Mothers Day!

A really lovely day. Mothers are brilliant and should be appreciated. Spoil your mum today and do something lovely that she will thank you for.

It doesnt have to cost any money, give her a really long hug, cook her a meal, make her lots of cups of teas!! 🙂 Anything that you know she will like.

I have bought my mum a bunch of flowers (pictured: I also added some glitter too them… i love glitter!!) and some wine because i know she likes chilling out with a glass.

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Hand Stitched Baby Mobile!! (Very Cute)

Here’s what you’ll need:

• a selection of buttons.

 felt colors of your choice (I choose predominantly off white, and then mix it up from there)

• scissors

• embroidery thread & needle {I use the embroidery needle (the bigger kind=easier to thread)

• fabrics with various patterns (whichever color theme you decide upon) I recommend ordering a heap of fabric scraps from etsy. This keeps it super colorful and makes it super affordable.

• a thread slightly heavier than the embroidery you’ll be working with (almost yarn-like, but more silky) to serve as the main mobile composition.

 glue gun

• a wooden embroidery hoop (take out the part on the inside-this will serve as your main circle-I usually choose one around 14-15 inches)

These are the main shapes that I cut, and I will list the following sizes. I think the sizes I use are GREAT for the layered, eclectic feel of the mobile, and go nicely together.

You have two options for cutting, and I will cover those in a second. but..

In inches, the sizes you’re seeing:

Circles: 2.5, 2. 1.5, 1

Scallops: 3.5, 1.5

floral: 2.5, 1.5, 2.5

You can cut the simple circles on your own. Simply make a paper template with each size, and start cutting away. You could even do a few simple flower shapes that way.

But a much easier, save-yourself-from-wanting-to-claw-out-your-eyeballs, kind of way…would be with a die cutter. (I even think you can purchase punches at your local craft store, it just depends on how well they work with fabrics. Sometimes they aren’t strong enough, so be forewarned. 

Because the scallop shapes are a different story in the cutting realm. So it depends on which route you take. You can either hand cut the basic shapes, or cut with an apparatus.

If you want the shapes to be smooth and easy, and if you plan on doing lots of fun things in the future, like flower bows…small gifts, pins, garlands, etc… If you are one for handmade projects, I gotta tell you guys, this thing is one of my favorite purchases of all time.

Grab up a Sizzix Big shot, with the following dies: flower layers # 3circles # 2, andCircles Scallop # 2

You’ll thank me later. {helpful hint: ebay}

Mine payed for itself in no time with all the flower bows I made for Emerson, and gifts for her friends. Emmy literally owns about a hundred of these. One for every outfit. And for a while, I sold these, too. So it paid for itself.

A basic example of how the shapes are layered: but, you basically cut all your shapes, repeating the exact same ones in the felt, and in the fabric. When you think you have enough, lay them all out on the table, (and the fun part) layer them. They look like little decorative cookies, all lined up on my table.

Then choose 3-4 colors of Embroidery thread, and get creative with the stitching.

If you’re nice and prego, this is a GREAT little project to keep yourself busy in those last few weeks. Take my word for it. {cut to me, late at night, feet up in front of the tv stitching away, one piece at a time.}

For my mobiles, I do 5 strands with 6 on each strand. Front and back. That’s 60 pieces.

Yep. 60. It adds up fast. Yours can be smaller, but I like the size this makes for the corners of a room if your space has tall ceilings.

I basically lay all of my pieces out, and eyeball them as I go, to see which pieces form a better pattern together. Small, big, small big, etc. along with the spacing. I make the center strand longer than the other four, then I make two shorter, and two longer, so that they hang symmetrically, and the pieces alternate in length once the mobile has been hung.

Helpful hint: don’t feel like to have to stitch each and every piece. I do the majority, because of the additional layer of interest it brings, but you can stitch a piece together on one side and then join the piece to be paired with it on the other side, with a glue gun. (once you run your string through the center) The stitching on the outer edge of the larger piece will show on the backside of the joined piece. (That one is kinda complicated to explain.) SO, you can cheat, with less stitching, if you plan out your pieces to be paired together nicely.

Then simply run your string through the center, of both of your layered pieces, and sandwhich them together, so that both pieces show when the string rotates. Just zap it with your gluegun and let it dry for a few.

Bust out your hoop, and choose four strings at the desired length you want. Tie them in between each strand, at an equal distance apart from each other. These will be your hanging ties.

I find it helpful to hang the mobile, and get it level from there.  (it will take some playing, to achieve the final look you want once it has been screwed into the ceiling.)

Choose four places equally spaced apart from each other on the circle, and tie the top part of your string with your new little medallions you’ve made, to the wood.

Take your center piece, and tie it at the top part of the knot you have made with your hanging ties. This way the center string, which is longer than the others, will come through the center. If you take it down and lay it on the floor, your mobile will basically look like this on the floor.

 

Take the end part of the hanging ties, and join them to an eye hook. The eyehook will simply screw into the ceiling, and will enable you to hang the mobile.

There it is!! 

Aren’t they gorgeous? I am definitely going to start making them so if you want to put your orders in now be my guest!! 😛

This is all re-blogged from http://www.thehandmadehome.net

Twine Flowers Tutorial

Twine Flowers

Hi, this is Michelle from Lady of Leisure Ink – thank you Pam for letting me come and play at your blog.

Last year I did a twine exchange with a group of crafty friends here in Colorado, and ended up with some beautiful twine.  We all chose a colour and dyed our own twine and enough for everyone else.  So now I have lots of very pretty twine and wanted to come up with a different way of using it – this is my idea, Twine Flowers.

You really don’t need any special equipment to do this, if you have twine then I pretty sure you can find the rest of the items in your stash.  Here is what you need.
Chipboard or card from cereal boxes, a circle punch (mine is 1 3/4″), a pencil, a ruler, adhesive, dressmakers pins, a large darning type needle and twine.
First punch out your circles from the chipboard, take you ruler and pencil and mark one of the circles like this.
I usually draw 6 lines on mine to divide it up as you would for a clock-face.  There is no need to be exact on this.  Next take your adhesive and stick the circles together, leaving the lines you have made on the one circle outermost.  Take the pins and push them in between the circles about half way, in line with your pencil lines, like so.
Take your twine and start wrapping it around your ‘loom’.  This is difficult to explain, but I took lots of pictures, so I hope that helps.  The way I try to do this is by winding my twine first around the ’12 o’clock pin’ and then taking it down and winding it around the ‘6 o’clock pin’.  Next take the twine up to ’11 o’clock’ and the down to ‘5 o’clock’ ,and so on.
When you have been around the ‘loom’ once, go around again – each pin should have two loops of twine around it, and should look something like this.
Cut off the twine, leaving a long ‘tail’ (about 12″) and thread the end through your needle.
Now you just need to secure all you flower by threading the needle through the back of the petals and back-stitching.  Hopefully the following pictures will show you exactly what I mean.
Continue in this manner until you have secured all the ‘petals’, your flower should look something like this.
Next take your needle and secure the thread by making a couple of stitches through the center of the flower – no need to be particularly neat as this will be the back of the flower.
The last step is to remove the pins, and your flower is all ready to use.
This is how I used my twine flowers, how will you use yours?
thanks to http://www.thebugbytes.com for sharing!