Sunday, January 24, 2016

Busy books for kids

I am starting to make a busy book for my grandson.  There are tons of ideas on the internet, but I think each one will boil down to what you have available, and what the childs interests are.
These are my first page started.

 Two pages facing -
Day.   You can move the sun behind the grey cloud and pull out the ribbon to make it rain.

 Night,  You put your toys in the toybox - am going to knit five little crocheted monkey finger puppets.  they you say goodnight Mr moon and unloop the buttons hoding back the curtains.

Road, the cars will move back and forth on a string threaded through two eyelets.

 House, You can lift the flap of the house to see Mommy Daddy and child.  Pull down the roof so see the cat hiding in the attic.  Peg the clothes on the line.

 Underwater, you unzip the pocket to place the fish and octopus and whale underwater.  The whale can also ride on top inserted into the waves.

 Sailboat, will have lacing down the middle that you can open up to see the bear inside.

 Frog, The fly is buzzing around the flower, when you pull the ribbon the frog pops out and tries to gobble him up, but he hides behind the flower.

 Farm, this fabric was sent to me for my blog hug quilt, but I think I will use a bit since it so perfect.  Farm animals in the backgorund and in the front will have different fabrics with slots that can have felt carrots inserted into them.  they can be pulled out and put into a crocheted basket.

This has been great fun, and so far I have just been creating the pages.  At first I thought they should be bound and placed back to back into a book. That is the way I have seen them done before.  I think they need some sort of stiffening, but dont want to make it all too heavy.  One thing I could do is insert a thin plastic folder to give each page some stability?  I am also wondering about making separate booklets for each double page, and then make a tote bag where they can all slot into.  This would be great for travelling and in that case you could just take one boolet at a time. .  Ideas?  

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lets make blog hug quilts.

During the grow your blog party I came across Annett who lives in Germany and made this wonderful quilt from fabrics she collected from her fellow postcrossing participants.  She agreed that I could post a photo of the quilt.

Below every square she had the name and the country of who had sent her the piece, and I just thought this would be  a wonderful thing to do to represent my blogger friends from all around the world.  A blog hug quilt!  Would anyone like to participate in this?
 I like the idea of strip quilts, and could put the name of the blogger or friend represented underneath each strip.  I purchased a bunch of flat fats in an assortment of florals in anticpation.
 I think a quilt with three rows of strips finished 10" or 25cm square would make a nice little lap quilt.  The names could either be added in the middle of the square or underneath it. Also it needs to be cotton so that the squares all sew together easily.   I am not a proficient quilter, so need to make it as easy as possible!

I would love to have a quilt showcasing how far and wide the readers of my blog are.  Let me know how you would like your name on the quilt (name of blog or your name, and country)
If you would like to make one as well I will send a piece from Australia!  Let me know the size you would like.  is another idea, for either idea I would like 11" or 30cm squares.

sign up here to participate

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Silk scarves - setting paint in the sun

At last I did some of my sunpainting on silk scarves.  I had a friend around and we each made one and then I used up the excess paint to do a final one and that turned out to be my favorite.  This was the first one I made.  Black and green, with cardboard butterflies and ferns from the garden.  The other one was similar, but with pink and green..
 with the leftover paint I think I laid it on thicker and put it out into the sun while it was wetter.
 that one in fact worked the best!
 the shapes came out much clearer and I think the color is brighter.
 this is the first one finished - the ferns left an imprint but the cardboard butterflies did nothing - interesting.
 Look at the amazing detail from the plumbago flowers even though they were so light and delicate.
 I used setacolor transparent paints, and a couple of things I learned were:
put the item out in the sun asap - this makes the color brighter.
Use natural items out of the garden - not cardboard designs.
Have you done anything like this before?

I got my supplies from  - they have not given me any discounts or rewards for recommending them.  It is a great site - they have  a lot of tutorials and advice and I found there prices and delivery very satisfactory.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Silk painting lesson 1

I attended my first silk painting class today, and boy am I hooked!   This particular type of paint does not require the painting of gouche to stop color running and comes in the most amazing array of colors.  

First of all we started with a piece of dry silk and a strong color strength. I did the center pink in the strong color and then the blue in the corner, but decided to have it weakened after that. This was an experiment to see what the paint does on dry silk and how it flows/ does not flow. It is free form with bits of cotton wool dipped into the paint and swept over the fabric.

 next we tried a bit of color on dry silk (the green)  and then wet the fabric and added more colors.
 This is the detail of how the color that was applied to dry silk flows into the wet color.
 I was of course (as usual) the student always trying to "design" something and was told to try to loosen up and just apply the colours in stripes with no design in mind just to experiment. 
 then three different colors were applied to wet silk that had been lifted up to allow air bubbles to form underneath.  This creates distinct lines around the eges which I liked the effect of.
 Next the instuctor chose four random colors and said to just lay them on the wet fabric and see what appeared.  Honestly I couldnt beleive it (nor could she) when  a dolphin appeared!  All I had to add was  the eye :)
end of lesson part 1 - I cant wait for the next lesson!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Placemats and napkins and talk of a giveaway at stonegable

Whenever I am in the fabric store I will look out for  remnants of upholstery material.  This thick fabric is great for making placemats, and often the smaller pieces in the remnant basket are the perfect size to make a set of four or six placemats.  Add some napkins, tie it all up with a ribbon and you have the perfect gift.
I made some for my daughter with a silver /black design, and then the plain back on the back - so she can use either side. The plain black looks good with her red painted dining table.  She has collected different chairs and painted them all black with a red hibiscus design.

I would love her to have a really nice set of dinnerware and so have entered on her behalf into Stonegable's giveaway of a Mikasa dinner set. see here  I do hope she/I wins! I entered her as I am sure that Yvonne would not send the whole set to Australia.  Do go and look at Yvonne's lovely tables-capes, and check out her lovely menus. I only live like that in my dreams..

I am finding too with being a grandma that place mats are better with young children.  So much easier to scrub a small place mat than a corner of a tablecloth!  My little four year old grandson loves to set the table and discuss all the merits of the African animals on this set. 

Often you can find fabric that has the design already perfectly printed in the right sized rectangles like these.  Which do you prefer tablecloths or placemats? 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Duvet finished

I managed to finish off the duvet cover and am really happy with how it turned out.  Of course right now it is way too hot to put a duvet inside. 
Here is a detail of the lovely embroidery.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

bedskirt done

Had some time over the weekend so I made the bed skirt
I used an old single bed sheet which was just the perfect size.   I only had to cut the top section off and hem it, and then I measured the three sides and cut the fabric one and a half times that length.  I hemmed the bottom and sides and then did a row of gathering stitch around the top.  Then I evenly gathered it and pinned it onto the sheet, zigzagged the edge and it was done.  I purposely made it so that the top piece is a little smaller than the exact size  - this makes the fabric fall nicely and you don't see the join.   

I am quite happy with it and it looks good too with the plain white quilt I often use.  Next project is the duvet cover!