Screen Printing

Continuing with the printing theme, another christmas present from ma and pa this time was for a full day screen printing on fabric course. This was at CityLit, which is a new discovery to me but has hundreds of courses, including 1 day taster sessions. Whilst this one was in Covent Garden, I am thrilled…

Lino printing

Armed with a lino printing kit for beginners (a brilliant christmas present), my thank you cards took a more creative twist this year. For those who aren’t familiar with lino printing, it’s a way of making a relief based picture. You cut away the areas you don’t want and ink the remaining to create a…

Secret compartment books

Of all the christmas presents I made this year, these are my favourite. Secret compartment books! Old Spitalfields Market has a bookstall – always there on Thursdays for vintage day and regularly on other days too – where you can pick up old books for £1! I picked up these books: The Robin Hood book…

Christmas decorations

This weekend I taught my lovely friends Flick and Becky the mother of all christmas decoration stitches – the blanket stitch! After a wander round Durham Christmas Market and Cathedral and an epic fish and chip lunch, we returned to Becky’s mansion to watch Christmassy films and make some decorations. With muppet christmas carol on…

Wedding Bunting

In August my lovely friend Caroline got married. Caroline had heard much about all the items I liked to make and had been the recipient of a knitted phone case and a jumper for her dog Mabel (see earlier post here ) So when I said I needed to see her just before her wedding…

It’s late!

The other day, when I told my Dad that I was starting to make christmas cake, he replied with an astonished (but teasing) ‘That’s a bit late!’ It’s the 29th October today and he’s right – I’m off schedule this year. I’ve been making christmas cakes for the last 4 years, a new tradition in…

Jam!

It’s midday on a Sunday and I’ve just finished making jam. Sure last Sunday at this time I’d nearly finished a 25mile cycle round some lovely country roads near Brighton through a Cycletta organised ride, but nonetheless jam by 12 feels very productive! It’s also my first ever solo attempt at making jam. I have…

Thinking ahead

With my last exam casting a shadow of doom across me for the next week, my mind (in the many moments of procrastination) starts to think ahead to my new found freedom at weekends and what to make next. I lose Tim to the football approximately every 2 weeks when he heads to west brom…

Phone/kindle cases

Over the last few years I have made quite a few phone cases. The first was for my HTC legend – 3 and a half years ago. I knitted this up quickly using rainbow yarn and then lined with felt. Since then I’ve changed to an iphone, yet the very same case has carried on….

Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day a few years ago I became adventurous and embraced lace knitting! I made a toiletries / make up bag using a king cole sequin yarn. Pattern was from Elizabeth Jarvis and there are a few other items in the collection including an iPad case. Pattern available here First tip: lace and sequins…

Mabel’s jumper

When my friend Caroline got a new little dog, one of the first things she asked me was for a jumper for the winter. I can’t remember which pattern I used, but it involved a lot if Internet searching to find it. Essentially this is knitted flat, the width is the dog’s waist measurement. The…

Birthday card

This is a cross stitch birthday card I made for my mum last year. The image was taken from a google image search. The bunting was cut out of an old card and hung on with wool.