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!
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…
I’ve had to think about this one for about a fortnight before coming up with an idea that I was happy with. The theme was ‘8 bit’, that pixelated style that those of us born in the 70s and 80s are familiar with from computer games, back in the day. I love how this turned out, considering I’ve only done cross-stitch once before – does anyone recognise it?
Now I’m thinking that I could have done the little characters from the game ‘Lemmings’ instead, but I think I’ll save that for a future 30DoC.
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!
Today’s creation was very quick and easy, following instructions from my friend Scrapiana‘s article in Issue 2 of Mollie Makes magazine. Her strawberry emery pincushions adorn the front cover and there’s a step-by-step guide inside to show you how to make your own. I went for the looped ribbon top for my strawberry, as I don’t have any pinking shears to make a fabric cap, or a beading needle to make a beaded cap. I didn’t have any emery sand to hand either so had to make do with polyester stuffing and just create a normal pincushion: