathers

I just had to try out sun printing with feathers and here's the results below. They are quite tricky as they curve up so you have to make sure they are well pressed down and the fabric is wet enough to keep them in place. The two feathers on the left were flat and the detail is quite good but the one on the right was curved so it left a very soft edged print. I added some leaves but a wind got up and blew them about so I have framed the best composition in the hoop ready to add some stitching. I'm hoping to create some more larger leaf prints over the weekend.

Sun printing with feathers on linen fabric