Hello lovelies! Did you miss us? It’s lovely to be back refreshed after a little break.
Today I am showing you a fabulous way to use up little scraps. Sewing my own clothes (yes, I haven’t got bored yet!) generates a lot of oddly shaped bits of fabric, as well as funny little lengths of binding. I have been mulling over what to do with these as I just cannot bear to throw fabric away, especially if I love it! Browsing through pinterest one day, I came across this pin of the cutest rag rug, and I decided to give it a go. Because I wasn’t sure how it would look, I decided to start with a small project, and make a heart to put up in my craft room.
What you need is
A piece of hessian (burlap)
A hoop or quilting frame
A 4mm crochet hook
Strips of binding or fabric (mine were 1” x 3”). I had some binding left that I cut into the right lengths, but I added to this by ripping fabric into 1” strips and then cutting those up.
What you do is
Use the paper to cut a template. (Yes, Lu, I’m using a template!!)
Like Lu did for her gorgeous Hoop Silhouettes, I folded my paper in half, drew half a heart and then cut it out so it would be symmetrical.
Then draw onto the hessian, around your template.
Fix your hessian into your hoop or frame. I’m not sure this is essential but I found it helped.
Start in the middle of your design, and poke one end of the strip through, using your hook (from the front to the back). Put your hook in 2 -3 threads away and pull the strip back through to the front so the two halves are at the front. Move along 2-3 threads and repeat the process.
Make a big cup of tea, turn the telly on and keep going! I went along each row, but I guess you could go round in circles, or do the outline first, whatever floats your boat!
Once I had filled in the whole heart, I ironed the hessian and stitched a channel along the top. I had been planning to back it with some other fabric, but I actually really liked the effect of just pulling out the threads around the edges to make a fringe. I sewed a running stitch all the way around so it wouldn't fray. (I actually really like the back too!)
All I can say that it is incredibly soothing, quite fast and uses up LOADS of fabric. I am really pleased with it, and am going to make a cushion for C next.....
Do you mind if I show you a few holiday snaps? This year we were lucky enough to have two trips, the first to the Scottish Borders, and the second at the end of the holidays to Holland, Spain and France. We took the overnight ferry from Harwich to the Hoek of Holland. I can heartily recommend this, it was very reasonable, very comfortable and huge fun. We stayed in Amsterdam, and did what we like best......wandered around, shopped for food in the supermarket, ate out and did a few cultural things. There was cheese, chocolate and Anne Frank's house, a very poignant few hours.
After a few days we flew to Barcelona and drove up over the Pyrenees to visit my Godmother.
We stayed overnight in a gorgeous little village with an old fort, and a tunnel to run away from the enemy!
My godmother lives in a little french village. We have been often, and always love the morning bread run, poking around the village and eating dinner on the veranda.
Finally we drove back down to Spain and stayed in a little seaside town for a few days. Our flat was just over the road from the sea and had the most wonderful sunrises.
And now it's back to normal service, back to school, work, pushing towards that shop opening and sending my oldest off out into the big world of university.....
Pass me a drink!
Take care, lovelies!