Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hi - after having a wonderful 8 week holiday in sunny Florida we are now back home in a cold and wet Scotland.

Being back means it is time to design new projects for this years classes, I am trying to work on one project at a time and tidy up as I go but.......well I am a crafter lol

I did not start out to make a poppy brooch to wear myself but to teach in a class later this year. Now I have seen the finished item I know I will definitely be wearing it to add a pop of red to a winter coat, bag, sweater or hat. 

To make one you will need:
 4 x red felt hearts (I cut them with a Sizzix die)
1 x 1" diameter red felt circle
1 x 1" diameter green felt circle
A tiny piece of polyester filling 
A brooch pin
A chenille needle 
A fine sewing needle
Black cotton thread
Red thread


Cut the tip off each heart

Sew a running stitch dart along approximately 2/3 of each piece

With the right side facing you sew the hearts together, gathering them as you sew

Sew a running stitch near the edge of the felt circle

Fill with a little of the fillng then pull the needle tightly to gather and close the circle

Fasten off with a few stitches

Sew 5 stitches from the centre outwards over the padded centre (sorry I forgot to take a picture)

then sew some stiches of  varying lengths on each petal

Sew French French knots on each petal (there are lots of online tutorials)

and......if you don't want to do  a padded centre and  French knots add a large glass bead (or button) and some seed beads instead

 Sew the brooch pin on to the felt circle

And, finally sew or glue the back on to the poppy

 These are quick and easy to make and look even better when you scrunch them up a bit!

One of these days I will make more using different fabrics and colours - I am thinking silk, voile or linen

Thanks for your visit please follow my blog for more multi media projects

Happy crafting


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Furniture Upcycle with DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint and a Decal I am sharing a really quick and easy  way to transform a piece of furniture with DecoArt DecoArt  Americana Chalky Finish Paint and a custom made decal
This piece is a dark wood double bed which folds against a wall. Because it is so large it made the room very dark. I did not take a picture of the complete unit prior to it being painted but this shows both the unpainted wood and the centre portion after one coat of paint

I did not complete this project myself but suggested it to our friends in Fort Lauderdale - they are both musicians and between them they play the piano, harp, violin and pipes.  

I sourced a decal of a harp measuring approximately 48" x 36" from This company has hundreds of designs in lots of colours

It arrived in the post with quite a few wrinkles (I know the feeling lol) but these were removed on application by rubbing with a plastic card (which comes with the decal)

A brush
Masking tape (Optional)
Simply apply 2 coats of paint (possibly more depending upon the surface and paint colours) then apply two coats of varnish allowing it to dry between coats. 

(We decided on satin varnish but DecoArt have a great range of waxes and varnishes for furniture)

It is best to wait for 24 hours beforeapplying the decal following the manufacturers instructions

Sorry the picures are not so good.....I only had my iPad with me.

I think my friends did a great transformation.....don't you?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tatted Ring Scissor Tassel

I wonder if all tatters throw out as much thread as I do?

The problem is that very few patterns tell you how much thread is required and, because joining mid pattern can be fiddly I always over guess how much thread I need.

So.......what do we tatters do with the small amounts of thread we are left with? We tatt butterflies....lots and lots of butterflies.

Here us another way to use up the thread -  make tassels.

I used Lizbeth 20

I use them on greeting cards (especially Oriental ones), on felt hanging hearts and as scissor embellishments. You could also add them to earrings and bag charms

1.  Leaving a 12" tail, tatt a ring (I did 20 x DS), cut the thread, leaving another 12" tail.
Close the ring leaving about 1/2" of thread showing

2. Wind thread around a card slightly larger than you want the finished tassel to be

3. Cut the thread and, holding it tightly, pass it through the tatted ring

4. Fold the cut threads over and close the ring tightly, then knot the long ends underneath (where the ring closes)

5. Thread a needle with one of the longer ends and wrap around the tassel approximatel 8 times, taking the needle through the top loops a couple of times to secure

6. Take the needle through, from top to bottom

7.  Give the tassel a haircut....that's it

To make a scissor tassel

1. Pass the thread through one of the handles

2.  Make a ring leaving a gap as above 

Then repeat steps 2-6 as above


 These are easy and fun to make and, best if all, empty those shuttles!
alternatively you could needle tatt them

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Paper Birds Handpainted and German Glass Glitter

I love my Sizzix bird die......I think this one is discontinued,  but others are available

These little birdies are such fun to make and there are endless ways you can add your own style. A great way to use up scraps of paper or fabric ( I did an earlier post with felt birds)

I handpainted these with DecoArt Americana Paint. I don't really do painting tiny but I  had a try anyway using really small brushes

I sprinkled some German Glass Glitter over is made from crushed glass dipped in silver and gives a lovelysparkle. Because it is glass it should not be used for children 

These would look nice on the Christmas tree

and sometimes simple looks just as good 

Time to fly......

thanks for visiting


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Napkin Decoupage on Sneakers - Tutorial using DecoArt Decou-Page

I did a quick makeover on these plain sneakers which, I think, turned out pretty cute

To do the same you will need:
a napkin 
a bottle of DecoArt Decou-Page
and a brush

How to:
Remove the laces from the sneakers and wash them if necessary

Isolate the images by cutting them out leaving 1-2cms border (this makes cutting out easier)

Cut neatly around the image, then separate the layers. Paper napkins normally have 2-3 layers and you will only be using the top layer. The way I do it is to  hold the napkins between dampened thumb and index finger and pull the layers apart .

Normally I would apply decoupage medium to both the napkin cut-outs and the surface, but, in this case I only applied it to the sneakers. I then placed the image on to the sneakers and applied two more coats (Decou-Page can be used as a glue, finish and sealer.) I cut away any excess napkin as I went along

I died the laces Strawberry Pink 




Friday, October 17, 2014

3 Little Birds......made with felt

Today was a play day and I experimented with felt bird shapes cut with a Sizzix die

Sequins and seed beads

Silk ribbon embroidery roses with vintage hand dyed embroidery floss

Ans a couple of pieces of tatting

 These little ornaments are a great way to use up remnants, odd buttons, beads and ribbon

.......don't worry about a thing