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Mum, artisan, gardener, baker, home-schooler

Craft Bomb Your Bike!

Craft Bomb your Bike front cover

My contributors’ copy of the new book Craft Bomb Your Bike has arrived. Back in December/January I felt like my entire life was devoted to this project, which proved far more complicated than I had imagined… But now all the effort seems worth it as I get to see my work in print ! And I did get to work with most favourite Heather Moore-designed Up, Up & Away fabrics.

My design is a bike basket liner which is convertible to a drawstring tote. Gosh, the struggles I had to make sure that the pattern was adaptable to any size bike basket (which seem to come in about 57 different varieties). I feel a bit queasy when I remember back to how tricky it was and how many pieces of paper I got through and how many prototypes I made… But I am pleased with how cute they have made it look:

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Here’s how it looks as a bag:

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And I managed to get my lads into print too…

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This is us in our Cambridge days, when I used to trundle (and trundle is most definitely the word) round town on my wonderful yellow Pashley trike. Cute eh?

If you cycle and craft, or want to make cute goodies for the cyclists in your life, this is book is well worth a look. There’s sweet bunting, practical mittens, ear-warmers and leg-warmers, cute crochet flowers for your wheels, sweet birds to sit on your handle bars, even a cover for your bike lock. So many imaginative ideas, it’s well worth a look!

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Big Stitch Swap

I’ve felt a bit jaded recently, although I’ve been doing lots of fun projects, they have all been commissions, and I really wanted to make something just for fun. So in spite of having NO SPARE TIME I decided to join in with The Big Stitch Swap organised by Sarah (Fairy Face Designs) and Cindy (Fluffy Sheep Quilting).

The Big Stitch Swap

The main rule of this swap is that whatever you send your partner has to have a significant element of hand-stitching. This was the big appeal of the swap for me, as I love to hand sew, and really needed a project which will make me sit down and relax a minute! This is my inspiration mosaic:

Big Stitch Swap mosaic

1. usb pouch, 2. Patchwork for Ladies with Secrets, 3. 365:125 Embroidering some Summersville fabric, 4. Courthouse Steps, 5. cross stitch stash buster project, 6. Confetti Quilt Full Frontal, 7. Square-in-a-Square Pillow, 8. Polka Dot Smocking Pouch, 9. Airmail Needlebook, 10. Hand stitched hoop art, 11. Kantha bag, 12. Bastidor bordado “Be original and creative”, 13. Zipper purse dandelions, 14. PTS7 all finished!, 15. Liberty Doll Quilt 1

I don’t really mind what my partner makes for me as long as it is colourful, fun and maybe just a little bit quirky!

This is me making a start on my partner’s gift. It is going to involve a lot of hexies and outline quilting, and hopefully some embroidery too, so I need to get a move on!  I haven’t exactly done any sewing yet, but there’s lots to come…

Big Stitch swap first steps

By the way, if there is anyone out there who is waiting for the next Very Berry Artist Trading Card swap, that will be getting going at the end of July… so check back regularly if you want to join in – places will be limited.

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Sugru Winner

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Horribly sorry for delaying the announcement of the Sugru giveaway…. Here’s what Mr Random tells us:

Sugru winner

Number 14 is Leonor of Felt Buddies who promises us a unicorn made of Sugru. I will hold her to that ;-)  Well done to her, and because I love them so much, here is one of Leonor’s beautiful felt pooches – you can get a portrait of your own pet, made to order, from her Etsy shop:

Needlecraft Custom Pet Portrait - Pug - 3D felt wool sculpture - Made To Order

 

I am going to start saving up….


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Fun with Sugru

I was lucky enough recently to be sent to Sugru to try out.

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This intriguing product, described as self-setting rubber, is a bit like Plasticine or Fimo crossed with super strong glue. You can use it to fix things stuff and stick things to other things, and be creative about it too. I defy you not to lose HOURS on their website with all the wonderful creativity you can find there. Check the amazing Lego adaptations - here’s a really fun example:

Pic from Sugru website

I think my kids would do me in if I messed with their Lego (perhaps I will buy some of my own so I can make some ace cable tidies like these!). So, much as I am tempted, I had to come up with something else.

I am much too lacking in creative ideas for anything other than stitching and sewing at the moment, so I went hunting around on the website for ideas I could pinch borrow. I was much intrigued by the ideas for stamping and printing using Sugru. I love a bit of texty fabric, especially awesome typescript, so I had a lightbulb moment and nipped off to Ebay to buy myself from 18 pt Letterpress and here’s what I got up to when it arrived:

Opened up the packet:

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Warmed the Sugru up a bit in my hands and then stuck a tiny bit onto the side of one of my Letterpress letters:

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I squeezed the next letter on to it to make a Sugru sandwich:

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Then scraped off the excess:

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I added some more letters:

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And formed a word. I made sure that all the letters were completely aligned so they would print evenly. Sadly I didn’t make sure of something else:

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I left my letters at this stage to stick together properly overnight, and the next day added more Sugru to create a little handle for the stamp:

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Then I made some more:

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If you make a mistake (like sticking a letter in back to front for instance – but who would be that daft?), you can scrape the Sugru off, even after it has set:IMG_3206

 

I was super-pleased with the results. This is how it looked on paper:

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And on fabric:

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Printing worked best with a soft surface underneath the paper or fabric (I found a piece of felt worked really well). If you use a brand of ink pad that is permanent on fabric, you could make your own labels and even little bits of fabric to include in patchwork piecing… Great fun! I will be popping back to Ebay to buy ink pads, plain tape and more Letterpress, I am sure.

My next plan is to use Sugru to create a coat hook rack with old bobbins and a bit of waste timber we have lying around. Should work really well for displaying bags for product photography. I shall let you know how I get on.

In the mean time, if you fancy having a go with some Sugru, I have a pack to give away. Just leave a comment on this blog post before midnight on Friday 5th July if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning. Tell me what you’d like to stick/repair/customise with Sugru if you like. Happy to post overseas, so don’t let that hold you back.

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