Sunday, 31 October 2010

Guest Post : 'Punk Patchwork' by Vix of Vintage Vixen

Hi Folks
Apologies for not posting in a while - a lack of time and not very exciting things happening has led to a bit of a blog holiday. Also having a bit of a style overhaul both personally (possibly to be revealed at a later date) and with the blog. As such, I'm delighted to bring the first of my guest posts. The post is by the lovely Vix at Vintage Vixen - a truly stylish and inspirational lady. Enjoy!

'Punk Patchwork' by Vix of Vintage Vixen
Basically it's my punk approach to patchwork, I've called it "Random Acts Of Patchwork". I'm not very patient and once I get an idea in my head I tend to rush it through to maintain my interest, once it gets put aside I rarely go back to finish it. I made this method of patchwork up, I haven't seen it before.

The daybed is Edwardian and was found in a skip many years ago in a poor state. I sanded it down and restained it with Jacobean Oak, a lovely dark woodstain we always use on our floorboards.
It's currently sitting in our guest bedroom being very well-used by the cats.

I made the bolster cover by cutting a piece of old sheeting to size and hemming it. I then rifled through my stash of 1950's barkcloth curtains, vintage bed sheets, satin curtains and off-cuts of dresses (all bought second-hand) cut them into random sized pieces, pinned them haphazzardly on the sheet and zig-zag sewed them into place using a bright pink thread. The edges were trimmed with baby pink bias binding.

For the smaller cushions I used old covers I bought at a jumble sale and I did the same with scraps of fabric but this time I hand sewed them using some embroidery thread.

All my thread and trimmings are second-hand. I don't think I've ever bought a new reel of cotton.

The quilt on the day bed is a 1930's one I bought for 50p at a car boot sale and the crochet Afghani blanket was one of Mum's creations back in the late 1960's.

Many thanks to Vix for this great post x

All images courtesy of Vintage Vixen

Monday, 11 October 2010

Pyramage Christmas Card Tutorial

I'm pleased to bring you the first in a regular series of free craft tutorials wot (sic) I have done.

If you haven't seen pyramage before, the principle is similar to 3D decoupage. Instead of building up individual parts of the image, you focus on one part of the image and build up ever decreasing layers. Confused? Have a look at the pictures and it should make more sense.


Kanban Tiverton diecut frames
Kanban Winter Post diecut papercraft toppers
Papermania Gem Sparkling Stars
Papermania Adhesive Shimmer Dots
Papermania Pearlescent DL card pack
Glue roller or double-sided tape
Sticky 3D pads

Step 1: Remove frame and the 3 layers of your image from the die cut sheet. Trim notches if needs be. Apply glue/double sided tape to the back of the largest image, then attach to your frame, like so.

Step 2: Take the next smallest image and apply foam pads to the back, do this with each layer of your design. This card has 3 layers, but I've seen some with up to 5.

Step 3: After you've added the foam pads, layer up each image on top of the previous one, carefully lining them up with the first picture. This creates your 3D effect.

Step 4: Glue or tape the topper to your chosen card, and add a sentiment. I've also added some adhesive gems to finish off the card, but you could add glitter, ribbons etc, according to your own taste. And there you have it - your finished card!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Knitting Goes Mainstream

Having a baby, it seems like Mothercare is our second home at the moment, much as B&Q was when we first moved into our house. The Christmas catalogue popped through the other door and of course, it's full of toys and clothes. However, what I spotted was the backgrounds and props that were being used.

Knitted fairy lights and mountain scenery

My favourite, a wreath made of cabled baubles

More knitted baubles

Wrappings and bows

Have you seen any clever ideas for using knitting recently?