DECEMBER 2015

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I hope your Christmas was merry and bright? Mine seemed to arrive all of a sudden and then was gone in a flash, leaving only a trail of chocolate in it’s wake. Here’s my little needle felted robin making himself at home on our tree! My Christmas decoration scheme is called All The Colours and it’s working out well.

CUSTOM WOVEN LABELS BY NOMINETTE

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A few weeks ago the lovely people at Nominette kindly reached out to offer me some custom made woven labels! Nominette are a Belgium company who have been making woven labels since 1920 – you can order your own custom labels along with name tapes, childrens ID bands and cute printed ribbon via their English website here!

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SCANDINAVIAN FOLK ART INSPIRATION

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From left to right: Pattern from a 1960’s Polish coffee cup, Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius, illustration by Amy Blay, interiors and still  life photographer Joanna Henderson, tea-towel available from Hummingbird Factory via Etsy, vintage art via The Animalarium, interiors and still life photographer Joanna Henderson, antique Dala horse, linocut print ornaments found via design blog Du Abu.

Lots of colourful, Scandinavian style folk art has been catching my eye on Pinterest this week! It must be from sewing with all these fun printed jersey fabrics from Europe for Orla 🙂 I love some of the simple screen printed shapes that use just one or two colours – screen printing is definitely on my to-do list for next year. Also check out the lino cut print Christmas decorations on the bottom right! I think next year might be all about printing for me. I love the cheerful, painted furniture too – especially when mixed with Scandi style embroidered textiles!

 

THE NEW CRAFT HOUSE PRODUCT LAUNCH PARTY

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Last Monday I caught up with the lovely Rosie and Hannah from The New Craft House to celebrate the launch of their exciting new craft kits! It was so good to talk all things crafty and hear about this exciting new chapter. You can read about what they’ve been up to lately over on their newly launched website here! The craft kits themselves are brilliant – one contains everything you need to make a pair of knickers and the other teaches you how to make a patchwork cushion using the English paper piecing method. They’re perfect for someone looking for an introduction to crafts or to pick up a new skill – you can see them for yourself and buy via the website here! I’m looking forward to trying them myself over the Christmas break and will share more soon.

HOW TO MAKE A NEEDLE FELTED ROBIN CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT [DIY TUTORIAL]

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Here’s an easy DIY that’s perfect to kick off the festive season! For those not already familiar with it, needle felting is the art of jabbing wool repeatedly with a tiny, barbed needle. As the little needle works it’s way in and out of the fibres, it gradually compresses and tangles them together so the wool becomes more and more compact. It’s suprisingly easy to mould the squishy wool into whatever shape you would like and oh so satisfying to do because it fuses together really easily – you can layer up the colours as much as you like and attach one shape to another with a few jabs of the needle. I’ve gone for a round robin here because it’s an easy shape to start with and cute too!

You will need…

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  1. A handful of white wool
  2. A small bit of brown wool
  3. A smaller bit of red wool
  4. Needle felting needle
  5. Two black beads for eyes
  6. Needle for hand sewing
  7. Black thread to sew the eyes on with
  8. Fancy thread to make a loop

Step 1…

Roll the white wool around into your hand, working it into a rough ball. It will still feel fairly loose but as you jab it all over with the needle, it will gradually become a solid ball (really!). Just remember to rotate the wool regularly in your hand so that it felts evenly all over.

Step 2…

Grab your brown wool and tease one end into a point. Use your left hand to place it on the white ball and hold it in position while you jab it a few times with the needle to secure. This point will be the robin’s beak.

Step 3…

Shape the brown wool up in an arch either side of the beak and felt into position. You can leave the remainder of the yarn at the back as a fluffy tail! Felt the brown wool across the robin’s back, head and beak, making sure all the edges are felted securely and neatly.

 

Step 4…

Take your red yarn (you’ll only need a tiny bit) and tease it out so it’s fluffy with no big lumps in the middle. Place it on the breast of your robin and felt into position. Try to make the edges of the red wool quite diffused so blends nicely.

Step 5…

Sew on the eyes and watch your round robin come to life!DSC_0639_edited-3

 

Finished! You can trim the tail fibres if need be then your robin is all ready to rock on the tree!