Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Tutorial Tuesday # 3 - how to do back stitch

For Tutorial Tuesday # 3 I thought I'd continue with showing how to do basic stitches and one that I couldn't do without is backstitch. It gives a continuous clean line and is great for outlining things in embroidery and cross stitch. It is also a very secure stitch to use. 

Tutorial Tuesday - how to do back stitch 
First secure your thread at the back of your fabric and come up at point A. 

Then move your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of Aida) and go down at point B

Tutorial Tuesday - how to do back stitch 

At the back of the fabric move your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of Aida) and come up at point C

Tutorial Tuesday - how to do back stitch 

Then return your needle to point B and go down. Thus giving a continuous line. 



Tutorial Tuesday - how to do back stitch 

Continue for as long as required. The finished result should look like this.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to do back stitch 


Monday, 29 April 2013

Made on Monday # 3 - Thank you cards #2

The thank you cards I made last week proved so popular I have had another go. This time using papers with a much more bright spring colour pallete  I have made a set of four cards and incorporated some buttons and ribbon into these designs. 
Made on Monday # 3 - Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 - Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 - Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 - Thank you cards #2

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tasty Thursday # 2 - Coconut and oat cookies.

I wanted to recommend a great recipe book that I have gone back to time and time again and still haven't made everything from it. One of the recipes I hadn't yet tried was for coconut and oat cookies. So we baked them yesterday afternoon. They are very moist and very moreish and I don't think they'll last long in the Cartwright household.

Tasty Thursday # 2 - Coconut and oat cookies. 

The recipe comes from a book called 'The complete book of Baking' and I would thoroughly recommend getting a copy.



Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Workshop Wednesday #2 - Nature project collage ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles

Workshop Wednesday #2 - Nature project collage ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 
Here are two arrangements of collage ideas that I use as a starting point when introducing the nature project. I ask pupils to consider: Colour, theme, composition and scale when arranging their collages. 

Workshop Wednesday #2 - Nature project collage ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tutorial Tuesday #2 - how to do running stitch

Happy St. Georges day, for Tutorial Tuesday # 2 I thought I'd show you how to do running stitch. I often assume that everyone knows all the basic stitches, but if sewing is a craft you are new to it's important to get the basics sorted first to allow you to enjoy the craft fully. 

Secure your thread at the back of your fabric and come up at point A

Move the position of your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of aida) and go down at point B

Move your needle along the back of the fabric (in this case two squares of aida) and come up again at point C


Repeat for as long as required. It should look even and each stitch should be equal in length.



Monday, 22 April 2013

Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards

I am trying to be more organised in general this year and one of the things I never seem to be very good at is sending thank you cards. So to enable me to send a quick response I have had another go at card making, paper crafts and produced a set of five Thank you cards. They are all with a similar theme but all vary in one way or another. I have also chucked in a bit of cross stitch with Thanks and Thank you stitched labels. 
Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 - Thank you cards 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A is for apple. Free alphabet cross stitch PDF


A is for Apple, the first in a series of Alphabet patterns. Sew them individually for name tags and cards, or download them all and stitch along with me to make a great nursery sampler. Just click on the read more link to download the free pattern.





Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday Fun # 1 - Aboriginal art inspired colouring in

This weekend why not try this different approach to colouring in. Inspired by the Aboriginal dot style of painting.

You will need:

  • some liquid poster paints
  • some colouring in pages
  • some cotton buds
Friday Fun # 1 - Aboriginal art inspired colouring in 
There is no right or wrong way to apply the paint just dip the cotton buds in and go crazy with dots! 

Friday Fun # 1 - Aboriginal art inspired colouring in 

Friday Fun # 1 - Aboriginal art inspired colouring in 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles

I thought I'd share with you on my first Workshop Wednesday some ideas for testing and arranging mark making ideas. In most Art or Textile projects I often ask my pupils to test out their materials and consider how they can achieve different effects. Here are some examples from my sketch book that I would show pupils. 

Mark making with Biro.
Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 


 Mark making with fine liner and water
Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 

Mark making with paper
Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 

Rubbing using wax crayons
Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 

Block printing with sponge. 
Workshop Wednesday # 1 - mark making ideas for KS4 Art and Textiles 


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Tutorial Tuesday #1 - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

First cut 10 rough 4 cm squares from fabric of your choice. I would recommend that you use fabrics that won't fray but that can also add to the charm of the piece. I chose to use some cotton and two colours of net.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

Then fold in piece into quarters and cut a petal shape making sure to don't cut across the fold. Then unfold and they should look like this.

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

Layer the flowers up in an arrangement that is pleasing, turning some of the flowers so they over lap each other. 

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

Then sew up through the middle and sew on some coordinating seed beads. Secure at the back with a backstitch. 

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

Then sew on a bobby pin by over sewing at the colosed end. 

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin

Use to adorn your or someone else's hair. 

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a fabric flower bobby pin


Monday, 15 April 2013

Made on Monday # 1 - 'Mint' wire plant sign from issue 8 Simply Homemade magazine

I am attempting to organise myself and my blog a little better. I often find myself with so many works in progress, recipe, ideas and things I want to make that sorting out what to do first and what to blog becomes a massive deal. So I have decided to theme certain days so I'll know what I should be focusing on. This is the idea:
Made on Mondays - showing things I have made that come from tutorials, ideas etc That I have read about.
Tutorial Tuesday - I show you how to do or make something
Workshop Wednesday - will be things with a more educational slant - ks3, ks4 Textiles, Food Technology and Art. 
Tasty Thursday - I'll share what I have been cooking and recipes
Friday Fun - Inspirational ideas of crafty ideas to do with children
Sweet Saturday - I'll share what I have been baking and post recipes
Sewing Sunday - I'll try and post a new cross stitch pattern or sewing idea each week. 

So with that all in mind, welcome to the first Made on Monday. I have loads of jewellery making supplies in my craft room and I sometimes dabble with making jewellery but I am by no means a jeweller. So when I saw this project in Simply home-made Magazine for wire plant signs. I knew this was a project I should do. I have been meaning to make one of the signs ever since but have only got around to it as I had just bought some mint for the kitchen windowsill and the project came to mind. It was relatively easy to make but I wish I'd chosen another bead colour than green as although it fits with the gardening theme, it doesn't stand out very well against the plant. Perhaps with copper wire it would look bolder? What do your think? 

Made on Monday # 1 - 'Mint' wire plant sign from issue 8 Simply Homemade magazine 

Made on Monday # 1 - 'Mint' wire plant sign from issue 8 Simply Homemade magazine 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Free cat and fish bone cross stitch PDF pattern

Sometimes you just want something quick to stitch, with that in mine here is today's free pattern.
Yours free to download today a feline friend and his tasty supper. Just follow the read more link to access the free PDF files.



Free cat and fish bone cross stitch PDF pattern

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Friday, 12 April 2013

Mother in law Birthday card

Mother in law Birthday card 
I made this card this afternoon whilst watching my eldest on Cbeebies games. I'm not really that into paper crafts or card making but I had a collection of papers hanging around so I thought I'd give it a go. It is for my mother in law and I think it has a nice feminine theme without being over girly, something I know she is not a fan of. I just have to find some appropriate verse for inside as with my mother in law the words are more important than the card itself.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

May issue of Cloth Magazine.

Just found out that my Pin wheels are going to appear on the Inbox page of Cloth Magazine next Month!


Craftseller Russian doll gift tags.

I often stockpile the freebies that magazines give away and I have had this kit hanging around in a drawer for ages. My eldest was looking for something to do in my study so I pulled this out. With only a little help with the knotting of the cord he assembled the whole set.
Craftseller Russian doll gift tags.

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