Sunday, September 27, 2015

Some More Beaded Holiday Ornaments

I made this cute Christmas stocking using the Beaded Holiday kit from Papertrey Ink. I embroidered the ivy and sewed on some red beads for the berries. For the rest of the stocking I kept the stitching simple. I liked the effect of the red stitching against the white fabric. Some PTI felt and some more beads completed the stocking top. The kit also included a die for cutting a hanging piece which is then sewn into the ornament. You can see this in the photo below.
This ornament is similar to the one in my previous post. The design was sewn on my embroidery/sewing machine, cut out using a stitching rectangle die from PTI and then sewn together using some gold embroidery thread and gold beads.
When life gets a little too busy and complicated I like to switch off by doing something creative. Last week I tackled a furniture project which had been on a long list of "to do" for some time.
This is a photo of the two separate pieces of furniture I needed to paint. Using some left over Annie Sloan chalk paint I got to it. With a quick coat of Old White and then a coat of Paris Grey I had a lovely kitchen dresser for my country kitchen. I still have to distress  a little more and then wax it which  I will do at intervals over the next couple of weeks. I was so happy I  finally had the time to do it. Can't wait for Christmas so that I can hang all my new beaded ornaments on it !


Monday, September 21, 2015

Sew Easy Ornament Kits

Over the weekend I had a little time to plan the items needed for the craft fair season 2015. Quite  often at the craft fairs customers tell me how they would love to be able to 'make something' themselves but they don't know where to start. With this in mind I wanted to create some very simple sewing kits to offer for sale at the fairs.
With my Brother SE 400 Embroidery/sewing machine I sewed the design. The design was downloaded from Urban Threads. The price, service and product were excellent. It was a real pleasure to buy from this company.
Next I ran the fabric with the completed design through my cut n boss using the largest die from stitched rectangle dies.  Then it was simply a matter of using a running stitch to sew the two pieces together incorporating a ribbon  to hang the ornament and adding a little doll filling in between to plump out the cushion. I then reversed the stitching, popping on a seed bead with each of the stitches and then tied the two end of the threads together to secure.
I am really pleased with how the kits turned out. The die cut for the thread holder and the stamps used on the tag are from Papertrey Ink. My machine is busily popping out lots of these designs at the moment. I have also downloaded some other designs from Urban Threads and will post similar kits  in the next few days.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Beaded Holiday Ornaments

Christmas craft fair season is fast approaching and as I had not participated in any fairs for the past two years I decided this year to apply for a stall at a large fair run by Fingal County Council. I sent in my application last May not expecting to get a place but much to my surprise and delight I did. So now the busy crafting season starts for me in earnest !
Thanks to a very nice shipping buddy in the USA I  received the newest stitching kit from Papertrey Ink yesterday. I have bought this kit with the upcoming craft fairs in mind. I like how the items made from these kits have a well finished look. To keep my costs down I used some fabric which does not fray rather than felt for the mittens.
 I stitched the snowflake with my sewing/embroidery machine and then added some sequins and tiny beads. The mitten came together pretty easy and relatively inexpensively. I plan to make some simple sewing kits of these ornaments to sell too.



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