Tag Archives: stitching

Map The Sewinists

11 Mar

I stumbled across a great project today whilst browsing through posts with the tag ‘sewing’. The brains behind the website  ‘Another Sewing Scientist’ struck on the idea of trying to map all the stitchy types across the globe to allow us to get to know each other within our own communities. It’s taken off big-time with many hundreds of crafters tagging themselves resulting in a world map awash with little blue pins.

Map the Sewinists

I love this idea, and noticed that the UK is looking mighty bare just now. As a nation we have no shortage of talented seamstresses and stitchers, so lets drop some more blue pins and start to get acquainted!

You can find instructions on how to tag yourself by clicking the map above. It’ll take you straight there!

Felted Fabulousness

18 Nov

For a long time now, needle felting has seemed like the most mysterious of sciences to me. I’ve admired things made this way on Etsy and at craft fairs; beautiful, intricate works of art with no idea as to how they were made. I love learning new things, especially if it helps me to advance my monsters, so when a needle felting workshop popped up on my doorstep, I roped mummy monster in and we booked ourselves places on the course.

Paper Village is part craft-shop, part craft-community and is a true Aladdin’s cave of delights. A great selection of unusual books and supplies, with workshops covering every skill under the sun. Nothing is too much trouble for the vibrant and knowledgable owner, and Mummy Monster and I spent a wonderful afternoon there yesterday learning the basics of needle felting.

Over a cup of tea and some jelly babies, and along with four fellow newcomers to the art, we turned this

Into this

I really enjoyed the intricate nature of the methods involved in needle felting. It is somewhere between sculpting out of clay, and painting a picture. We started with making a simple round shape and embellishing it with shapes and colours.  I admit I was really unsure of what I was doing at first but eventually ended up with this.

Once I’d worked out the basic techniques I was keen to try something a little more complicated so set about trying to make a bird. At first I was completely lost as to how to sculpt the basic shape, but once I’d formed a spherical shape to get me started, the skills started to click and I grasped the idea of heavily working certain areas to change the shape and add the details. I was genuinely surprised when I ended up with this.

My little bird of paradise has got me well and truly hooked on needle felting and I can see the practical applications it could have for embellishment on my monsters, as well as as a craft in its own right. I can’t wait to get all the bits I need and get going on a few projects.

The others in the group got on well too. Mummy Monster ended up with this little collection

And our fellow crafters produced these little treasures

Fabulous and all so different, what a lovely way to spend a Saturday.

More Mini-Monsters

30 Oct

Now that the marital dust has settled, I can get back to focusing on some serious monstering. I’ve been really enjoying the mini-monsters, it’s a great way of using up scraps of interesting fabrics, and gives more instant gratification than the bigger projects. Initially I found working small to be really challenging but I feel like I’m mastering it now and I’m excited to start making some christmassy ones for the upcoming festive season.

Now that I am getting better at working on a small scale I’m planning to start adding more of my usual character to the mini-monsters, so expect to see them coming thick and fast over the coming weeks! Here’s what I came up with today.

Happiness is…..

17 Jul

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One More Sleep!

26 Jan

Tomorrow is the day I finally get my sexy little minx of a new sewing machine. I first wrote about it on Jan 25th 2011, that’s how long I have been longing for it in all it’s 294-stitching, 7 feed-dogging glory.

It’s been over a month since I have been able to sew, as my trusty old basic machine died during the pre-Christmas frenzy. Strangely, as well as feeling ridiculously excited about the new machine, I’m also slightly nervous. I don’t know if I can remember how to sew, and don’t know if I can live up to the grandeur of this sophisticated piece of machinery. I know it’s silly, but after such a long wait, and from wanting it so SO much, it’s making me a little anxious.

I have the house to myself tomorrow afternoon once I bring it home so I can spend some time bonding with it and I’m sure by the end of the day we will be firm friends. No doubt you will get to hear about the whole process in due course.

Wish me luck!