The Return

It’s been nearly four years since my last post! I was busy completing my nursing degree, I had to sacrifice my craft time amongst other things to complete it but it worth it I got a first! and now that I’m working I find the 12 hour shift good for giving me whole days off to concentrate on crafting.

So at the moment I have a couple of four main projects im working on

  1. Brioche knit hat
  2. Anne Stokes Cross stitch
  3. Kaleidoscope quilted table runner
  4. Labyrinth board game miniatures


Brioche knit hat

There not much to report on the knitting front, I saw a beautiful bit of brioche knitting on Reddit and decided I wanted to give it a go. after a bit of research I discovered I have sampled this technique before but I never made a finished object with it. so I have cast on Elizabieta Torenc’s flaming beanie.  Only on the head band so not much to show at the moment!


Anne Stokes cross Stich

I pick up a £1 ponsetta cross stitch pattern over the holiday and I really enjoyed so I decided to embark on my first full coverage cross stich piece. It 10 x 10 inches based on Anne stokes artwork.  I know it will take months, so it’s a daunting piece to start but enjoying my progress so far…`


Kaleidoscope quilted table runner

I’m hoping to move into my a new home soon, though it’s quite a stressful process I’m finding the idea of designing and decorating quite enjoyable.  I’ve done a few piecework pillow which I really enjoyed so I wanted to continue and explore this side of sewing. I really love the Kaleidoscope patterns, but they tend to look quite old-fashioned. So to make the runner more my aesthetic, im using Alexander Henry zombie fabric.  I need 6 repeats for my hexagons. I hoped 2.5 metre would be sufficient. It’s not enough to do full width repeats, I only have 4 full width repeats. Luckily a table runner doesnt requires many blocks.  So today I been trying to work out how to cut out the 3 repeat per width in my fabric.

rough plan

Initial sketch of cut for fabric repeat

Final cutting guide


Labyrinth board game miniatures

I got riverhorse labyrinth board game for my birthday present so am now embarking on painting my first miniatures! done some shading on Sarah but I have mainly done the base layer so far but really enjoying learning about painting minis!





cut out leather mask

I found an awesome blog by Creativerus! I was completely inspired by her leather work. I really wanted to make a mask, because her work was so stunning. I have a lot of projects on the go at the moment, 6 that I want to finish in the next 2 weeks before going to my first LARP event. I couldn’t justify making a mask at the moment. Then on Facebook it was  posted that someone had a masquerade event at Empire. This was just the excuse I need to bump the mask up my to do list!


I loved the cut out mask and I thought I could reproduce it quite easy and set about making it. My cuts are not as good as I would have liked as the scalpel blade I was using for the beginning was a bit dull. I tried to introduce bevel edges to the design this was a mistake. Overall I’m pleased with the result and want to move onto designing my own mask rather than just reproducing other peoples design.  Also I think I could take some really nice pictures of it when I get my SLR up and running again.





My Little Pauldron


So I’m trying to make a pauldron for my first LARP event in 2 weeks. The Tower design is the symbol for the Shattered Tower, who is the group I’m going with.

I wasn’t able to follow any on line pattern as all I had was scraps of leather so the first trick was to work which pieces I could  use to make the design.



So then I tested putting it all together. It wasn’t quite right, Thankfully a friend pointed out the joins were to low down on each piece.


I would have to make new rivet holes, but what to do with the old ones? I cut the old whole  off and made the diagonal corners a design feature, I then realised the diagonals really suited edges so started experimenting with widths


I like the wide edge but my rivet hole are set at 2 cm, so the smaller 1 cm edge compliments them a lot more.


The Pauldrons are starting to look finished, I just need finalise the shape of the top piece. I would also like to edge the top piece but I’m not sure if its possible after dying it.


LARP Costume

I’m Going to my first LARP (Live Action Role Play) event at Easter. I really enjoying the preparation for it, it has got back into sewing again. I haven’t used my machine for month and now all I want to do in the evenings is sew.

I used empire pattern for a T Tunic which is really simple and easy, I adjusted the size as the given measurements were huge!  I added facing to the neckline to give a more polished finish, I also added Flat felled seam’s to give a move historic look.

I am planning to make it again out of a woollen fabric adding darts to improve the fit.

The Trousers I adapted from a 70’s pattern. I shortened the length, and made them gathered by adding fabric by gores which matched the style of the tunic. I finished the trouser with green felt at the gathers and the fastening.



So we have a new house mate, to celebrate I made a new cushion for the living room with all of our initials on it – Katie, Sarah, Karl, Jon. I have some leather piece that I have dyed as well but I haven’t photographed them yet.  I now have space for my lights so I waiting on setting those up before I post anything!



cuff natural 1

After spending a week of being ill, I was elated when I finally managed to be in a state where I could mange the concentration and strength involved in doing some leather working. I had felt quite trapped in my room so I celebrated by working on things that I could wear out in this mythical land outside the four walls I had been confined to. I worker on a cuff, choker and bracer. I’m still waiting on dyes so the only piece that is completed is the cuff pictured.

The cogs were a little to small to be tooled accurately at my current skill level, but I am still pleased with the outcome.

cuff cog 2 cuff cog 3 Cuff cog 1

cuff Fastening


cuff natural 2

Corset Cameo

wpid-20140107_153326.jpgI used an image of vintage tattoo flash for my screen prints a while ago, I started reusing it for inspiration.

A few weeks ago I used it to do some appliqué on my circle skirt. Circle skirts are traditionally appliqué with poodle hence why there often called poodle skirts. I didn’t really fancy sewing a poodle onto my skirt, so I appliqué the design I used for the screen printing, Unfortunately I didn’t photograph it until after I had worn it out on my birthday, it defiantly lost  some of its definition in the wash.


Since I been doing leather work I have imagined using this image for a cameo corset. I love the style of Louise Black cameo corsets but I want a front Busk. So I think this will mean using a front panel with two busk which is a style of corset I have seen used a lot by harlots and angels. I will have to adapt an existing pattern it’s just a case of deciding which one now.

I’m really pleased with this Leather tooling, even though it very clear that I have more experience carving flower than faces! Hopefully I will be able to use it on the finished corset. Just waiting on all of my dyes to turn up so I can start finishing it properly.


early carving

early carving

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