Fabulous Fabrics

I’m now at part two of testing out the cool book I bought.
Patchwork panache as the book says, or Fabulous Fabrics as I’m saying.
This is such a great way of using up left over fabric scraps, or smaller designs that might not be used elsewhere.
The idea is to use double sided visilene to stiffen the fabrics and then ‘glue’ them together. Felt or other material is used for backing to keep it neat. A eyelet is attached for hanging purposes. I’m also going to try and add brooch backs when they arrive to make some funky brooches – a winter item, and maybe for holding those caddies together or just because.

I’m really pleased at my first attempt.
I cut a large square of red cotton, and a small flower, adding visilene to each. A hint I was given is to iron them between baking paper so the iron is not ruined and the item doesn’t stick to your ironing board. I then cut out the shape, so it was stiffened with no frayed edges, and then ironised them together.

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done anything with eyelets so I had to practice with a couple to get it right. As you can see, they went wonky.

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And the finished product. My first to at this sort of thing, and I found I really enjoyed it from the get go. This is a very light weight one, so I will try with denim and definitely put more of a backing on the others. Thankfully I practised on the eyelets, this one looks pretty good.

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~ time lapse ~

I’ve just finished these. The mustardy yellow one was a lot bigger than I thought, oops, so I popped on some charms to add a ‘distraction’, and the blue and red denim one is just wrong.
The four on the right side I’m definitely happy with. I just now have to sit down and sort out my fabrics, and when the stamps arrive, there will be another dimension to each piece.
This is something I’d like to keep doing more of. I shall make some specially as brooches before I make the final call.

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Jen 🙂

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Buttons buttons and lots of beads….

Back in November I was scrounging around on eBay, not really looking for anything in particular when I came across these gorgeous painted wooden buttons. They were so cheap I just had to buy two lots. I now had 140 buttons on their way with no real idea of what I wanted to use them for. Typical of an obsessed person. Just have to have it. Just because, and well, you just love it.
They finally arrived today, or yesterday (it’s been over a week since I’ve been to the post office with all their public holidays off I just didn’t bother).
I have a few ideas, string them onto leather for a multi strand, or a couple of strands added to chain, maybe as a charm bracelet with other beads….

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My lovely sister in law rang me back in mid December and asked if she were to get me beads (thanks-for-letting-us-stay-beads) what would I like?? OMG! And oh, wow, where do I start?

I reeled off a couple of things and then said to surprise me. I am happy to say as I will receive items that I may not pick up myself otherwise, unless they are in a shop I know well (not likely to happen really) Which gives me a challenge to make something, different. The pile of goodies that arrived was amazing. Lots of bright colours, and some beautiful bead caps that I have always wanted to use but never got around to buying or even looking for. Check out the flowers, top left.

There was one small catch. Well, it’s not a catch really. She had picked out some flat shell hearts and I am to make her a long tie back style of necklace. Simple. Restring the beads and attach ribbon.

 

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Having family to stay meant I had to find more room. In the end, there was only my craft room. Tables were moved, boxes stacked in the corner and now the room looks so good I don’t want to put the tables back. I will, but differently. This gives me the much needed kick to get everything sorted and organised. Organise being the word.

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I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Jennifer 🙂

Simple felt beads necklace

Two weeks ago at the last market I found some gorgeous felted balls which just screamed out for me to buy and make into something. They were sold incredibly cheaply, 10 for $5 I think it was. I had an immediate idea in mind and it has taken me this long to do anything about it.
Thankfully the idea worked.
Please excuse the crappy pictures, it is night here so only ‘fake’ light is available (as compared with natural light…) which means more shadows.

If the lady has returned I will definitely be buying some more.
Strung simply on cotton or linked with wrapped loops and then added to chain makes a very simple and effective necklace. The chains are currently quite long, I will be taking some clasps and jump rings so if anyone wants it shorter I can fix it on the spot.
Selling these for $15 and $20

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The next market is this Sunday, 2 days before Christmas!! so we’re hoping for a boomer – combining the hot weather predicted and the usual last minute rush for presents.

Jennifer 🙂