Monday, 30 December 2013

Crafting companions.

When ever I am crafting I always have loyal companions.  The older dogs are usually happy with just a look and sniff at what I am doing.  The cat and the younger dog however are a different matter.

Often as I craft I feel a tug on my wool and turn to find the cat hanging onto the end of it.  Or I will go to reach for a certain colour of roving to find my deaf staffy cross having a go at wet felting it all on her own.

Needle felted Christmas ornaments

After mastering my new found interest of needle felting during the summer, I dragged the wool and needles out to make some needle felted Christmas decorations.  I used cookie cutters to get the shape, and just needle felted in them.

A needle felted robin and needle felted Father Christmas soon followed.

Crazy about needle felting.

I discovered needle felting this summer. I absolutely love it so relaxing.  I really wanted a needle felt penguin first.  There are many good needle felting tutorials out there on youtube.  I just did a search for needle felt penguin and got some ideas.  I bought my needles and first lot of wool off ebay.  You need wool tops or roving for needle felting, however my penguins beak is made from scrunched up wool yarn as I did not have that colour.  I am well pleased with him for my first attempt and he is really cute.

For my second attempt I decided to keep it simple shape wise, but with a bit more detail and blended wool.  Therefore I made this needle felt owl.  I didn't have to look up ideas for a needle felt owl as once I get the idea of something I am off.  This is a lovely little fellow and they feel so good in your hand being made out of pure wool.

Piddling crocheted frog toilet roll holder

To wee or not to wee, that is the question?!

We have a static caravan in Shropshire and in it I allow all things 'twee' that I would not normally have at home.  It's our place to relax and have a bit of fun.  In the bathroom we have a frog theme going on, so I decided to make something to go in there and this 'weeing' frog is the result.  Much to my 13 year old foster childs dismay!

Character painted hessian bag

I have just laughed whole heartedly at my last post.  Dated January 2012 making promises to do more blogs!  Fostering does take up a lot of your time!!  I will not promise in this blog to make any more, we will just see how things go.

I have not done as much crafting as I would like, but I have made some things, so I will show you some of the items I made this year.

I painted this hessian bag for my Sister In Law Shelley for her 40th birthday.