Friday, 27 May 2011

Wheezles and sneezles

Christopher Robin
Had wheezles
And sneezles,
They bundled him
Into
His bed.
They gave him what goes
With a cold in the nose,
And some more for a cold
In the head.
They wondered
If wheezles
Could turn
Into measles,
If sneezles
Would turn
Into mumps;
They examined his chest
For a rash,
And the rest
Of his body for swellings and lumps.
They sent for some doctors
In sneezles
And wheezles
To tell them what ought
To be done.
All sorts and conditions
Of famous physicians
Came hurrying round
At a run.
They all made a note
Of the state of his throat,
They asked if he suffered from thirst;
They asked if the sneezles
Came after the wheezles,
Or if the first sneezle
Came first.
They said, "If you teazle
A sneezle
Or wheezle,
A measle
May easily grow.
But humour or pleazle
The wheezle
Or sneezle,
The measle
Will certainly go."
They expounded the reazles
For sneezles
And wheezles,
The manner of measles
When new.
They said "If he freezles
In draughts and in breezles,
Then PHTHEEZLES
May even ensue."

Christopher Robin
Got up in the morning,
The sneezles had vanished away.
And the look in his eye
Seemed to say to the sky,
"Now, how to amuse them to-day?"

By A A Milne

Oh been poorly with the wheezles and sneezles this week.  The only way to get better is to snuggle up with a good book and a soft cushion.  I'm reading "The Battersea Park Road to Paradise" by Isobel Losada a great way to lift the soul and just the ticket for turning this wheezeyly, sneezely Christopher Robin like girl into a bouncy Tigger like one.  Read the book and you will know what I am on about! 

Here are just a few soft snuggly upcycled cushions that I have created this week, all stuffed with Cornish organic sheeps wool. Be assured, they have not been in contact with any of my germs.  I have my own special snuggly cushion and I call it Dave!


"Samsara"
"Vintage Buttons"
"Spirals"


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Recycled cushions that smell of the countryside!

Cushions everywhere just waiting to be stuffed with sheeps wool.  It's been  a bit of a learning curve with the felting and rope making.  It took me several attempts to get the ropes to a standard that I was happy with but I got there in the end.  I have a desire to make flowers.  This seems to be a popular choice with many.  I did sucumb, as you will see from the pictures but there are some flowerless shapes too.  The cushions, I make, are stuffed with Cornish organic wool and are so soft.  You can smell the lanolin in them.  I gave one to a prosepective buyer once and she inhaled deeply with her eyes closed and said "Mmm, I smell the countryside.  It's gorgeous"!
A sneaky peek at my next batch of recycled cushions

Friday, 6 May 2011

Felting

Would you look at all these jumpers i've acquired.  They're all made from at least 80% pure wool.  I'm not going to wear them, i'm going to felt them.  I love working with felt.  I am not so keen of the synthetic stuff that you get from your standard craft shop.  I much prefer proper handmade felt especially if it is made from old woolly jumpers like these:
This is only about a quarter of the wool jumpers that I have acquired!

cut into strips ready for the felting process
The one thing that I have been meaning to do for a long time is make felt ropes.  The process is a bit of a faf but they look good when done, if I can do it right, and are very versatile.  I found out about felt ropes via the maya*made website.  From here I was able to link to a tutorial available from Odile Gova at Woollyfabulous, a very clever lady who makes the most gorgeous items from felt:
Felt daisy and rose zipper bracelet
Felt daisy and rose zipper bracelet by woollyfabulous
I won't tell you the process for making the ropes because I am sworn to secrecy but you can find out by going to this link.  Here is the end result of my efforts:
They  just need de-fuzzing!

I can tell you, my arms and wrists really ache from making these but I am fairly pleased with the result.  The thing is, what do I do with them?  Any suggestions?

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Denim

I have aquired lots of children's clothes and amongst them denim items.  I get all these clothes to sort through.  The good quality ones get refreshed, repaired and sold via this popular auction site.  Those that don't quite make the grade for a second life in their current state, get washed and cut up for use as something else.  Now I have all these patches of denim in varying shades of blueness but what to make with them.  My first sense is to do something patchworky, maybe a cushion.  Here are a few items I have chosen for inspiration:

I love the random nature of this cushion by J Augur Design



cushion
Blue Stripes Cushion by Laura Clifford Textiles

The main inspiration of all is around me daily and that has to be my partners paintings.  His main passion is abstract art and his ability to construct an aesthetically pleasing piece of work is far better than mine.    I love the fact that we can have beautiful and original art on our walls at home and I never take this for granted.  I really respect this quality in him and together we are working on combining his artistic skills with my needlework skills to create something original and unique.  These are on our sitting room walls at the moment:

Convergence Spots


In Kilter

And from our collaboration we have come up with our own interpretation of abstract art translated into a cushion design using scraps of denim and other recycled textiles and stuffed with Cornish, soil association approved, organic sheep's wool:
In Kilter - the cushion version!
Reel Around the Fountain