Friday, 20 November 2015

Quilted Christmas Stocking

...Or 'Sock-ing' if you will!

After putting together some new Christmas themed 'Hexie' English Paper Piecing (EPP) packs and totally falling in love with the small scale festive prints by Riley Blake I decided to whip up a new Christmas Stocking to show them off with a bit of a traditional sock design.

The base is a solid red with fusible fleece onto which I quilted a grid. I think the hexie embellishment adds an extra special touch to an otherwise pretty simple make. I simply topstitched them into place before assembling.

I decided to utilise some scraps and instead of adding a contrast cuff chose some sweet scrappy binding instead which I hand stitched in place. Above you can see the ladder stitch which is then pulled taut for an invisible finish.

It's so jolly looking! Gloomy day pictures don't really do it justice.

I had intended to place it on sale alongside the kits at 'Make & Do' but my other half has taken a liking to it so it may be gifted instead! Not long now till the 'big C', I'd better get back to stitching!!

Want to give English Paper Piecing a try? Check out the tutorial here.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Ravelry / Knitting Update

Howdy folks! I'm mid-cutting my second 'Bruyere' blouse at the mo. I'm taking my time with it as I'm making it with a snuggly warm plaid which requires quite a lot of thought regarding placement and pattern matching so I thought in the meantime I'd share a quick knitting progress report! The images are all pulled from my Instagram feed.

I've recently discovered the website / online community 'Ravelry'. If you knit / crochet maybe this is old news but Ravelry is bloomin' great for yarn based projects! If you're buying a pattern you can see other people's reviews, finished projects and get construction tips etc. There's also a project search function including thousands of free online patterns.

So I've now completed two proper projects and have a third in progress! The first was a ribbed hat using a cheap acrylic yarn I've had hanging about the house for some time.

The next project I tackled was slightly fiddlier. I used double pointed needles to make some wrist warmers for Kirsten's birthday. The yarn used is Wendy 'Celeste' and has tiny sparkly sequins interspersed purchased from 'Get Knitted' in Brislington, Bristol.

Neither of these are perfect but as a recent 'non-knitter' I'm feeling rather pleased with myself!!

...Now back to good ol' 'Bernie' and some pattern matching!