Friday, 26 July 2013

Crafty rags :: giant crochet basket tutorial

You can find the tutorial for the handmade yarn here and the homemade extra large darning needle here.
Hope you find this tutorial useful.  It would be great to see images your creations!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Summer holidays :: crafty rags

I've been busy crafting.  A mean feat in this sweltering heatwave but I've managed to make a big ball of yarn from the lining from an old pair of curtains (see this tutorial here to find out how to make your own yarn).  Lily said the ball of yarn was as big as her head and insisted on a photo.  I had to stop her from playing football with it!  

I've hooked up a basket or two (see this tutorial here).  They only took a couple of hours to make.   Lily thought they looked good as hats.  They will contain the fabric for a workshop I shall be running where I shall be showing the techniques required for ragrug making using sacking cloth.  We shall be making corsages like the one above but the skills can be transferred to a bigger project. Am also putting together some kit boxes for these and all the contents will be from renewable sources.  It's taking a bit of a long time but I hope to be able to sell them online soon!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Summer holidays :: slowing the pace

A gift for teacher
And now the school holidays have started.   It's a great time to relax and connect with the children. Creativity features high on our agenda. We're slowly slipping into a slower pace of life and noticing those little things that you often miss when you're in a rush.

A tin was bought home from school. Inside a beautiful selection of carefully collected pencil nibs my lass had collected. They look so colourful and inspirational. It seems a shame to shut them in their tin.

 We found lots of black currants in the garden.  I love it when the garden becomes a pantry.

We made a loom from bits of willow in the garden.  The warp strands are made from very special wool left over from the Lionheart project who donated to my other group the KGB.

And today I made, and ate, jam from those lovely blackcurrants found in the garden.  Full of pectin it was so easy to make.  The recipe came from the River Cottage Handbook, Number 2 by Pam Corbin - highly recommended!