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Bits and Bobs

How many of you have a cupboard full of fabric scraps and bits and bobs that ‘will come in handy one day’?  Well I have to admit that I have cupboards and boxes of fabric scraps.   Over the last couple of weeks I have challenged myself to incorporate these within my embroideries and I would like to share with you some of the results.  I have produced three miniature quilts using this method.

Background fabric created using free machine embroidery onto fabric scraps

Background fabric created using free machine embroidery onto fabric scraps

 

I have used a range of fabrics and textures to create a background fabric.  These have been layered and pieced together with free machine embroidery, these are worked on 3″ squares.

By using different fabrics, papers and lace you can create an interesting and textured background fabric.

Shabby chic inspired my first couple of quilts. Live, Laugh Love and Love, Life, Happiness were embroidered onto the background fabrics along with free machine appliquéd hearts.  The fabrics were further embellished with hand embroidery and buttons.

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The first set of squares I created were Live, Laugh, Love.  I made a background by quilting a piece of hand dyed cotton using free machine squiggles and hearts.  The squares are hand sewn onto the quilted fabric; the back fabric is attached and the edges are finished using blanket stitch.

Close up - Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt
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Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Live, Laugh Love Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Love, Life, Happiness quilt I made a background fabric from fabric scraps.  I have free machined strips of fabric together and then quilted them.  The three squares were then hand embroidered onto this background and finished with blanket stitch.

Close up - Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt
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Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Love, Life, Happiness Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the rugged finish on both of these miniature quilts and the most satisfying thing is that all materials were found treasures in my bits and bobs box.

As you will know by now I love flowers and at this time of year I am fascinated with the delicate structures of the seed heads.  My third quilt is inspired by these.  I have free machined seed heads onto my pieced background fabrics and then further embellished with hand embroidery. My backgrounds have been created using fabric scraps/strips and free machined together.

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Close up - Seed Head Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Close up – Seed Head Miniature Quilt
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Seed Head Miniature Quilt www.kateskloths.co.uk

Seed Head Miniature Quilt
www.kateskloths.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have loved making these.  They have provided me with the perfect opportunity to switch off and unwind for a while.  A good coffee and a relaxing playlist always help.

 

Crochet

CrochetCrochet – A new way for me to lose hours and days…… I would like to share with you my new waste of time that has me totally hooked……

In April I taught myself how to crochet.  This is something I have wanted to learn for many years however never managed to get around to it.  Whilst recuperating from a period of ill health I sat down with a book, You Tube, some yarn and a hook, a few months later I am hooked!  I began this process by practicing stitches and trying to keep the same number of stitches on each row, I met a lady in a wool shop who kindly showed me how to start a chain and how to stitch a treble – she told me that this was the one and only stitch I would need to learn to move forward and after leaving the shop I have practiced and practiced. Crochet Hat

The most confusing thing about crochet is the name of the stitches – trebles, as I learned IPad coverthem, are actually doubles in American patterns and doubles are singles – talk about making things complicated however this is where You Tube has helped me because I have been able to watch stitched being worked and then decide what they are called.

My first project was a hat and then I decided to have a go at amigurumi and I also made an iPad cover.  The hat was a success – the rabbit was … well all I can say about the rabbit is that I have tried and the lady in the wool shop was right – trebles are the best.

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After trying a couple of small projects I then began a blanket – I have called this my recovery blanket and I have then moved onto a couple of shrugs (I don’t have photos of these yet but they were mainly using treble stitches and I even tied new patterns and V stitches)

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With this new hobby I was quickly collecting a variety of new bits and bobs including hooks and stitch markers – I have managed to pull myself away from my crochet for a while to make a storage roll.  Now sewing is my first love and always will be so it only seems fitting that I have used my sewing skills to make something to keep my hooks safe.  I have made this out of a selection of remnant fabrics I had in my sewing box.  I began by making the inner of the roll by stitching down narrow pockets for the hooked and using ribbon for the needles, scissors and pins.  The outer cover is decorated using crazy patchwork with free machine embroidery over the joins.

Crochet storage roll

The opened roll with storage for hooks, needles, scissors and stitch markers

The opened roll with storage for hooks, needles, scissors and stitch markers

Crazy patchwork with free machine embroidery on crochet storage roll/

Crazy patchwork with free machine embroidery on crochet storage roll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So last week I began my next crochet challenge and this one might take a while.  At the Woolfest last month I bought a beautiful hand dyed indigo extra fine merino and silk yarn.  This was in a hank so last week I sat myself down and wound it into a ball – this took a lot longer that I had imagined, I have 100g of this yarn which is lace weight and approx 800m long – thankfully I have a twirly gig that helped..

Starting to wind the extra fine merino and silk yarn into a ball

Starting to wind the extra fine merino and silk yarn into a ball

 

The ball of fine yarn is nearly complete

The ball of fine yarn is nearly complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have made a start at a fine shawl – it is worked on a size 2 hook.  I have taken the pattern from a You Tube demonstration from which I have made notes and written up the pattern in a format that I can understand.  This project may take some time…. I will keep you all updated on my progress

The first motif

The first motif

 

A couple of more motifs later....

A couple of more motifs later….

Crochet is starting to take shape - It s going to take some time....

Crochet is starting to take shape – It s going to take some time….

I am pleased to say that after showing my friend Cath how to crochet a granny square she too is also hooked and is now having a go at a shawl  🙂