Sunday, 19 May 2013

Hattie's Henrietta Rabbit

Today was the christening of one of my closest friend's little niece Harriet. I wanted to make her something to mark the occasion so naturally decided a rabbit was needed. I've never made a soft toy before so this was most definitely a first!

I had a look for some soft toy patterns for inspiration and though I didn't actually use it (it wasn't quite what I was after), I found this 'Jack Rabbit' tutorial by Carlee over at 'The Mary Frances Project' a really helpful starting point.

I wanted my Bunny to have a vintage/heirloom quality so I chose a cream floral print and a lovely soft blue micro dot cotton to contrast.

I started by cutting out my rabbit pieces (after a few trial runs on fiddly bits) then appliqu├ęd the pads on the paws. I also machine embroidered Hattie's name and the date of her christening onto each ear.

Stitching the front to the back with all of the pieces in place was by far the trickiest part. Much more fiddly than anticipated! But after a little cursing under my breath turning her out was so satisfying. I was surprised at how much stuffing it took -I'm a bit of a hoarder so an old cushion I had tucked away came in handy.

I stitched up the turning hole then set to decorating her with some hand embroidery. It's not something I'm very used to doing but after falling in love with some of Christina De La Mare's work (seen in the Paper Scissors Stone post) I've decided it's definitely a skill I'd like to develop.

Finally I thought a little contrast skirt would be nice to match her ears and paws so I made a little gathered skirt, edged in vintage Ric Rac from my Mother (so vintage infact that it's actually marked 4d per yard!) and fastened with a single Kam snap.

'Henrietta' turned out to be a really satisfying little project. I'm really happy with the end result and hopefully little Hattie will love her too.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Local Independents - Makers

Following on from 'Blaze' and 'Paper Scissors Stone', here is local independent installment #3 for your perusal.

'Makers' on Colston Street, Bristol has just celebrated it's first birthday. It was set up a little over a year ago by four friends -each with their own creative discipline, and like their neighbours at Blaze, they offer a beautiful selection of handmade textiles/jewellery/gifts and more.

Here are a few of my personal favourites from the store.

All of the above bags are made by Red Ruby Rose. I love this little gem of a coin purse, but the Liberty 'Peacock' silk lined clutch has to be my favourite -it is just exquisite and immaculately made.

This stunning bead trimmed cushion is made by local print maker Katie Wallis. The peacock motif is hand printed onto a lavender/olive iridescent silk dupion, and is so tactile I couldn't resist running my fingers across it.

The little crochet boots above are made by Babootska from pure Merino wool, and the 'Fossilized Plastic' accessories by Sue Gregor. I particularly like the hair combs -made using real flowers and leaves, they're so clean and contemporary looking.

They have a great selection of greetings cards available (I chose this hand printed card above by Annie Bell) and the shop also operates as a gallery space, showcasing dozens of beautiful prints/illustrations by local artists such as Freya Cumming's 'They sailed away'.

As well as a whole host of other goodies, Makers are now offering a series of craft workshops held on the mezzanine level in store. Further information can be found on their website. If you'd like to be kept up to date with the latest Makers news then check out their Facebook page, or subscribe to their blog.

Another great little store well worth a visit. Whether you're looking for a gift or just a little treat for yourself -you'd be hard pressed not to find something you'll fall in love with!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Me-Made-May'13 Flickr

So I know that I keep harping on about this 'Me-Made-May' malarkey, but I thought it was worth sharing a link to the Flickr group.

There are hundreds of people across the globe participating, and it's so inspiring to see what everyone's been creating -so even if you're not taking part this year why not go have a nose.

Here are a couple of the pictures I've contributed. The weather has been so beautiful over the last few days it's nice to get a chance to wear the racer back dress I made back in February (without leggings and a huge jumper).

And a few snaps of the handmade vest I drafted it from (mentioned in the same post). I also whipped up a quick crochet hair comb to wear this morning, unfortunately you can't really see the scalloped detail very clearly in the picture but perhaps I'll make a few more soon.

I hope that everyone's enjoying their Bank Holiday weekend!