I mentioned before in a previous post about how many sock animals I’ve been making, and there’s now more on that list. But now, there’s even more things that I can make as I have a new book – Happy Gloves! It’s a book about different things that you can make from gloves! Now, this is the perfect present from me, although I worry about how many gloves I will start hoarding, I don’t want to show you how many drawers of new socks I have…!
Oh no, my New Years Resolution seems to have failed miserably!
I’ve been awful at updating and writing posts. I won’t give too many excuses here, I’ll save that for my other blog (quiltyassineds.wordpress.com).
For now, look what I’ve been obssessed with recently – sock animals. It amazes me what can be made out of a pair of socks! Now, I’ve not been making these to sell, as I have used the patterns from a fantastic blog/website called Craft Passion, but I’ve been making them as gifts for small people, and they’ve been going down really well!
For Christmas I was given this fantastic book – Making Stuff, An Alternative Craft Book with loads of different crafts to learn and I love it! The first section has instructions on how to do different craft techniques, so aplique, crochet, sewing stitches etc.
I think I have an addiction to buying fabric. It’s one of my favourite parts of the quilt making process, searching for the perfect material for that quilt and undoubtedly finding some extra that I really need on the way!
I’ve finally finished making a zebra quilt that I have been working on for the last 100 years! This was partly because I wanted to make sure that the pattern I had designed was exactly as I’d had it in my head, but also I have developed a new thumb dislocation which makes hand-sewing somewhat harder than usual!
Today I tracked down one of Europe’s earliest known quilts from the 13th century. It is on display at the V&A. As you can see from the photo it is pretty impressive… I think I could learn a thing or two from the seamstresses of yore. It is thought that this enormous bed cover was made to celebrate a marriage between the Acciaiuoli and Guicciardini families. It depicts fourteen episodes of Tristan, a hero of medieval romance literature – evidently an early Mills & Boon!
My bespoke lion quilt for a baby boy due in September. Really proud of this one!