Beds, beds and more beds!

I still haven’t managed to get either one of my little boys to sleep on the last one I made. There are so many around the house now, with all of my experiments, they would rather not have to make a decision so sleep on my bed instead.

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Stalker after a hard morning, I would love to know what he is dreaming about. He always has a smile on his face!!

So this week I have been trying out my fabric yarn and crochet. This little bed worked out perfectly. Not very inspiring colour wise, but now I know what size it turns out and how much fabric I need I will be able to make them alot more colourful.

It started with a recycled cotton bottom sheet.

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Then I tore up the fabric to make my yarn ready for crocheting. There are lots of websites on the net with tutorials on how to make your own fabric yarn. Very simple, you just need to have a large crochet hook to crochet it with.

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I made a small pillow with the fabric, before I made the rest into fabric yarn. I then crocheted round the pillow and made a lovely warm cuddly little bed. (Yes, another one!!)

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Crochet fabric yarn is lovely and thick so stands up on its own, but is still slightly stretchy and soft. I made this little bed with less than a single sheet size of cotton fabric. It measures 12″ across (nice size for small cats or kitten) and stands 7″ tall with the top folded over, the cushion inside is about 5″ deep but sinks to about 3″ when someone gets in. So it is very cosy and very durable. These will definitely be going into my shop, with a little tweaking and a bigger size, and some decoration, after Christmas.

This weekend I have been busy trying things out to make for the shop. Along with this little bed idea I have made an easy 30 minute make cat pillow. I had seen these no sew, quick pillows before, made from fleece or tshirt fabric. The fleece doesn’t fray, and the tshirt fabric doesn’t fray and stretches. I wondered what would happen if I made it from the left over cotton fabric from the last cat bed. And this is what it turned out like………dsc_0214Perfect, I used to love making the rag quilt bags and I can imagine after a few washes this little pillow will fray and look shabby chic just like the rag quilts. I can see alsorts of designs with this one.

I am still working on my new Etsy shop. Working towards putting items in the shop after Christmas. Alot of the things I will be posting will be hand finished or hand made as I am doing most of my crafting now in my new boarding cattery (sewing machine noise is not acceptable). I am sitting there keeping my little guests company, having catty conversations and crafting. A wonderful way to spend my days…………..

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My crafting chair, and a little guest.

New idea, new look!!

So my new idea came because I had alot of enquiries for my sewing lessons but, the same comments were “I can’t do that day” or “I can’t do that time”.  So I am now advertising personalised workshops.  I have a list of workshops to choose from and my clients decide when they want to do them, take a look at my website.  I don’t have to book a venue as I have my little ‘studio’, so if there is only one person that is fine.

But, then I realised my studio wasn’t that inspiring, especially after I had worked in it for a few months, threads all over the floor, books and fabric taking up any flat surface loads of unfinished projects………………… so I spent one whole day emptying the whole room, 4 days painting it, and voila………………..

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Shelves with button and bead filled ducks, ribbons, fabric etc

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Small trolley with ironing board and fabrics, and lace hanging from corner.

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Two sewing machines ready for learners

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2nd ironing station with room for cutting out too, notice lovely posh venetian blinds, they make the room lovely and bright.

I love, love, love the space.  And being at the bottom of a beautiful garden makes it even more special.

I have already done two workshops for some lovely ladies that wanted to learn machine patchwork, and they have booked another one, so everything must have been alright for them.  The room worked really well.  (And I have put some money in the bank instead of taking it out)  I feel as though I am now self employed and own a business.  Now to really push myself and get more learners.  In the meantime I have to make some samples of all the things that I am going to teach. I will be going to different groups i.e womens institute, sewing groups etc and hopefully recruit more people.

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Beautiful little cushions

Here are two samples I made today for my next workshop, I will be teaching how to make these cushions using the paper peicing (or foundation) method of patchworking.

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And a workshop on how to cut your fabric and crochet a pot.  A future workshop will include how to make a bag from drink cans and milk bottles.  In these photo’s I have made a small tote with stuffed crochet handles and the second one is a shaped bag with flap, I am still trying to decide on what to do about a handle, the loops are there ready.  They were made by crocheting around  the milk bottle tops.

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The handles took ages to crochet in 4ply cotton.

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I might get some white webbing and make an adjustable strap for this one.

Another workshop I am looking forward to doing will be the exploding box.  I am hooked on making these, and they always look so nice when finished.

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Some card, glue and fabric this little box is so easy to make

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And really impressive when you open it up!

So that is my update, I just wish there were more hours in the day, when you are enjoying yourself the time passes too quickly, does that mean being self employed will shorten my life?  I don’t care, I’m happy and no longer in the boring rat race!