VINTAGE CARAVAN SEWING MACHINE COVER UPDATE : I now have a draft pattern drawn up. I need to write up some instructions and, assuming this all goes to plan, I will make the pattern available during the week beginning 7th April 2014 :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 19 (some crochet blocks)

Welcome to Wool on Sundays!

My plan to crochet a block a day hasn't worked but I've made a couple and made progress on a couple more.



I had hoped to get some more done yesterday night but we had a power cut, which started at 5.00pm and was still going when we decided to bed at 10.30pm. I made a start on a few more but I could really see to get beyond the second round.

 

Now, I've decided the idea getting seven finished was probably a bit ambitious and I think I'll just enjoy this project and it can take as long as it takes!

What is on your hook or needles this week?

If you have anything to share, 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 - 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 colourful week :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A finish of sorts...


The bad news is that my Friday Finish this week is only a lining :(

Who knew what a palava this pattern making would turn out to be. I started the week feeling confident that the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover pattern test and tute wouldn't take too long. It's a simple design and the original cover only took an afternoon after all. My son, who kindly drew it up from my sketches and dimensions, sent me a pdf which fitted everything onto A4 sheets and all seemed well, save for a few minor amendments. As I couldn't edit the pdf, I printed on white labels and added details to the various sheets in the manner of an old fashioned paste up artist and that took a while longer than I would have anticipated but when I scanned them to my lap top it all looked quite professional. I decided to make the lining first because the remainder of the cover is essentially the same as the lining with embellishment so in many ways the lining is the pattern test but when I started cutting the lining fabric and writing up the tute things started not to add up. Eventually I realised the inch scale actually measured about 7/8 inch...I checked the original, unamended version and the scale on that is right so I can only assume that the scanner automatically scales to fit preset margins.

The good news is that, using the original pdf, I have finally made the lining and everything has fitted together perfectly so now I just need to find time to sew up the rest and send the amendments to my son to edit the pattern and, hopefully, everything will turn out ok...I think in future I'll make hand drawn patterns of small items :)

I hope you've had a more productive week than I have!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Friday, April 11, 2014

Unexpected Guests


A moment captured to link with Martha at Weekend Doings for...


...and now to attempt to write up that caravan tute...

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 18 (back to square one)


Welcome to the 18th Wool on Sundays! And thank you to everyone who linked up or stopped by last week :)

I don't have any yarn finishes this week, although ironically, it's sewing rather than yarn work that has stopped my latest cushion from being a finish. It just needs a fabric back. I think maybe I should make a batch of sewn covers ready to attach these to because once the crochet is finished it's hard to find enthusiasm for sewing the cover.


It's very similar to my first round cushion but I've used Rico Essentials Cotton DK and a 3.5mm hook and I think the whole effect is a lot neater. Of course I've practised a lot since the first cushion too and my recent one is certainly better crocheted!

old left- new right

Apart from that I've been thinking about making a blanket with squares. I chanced upon this beautiful collection of squares via pinterest and I really liked the flower motif but I had trouble seeing the pattern so I searched about for alternatives and even bought a kindle store book of granny squares to try to find an alternative. But I just couldn't find a block anywhere that I liked as much as this one so I took a screenshot and printed it and, magically, that got it to a usable size! And now I'm trying to make one a day...


I haven't decided whether to just have flowers or to use a variety of designs. What do you think?

If you have any yarn projects, this week, 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 - 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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WIP


WIP 1. I was lucky enough enough to win a lovely AMH charm pack from Amy at Cloud CouCou Crafts and I've made a start on a kaleidoscope something - probably a very large cushion...

WIP 2. I'm making another round crochet boho cushion. I think my crochet is improving! This one is definitely technically better than the ones I've made before and I've barely frogged!.


WIP 3. A pattern for my Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover










I am in the process of putting a pattern together for the Vintage Caravan Sewing Machine Cover. It has taken me a little while owing to the technical challenges of getting a simple but large template into a version that can be printed on A4 sheets of paper but, with considerable assistance from my son, Ewan, I now have a draft printable version of the pattern pieces. I'm planning to offer this basic pattern (as a digital download) FREE for a couple of weeks in my etsy shop and to post instructions for making it up here on my blog. I am expecting to work on this over the weekend and to post early next week. Once I've assured myself that it all actually works ok I'll make a digital download including the pattern pieces and instructions and offer them for sale. I have made a facebook page and I will update progress there.

I'm linking this post with WIP WEDNESDAY at FRESHLY PIECED

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Wool on Sundays - 17 (a very rushed post)

Welcome to another Wool on Sundays and a very Happy Mother's Day to everyone who celebrates it today!

My mother is coming for lunch (any minute) we lost an hour today (changing from GMT to BST) and my Wool on Sundays post has disappeared!

So, for today, I'll summarize very quickly and share the linky because I know a couple of people have projects to link up :)

I finished a bag, I bought some yarn and I bought a book. Next week I'll tell you about it...


Thank you very much to everyone who commented on my bag post on Friday. I'll be replying to emails and visiting you this evening :)

If you have anything to share, 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 - 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, March 28, 2014

boho gypsy bag


It has occurred to me on more than one occasion that a great thing about learning to crochet (and this would work for knitting too), as compared with sewing, is that you could have one ball of yarn and and continually make patterns and unravel them pretty much indefinitely. And that is pretty much what I've been doing with the aran weight cotton I had left over after finishing the Rainbow Blanket. But, after a while, I found myself wanting to finish something and be done with the aran weight cotton yarn and move onto to something else.

Eventually, I settled upon trying to make a boho gypsy bag and, no sooner had I joined together my favourite blocks and done enough work on the base to feel very disinclined to frog again, than I chanced upon the loveliest blog with an amazing bag.

Without undoing everything and starting again, it was too late for me to make one very like this - perhaps that can be a project for another day - but I decided to try something remotely similar by adapting the bag I was making. I added some frills and used some round handles that were originally destined to become a Christmas present.


And finally I have a bag. It has a hundred mistakes and a thousand knots but I know a LOT more about how to crochet now than when I started it - enough, I think to invest in some different yarn and start a new project!


I'm linking this post with tami's amis for fo friday.


Janine @ Rainbow Hare