Sunday, 19 February 2012

A Crafty Nosey Parker in the Neighbourhood!

It's time for another


Diary of a Flutter.Kat


link up and this time it's all about the crafting!


1)  What are your preferred crafts? Do you have one primary one that you do most of or do you dabble around in many different crafts?

These day's I pretty much only sew. Either patchwork/quilting or making things like bags and other accessories. I do other creative stuff like Photography and cooking.

However, I have a LONG list of crafts I've done over the years. Some have been little flings and others full blown affairs. These include (and I say include because I bet I'll post this and think of 10 more!): Lace Making, Jewellery Making (I even did some enamelling when I was at school.), fabric box making, jewellery making, needle felting, dried natural material landscapes, pot pourri making, collagraph printing, embroidery, tapestry, mixed media collage, decopatch, scrap booking, card making, mixed textile art...yeah lets stop there!

It's nice to see home made gifts in use

I made Chief this desk set for Christmas a couple of years ago now.  I got a basic desk set and covered it with decopatch camo paper. I had previously covered a elephant and a small wooden box for Chief's birthday and he really liked it. He sent me a picture so I could see it in action. Far from thinking it was cool at least one of his colleagues suggested to him: 'I should get out more'. I don't care. He was probably just jealous because he didn't have a camo stationery station to keep his office bits and pieces. 

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Torchon lace items I made when I was really into Lace Making

I think you can kind of tell why I'm a bit of a Jack of all trades and master of none.  

I was going to illustrate this post with lots of pictures of some of the other crafts, but I've not got any other pictures right this minute, if I get any comments requesting more of a show and tell; I'll take pictures and do a proper blog post at some future date.

2)  What avenues inspire you most in your sewing/crafting that we might like to check out?

Like most people that are probably reading this the Internet and things like other blogs, flickr and Pinterest are my greatest sources of inspiration these days. However, that's not always been the case.  I took a night school in Collagraph Printing with a local artist.  It was fantastic and I'd have loved to have continued printing, but even if I could have afforded some kind of press and the printing inks I wouldn't have the space. There are printing co-operatives you can join to share resources, but I wasn't sure travelling across the county at pre-arranged times would encourage me to develop this craft. I did do a further weekend course with the same artist and it was lovely to create amongst a like minded group of students. For this reason I'm really quite envious of the modern quilt guilds that have popped up in some areas thanks to the networking enthusiasm of bloggers.   


I also used to help out a lady that specialised in a specific kind of natural collage landscape. I learnt a lot about preserving flower and plant materials and the kinds of things you could do with it.  I could have pursued this craft, however, I really felt it was this ladies 'own' and didn't want to step on any toes by developing it myself. In a way it's a shame because she retired some time ago and I'm not sure anyone has really progressed her craft. 

3) Are you a one project at a time person or do you have "craft ADD" - OR are you somehow like me and have a combination of both?

I try not to have too many WIP's on the go at any one time, but I do get easily distracted and have a tendency to start new things. I'm really itching to make a fabric book embellished with lots of textile goodies I've squirrelled away. But then I remember all the quilty WIP's I have on the go and really should finish them!

4)  What is/has been your longest ever Work in Progress (WIP)?

Umm given what I've said in answer 3, I wonder if I'll ever get that fabric book underway because this is my longest work in progress.  It's what I called my 'Grudge Quilt' as it was started or well under way, during a very bleak time of my life and ended up as a bit of sewing therapy. I think that's part of the reason it's not been finished because I associate it with that period of my life and I really don't want to go back there! Oh and it's all hand sewn too. Maybe one day I will finish it -  it would be the biggest quilt I've made to date!  I think it was started some time in the 1990's.


Grudge Quilt
Blue and white hand sewn hexagons.


5 ) What are some of your crafty projects that you've made recently (or not so recently is ok to) that you'd love us to see?

I really feel now that I should be able to whip out of the bag something you've never seen before. But it's 22.30pm as I started writing this post (Before I got the news Chief was on his way down and needed me to keep him awake and alert for the 2.5 hour journey to me!) and in order to show you something you've not seen before I'd have to go and unpack a portfolio of collagraph prints or hunt for some jewellery I've made.  So I'll show you yet again this hexie quilt - which is my most treasured recent make because it led me to start blogging and being part of this lovely community.


the piecing of the top is finished!
1" hexie charm quilt in rainbow colours

6) Do you have a piece of fabric or craft item of any sort with a story behind it that you'd like to share? 


Well if I'd refreshed my memory as to the questions before I started this blog post I'd have probably saved the hexie quilt picture above to share in this part of the post! So I'll leave this post with a photo of an item I bought with a job lot of sewing goodies. I have no idea what it's for and have blogged about this before in the hope someone will know exactly what it's for!



Mystery item

This item is metal it has a crescent shaped cut out in the middle of the widest end and has 2 inches marked out on it. Doe anyone know what this is for?

Now I'm off for a snooze as it was after 2am before I got to bed, then I was up too early for a Sunday and out with Chief and our cameras taking pictures of birds.

5 comments:

  1. Yay, glad Chief got down to see you! As for his unappreciative colleagues, they just have no sense of humour ;o)

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  2. My goodness, you have done it all haven`t you! I think you should finish the grudge quilt and then get it auctioned off somewhere for charity or donate it as you`ll always be reminded of that horrible time.

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  3. Definitely finish the Grudge!
    I love the rainbow hexies, and have no idea what the thing is!

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  4. YEAH! Glad you get to see the Chief!
    Ok I have a guess for the tool but I am not positive because I would think it should have two holes... but maybe it's an older style? Anyway is it an elastic threader? Here's how I have seen them in the store
    http://www.joann.com/elastic-threaders/zprd_10687762a/

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  5. Love Chief's desk tidy!! You've certainly covered a wide range of crafty endeavours - I wonder what will be next?!

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