25 Mar

Easter branch decorations

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… make a beautiful Easter themed wall decoration …

you will need:

A selection of card or wrapping paper

Scissors/scalpel
Scallop-edged craft scissors
Glue stick

Access to a printer

Darning needle and sewing thread

 

1

Print the outline template for the hare, chicken, egg and bluebird onto the back of assorted coloured card and/or wrapping paper.

2

Print the primrose and cherry blossom artwork onto white card stock.

3

For hares and bluebirds: With a darning needle and sewing cotton, thread through the shapes where indicated on the template and tie the two loose ends in a simple knot.

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4

For eggs: Cut around using craft scissors, then thread as for the hares and bluebirds.

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5

For hens: Cut a length of sewing thread 25cm long and fold in half. Spread glue on one side of one of the small eggs, stick another egg to it, sandwiching the thread in between them 3cm from the ends of the threads.

6

Spread glue on one side of a hen piece, lay the egg and thread across it before placing another hen on top. Press hen pieces together around all edges. When dry, cut of the extra threads extending below the hen.

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7

For the primroses and cherry blossoms: Cut out and fold each piece along its central axis.

8

Glue three pieces together to create each blossom. If they are a bit askew, carefully trim edges flush after gluing. Thread as for hares and eggs.

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09 Jan

Soft leather purse

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…soft leather lined with Liberty Lawn, a great way to use up precious scraps of each…

 

You will need:

15cm x 25cm soft leather 10cm metal zip
13cm x 24cm printed cotton fabric for lining
Thread to match the leather Leather sewing machine needle Sewing machine
Zipper foot
Scissors
Tissue paper
Rotary cutter (or scalpel), cutting mat and steel ruler

1

Trim your leather to a rectangle measuring 13cm x 25cm using the rotary cutter or scalpel. From the scraps, cut a rectangle 2cm x 8cm. Cut your lining fabric to 13cm x 24cm.

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2

Place one short end of the leather right side up on a strip of tissue paper. Position the zip centrally along the short edge and sew by machine using a zipper foot.

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3

Tear the tissue away and, folding the other short end of the leather around to line up with the other side of the zip. With the wrong side out, stitch the zip to the leather, again backing it with tissue to help it move smoothly through the machine. You now have a tube of leather joined by a zip.

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4

With the leather ‘tube’ inside out and the zip open, position the lining rectangle right side down over the zip and leather so that the three short edges align. Stitch in place by machine through all layers.

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Take the other short edge of the lining rectangle and align it with the other side of the zip and stitch by machine.

Now pin the folded long edges of the lining fabric, right sides facing, and sew one side from zip end to folded end
by machine. Do the same with the other side, but just half way down from the zip to the fold – this will leave you a gap for turning out. You will end up with what looks like two separate tubes.

Take the small leather rectangle and stitch a couple of millimetres in from either long edge to help it hold its shape. Stitch the full length of the two sides of the leather, from the zip to the fold, inserting the folded leather rectangle in one seam 1.5cm below the zip (make sure you do this with the zip at least half open).

5

Stitch at 90° across the bottom corners of the leather, 2cm from the point.

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Do the same with the bottom corners of the lining.

6

Turn the purse through the gap in the lining so that it is leather side out and use slip stitch to close the gap in the lining seam.

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25 Sep

Espresso chocolate shortbread

espresso chocolate shortbread

..dipped in chocolate and topped with a roasted coffee bean…

You will need

230g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
100g granulated sugar
1/2 tsp salt

270g plain flour
2 tbsp finely ground espresso
several coffee beans
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)

Baking parchment or greaseproof paper

1

Heat the oven to 150oC/Gas mark 2. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

2

Combine the butter, sugar, and salt in an electric mixer, or with a wooden spoon in a large mixing bowl. Mix until the butter combines with the sugar but isn’t perfectly smooth. Add the flour and ground espresso and mix until the dough has just about pulled together, but try not to over-mix.

3

Lightly flour a surface and roll the dough to about 5mm–7mm thick. Aim for a uniform thickness for even baking. Using a circular 4.5mm biscuit cutter cut out shapes as close to one another as possible. Press the scraps together, roll them out, and cut out more.

4

Bake for about 20–30 minutes. Cool the biscuits on a wire rack.

5

Set a sheet of parchment or waxed paper on a work surface. Break the chocolate up and put it in a small heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Melt the chocolate, stirring, until it’s smooth and warm; don’t let it get hot. Dip half of each biscuit into the chocolate, place on baking parchment and place a coffee bean on the hot chocolate of each one. Leave to harden at room temperature.

04 Aug

Cotton ‘ticking’ face flannels

… luxurious soft cotton flannels – great for using up dk yarn scraps, beautiful & useful …

 

… & they make a perfect gift for a guest – once you’ve mastered the stitch, you will not be able to resist making more than one!

 

For the RED flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Red Cotton Glace (50g) shade 725

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57

 

K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with red cotton k1,* slip 1 purlwise, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k1

 

Pattern row 2: with red cotton k1, * yarn forward, slip
1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, *yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows.

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the BLUE flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Blue Cotton Glace (50g) shade 829

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57 K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with blue cotton k3,* slip 1 purlwise, k1, slip 1 purlwise, k3 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: with blue cotton * k3, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, k3

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, * yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the ECRU flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

Cast on 50 sts. K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: k1, * slip 1 purlwise, k6 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: * k6, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, k1

 

Repeat these 2 rows 50 times
K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

Abbreviations

k knit

st stitch

 

 

18 Jun

Hammock

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…make yourself a colourful hammock for lazy days in the summer sunshine…

 

You will need:

2.5m of fabric A

2.5m of fabric B

10m of 10mm rope

2 stainless steel rings

30 beads

Pins

Measuring tape

Sewing machine

Threads

Scissors

 

1

First, make your bunting trim. Cut 30 pieces of bunting from each of fabrics A and B (60 in all) using the template.

Make your bunting by placing one piece of fabric A right to one piece of fabric B right sides together and stitch a seam 5mm from the raw edges by machine, leaving the short top edge open.

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2

Turn the right way out and press with a hot iron. Top stitch 2mm from the edge by machine.

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3

Cut two rectangles, one from fabric A and one from fabric B, 1m x 2.5m in size. Lay fabric A out on a table or floor, right side up.

Find the centre of one of the long sides by folding the rectangle in half and opening it out again. Centre one piece of bunting at this point with fabric A facing you.

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4

Pin seven pieces of bunting along the edge of your hammock, either side of this central piece, measuring a 5cm gap between each piece. Stitch the bunting in place 1cm in from the raw edges.

Repeat step 4 on the opposite long edge of fabric A. Now lay your rectangle of fabric B over the top right side down (so that the bunting is sandwiched between the two sides of your hammock). Stitch a 1cm seam along both sides by machine.

Turn your hammock right side out, press the edges with a hot iron and pin or tack before top-stitching twice by machine 1cm and 2cm from the edge.

 hammock photo 4

5

Trim the fabric at both short ends to level up your edges. Fold both edges in 2cm and again 7cm. Top stitch with three rows of stitching, reinforcing by backstitching several times at both ends.

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6

Stitch beads onto the tips of each bunting flag with coordinating thread. 
 Cut a 140cm length from your rope. Thread it through one of the hammock channels and tie a tight knot. Reposition the knot by pulling the rope through the channel, so that it is hidden inside the fabric.

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7

Repeat with the other end of the hammock. Loop a stainless steel ring to each end.

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8

Cut your remaining rope in half and loop onto each ring.

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9

Now hang your hammock and take a well-earned rest in it! Ideally your hammock will hang between trees five paces apart.

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Machine or hand embroider the knot best used for hanging onto a fabric label as a reminder for tying your hammock safely.Use the same knot as before to attach your ropes.

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 Tips

Ideally, your hammock should measure 60cm longer than the tallest person using it.

Your rope should have twice the working load of the heaviest user (ask advice when buying).

 

Resources

Fabrics (Zosa 120128 in biscuit, ruby, peony, zest & Irma 120113 in berry, violet, aqua, lime): www.harlequin.uk.com

Beads: www.beadsunlimited.co.uk

Stainless steel rings and rope (10mm Maffioli classic rope): www.sussexyachts.co.uk