I was recently asked to write an article for crafting website Cut Out & Keep, on the subject of Oxford. They have very kindly allowed me to publish it on my own blog too! I hope that you enjoy reading it.
Oxford – the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ – is steeped in history and knowledge. It has spectacular architecture, glorious open spaces, and its own unique brand of eccentricity. It is probably best known for its university, and, with so many students living here, there’s an atmosphere of new beginnings, dreams and aspirations…
I’d had this rainbow fabric for a while and so today I finally got around to turning it into a circle scarf. I was short on time when I made it so neglected to make the stripes match up properly – a lesson learned for next time.
Happily it has found a new home, away from the eyes of this picky perfectionist!
‘Textile’ was a tough theme. I have a much smaller fabric stash than I used to, and hadn’t really planned this one enough to make something. So, instead, I arranged some fabric that I had set aside for a future project, and created a pattern out of it. Someone said it reminded them of stripy liquorice allsorts!
Today’s theme was flower so I planned a future embroidery project with a little indirect inspiration from the lovely Dearest Jackdaw. I’ll stitch this up as a bit of embroidery hoop wall art when I can find that embroidery hoop I bought the other day! I know it’s around here somewhere…
Today’s theme is ‘orange’ so I decided to have a quick attempt at a fabric design. I’d love to get some of my own designs printed on fabric (I’ve been gazing wistfully at Spoonflower for literally years), so as I’m still learning Adobe Illustrator, I whipped this up in Inkscape instead.
I’ve recently made an abundance of bunting/triangle flag necklaces, so I’ve decided to have a little giveaway! Simply head over to my new Facebook fan page, ‘Like’ me and add a comment to the photo explaining which is your favourite necklace and why. The best reason, in my opinion, wins, so be inventive! This giveaway is open internationally, closes on 20th June 2012 and you can enter as many times as you want. Any questions let me know!
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The 30 Days of Creativity theme for today is ‘plaid’ aka checked fabric. Somehow I only had one type of ‘plaid’ fabric in my not insignificant stash. As I didn’t have very much of it any kind of clothing was out of the question so, inspired by Battersea Dogs & Cat’s Home’s recently launched ‘Cat Knit’, I whipped up a little catnip toy for my cats instead:
I don’t really go in for the typical fish/bird/mouse shapes when I make toys for my cats, because a) it would be more for my amusement than theirs, b) they’d blatantly scratch/bite/kick off all the extra bits I’d carefully sewn on to enhance said fish/bird/mouse and c) it’s just a whole lot easier to make a rectangle than a fish shape.
It’s not stuffed with polyester filling as based on previous experience it just ends up escaping and I have to patch the toys up every five minutes. With this style, they literally just lick it, the ‘filling’ isn’t wedged in so the toy doesn’t usually explode catnip everywhere and they love the ribbons too!
UPDATE: Gave the toy to one of my cats almost quarter of an hour ago and she’s still rolling around with it, rubbing her face on it and licking it!