The brilliance of buttons

Good Afternoon Crafters, When I’m looking for a quick project, or a great way to use the bits and bobs I already have lying around. I tend to reach for my button jars, and see where the inspiration takes me. … Continue reading

Hoops Galore!

A recent trend I’ve begun to notice is the use of embroidery hoops as a way of framing or creating crafting art! I love this idea, I often find that a cross stitch looks even better when held taut in a hoop, so it’s no wonder that these are used as a great way of displaying and creating beautiful things to look at. So please see below some of the best and most unique hoop-related ideas, for your inspiration.

1. The crochet hoop
I’ve seen this several times, and have made one if these myself. It’s a lovely way to create a different feel and to enhance a frame. Here’s a great tutorial from Homemakery to talk you through how to crochet the hoop. My only advice would be to use a small hook and slim yarn, to try to keep the delicate look of this one.

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2. The fabric hoop

I love the idea of bringing hoops into the rest of the house, not just in the craft room. I think this collection makes for a beautiful addition, and I love that this side of craftiness I’d going main stream! Once again my only advice would be to make sure you glue the fabric to the frame (to the inner hoop) to ensure it doesn’t slip and skew the pattern when you’re maneuvering  the hoops. I’m currently working on a collection for our spare bedroom using vintage fabrics that I find at fairs.

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3. Hoops as storage

This is something I’ve noticed more and more. There are so many possibilities out there, and even I’ve tried my hand at this (making a hoop for my fiancé to hold his paint brushes, using a 9″ hoop). And I’ve found they’re a great way to make mini memo boards, like the one in my last post! I also love the below, picture mobile idea – it would also be a great way to create a baby’s cot mobile, maybe with some crocheted animals.

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4. 3D embroidery

Embroidery is something that I do not do enough of, and I absolutely love the new trend of 3D and multiple hoop embroidery! The below ‘up’ themed scene us one if my absolute favourites, unfortunately I don’t know who created this amazing piece as I found it on Pinterest  (so if by chance anyone in here knows, please tell me so I can credit them!)

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5. Cross Stitch

And of course my favourite use of a good old hoop is for framing a beautiful Cross stitch! (Just like the one I’ve just finished below for a friends kitchen!) I find that a well chosen ribbon or even just plain and traditional, hoops can make all the difference!

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I hope you’ve been inspired by the possibilities of hoops, and please feel free to share any great ideas you have.

Happy crafting x

Less than 20 weeks until Christmas – Quick Christmas Makes

Good Day Crafters, With less than 20 weeks until Christmas I firmly believe that it’s time to start getting on top of all the projects you have planned for Christmas. If you’re anything like me you’ll have complied a list … Continue reading

1 hour crafting projects

Good Evening Crafters,

I’m thrilled to see that my ramblings are being seen across the pond! Hello World

In todays post I’m focussing on projects (sewing, crochet, knitting ect) that are great for when you have a spare hour and want to get creative, or when you need a last minute present for someone (because we know that homemade is best)!

1.The one hour crochet cowl scarf

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I’ve made several of these, for myself and as presents – they look amazing in a chunkcy yarn with a big hook (i’ve used a 9mm hook). I’ve also made a double length one to be wrapped twice, but that look a bit longer.

Just start with a chain until you’re happy with the length, i’ve found that between 55-65 chain stitches are about perfect, but obviously it’s down to preference.Then two more chains to make the height,  and then start double crochet stitching (missing the ‘first’ stitch after moving upwards), to whatever thickness you want. Really simple, you can either add buttons to attach the two ends and make the cowl (no need to add button holes!), or stitch together.

2. The one hour Knitted Hat

A perfect addition to your winter wardrobe – and so easy to do in an hour.

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Please see the excellent tutorial for this from Craftsy  – she perfectly describes how to achieve this great project!

3. One hour Monster Friend

I’ve used this free pattern from Revoluzzza several times, but I’ve also adapted it, and created my own using the same principles – of a simple easy to sew shape – and tactfully used applique. The size is also something I’ve played around with, as well as different patterned fabrics – I’m working on a patchwork variation at the moment in pinks for a 1 hour girly birthday gift. 

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4. Quick cross stitch

Traditionally cross stitch can take a long time to achieve, but there are some great patterns out there, that when done on a large sized aida are extremely effective. I search free cross stitch patterns on Pinterest when I’m looking for a quick project and there are always loads out there, something for everyone. Featured in on of my previous posts is the Grumpy cat cross stitch I made for my brother, it took me about an hour and is fantastic.  – I’m afriad I don’t have a pettern for this one, as I did it from a picture I found on the web, but feel free to print the below picture – you can make out the stitch counts.

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5. Mini Pocketbook organiser

I love this organiser, I have one in my handbag, and have made variations  – including a large one for work, big enough to insert an A4 refil pad in one side. These also make a great gift, as they can be easily personalised – I’ve added applique and embroidered names ect before too. Valerie from Insatiable Need, does a great tutorial here, including step by step pictures.

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I hope you enjoy these one hour makes, and they inspire you to see how you can take someones idea and personalise it to make it unique.

 

Happy Crafting x