Monday 30 May 2011

Handmade Monday

Well it's come round again super fast. Monday!! This time a Bank Holiday so I am at home chilling with Little Mack and Mr Mack.

I have been having a fairly relaxed week this week with lots of rest time although I still managed a few hours in my studio.

Here's what I have been making this week:

Starting off with a couple of custom orders from a very regular customer for a crayon roll and headband/scarf.

Moving on to a lovely project that took me a day or two. Pink PuddleDuck Designs commissioned me to make her 3 patchwork cushions. 2 square with a rosette and 1 union jack in shabby chic florals in shades of pink and green.

I think I fulfilled the brief quite well! All the cushions are fully lined and backed with Laura Ashley 100% linen in beige. These photos where taken at the half way point, this week I will be adding the snap closures and attaching the rosettes with snaps so that they can be removed for the wash so I will have some more pictures for you next week.

They were an absolute pleasure to make and I am really pleased with them. I will find it quite sad taking them to the post office this week!

Next on the agenda was a little bit more craft fair stock. I have a big event at the end of June I really need to stock up for so I decided to get the trusty glue gun out and play with some scraps of lace and fabric throw in a few vintage buttons and look what we ended up with.

I also had a go at rolling fabric to make roses. I have seen this done on lots of blogs but never quite got the hang of it using stitching. Now I own a glue gun it's a totally different matter and I can see quite a few of these coming out of the studio as they are so much fun to make!

Last but not least Saturday saw 2 students participating in a beaded fabric brooch workshop at my house. We were due to have the class in town at the local bead shop but due to low numbers Eva and Lea were treated to almost one on one tuition!

They did a fabulous job of creating their brooches, in fact I like their finished items better than my own (the pink one on the left). Fabulous colour choices girls, I think I might just be stealing your designs and making a few more myself!

So now you have seen what I've been up to this week, pop on over to Wendys blog to see what the other Handmade Monday participants have been up to and remember if you do a handmade Monday post to add yours to the link list and share the love.


  1. I do love crayon rolls - they seem to add a touch of luxury to the mundane. Cushions and brooches are all lovely too.
    Thanks for taking part in Handmade Monday x

  2. What beautiful cushions, brooches and roses - you have been busy! I hadn't even thought about doing those roses with a glue gun (doh!) Looks great! Melissa x

  3. The crayon holder is adorable! The brooches are also awesome, as are the pillows. Pillows seem so simple, but I've made them before and mine come out all crooked and silly looking! Hmmmm, yours don't look like mine at all... ;)

  4. Not heard of crayon rolls before - what a great idea, cushions look really pretty.

  5. Lots of lovely luxuries - your work is all beautiful but I absolutely adore your roses, they are so pretty and simple looking, would you be able to make these stemmed for a vase display? Just another suggestions :)

    Hope you and baby bump are keeping well and Mr Mack & Little Mack are looking after you.

    Laura xxx

  6. The crayon roll is a good idea and love the cushions and new flower pins.

  7. wow - lots of things to look at! I really like the fabric roses, I've not actually seen those before. Good luck at the craft fair xx

  8. Your cushions are great, lovely colours and very summery. Glue guns are great aren't they? I love mine.

    Jan x

  9. So many lovely things to look at! Favourites are the cushions and the roses :)

  10. Hi Claire,

    This is in response to a question you left on craftsforum (
    I don't know if you found out, but I thought I would answer it anyway.

    You can use Janome free-motion feet on your snap-on foot machine. At the top of your foot there is a screw. If you undo that and remove the shank (the thing your foot snaps onto) you can attach a screw-on free-motion foot by arranging it so that it looks right and then tightening the screw with the screwdriver that came with your machine.

    Here is a video. You only need to watch the first few minutes to see it installed. The rest is how she alters the foot to her liking.

    Hope that helps.