February 25, 2013
I know the sweetest little bean and Its her 2nd Birthday this week so I wanted to make her a special crafty present, something practical as she lives in a yurt in the woods, and something she can treasure for years to come. I decided a patchwork quilt would be perfect, except I’ve never managed to finish any patchwork I’ve started, and I only had Three days…
I already had some strips of fabric cut so that was a head start, all but one are gorgeous vintage fabrics I’ve collected over the years. I cut them into different sized rectangles all with the same length (22cm) and varying widths.Then this is what I did:
1. Sew the rectangles together into a strip of suitable length, repeat this until you have 5 strips, iron the strips and sew them together
2. Choose a piece of backing fabric and lay the patchwork piece on top, with the right sides touching, pin and cut around it. (I appliqued an initial and some flowers onto the backing fabric first)
3. Sew the two pieces together, as you would a pillowcase, going round all corners but leaving an opening at the bottom
4. Turn inside out, measure the right size piece wadding and put it inside. Pin around the edge to secure it in place and pin the opening flap together, turning it back on itself to create a neat edge
5. Sew all around the edge of the quilt, then sew down the lengths of the strips. Next across to create squares, and then diamonds.
Et Voila! easier than I thought, a manageable size for a first quilt and the perfect gift for a kiddo. Now I feel ready to tackle a larger one with proper edging techniques!
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February 23, 2013
This week I’ve been sewing, It made me smile when, for a brief moment, the sun beamed through my windows onto my yellow threads.
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November 12, 2012
This Saturday I went over to Cherry Wood to do another leatherwork course with Rob Exton,
cocooned in an autumn haven of orange yellow leaves, woodsmoke and low sun we were happy badgers with cold noses, working on various projects with Rob’s expert guidance. This time I decided on a red leather notebook case. I love carrying a notebook with me and jotting down lists and thoughts so having a handmade one will be all the more enjoyable!
If you fancy learning the skills you need to make beautiful functional leather goods then I highly reccomend Rob’s courses, he is a wonderful teacher AND you get to frolick in the woods! The next course is in May.
May 27, 2012
Last weekend I was lucky enough to do a leatherwork course with the wonderful leatherworker, green woodworker and all round crafty chap Rob Exton. I learned SO much (30+ skills and techniques) and produced some lovely leather items including a purse, knife sheath and moulded blessing bowl. It was genuinly one of the best things I have ever done and I have well and truly got the leather bug, I loved all the processes from tanning to moulding and most of all the glorious sadle stitch. I am currently making a simple over the shoulder bag which is Very exciting.
Practicing sadle stitch
Bag – WIP
In June I am going on a basketmaking course, which I am also VERY excited about. Traditional crafts like basketmaking and leatherwork have always been intrinsically linked with rural living and they are being kept alive by a small core of skilled passionate craftspeople. I feel extremely lucky to be learning these skills and I hope to perfect them over the coming months and hopefully become a leather working, basket making ninja. Watch this space!
*For more information on Rob’s courses and projects visit his website
March 27, 2012
We are currently planning with military precision what furniture/ stuff will fit into our new 12ft home, I have been relishing in the downsize, ruthlessly editing my possessions and donating bag after bag to the local Oxfam, However I cannot quash my nesting tendencies, whatever size the nest may be. The other day I found myself buying some pretty green stemmed wine glasses from a charity shop (even though we have some perfectly functional ones already) and, inexplicably, three embroidered linen tablecloths have made the cut (THREE? In a forest?) These tendencies can also lead to painting furniture with little tester pots of paint. For our tiny new home I decided to brighten up some of the bits of furniture we’ll be taking;
This Chest of drawers is from Ikea for only £15.99, I chose to paint it my favorite of all colour combinations; Yellow and Grey. I used ‘Hustle at 5pm’ and ‘Plumbago’ by Fired Earth.
This little wicker beauty was picked up in a charity shop and painted by my Mum, I spruced it up further by painting the inside with ‘Southbank’ Orange by Fired Earth and adding a vintage place mat.
January 22, 2012
I have decided to make a quilt, I’m not sure when it will begin or end, but this image of a FOX quilt sealed the deal:
Gorgeous fox quilt from Pip Lincoln’s home
and this cat design is pretty wonderful too:
Easy step by step pattern from Mer Mag
This weekend I have also been loving my Luna hugs:
December 18, 2011
Last Sunday the mighty Lionheart magazine was launched into the world, and what a wonderous day it was. After months of waiting I was finally able to see the fruits of Helen Martin’s labour. It was everything I imagined and more; elegant simplicity gracing the thick matte pages, beautiful illustrations, photography and design, talented people, truly interesting features, poetic words, it is a treasure and I can’t recommend it enough, visit the Lionheart website to buy your copy online.
The party was so much fun and I met some brilliant people as well as enjoying time with old friends, highlights included; delicious pizza’s made by my Husband Will, the best cakes ever from the lovely Kimberlee of The Homemade Mama, a lampshade demonstration by Ruth of Quincy lampshades, A live illustration (of me!) by the very talented and lovely Gemma Milly and an epic craft session that was loved by all.
The perfect venue – 40 Alfred Place, Bristol
The beautiful front cover; Illustration by Gemma Milly, typography by Holly Giblin
Happy customer: Lauren
Photographer extraudinaire : Stella Mason
Chef extraudinaire: Will
Gemma modelling her mans craft triumph; a lavender moustache!
Live Illustration by Gemma Milly (photo- c/o Stella Mason)
I’m honoured to have contributed (I also did the page titled ‘Treasure’)
December 8, 2011
This week I have been plagued with a dreaded winter cold, now I am better I am looking forward to being at Tenderfoots ‘Yule Love It’ Christmas market on Saturday, lots of lovely unique Christmas gifts on offer, including my wares, and mulled wine and mince pies…
I am also looking forward to the Lionheart Launch Party on Sunday, Music, craft, cake – made by the wonderful Homemade mama, Lions, joy, homemade pizza, aaaand we’ll be able to see the magazine in the flesh – SO exciting. There will be a lampshade demonstration by the very lovely Quincy Lampshades at 3.30pm, which I cant wait to see. I will be doing two crafty workshops at 4.15 – Moustache making, perfect for the photo booth, and sew your own lavender bag/ christmas decoration. At 5.30 there will be a live illustration session by Gemma Milly which I also can’t wait to see! And from 6pm onwards; good music and sparkles.
The weekend after all this action I am looking forward to a weekend off for my Birthday celebrations and some time with the Mr, and then it’ll be Christmas; I’m wishing for A novelty jumper, Christmas films, cheese, mulled wine, board games, an open fire and most of all some snow, it was magical last year:
December 2, 2011
December is here; Cold weather and wooly hats, I will turn 27, It will be my second Christmas as a wife, but best of all… it is the month I have launched my business. The tiny beginnings of something I hope will grow to be beautiful and successful, it feels wonderful to have big hopes, wonderful, scary and right.
I will be starting with 4 Christmas markets this month and then launching my online shop in January. The first market is this Saturday on the Christmas Steps in Bristol, this is perhaps why I’m feeling festive so early this year, Today I’m planning to venture into the back of our garden to find our tree from last year and adorn it once again with some lights.
Here are some seasonal inspirationals I love, to begin the festive month:
The cutest advent calendar from Snug
‘Fashionable Christmas’ cards from the V and A including one of my favorite illustrators Georges Lepape
Pretty handmade owl decorations from Lula Handmade
‘Sailing home for Christmas’ card by Anna Searle
Christmas Lights dessert plates by West Elm
November 24, 2011
Another date for your diaries petals:
The Makery Christmas Market , Sunday 4th December 11-5, 16 Northumberland Place, Bath.
Bath is such a lovely place to meander, especially in the winter months, I find its old-fashioned charm perfect for getting me in the festive mood and The Makery shop is a place I always visit, a cave of crafty treasures that never fails to inspire. This year they are holding a Christmas market on the top two floors of their emporium with goods from lots of wonderful makers, including As Petals Fall. Also the first 250 buyers receive a goodie bag containing fabric from The Makery, a Mollie Makes subscription and other treats, so make sure you get there early!
Hope to see you there x