|Crazy patchwork birds|
|Felt and fabric birds|
Both these patterns would be suitable to make with children as they can all be made by hand.
I bought a lovely book of crocheted snowflake patterns and managed to make all 40. I have an idea about how I would like to use them, but they will need starching first.
Christmas also means a Secret Santa present. I made this for a friend who is partial to purple. It was a commercial pattern from Snapdragon Designs called Angel Wreath. I thought I would be clever and reduce the size a bit to 75%. I had a few problems as the pieces were smaller and more fiddly to make, but am very pleased with the result. The stars and hearts are painted wooden buttons.
|Snapdragon Designs - Angel Wreath|
|Dove and puddings from Ruby and Custard's Crochet,|
knitted pine-cones - Jane Greenoff pattern
From Twenty to Make Mini Christmas Crochet by Val Pierce.
|Christmas Wreath, not exactly to pattern|
|Circular box for workshop|
|First T-shirt quilt for Linus|
I have also been making crochet blankets, Flower hexagons from Ruby and Custard's Crochet, a Corner to corner squares blanket from Deramores and the Moorland blanket CAL from Lucy at Attic24. I also have a crochet scarf on the go, I am making this from a variegated crochet yarn and one of the snowflake patterns, joining the motifs as I go. I made a cosy neck warmer (Attic24) and a lacy scarf as gifts.
The latest project, finished this week, was a bag for my small sewing machine a Janome JP760. It is big enough to hold the machine and accessories as well as an extension lead. it has a pocket for the manual and webbing straps from the base for support. I used a similar method of construction to the Spot bags from the June 2016 post. I quilted the front and used 809 Decor Bond interfacing from Pellon on the lining. It took a lot of ironing to get it to stick. Although it is not as firm as craft interfacing, it was a bit like try to stitch a 30 x 20 inch piece of card. The finish is nice and firm. I am not sure that I needed such a firm interfacing, but having bought it (with a view to using it in boxes and small bags), I thought I would try it in a bigger bag. It will be interesting to see how it keeps it's shape during use.
|Sewing machine bag|
Lastly, as my Christmas wreath was so successful, I decided to make a Flower wreath using patterns from various books, mainly 100 Flowers and 75 birds, butterflies and beautiful beasties to knit and crochet by Lisa Stanfield.