Thursday, 31 October 2013

Vintage Birds

Last week I finished some more vintage birds! I love the sweet little flower design.
So now there are five little birds in the same fabric, I think they're rather pretty!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Hat Happiness!

Something very exciting happened last week - our hat delivery was featured on Innocent Smoothie's facebook page! Isn't that ace?!
"Gemma sent us this email before visiting Fruit Towers to hand deliver 2800 hats for the Big Knit: "I love to knit and started knitting the little hats about six years ago, just sending a little parcel in every year. In 2010, after I finished my degree, I opened a stall selling my jewellery and handmade crafts in Oswestry Indoor market and the market is such a big part of the local community that I decided to make it a collection point for the hats! In 2011 I collected 827 hats, in 2012 there were 1160, and this year (with a target of 1500) we made it to 2800! The best thing about it is that so many people get involved, and every year I meet new people who want to contribute - it's really great to offer to deliver the hats in person too, so that everyone knows that their hats arrive safely!" To Gemma and all the Oswestry knitters, on behalf of Age UK and everyone at innocent, thank you for being so brilliant"

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Oswestry Makes!

It's been a long time in the planning, but last week was the very first Oswestry Makes fibre festival. The first meetings happened well over a year ago, and there were lots of different ideas flying around, so it was very exciting to finally see it happen! There was knitting, sewing, crochet, spinning and all sorts of other crafts, but sadly I missed out on having a proper look around because I was so busy myself!
I ran free drop-in crochet workshops in my stall on both Saturdays, as well as in the library on the Thursday evening, where I taught the basics of how to make a granny square, and it was fantastic to start so many people off on their crochet adventures.
I made sure to photograph every single square, I'm so proud! 
I'm already making notes for next year, things that I could do differently (maybe have appointments rather than drop-in sessions, it was rather busy!) and things that I'd like to try, and we're having a meeting soon to hatch some new plans. It's the start of something really very exciting!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New Birds...

I've been working on some more little birds for my shop, including vintage birds and robins. They are such a pleasure to make!

Floral birds made from vintage embroidered linens
and cord robins with tartan chests. I'm feeling rather festive! I've made an album of my robins over on my facebook page, it's been lovely to see them all in one place!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

New Crochet Makings...

I've had a busy week of crocheting, making sure I have plenty of stock in my shop for the busy festive period! 

 Double layered star flower brooches

single layered star flowers
and I've made some more little doily brooches - I particularly love the one with the knitted background!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

New Birds...

I've been busy making some fancy new birds this week! I picked up some tweedy fabric a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be just the thing for robins, so the first batch of ten are done!

 I rather like them!
I've also made some new birds in my gemmipop vintage range - I love vintage linen so much! 
Love them!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Foxy Knitting

I fell in love with this gorgeous Fox stole pattern from Tiny Owl Knits and I just had to make it right away! It's just delightful!

And Brian likes it too! What are you making at the moment?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

More Makings...

Some more of my makings from last week. I have very much enjoyed being so busy over the last few weeks!
 Wintry themed crochet flower brooches
 Vintage linen brooches
and lots of new button earrings!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Tiny Crochet Adventures...

I've been working out a new crochet doily pattern for my jewellery, which is a little bit smaller than the ones from my recent batches of brooches and works for earrings!

I thought I would do a bit of a comparison of scale with a five pence piece, just to illustrate how tiny they are! 
These earrings were a commission, they turned out pretty well I think! 

As well as earrings, this tiny doily pattern works well for multiples on large brooches. I rather like how they turned out! 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

{Sunday Snippets}




{sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. 
Let the pictures tell your story.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

New Doily Brooches!

I'm really in love with tiny crochet at the moment. I finished this batch of brooches last week and I'm so happy with them!
I've been working on some new stuff with small crochet too, I'll be sharing that soon!

Friday, 11 October 2013

New Crochet Flowers

I've had a bit of an enforced blog break because my home internet is all kinds of broken, but I am currently having an evening mixing work and pleasure, and using free wifi in my local coffee shop!  So I thought I would share some of my makings from the last week...
I was all inspired by these gorgeous colours so I got to crocheting right away!

I made some teeny star flower brooches...
and some large star brooches and my old favourite flowers!
The colours really are splendid and I so enjoyed using them!

Friday, 4 October 2013

gemmipop vintage makings...

I finished making some pretty cushions this morning for my gemmipop vintage range! They all have vintage embroidered linen on the front and retro and vintage floral fabrics on the backs.



I really do love vintage linen!

"Top Hats" 2013

I loved every single hat that we took to London on Tuesday, but some of them really were rather fancy! So here are the "Top Hats" of 2013...

 And there were some super colour combos...
It was an absolute joy to look through them all!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Big Knit - Hat Delivery 2013

On Tuesday I had a very big adventure - along with my gorgeous friend Lowri, I  took 2800 hats to Innocent Smoothie HQ, Fruit Towers! 

It really is an absolutely splendid place, and we both want to work there when we grow up!
 This is us by the "Wall of Love" and the Banana Phone! We were made so welcome and I'm already looking forward to taking next years hats! We will have a massive target for next year, given that we almost doubled our target this year! How exciting!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Readings... September

I really didn't do very well with my reading in September, I only managed to finish two books. I think I've just been so distracted with lots of making that I lost track of the month. But I enjoyed both books so at least I managed quality.
So my September readings were

  • "Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit" by Jeanette Winterson
  • "The Language of Flowers" by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I've already started the "Planet of the Apes" so hopefully I'll do better in October!