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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Lots more felt heart designs

Looking for wedding ideas?

Decorated felt hearts are all the rage. Choose shabby colours and you will create a double whammy of felt hearts.

Rather than bore you all with lots of individual posts on the felt hearts that I've been making, I thought that I would put a whole lot of them on at once. If you're wondering how I made so many then the answer is simple. They  can be made while watching the television of an evening.






So, what are you waiting for? These pretty felt hearts will make fabulous favours for any wedding, or a perfect gift got a bride.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pretty pink flowers for a wedding or festival head dress or circlet

I've been itching to use these pretty pink flowers to make a wedding or festival head dress.  They are just the right size ot form into a head dress for a child to wear at a festival or wedding.

I used just 1 bunch each of the white flowers and the pink flowers and I interspaced tham with some silver spikes to give the circlet a little texture.

12 Artificial Silk Roses - 20mm - two tone Pink
12 Artificial Silk Roses - 20mm - White
Bunch of 12 flower spikes - silver


When you have made it long enough then twist the two ends together and your circlet is ready.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Felt Heart with Ribbon Roses

Have you liked the felt hearts that I've been posting recently? I hope that you have as here is another one for you. Nothing like a bit of overkill.

For this one, I decided that I had to break out of the diagonal rut that I seemed to be in and go for a simpler style. It's strange though how one creation inspired the next creation, so for this one I may have left the ribbon and lace behind, but I have used the ribbon roses to make a simpler but very pretty heart.


If you want to make one then you can get what you need here at www.craftfairy.co.uk

Willow Green, Double Faced Satin Ribbon, 3m x 6mm
Blue Ribbon Roses x 10
Aqua 6/0 Glass Seed Beads, Ceylon round - about 4mm 
White Felt Hearts 7.5cm, wide 40% Wool and Synthetic Blend

You will also need some thread and a needle.

Christmas inspired felt heart

I did tell you two days ago that I was on a roll with these felt hearts. I wasn't lying as I"ve made another one today. This time I decided to go for a more Christmas inspired set of colours and this is what I came up with.


I chose the beauriful tear drop lace in ivory as I'm not all that keen on white and red. I paired it with the luxurious red and old gold damask ribbon, a cream ribbon rose and some of the 4mm golden beads. I used the diagonal layout that seems to be my favourite at the moment and this is the result. I hope that you like it too.

Materials used can be found here:

Red Felt Hearts 7.5cm, wide 30% Wool and Synthetic Blend 
Golden Glass Seed Beads, Silver Lined, Round, approx 4mm 
Cream Ribbon Roses
15mm Tear Drop Guipure Lace x 1 Metre - Ivory
Red and Old Gold Luxury Damask Ribbon 2 metres x 16mm
Green ribbon with red centre stitching 3m x 4mm

On reflection I think that there should be a bead at the very bottom tip. Note to self. Do this next time.


Monday, 17 March 2014

Fantastic Tag from Tina Cox

The super talented Tina Cox has created this superb tag form Craft Fairy lace, and satin edged ribbon. Superb.



 If you want to make something similar you will need:

37mm Guipure Lace x 1 Metre - White
Pink Satin Edged Chiffon Ribbon, 3m x 9mm

You can make your own flowers as Tina did or you can use some of the fantastic flowers available here:

Craft Fairy Flowers

Go create.


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Hearts in Lilac Felt

I hope that I'm not the only one to become obsessed with making a whole load of variations on a theme.   My current obsession is these felt hearts. My daughter said that she really liked them so that was me convinced and I was off. So here's today's heart in lilac this time.

I made it slightly different from the last one so compare them and see what I mean.

  


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Beaded lariat in silver and grey

This is my first lariat. I believe that I am proud as I have managed to make a necklace from very few components. The trick in this piece is to bunch all of the beads used at the ends so that they make a striking focal point.


The other thing about this lariat is that you don't really need any findings. The necklace is closed by looping one side over the other. I used the new P'Leather to string the beads and it is wonderfully non slip so it can be placed without the fear of your beads ending up in colourful pile on the floor.

So, what do we have to do?

In the picture below are the beads and P'Leather that I used.


You can find them here on Craft Fairy:

Start by cutting your 5 metrese of P'leather into three equal lengths.

On to two of the ends, thread a 4mm rose bead, a platinum spacer, a pink glass bead and a 4mm rose bead. Tie a knot at the end of the p'leather to keep the beads from falling off the end. Then tie another knot after the last rose bead. See below:


Once you have done this on two of the ends, you can add a little variety and thread the third cord ens with a silver oval bead instead.


Before you tie the know in the p'leather stager the length of the cords as shown above. Tie a knot about 10 - 15 cm from the end of the last bead. You don't have to be too precious about this, it all depends on how long you want to have the dangling beads.

Now on two of the cords only, thread on a silver faceted bead. Tie all three cords into a knot after the bead.


Now leave a gap of about 10 cm and tie another knot. Then thread a large pink bead onto 1 thread. You won't be able to get two threads through. Tie a knot after the bead.

Leave another 10 ch and tie a knot. Thread all three cords through one of the platinmum spacers and thie another knot.

Leave 20 cm and tie another knot. Add a platinum spacer and knot. 

Leave 10 cm and tie a knot. Thread on a Silver faceted bead and tie a knot. 

Leave 10cm and tie a knot. Thread on a pink bead and tie a knot.

Now leave a space equivalent to ont of the spaces on the first side of the lariat and tie a knot in just one of the cords. Thread on 1 small bead, 1 silver faceted bead, 1 platinum spacer and 1 small seed bead. Tie a knot trim.

Repeat this with the rest of  the beads to match the first side. I varied it a bit on this side and had two faceted silver beads and just one pink one. That way I ended up with a total of 3 pink beads and three silver beads when the lariat is folded over. Look down to see what I mean.









Thursday, 13 March 2014

Felt Hearts with Lace, beads and ribbon

Have you noticed that decorated felt hearts are all the rage at the moment? Well, if you haven't you must be hiding under a craft free stone. They are all over Pinterest. I decided that I wanted to make one of my own designs. So I'll tell you how I get started on designing any of the projects that I let you have for free on this blog.

Today's project is a pretty, purple felt heart that I've decorated in beads, ribbon, and lace. 



Keep in mind that these are the quantities that they are sold in, you won't use any where near so much and if you buy the pack of hearts you will be able to make at least 3 of these hearts with lots of ribbon beads and lace left over for other projects.

To make this heart you will need:

Some soft filling. I used kapok.
Cotton, I used an off white sewing cotton, nothing special really, just what I had in my sewing bag.

Once you've assembled these pretty bits and pieces, you will need to start by stitching the mauve damask ribbon to the felt heart. I believe that the stitch is called whip stitch, but it is simply sewing the edge of the ribbon to the heart. 

Now trim the ribbon to match the heart exactly.

Lay on a piece of lace and stitch that to the heart too. Trim the lace. 

Sew the lilac beads to the top section of the heart in a random pattern.

With the cotton,  I used a blanket stitch, join about three quarters of the heart. Remember to add, and stitch in, the loop. You can make it as long or as short as you like. Fill with enough filling to make the heart puffy and finish off the blanket stitch to close the heart.

Finished.

Friday, 14 February 2014

New designers

I'm so delighted to tell you all that Craft Fairy is now sponsoring three new designers. Some of my Facebook buddies may have already spotted their makes on their facebook pages.
So let's start with Tina Cox who is already well known for her parchment craft designs. Many of you have no doubt seen her on Create and Craft. Well she has used Craft Fairy ribbons for years.  Now we're just making it official.

Let's start with one of Tina's cards that combines parchment and ribbon.

The ribbons and lace are availabe from http://www.craftfairy.co.uk


You can get Tina's designs her on her web page. http://www.tinacox.co.uk

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

String Bracelet Video Tutorial

Have you noticed how popular these string bracelets are becoming with both young and older people today? Well, if not, now is the time to start looking and making.



My apologies on Youtube's behalf. They seem to have cropped the edges of the video. It does play properly though.

You can get the string and buttons at Craft Fairy

http://www.craftfairy.co.uk/thread-and-monofilament-483-c.asp

 I'll put an image here so that you can see it if the YouTube image does not display properly.




Happy stringing.