Sunday, August 2, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 76 (something old, something new)


In the Makery, there is a Wicker basket.


(Which was a recent, happy find in a local charity shop)


And in that basket is a selection of vintage linens that have been collected over a long time and now have a home of their own.


In the desk in the Makery there is an old sweet box - so old that I expect the nut pralines were enjoyed by someone long before I was born - and in that box is my collection of 'specialist' threads, ancient and modern!


Not wanting to bore you with that blanket-in-progress for a third Wool on Sundays running,


I decided to experiment a little with an idea that, lately sprang into my mind so I selected some dollies and some thread and hooks...


And joined them in a fairly random and very inexpert fashion...


into a new scarf :)


If you are working on any yarn projects, 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

Friday, July 31, 2015

My biggest sewing project - finished!


It seems like a long time since I've linked up Friday sewing finishes but this week I have finishes. 

I've come to end of my biggest ever sewing project - something that has taken me about half a year but that I have not yet blogged much about. In the Spring, Demetria from RJR Fabrics, kindly sent me a collection of the beautiful Home Sweet Home fabrics by Dan Morris. She asked me to use them to make some of my Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Covers (pattern in my etsy shop) and I made three...

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Then I was asked to re-do the tute using Home Sweet Home fabrics (by Dan Morris), to be included in a Craftsy kit (I will update when I have details of when this be be available) and that meant I had to make another caravan. So I made one, this time using a sample of Soft and Stable, which was kindly sent to me by ByAnnie with the request that if I loved it as much as they do I would recommend it. The Soft and Stable was very easy to sew and made the construction much easier and, whilst I was very unsure about whether it would be stable enough for the cover to be self supporting, once it was all sewn up I found it was just as rigid as the three layers of batting without the manhandling of all that wadding through the machine. So I'm very happy to recommend Soft and Stable.

Finally, I put together a new tutorial for the kit



And last but not least, I have finished some Bee Blocks.


Now I'm looking forward to starting some new sewing projects :)

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 75 (Growing)




Today we are going out for a family meal to celebrate the birthday of my father, who is 75 this year and, by coincidence, I noticed this is the 75th Wool on Sundays. It seems we are all growing older a lot faster than my blanket (inspired by The Coco Rose Diaries) is growing!


Last week, week we spent four days, as volunteers, working at and Art Festival and, thinking I was being really organised, I took it with me to do in the tent during odd free times but, unfortunately, I found it soon got too dark in the evenings to see properly to join the rounds. I'd have been ok with a row pattern or fine with knitting so I must remember that for future camping trips.


To begin with I'm aiming for a 9 x 9 block square and I think four of these should give me a 6' square. Hopefully, it will reach that stage by the Winter and we can start using it and then I may make more blocks or do something different for the border...

How is your Summer crafting going?

If you have any yarn projects on the go, 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, July 14, 2015

A glimpse...


Looking back, I notice that the post where I said I was making a Makery was dated 1st April, so you might have thought it was an April fools joke. 


But really I was quite serious. I was gong to show it when it's finished but, today, I decided to share a glimpse. Yesterday I did a marathon organising and now the top drawer of my desk makes me smile every time I open it :)

some beautiful vintage threads, which I was very lucky to receive recently

and a miscellany of old threads in colours

and neutrals

and a start on the buttons

Happy Sewing!
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 74 (little by little...)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays 74 and thank you to everyone who visited last week :)



On Wednesday, I managed to finish and send off the Caravan tute and there's been a lot of catching up to do with 'real' work and around the house after being away so much in June - especially in the garden - but little by little, I hope, we are getting back to normal...

And little by little my blanket, inspired by The Coco Rose Diaries is growing...


I'm joining as I go, which is making the colour placement tricky and it is evolving into a random shape with lots of gaps to be decided on once it's a bit bigger but I know this will save me weeks of arranging and re-arranging of blocks at the end. And I'm hoping to get it to bed size by the Winter but I'll have to see how it goes. At the moment, I'm just enjoying having a project with no pressure and no deadline.

If you are working on any yarn projects, 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, July 5, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 73 (so glad June is over...)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays again!


June was such a dire month that I starting to think I'd never manage another Wool on Sundays post.

It began with a day at the side of the motorway, when Mr RH filled our diesel car with petrol...


And ended with me dropping a cup of tea on my laptop, though fortunately, so far as it's possible to tell, it has been saved after about a week of 'drying out'. 

In between we had days and days of long distance driving and all of our chickens and ducks were killed by a stoat or weasel. On the first day it killed five chicken, a drake and a sweet white duck, who had been sitting for ages on her eggs, during the day. The next day it killed one chicken. Then, on the third day, it managed even to get into a very solid locked chicken house and kill the rest during the night. The only gaps are literally about 1" x 2 1/2", where the apex of the roof joins the top of the front and back and some 1/2" wide air vents...apparently they can fit through even a mouse hole :( 

And on the fourth day our goose, who was in another run by himself vanished, which I assume was also weasel related. The run is a good six feet high and very secure and he's never been known to fly before but there were no scattered feathers and there's been no sight or sound of him in the neighbourhood since, dead or alive! I hope he's managed to find a pond or river somewhere...

In between all this, I've been trying to re-photograph the long, long caravan tutorial to go in a Craftsy Kit with RJR fabrics. It's a very exciting opportunity, which has been at the top of my PDQ list all month and only needed a couple of solid uninterrupted days but with doing a little here and a little there it is taking forever! I'm hoping to finish it today or on Tuesday and I will post more about that soon...


Yarnwise, I've started a new in car crochet project. So far there isn't much to show but my (longterm) plan is to make a bed-sized blanket like this gorgeous creation at The Coco Rose Diaries. It may take some time :)


I hope you are having a lovely Summer and enjoying the amazing weather we've having (or having a good Winter if you are on the other side of the world).

If you are working on any yarn projects, 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, June 22, 2015

a short intermission

Apologies for yet another missed Wool on Sundays :(

I hope everyone enjoyed Midsummer. 

Although the days are shortening and we are heading towards Winter, the best of the sunshine and the bounty of the year is yet to come - hopefully, on Rainbow Hare as well as in the garden...

I hope normal service will resume here very Soon!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare