Heart Shaped Key Ring

Create a Heart Keyring

As valentine’s is tomorrow here’s an idea for a valentine’s gift or just a gift in general is a handmade key ring. All you need are some scraps of material and a metal ring which you can usually pick up from a craft store relatively cheaply in packs. Start by cutting your material to size. Then sew – either by machine or hand and you’re … Continue reading Create a Heart Keyring

Jack Skeleton Rag Tag

A few weeks ago I received a rather random message from my youngest nephew.  He’d been playing a colouring game on the ipad and the game had a character in which he really liked and he messaged asking if I’d make him a soft toy of the character.  The picture he sent looked more like a character from Minecraft but was at least recognisable as … Continue reading Jack Skeleton Rag Tag

Make Some Christmas Coasters

As we head towards Christmas I thought I’d make some festive coasters for the table. They’re really simple to make. You start with two squares of fabric, I went for contrasting colours black and white.  Cut your design out of different coloured materials and assemble on one of the squares fixing in place with pins.  Once you’re happy with the design embroider onto your base … Continue reading Make Some Christmas Coasters

Sue Stone Textile Artist

One of the highlights of the Festival of Quilts was obviously Diana Harrison work but another was the work of textile artist Sue Stone. The exhibit is entitled “This is Me” and is a series of small portraits each around 27 by 35cm. Mixed media creations using a combination of fabrics, threads, wool, felt and acrylic paint. This is how the artist describes her work…… … Continue reading Sue Stone Textile Artist

Traces in Cloth

One of my favourite exhibits at the Festival of Quilts that I visited last month was the work of artist Diana Harrison – “Traces of Cloth”.  Her creations are all fabric based, combining a multitude of techniques including quilting, dying, shrinking, bleaching, burning and printing. Sadly I have absolutely no idea how she was able to create such haunting pieces but it was a beautiful … Continue reading Traces in Cloth

Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts is live at the NEC, Birmingham this weekend (10th – 13th August) and is well worth a visit. As well as an array of stalls selling fabrics, threads, felting, wool and a whole lot more crafting materials the event has an exhibition of work throughout the halls displaying creations from professional an amateur artists. I took a quick walk around on … Continue reading Festival of Quilts