Thursday, 30 April 2009
Here's sock cat relaxing in front of the TV after a hard day's prowling.
I made this as a present for a friend a week or so ago and since then I've had the theme tune from Top Cat running through my head (although obviously with the words Top Cat replaced with Sock Cat)! I really need to sort my brain out....
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Thursday, 23 April 2009
The pattern is really well written and easy to follow. So may I present my very own Sigmund the Octopus:
I love him sooo much. He's so cute and he fits in the palm of my hand - much more delicate than most of the things I usually make. He currently nestles in one of the plants on my windowsill and gives me a little shock every morning when I open the curtains. I used a really bright piece of felt which I had been saving for something special - you can't really tell from the picture but he is so luminous he practically glows in the dark!
There is also a flickr group with photos for other people who'd used the patterns. I'm going to upload mine too. You should definitely check it out - particularly for the Christmas tree with 99 octopuses on!
I think I'm going to make the sea creatures next and make them into a mobile. Thanks for the fab downloads Alice :o)
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
I keep looking at them and I can't decide if they are finished.
I quite like their simplicity.
But maybe they need further embellishment. I just don't know. What do you think?
PS. Anyone pointing out that they are in fact Octopuses (Octopi?) rather than monsters will not be popular!!!
Monday, 20 April 2009
The three people who will be receiving handmade gifts from me are:
Bee Designs - look at her beautiful papercraft designs and all the gorgeous stuff in her etsy shop - I love that collage!
Turnip Creations - Wilkie shares my love of monsters and you should definitely check out some of her plush creations.....
Pepperberry and Co - Sandra has started a lovely craft blog which is also very funny....she would really like some more stalkers so you should pop over!
You should definitely go and check out all three of these blogs and if you still want to get involved in PIF then leave a comment on their posts....simple!
Now I need to decide what to make! I've seen that on some people's PIF posts they have given themselves a year to complete this but am going to try and complete my gifts *fairly* soon. After all, who knows where I'll be in a year....travelling round the world hopefully!!
Right - to work!
PS. Welcome aboard ladies - please send me your addresses to my email: thedottyone(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
I haven't had much time to put much in my shop yet. I'll put a link up when I've had time to upload some more items. In the meantime, here are some pics of some plush strawberries I've made which are in the shop. I'm addicted to making these - they are so fun to make.
PS. There is still one place left to pay it forward if you want me to send you something lovely and handmade.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
I've decided that if I don't get three comments (this is a kinda new blog - I may not even have three readers!) I am going to do some toy society drops so that I still do my bit. (I will blog about the toy society in another post because this is another fab idea!)
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
First up a fab tutorial to make mushrooms and toadstools from a lovely blog called The Little House by the Sea.
The tutorial is great, really easy to follow. And look what I made:
I skipped the part with the embroidery on the stalks because I wanted to make mine more simplistic (and more importantly my emboidery is rubbish!) but you should have a look at the emboidered ones. So beautiful! I also had to alter mine slightly because the white felt I used was a bit too cheap and got all stretched when I turned the caps the right way round - easily fixed by adding an extra ring of white felt and I'm actually quite happy with the effect.
There is also a flikr group with photos for other people who'd used the patterns. I've just uploaded mine too.
This is another mushroom I made using the pattern. Its almost exactly the same but I put the stitching on the outside of the cap and used an old cotton reel to stabilise it.
Next time I'm going to have a go at the embroidery on the stalk.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Loads and loads of felt balls! Over 1000 apparently, although I haven't actually bothered counting them! And they are all the way from Nepal. I've got a plan for them that I am very excited about :o)
Just waiting for a few more balls to arrive and then all will be revealed. In the meantime I'm just enjoying looking at them!!
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
I'm working on some more monsters at the moment - I've got a new idea for a shape and also I want to have a go with some different fabrics (pinstripe monster anyone?). I'll post some pics when I've made some progress.
In the meantime I'll be posting about some of the other things I've been making. I'm also thinking of doing a regular(ish) post on some of the stuff I've made using other peoples patterns and tutorials - there's so much inspiration out there and using other peoples ideas has taught me loads.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break
PS. If you get monster withdrawal symptoms then head over to Wilkie's site, Turnip Creations. There are some really great monsters and aliens on there, check it out.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
In the plants...
but I'm going to need some help with the others. HELP ME!!
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
OH NO! ITS OCTOMONSTER!
Ok...so he doesn't actually have eight legs but I reckon he is definitely some type of sea monster. Look at those suckers....
Adding all those dots took ages but I think it was worth it in the end! I think I will actually make an eight legged one next time.
Monday, 6 April 2009
Ok...maybe he isn't that scary! He just wants to say hello! None of my monsters seem to be particularly scary - I think I might have to start calling them something else!!
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Full of enthusiasm I dragged my mum's machine to the kitchen table, declaring to my parents that I was going to teach myself to use it. Surely it couldn't be that complicated. I looked at the machine. It looked at me. I looked at the instructions. Hmmmm. This looks confusing. Bobbins....feed dogs.....zipper feet.....what??! No, I must be able to do this - when I was young I had a cute little kid's sewing machine which my Grandma taught me to do patchwork on. Somehow it didn't seem so complicated then.
Back to the instructions. The problem was that these seemed to assume a certain degree of knowledge which I didn't really have. I puzzled over the instructions. I had a mini tantrum. Then I went to fetch my mum! Mum is hardly an expert on these things (she only bought the machine to take up trousers which are always too long for her) but I thought she might know more than me.
Between us we managed to get the machine threaded, break and fix the bobbin case and FINALLY do some basic stitches. Some of this started to seem familiar again. I stopped sulking. Maybe my plan would work after all. Ooooh, those funny decorative stitches were pretty cool. I could use that when I was making faces for my monsters.... Hurrah! Excitement regained I spent some time practicing the different stitches, experimenting with different stitch lengths and widths and had a go at sewing a curve - wobbly!
I pretty soon got bored with practising and wanted to have a go at actually making something. I grabbed some felt, sketched a quick pattern and got started. Ta-da! My first machine sewn monster:
Ok, I know he isn't too great but not bad for a first attempt? I sort of forgot that if I sewed on the line of my patten then when I turned it the right way out it would be a bit smaller than planned! I also didn't have any suitable lavender coloured thread to stitch up the stuffing hole so I ended up having to do a kind of decorative stitch all the way round the outside. I know, I know it basically made the machine stitching pointless and it turned out a bit messy! Ho-hum. All good practice anyway!
Undeterred I decided to make another felt monster. I liked the basic pattern but he needed to be bigger. I also decided to make him double sided - different colours and expressions on each side. I did this partly because I thought it would be cool but mainly because I didn't have enough felt to do all of the body in one colour!! Take two:
I was starting to enjoy myself now! I raced to the shops to get more felt with lots more ideas for things to make.
A week or so later I was getting pretty proficient with the machine and had made a few different things but I did go back to this design and make one more monster for my friend Vicky who had inspired me to start crafting again a few weeks earlier. This is her monster:
Bright enough for ya? Hmmm, maybe I did get a bit over exited in that felt shop! Still loving those dots though.
I will post more photos of the things I have made next time. I've got to get back to the machine now....