Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Adventures

I love crochet. I really really do and it has been my only craft for the last 18 months, but since I have been staying with my mum I have had the urge to sew. Now I don't want you thinking that my mum is a homely woman who gets out her latest piece of embroidery because that is far from the truth. She has big ginger curls and can often be seen wearing floaty dresses. She is a Buddhist and used to be a medium. She believes in angels and collects ornaments of fairies. She hates gardening, cooking and generally anything crafty. So with 4 younger siblings and various family members/partners/friends/pets this is a pretty chaotic house at times, not really an inspiring environment and I'm not quite sure why I absolutely have to do some patchwork right this minute and I couldn't possibly wait for 3 days for the fabric to be delivered. 3 days?! I want it NOW! Then when it finally arrives and I'm literally jumping up and down making high pitched screeching noises. I'm sure my family think I've gone completely bonkers! So would you like to see some of the fabric I got? I really really want to share it with someone who loves it just as much as I do. I wish these photos showed the vibrancy of the colours because they make me so happy just looking at them and thinking of all the wonderful possibilities. Perhaps a cushion, a quilt, how about a patchwork apron? 

Ok so here is the first thing I bought - Patch! by Cath Kidston (and my new crochet book I haven't blogged about yet). I really love Cath Kidston designs. This book is so inspiring and well worth the £10.50 I paid for it. 

It came with a neat little set to make the bag/cushion on the front and was a great beginner project. I haven't quite constructed the cushion yet because I don't have access to a sewing machine.

These are some really handy precut squares I got from eBay. I would definitely recommend here and here.

I bought some larger cuts of fabric too. This shop is bargainous - just £1 for a fat quarter and £1.50 for a 1/2 metre!!! 

I intend to make some lovely shabby chic patchwork cushions and an apron. I was also inspired by this amazing cushion so I started making my own hexagons to sew together. They are quick and easy to make. I bought the templates here and they even came with some handy instructions and one with fabric already tacked onto it.

And my favourite - a glorious roll of Amy Butler fabric I got as a free gift with my subscription of Mollie Makes (for UK only, find out more here). I even waited 2 WHOLE DAYS so I could photograph the moment when I unrolled it to share with you.

Are you ready for the best bit? It's going to be a colour explosion - get your sunglasses!

Isn't it just magical? I am in love. I really really am. I can't wait to get show you the finished objects.

So I hope you enjoyed this colourful, fabricky post just as much as I did writing it. I would love to read your comments and know that I'm not the only one who gets excited over crafty bits. 

Hope your having a great summer despite the dreary weather,
Love Em xxx

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