Monday, 31 December 2012
Monday, 17 December 2012
I finally got around to making an Advent calendar. It's a little late (ahem!), but as they say better late than never. I made it using 7x7cm squares of Christmas fabric sewn together in patchwork strips and then attached to a linen background. I sewed up the seams of the individual squares to make little pockets. The spacing of the rows is a bit off, but I really like it and more importantly my 5yo likes it.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
There are lots of great reasons to visit, not least the 250 or so stalls to browse through, but here are my top 5:
1. It's on 24/7 so you can dip in and out whenever you feel like it.
2. There is so much to discover. One of the nice things about real-life fairs is finding something new or unexpected.
3. You can bookmark finds. If you're not in the market right now you can bookmark finds and makers that you like and come back to them at a later date.
4. Oodles of inspiration. Let's be honest. Sometimes you're not really interested in buying anything; you just want to look at the stalls and bask in the loveliness. With CRAFTfest there are blogs to discover, Facebook pages to follow, Pinterest boards to covet... You can find a list of most of the stall holders and their various locations on the internet via this CRAFTfest networking spreadsheet.
5. You can browse from wherever you are. It's nice to get out, and be able to touch and smell the goods on offer, but if it's raining buckets, or freezing cold outside, you just don't fancy getting dressed or you're on the move, you don't have to miss out.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to CRAFTfest and start browsing. If you're not convinced here's a taste of what's on offer:
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
It looks great! The metallic yarn works beautifully. I think it will make a lovely Christmas decoration. I added a loop at the top, then after blocking it, I painted it with silver glitter paint and PVA to stiffen it. I can't wait to hang them up around the house.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
I opened a shop on Folksy a little while ago, and although I'm still in the process of setting it up (read trying to find the time to stock it!) I do need a banner/logo. I had the idea of two B's (for Berry Bakewell) which were mirror images of each other, embroidered, with a shape that was reminiscent of a butterfly. The magic chain, as it's a bit more interesting than the 'standard' chain, seemed like a good choice for the embroidery. I tried a couple of different colour schemes and also a different shape and thickness for the B. I also thought about filling one in completely, and also trying the third idea with the chain colours alternating rather than matched but haven't got around to it yet. I think my favourite is the second one. I'm loving the combination of green against bright colours, particularly deep pinks, at the moment. Which do you like best?