Friday, May 29, 2015

New to Me in May + Fresh Sewing Day


Have you linked up any new things you've tried this month with Fiona?

My most exciting 'New to Me' in May was having my Caravan Pattern featured on the News page of the June Edition of Cross Stitcher Magazine. I was amazed when Katie Allen sent me an etsy convo asking to include it and, although I've got used to seeing my sewing on a computer screen, it was very exciting to find it in a 'real' magazine in a shop in our nearest town!



I've also tried making several new things with mixed results.

I made a cushion, blogged here, from this book by the very talented Cécile Balladino.




And some crochet bunting (something I've been meaning to do forever!) inspired by the same book.


And I appliquéd some mice using Wash Away appliqué sheets. I've never tried these before sheets and I loved them.


And I saw a sweet tea pot pincushion on pinterest from Join the Mood with a tute and an excellent tutorial by Manuela and I made one straight away - that's definitely a first for me!


And, finally I made a dress using the Merchant & Mills (paper) Dress Shirt pattern. It has bib front panel, which is not something I've tried before, and I also used Blades Linen from Calico Laine


I'm not sure I'll use this pattern again but I certainly see more linen in my future...

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I'm linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2015
And I'll link, on Sunday, with Lynne at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day

The Merchant & Mills Dress Shirt

A couple of weeks ago when I bought the Merchant & Mills (paper) Dress Shirt pattern and I was a bit worried it may end up looking like a tent...


Well I eventually got around to sewing it together. I used the paper multi-size pattern and it was quite a quick and straightforward make. My only change was that I inverted the pleat on the front by mistake but I decided I liked that and would keep it.

I LOVE the sleeves. I enjoyed the way it was constructed. I adored the fabric I'd chosen, which was a Blades Linen from Calico Laine. I even added a pocket! But when I came to try it on, it was extremely roomy :(

As I said here, this is "nothing like anything I'd usually choose" but I actually love the balance of simplicity and detail in this pattern. And I really wanted to love this dress. And I do quite like it - from the front...But the back is ill fitting and, quite frankly, I look hideous in it. I'm quite sure I followed the pattern accurately (save the pleat I mentioned before) and I've read some blog posts of people who adore this dress so I can only conclude the pattern is fine enough - so either the stiffness of the fabric is a problem or it's just not right on me! This left me with the problem of what to do with the back without unduly affecting the front. I did find some posts of people who, similarly, found the back very roomy. One lady had put in a band of elastic and someone else had taken out fabric from the centre back (which was originally gathered into the yoke). I dedcided to attempt the latter.

undoing the yoke

unpicking the back
It's still not amazing but I do think it's an improvement. So now I have a dilemma. Should I try out this pattern again, maybe making a size down and using thinner fabric - perhaps a chambray? Or should I integrate the sleeves, my favourite part, into another pattern?

cutting a strip from the centre back

Whichever I end up doing, I'm glad this one is finished!


I'm linking this post with TGIFF at Anja Quilts!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wool on Sundays - 70 (only a couple of rows)


Welcome to Wool on Sundays - 70!


All I've managed to accomplish on the yarn front, this week, is a couple of rows of crochet but I think I have a plan. I'm going to try to make it into a frame pouch/small project bag. I've never made a frame pouch so I'm not sure how this will go, especially if it will work out with this shape. I'm thinking of using the crochet as a template to make the main parts of the pouch from fabric - possibly with some wadding? - and then joining the crochet to the front and fixing the whole thing in the frame. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Apart from that, I thought I'd mention that Wool Warehouse are having a big sale on some of their Drops Wools. I've always found Wool Warehouse to give great service, with very fast delivery - free for UK orders over £25 - and I'd recommend the Drops Wools I've used (mostly Karisma and Fabel) for knitting up nicely and for wearing and washing well over time.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend :)

Whether you've only done a couple of rows or you've finished a mammoth yarn project, 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 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