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Silk thread embroidery, swarovski crystals on a peace silk fashion fabric. Interlined with organic hemp-muslin. Fully boned, constructed with organic cotton thread. This is my wedding dress so far.

 

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And I was kind enough to buy a new sewing machine (my 30-year-old Frister & Rossman has become just a little too unreliable), so Dinah could have a lovely box fort.

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With more snow forecast for us this coming week, winter shows no signs of giving in just yet. Keep your hard working hands toasty in these super-simple fingerless gloves – find out how to make them below!

This is a simple one-piece pattern that you can draw up yourself with ease – I’ll show you how. These gloves are so quick to make, and they’re a great project for accessorizing a costume or repurposing old clothes.

You will need:

  • Paper (preferably gridded) and pen or pencil
  • Paper & fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine – or needle & thread!
  • Stretch fabric – preferably a fleece backed or heavyweight jersey knit (like hoodie material), or double layer an old t-shirt
  • Beads, stencil, or whatever you want to embellish with

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Lichen pins

Free machine embroidery, reclaimed fabric, hand dyed and embellished lichen-inspired pins

 

embellishing a glove

I had planned to have at least one full Day Off this weekend, but then I’d need at least an eight day week just to fit in the bare minimum I dare. So I took most of yesterday off. Did a little beading in the evening. And now  I have to make up for my laziness.

working beaded fern stitch on a glove

Luckily I can begin with some chilled-out embellishment on a new batch of gloves.

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Handwork is my favourite. This stitch always reminds me of bird tracks in snow.

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I have resolved lately to put more love into what I make. It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of trying to make things cheaper, or with wider appeal, when actually the techniques I love the most are time consuming and labor intensive; the materials I am passionate about using cost more and are harder to find; and the themes and ideas that I want and feel a need to explore are not always jolly, bright and safe.

So watch out for some new pieces appearing in the near future :)

I wanted to share this with you, because I’m pretty proud of it! I made it for a lovely lady named Leslie in an organised cushion cover swap on Craftster.

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The main body of the cushion is made from 100% hemp canvas. The koi’s head, fins, and the lotus flower are all stencilled on using water-based screen printing ink and hand-cut paper stencils. The ‘scales’ are a mixture of cotton embroidery floss, sari silk scraps, glass seed beads and cotton quilting fabrics. It’s a 14″ square cover, and each scale took about 10 minutes to work as all the embellishment was done by hand.

It made such a nice change to be able to make without worrying about what the retail price would be, haha! :)

A big thank you to Leslie for being my first ever craft-swap partner, it was awesome!

P.S. Here’s what she sent me…

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(Excuse the dog tail at the bottom there)

After

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It was a pretty epic makeover. I was responsible only for dying the fabric. Darren is clever :)

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