Hello! Hope you are all having a lovely 'Craftea' week?! I've had my usual weekly jaunt down to London and took full advantage of the 5 hours (in total) train journey to try and put the tips that my crochet tutor Anne-Marie showed me into action! I also took a little trip over to John Lewis to peruse their yarns and a few may have slipped into the basket ;)
So here is the photo of the new and improved crochet coaster from http://www.molliemakes.com/ I think I am getting there! It's probably also helped that I used the correct yarn and right sized hook but I'm not blaming my tools for the reasons my last attempts didn't go so well!
Getting there -would you agree?!
So the next plan is to attempt some little flowers that I can use to decorate other little bits of sewing I do-I will keep you posted!
One of my new plans for growing the business this year is to offer workshops for childrens parties. It's in very early stages so this an exclusive for you!! So over the next few weeks I will be developing some child friendly hand sewing workshops using some of the books that I have bought for inspiration. Alongside 'My Craftea Day' I am also a freelance childrenswear designer. I design the garments but also the graphics that are printed on them so I am looking forward to designing some cute characters and watching them come to life in felt format. I will post some pics when I've developed my own ideas but for now here are some of the books I've bought and photos of my favourite projects and characters!
'Happy Stitch' by Jodie Rackley, 'Felties' by Nelly Pailloux, 'Felt Friends from Japan' by Naomi Tabatha and 'My First Sewing Book' by Cico Kidz.
This one is my fave -I'm on a diet at the moment so maybe I can make some of these to look at as a substitute!
Aw little mouse and her pretty dress!
This one is a fab 'upcycling' one using old tights and gloves! It just so happens we could do with a draft excluder too so this will be a good one to make!
Anything dog or bunny related has to be a winner
Oh hello Mrs Cutie Toadstool!
I love the mix of the printed cotton and felt on this one!
So watch this space and if you have any children aged 5 upwards that would love to have a craftea party then please contact me on info@mycrafteaday!
Hope you all have a lovely, 'Craftea' weekend!
It's been a while since I've posted but that's because I've been a busy little bee! Since my last blog I have been getting on with teaching myself crochet and have had a little help from a friend of my mums, Anne-Marie, who has been crocheting for 18 years! I showed her what I have done so far and unfortunately she could tell straight away where I had gone wrong!! I've been trying to make a crochet coaster from a pattern that was in an issue of Mollie Makes http://www.molliemakes.com/. She asked me if it would help if she crocheted one too so I could see where I had gone wrong and also so I would have something to follow! Can you spot which one might be mine (hint it's the pink one but you probably already guessed that!!)
She did say that she thought I had done a good job for my first attempt and that I must keep it so in years to come I can see how far I've progressed! So I will be re-attempting this on tuesday on my train journey to London and will let you know if there are any improvements after all the handy tips Anne-Marie gave me!
On friday I went to the Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester again with my mum, Anne-Marie and her friend Barbara. I didn't know what to expect as I haven't been before. It was basically a place where there were lots of stands with people selling crafts they had made but mainly people selling craft materials, fabrics, equipment and kits (which was dangerous for my bank balance). There were also people doing demonstrations. I have to admit I am not a lover of all crafts some of the things that were at the show were really not my cup of tea but if we were all into the same things it would be boring! There were 3 stand out/inspirational businesses for me one inparticular was http://www.naturaleigh.co.uk/home.html the products they had to buy were lovely and their stand just drew me and my mum in like a magnet! As the name suggests everything had a very natural element to it whether it be their handmade soaps, dried lavender, hemp rope or their ecru/stone based french chambray fabrics. They had kits for sale but you could also buy any of the materials that they supplied in their kits in bulk and also the items already pre made if you didn't want to make them yourselves. It all had a very french shabby chic country feel to it and it was a popular stand!
On Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting our tote bag workhop for lovely Francesca our competition winner from the 'One Big Craftea Charity Day' (the charity craft fair we held last September in aid of Marie Curie) along with her two lovely housemates Hatty and Amy. Amy was actually a craft stall holder at our fair selling her lovely digital printed scarf designs http://www.amystubbs.net/Site/Home.html (have a peak her prints are really interesting and unique.) So Francesca was there to help her, entered the raffle and won the prize of a craftea day with afternoon tea and champagne for 3 people! I had such a great day because not only did they all produce some fab tote bags by the end of the workshop but I also got to chat to them about the work they do and talked about what they would like to do creatively in the future as they had all studied Textiles at uni and were all keen to maybe be able to make a living out of their talents. Unfortunately because we were chatting a lot we did get a little bit behind with the sewing of the bags but we got there in the end! Here are a few photos of the day and the finished bags!
Cutting out their bag from our tote bag pattern pieces -the easy part!
Time for Tea! A well deserved break of cake and champagne!
Concentrating hard and aware of the deadline!
Ta Dah! The finished products! All very individual and unique I think their use of different combinations of fabrics was really effective.
Just to embarass them, the girls and their lovely bags -spot the bunting in the background and some very nice prints on the wall!
Another successful workshop!
This week then- lots of 'pinterest pinning', crochet practice and planning for a few events coming up over the next few months.
So I'm quite proud of myself as so far this week I've been sticking to my 'Craft A Day' challenge that I mentioned in my last blog post.
Origami butterflies- research how to make them -tick!
Origami butterflies-have a go at making one-tick!
Origami butterflies-have a go at making more than one without looking at instructions-tick!
Research for new craft ideas -tick!
So pretty and will look effective if threaded onto invisible thread and hung in a wedding venue or in the My Craftea Day craft room - photo to come! Scroll down for more of what I've been doing this week...........
The above image is an extra treat. It's the research board I've put together using images I've pinned from pinterest http://pinterest.com/mycrafteaday/ (pop along and see all my other pins- WARNING it's addictive!). I will use this board to help me come up with ideas for DIY wedding crafts as I've been invited to do some demonstrations at the 'Midlands Vintage Chic Wedding Fair' in April http://www.vintagechicweddingfair.co.uk/. As always I'm keen to develop all of the ideas I've been inspired by to make them different to the originals and unique to My Craftea Day. I'm afraid these will be kept secret, so you will either have to come along to see me at the fair or wait for the blog and photos in April!!! Or bribe me ;)
I'm going to be a busy bee!