Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thats my project this week. I thought about making something for P or J, but they have so many clothes that they are spilling out of their drawers.
My next option was to make something more for winter baby, but I've gone through all my newborn stuff, and I think I've got enough for him or her. So that just leaves me! So my project this week is to make something wintery for myself. Probably should have started before the girls got back from DH's parents.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
The only thing I would change about the alphabet is some of the fabric I used for the front of the letters. Most of them are fine, but a few are too busy and detailed, which makes it harder to work out which letter they are. If I do it again, I will go for more solid colours, with less details.
Friday, April 20, 2012
3) Document a failure
- Something that seemed like a good idea but just didn't work
Lets talk about failures shall we? I've had a few in my crafting adventures, and I'd like you all to know that everything doesn't stay as great as it looks on my blog.
These ones too - one of the eyes got all long and googly as well. To be fair P and J don't really care that much about that.
P just doesn't wear this singlet, even though she quite likes it. It's too tight. And so it sits in the drawer all forlorn.
And speaking of things not worn
J took one look at these smocks from Father Christmas, and flat out refused to even try them on. Despite much coaxing I think she has worn one once, and they have been put away with the summer clothes in the hopes that maybe next summer she will have gotten over her dislike of them.
And lets not forget the skirt I made myself that I had to relegate back to the sewing box because it was such a bad fit. Looking at it again I think it'd make an awesome pencil skirt though.
But the biggest failure of all:
Long time readers of my blog will note that there are no Montessori activities on my projects this year, and the reason for this is simple. They have been a really big failure. Now to be fair, I knew at the start of the Montessori journey that we were unlikely to stick fully to the ideals, but I did hope that we would make it work anyway. It did not.
Rather more than one failure to share with you. For me its important to show the reality of my crafting. Although there are plenty of things I make that work out really well, and are very well received, there are some that just don't cut it. So next time you read about something amazing I've created, just remember that there are no guarantees it will work, or that the recipients will appreciate it. For all that, I still enjoy making things, even if they don't work out.
Friday, April 6, 2012
I've had some roving that DH's Nan gave me. She used to spin, but has given it up (more because of time constraints than infirmity - this is the 80 year old who still skis!), so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try our hands at wet felting. The first part of the process was to dye the roving (more on this next post).
We followed the process as outlined by Rosy Posy, although our chicks aren't quite as smooth as hers ended up.
Once they were completely dry (thanks to the hot water cupboard), I embroidered on a little orange beak, and used a permanent marker to make the little eyes (I don't have any black thread).
Thursday, April 5, 2012
For my Easter Chicks project with the girls, I needed some yellow roving to felt. So I decided to try dying some myself. My biggest concern was that the dyeing process would felt the roving, so I was extra careful in my process. It is essentially the same as when I dye wool.
1) Soak the roving in cold water and vinegar for several hours or overnight. I used about 1/2 cup of vinegar, but you can use up to half and half. Using the vinegar in the soak helps the roving to take the dye quickly, which helps prevent felting.
2) Heat water and vinegar in the slow cooker until it starts to steam. I added some of the soaking liquid, and then about another 3/4 cup of vinegar. Again, the more vinegar the quicker the dye will be taken up. If you're using a non primary colour (or a mix of colours) more than 3/4 cup of vinegar will make the colours take up at different rates and can lead to some variegation that you didn't intend.
3) Turn the slow cooker down, add the roving pushing it down into the pretty hot liquid.
4) Add the dye (I used yellow food colouring because it's awesome). Poke the roving gently to ensure dye gets on everything.
5) At this point I turned the slow cooker off, and left the roving sitting in it. You can leave it until it cools down, but I can never wait that long - it needs to be in there for long enough to soak up as much of the dye as possible. Poke it as little as possible.
6) Rinse the roving gently in cold water - again be very gentle during this process, and don't add any detergent. I erred on the side of less rather than more washing, so when we felted our chicks, quite alot of yellow came out. Since I only use non toxic dyes this isn't an issue for us.
7) Spread out your roving on a towel and leave to dry.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
But our gardening also uncovered a surprise. I asked P to help me dig up some self sown potatoes (to keep her out of the way), and when she did, there were so many potatoes down there that we got several meals out of them. They are some Maori potatoes that we planted out a couple of years ago, and it has encouraged DH to consider growing some more, because they are just such lovely potatoes to eat.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Somehow Easter snuck up on me this year. I knew it was coming up, but I just didn't realise it was this week. So my project this week is to do some Easter crafting with the girls. We've already started making some Easter chicks
Monday, April 2, 2012
I entered a co op recently to get some 4ply wool from 100Purewool. Well it was on my doorstop when I came home from work today. Its such lovely wool, and I'm so excited to wind it, and knit it up. The colourways I chose were: