Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I came, I pinned, I made!


Once in a while, I see something and I just have to drop everything and make it (more often I just pin it and forget about it) and so it was with the sweet tea pot pincushion from Join the MoodManuela has even posted a very clear step by step tute so you can make one too!


I used these (already quilted) scraps from Granny Square's caravan, and my only regret is that I don't like the way the dots get cut in half and I think a smaller print, like Manuela's one, would probably be better.


But it's a very cheerful make! Perhaps I'll make some more...

Pre-washed - no shrinkage but significant colour bleeding
My only other sewing project last week was to pre wash some linen and cut out the pattern for the Merchant Mills dress. Hopefully, this week, I'll find time to sew it together...

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My Sewing WIP this week is:
Started - 1 (Tea pot pincushion)
Some Progress - 1 (the Merchant Mills Shirt Dress - pre-washing fabric and cutting out pattern pieces)
No Progress - 1  (Vintage tablecloth project)
Finished - 1  (Tea pot pincushion)
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Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with:
Fresh Poppy Design Sew Cute Tuesday

And WIP WEDNESDAY  
And TGIFF 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 69 (What the frog!)




Welcome to another Wool on Sundays!

Regular visitors to Rainbow Hare will know that my yarn projects tend to grow in fits and starts with as much frogging as making...This week, I was alarmed to find that seems to be spilling over into my daily life.


I wanted to send two Sewing Machine Covers to America, which you'd think should be simple enough, so I wrapped them in bubble wrap, put them in a box, wrapped the whole lot in plastic and took them the the Post Office only to be told that, although it weighed well under 1kg, which was acceptable, it was 3cm too big for the Royal Mail and Parcel Force would cost £50 or £60! When I asked which side had to be smaller, I learned it could be any side - or any combination, such as 1cm off the length and 2cm off the height...so long as each side added together came to 90cm or less! 

The lady did, however, say she had some boxes I could use and, after measuring all their old boxes (the Post office is also a very small general shop) we found one I could use if I cut about 4cm off the top.


So I had to take it all home, frog the packaging, buy more Sellotape, repackage and take it back the next day.

My new crochet, by contrast, has had no frogging. I'm just going round and round, combining various odds and ends of stitches and techniques - a sort of doodling with yarn - and because I have no plan for how it turns out, it can't go wrong so there's no need to frog. I'd had enough of frogging for one week :o


If you have any yarn posts, with or without frogging, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Monday, May 11, 2015

Scraptastic Mice!


"Can you make a quilt for someone as a wedding present? They like mice so it would be good if if it could have some mice on it". 

My initial response to this (apart from trying to push thoughts of the pied piper out of my head) was that it should be possible...Then I learned that the wedding was going to be in two weeks. 

So we came to a compromise. They would have the Scrappy Trip Along quilt.


67" x 67"
And a cushion with some mice and some patchwork squares on it.


I copied the mice from the lovely Clothworks Chocoholics range. I would probably have ordered some of the actual Clothworks Chocoholics fabric and made something more traditionally patchwork but I didn't have sufficient time to order it, especially as I couldn't source any in the UK.   


I appliquéd the mice using Wash Away appliqué sheets. It was the first time I've tried these sheets and I loved them. I've heard they leave a raised finish when they are washed out but I haven't washed this and, for a pictorial project, I'm very happy with a raised effect anyway. 


I made the back from two complementary fabric book samples. Both my daughters like the back best - this is why I have to blog ;-)


Fortunately, I just made the deadline and the cushion is posted and on its way (the quilt was taken in person already) and to celebrate I'm linking up with Nicky for Scraptastic Tuesday!

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My Sewing WIP this week is:
Started - 0
No Progress - 2  (the Merchant Mills Shirt Dress and the Vintage tablecloth project)
Finished - 1 (The Scraptastic Mice Cushion)

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Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with:

Fresh Poppy DesignScraptastic Tuesday Sew Cute Tuesday

And WIP WEDNESDAY  
And TGIFF at A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Wool on Sundays - 68 (the one without pictures) Edited to add pictures :)

Today Poppy is one and is celebrating her birthday by photo bombing!




Thank you to everyone who visited last week and welcome to Wool on Sundays 68 - the one without pictures...unless you count this as a picture? (PICTURES NOW INCLUDED)


I've seen this so often recently I decided to take a screenshot. Apparently, our new high speed broad band is all in place and on the verge of being rolled out or connected - I forget the phrase exactly - but we've now learned there is another step, which involves subscribing to a different ISP or another package or something. So I'm still dreaming of the day I'll be able to answer all my emails in one sitting and I apologise for not replying yet to some recent comments/messages :(

In the meantime my phone (with pictures of my finished crochet garland and a small mouse scarf) seems to have broken. It looks as if it's turned off and, if I try to call it from another phone, it goes straight to answer phone but when I plug it into the charger nothing at all happens. If anyone has any ideas about how to fix it, please advise! I'll take some camera photos tomorrow and edit to add them to this post. (Pictures now added and my phone seems to have fixed itself so I hope it will keep working).



More details about this garland can be found in this post.


And this mouse is copied from the Clothworks Chocoholics fabric range.

If you have any yarn posts, with pictures if possible, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)


Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sewing - WIP


In my first Wool on Sundays post, when I said "I've decided to start WOOL ON SUNDAYS. From Monday to Saturday each week Rainbow Hare will carry on unchanged with my usual mix of sewing quilting and random and I'll save anything related to wool or yarn for Sundays", I didn't expect that a year and a half would pass by with barely a sewing post.  And in January, I really meant to be linking up with every Scraptastic Tuesday this year. Today, I am again attempting to get back to sewing!

I have finally braced myself and cut into a long hoarded collection of (damaged) vintage tablecloths, which I'm sure can be turned into something lovely but I keep changing my mind about what to do with this...


And I've made a start on a cushion, which is going to be a Wedding gift for someone who likes mice. The mice are copied from the Clothworks Chocoholics range and will be appliqued. If I'd had more notice for this, I would have ordered some of the actual fabric but, in a few days, this (in-progress) cushion must fly away to Poland. Perhaps the mouse lovers would like a Christmas or birthday cushion...Meanwhile I hope this will be a Scraptastic Tuesday finish by next week.


I'm also set to go with the Merchant & Mills (paper) Dress Shirt pattern, although I'm worried it may end up looking like a tent...It's nothing like anything I'd usually choose but, for some reason, I love this pattern. As a worse case scenario, I suppose, I will be able to alter it and have a navy linen skirt but I'm hoping the dress will turn out to be nice.


And I even have a sewing finish, although the crochet rather overpowers the sewing. Hopefully, by next week I'll have made some more progress!


So my WIP this week is:
Started - 4
Finished - 1 

Happy Sewing!

Janine @Rainbow Hare

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 67 (another cushion...)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 67 and thank you very much to everyone who visited last week. :)


This week, as usual, I had big sewing plans but I ended up to succumbing to attempting another project from this wonderful book, by Cécile Balladino (you can visit her blog Eclectic Gipsyland), which I showed last week.

Picture from Amazon, where I purchased this book.

It is, however, another step in making The Makery and it also ticks the upcycling box. 

For the longest time, this was my favourite skirt. I wore and wore it until the fabric faded and grew thin. Eventually, it tore and, though beyond repair, I kept it in the hope of one day finding a suitable project to use it in.


Despite my various difficulties with interpretation of both the language and charts, I think this has ended up being very similar to the original. This way of making a flower is completely unlike anything I've done before and there are lots of new to me stitches. 


I made a few changes as genuine design choices, most notably making the improv bobbles, rather than using a commercial trimming. 


And, as usual, there are also some unintentional variations...


But, overall, I love it and it's my favourite cushion so far!

If you have any yarny posts, upcycled or otherwise,  I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 66 (purely decorative)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 66 and thank you very much all the kind and encouraging comments left on last week's post :)



A long time ago (on January 12th, 2014), I wrote a blog post called 'Solomon Grundy and USP (2014 - Notes to Self)', which was basically about a resolution I called USP (USP = useful things, saleable items, presents) - the types of things I had decided to make going forwards. During the year and a bit since then, I think I've done quite well with the 'useful things and presents' - mostly cardigans, socks and mittens, and a few crochet home dec items. I've also been extraordinarily lucky on the saleable side with my two patterns. My upcycling and making saleable objects has been less successful but I know I tend to be unrealistic in my expectations about how much I can actually make, given all the other things that demand my time everyday.

This week, though, I have broken my rule and my makes are purely decorative.


I fell in love at first sight with this book, and indeed all the beautiful crochet projects by the very talented Cécile Balladino, which you can see on her blog Eclectic Gipsyland. Most of all I fell in love with the gorgeous purse on the cover. Making it was another issue. My reading of crochet charts is limited and my French language skills even more so. To get as far as this, I must have frogged a hundred times and my attempt is just too holey and baggy to cut it as a functional object.


So I set it aside and started a garland - the charts being easier to follow as the shapes finish flat. I added some rows of double crochet here and there to vary the sizes.


I never did manage the heart (the green one is from the book) to my satisfaction but I chanced upon a very good tutorial -  Grannie Heart Tutorial at Cherry Heart, which I would very much recommend even if you haven't crocheted before, and, although the one I made was too big for my garland, I was able to adapt the size.


My garland has turned out a bit shorter that I expected but half a garland is better than none and a garland is a joyous thing and easily extended!


Seeing how a little crochet brightened up the room, I decided to salvage the failed purse and turn it into a little wall hanging.


And now I am working on more shapes for the garland.


Happy times!

And I almost forgot, I've been listening to The Shepherd's Life By James Rebanks. An account of growing up in a farming family in the Lake District. There are five 15 minute episodes currently available, which give an interesting and probably unique insight into sheep farming in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.

If you have any yarny posts, functional or purely decorative, I'd love you to link up with WOOL ON SUNDAYS. The rules as usual are: 1). Posts must include some content - makes or musings or photos - related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don't link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don't have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). Visit anyone else who links. Wishing you a happy week :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare