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Zombie Table Runner – WIP

Below is my finished my Kaleidoscopes, I had more than I needed so just had to decide how to use them now!

I had to make a lot of decision for each repeat as with a 60 degree triangle each scope could be used three ways, depending on how it was rotated.


So I decided to make three projects in total:

The main runner which I originally planned with 6 place mats



A table topper with 4 mats



a mini runner


I started with the mini runner as I Would prefer to make any beginners mistakes on it rather than the main piece. I really pleased with my progress on it so far,  I stitched in the ditch, just need to decide hom much more quilting I should use on it.



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!



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.

and all the rest, a friend who’s dressed in leather

I have been experimenting with leather work. It’s something I wanted to try for  while, this Christmas my parents kindly got me a beginners leather work kit. I’m still eating turkey sandwiches and I have made everything possible in the kit, I’ve ordered more supply on eBay and waiting with bated breath for them to arrive, holiday post sucks! At the moment I foresee Leather cos-play armour but once I am more used manipulating Leather a corset is in order. I can see a corset with a large carved leather cameo on the horizon.


Just Glue Some Gears On It (And Call It Steampunk)

I know there not Steampunk but I have been creatively inactive for a little while so I just wanted to do something silly and fun, in steps some watch parts from eBay  and a glue gun!

I didn’t take much notice of the scaling of the watch part when I brought them so they were too small create a design, they are used best for adding texture. I’ve ordered some larger cog which I’m going to use on the side of the boot for the main decoration. I will post more picture with I add the big cogs.

I enjoyed making something again, Hopefully there will be some projects soon.Boot Toe


Screen Printing Workshop

So I attended a screen printing workshop at the London Textiles Studio today, it was amazing fun it felt great to have a Squeegee back in my hand, another thing that has been missing for about ten years. I’m really pleased with the results and about im about to spend a  few hours internet shopping to get my own kit.

The Design is inspired from some vintage tattoo flash I’ve been experimenting with.

70’s Tweed

I forgot to uploaded the results from last weekends vintage pattern.  I pretty pleased with results, The tops a little bit to big but I think I would still wear it, not sure if the trouser a bit too 70’s flair for the office….

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