Autumn Knitting; Craft Projects

As the temperature begins to cool, and we start to consider jackets, or even coats the opportunity to select a whole new Autumn wardrobe presents itself  and to accompany these why not embark upon Autumn knitting craft projects?

Wool in Autumn coloursAs Autumn hues and warmer fabric textures give designers a new palette to work from. I have decided to embrace the beginnings of the seasonal change, by embarking upon two new craft projects:

  • The first project involves knitting an extremely long and vibrant orange scarf. My new challenge to myself was to begin to use cable within this and the result should be not only unique but warm.
  • The second craft project (which is a little more adventurous) I have also decided to use vintage kimono fabric, which I have sourced from a variety of vintage fairs and online fabric and clothing outlets. As kimono off cuts are beautiful but small in size, my plan is to recreate larger usable pieces of bespoke fabric by piecing the sections of  kimono offcuts together. These larger sections I am them going to style into an Autumn jacket – lots of fun not only creating the jacket, but the fabric as well.

These projects will I hope will be a true mix of craft and vintage and however they turn out you can be sure of one thing – no one will be wearing the same thing!

 

Easter Craft Preparations Begin

Easter Sunday this year is on 27th March, so it is approaching at speed. If you are like me, Easter is a family occasion. An opportunity to gather everyone round for celebrations, fun feasting and chatting.

Everyone usually gathers at mine, and this give some a great opportunity to plan themed food and crafts that my granddaughter and I can plan and create for everyone else to share. So this is where our planning starts…

Today I called into Hobby Craft and I was astounded at the choice of Easter creative opportunities that were available.

If you want to take a look at the range I saw in store, you can peep online at  http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/easter

After walking up and down different materials I decided upon a polystyrene bunny rabbit, some plastic eyes and a huge bag of coloured pom poms. The plan is to mix some acrylic paint with glue. my granddaughter will paint the ears and head in a colour of her choice. The rabbit was a wonderful bargain – reduced to £1 !

She loves using the hair dryer at the moment, so that will be a great opportunity to chat and dry the paint. Then she will stick on the eyes. We are going to look at photos of different rabbits to help her to know where the eyes actually might be placed.

Then more fun and more glue. We will definitely be getting messy! Coloured pom poms will be stuck all over the body.

Grandma top tip – cover bowls or containers you are going to use for glue or paint with cling film or tin foil before starting. This will take a few moments and saving you lots of time at the end of the craft session cleaning. When you have finished you simply curl up the tin foil and cling film and throw it away.

 

Painting the rabbit was good fun. We used acrylic paint mixed with some glue.

Different shades of green and yellow paint were painted onto the polystyrene. Extra glue was put on to stick the plastic eyes on. These were then left overnight to dry

When the paint is dry then its time for more gluing fun. This is a great opportunity to teach bigger and smaller words. Separate the bigger pom poms and the smaller pom poms into two piles. Stick the smaller pom poms onto the head and ears and the bigger pom poms onto the body. We did this by picking each pom pom up and putting it into the glue bowl then placing it onto the rabbit.

rabbits pom pom

We left the rabbits to dry after one side of each was covered. When these are dry we will turn over and repeat this again until the whole rabbit is fluffy and colourful.

Great Easter preparation fun!