Two pairs down, one to go..

As the weather started to get colder, I decided that the thin, unlined, summer curtains we had up just weren’t going to be enough to keep us that little bit warmer as the nights start drawing in.

It was time to tackle curtain making again!

I have made curtains in the past, but never a lined pair, and I had the added headache of having decided that thermal/blackout lining would be best to use – I had a couple of problems with this when I made the blinds – when you stitch through blackout fabric, you can see pinpricks of light coming through, not great when you’re a bit of a perfectionist!

I had a look at a few tutorials online, but these only served to confuse me more, so in the end I just went with the way I found easiest, probably not the professional way but I’m really pleased with how they turned out!

The grey pair in the lounge were made from scratch, using up a large amount of fabric I’d been given a while ago, and the flowery bedroom pair were originally a pair of handmade curtains I’d found in a charity shop, which I completely unpicked and re-did, including having to add a wide stripe of fabric at the bottom, to give them the length I wanted.

In making these, I learned how to blind hem on my machine, not something I’ve done before, so new curtains, and skills – bonus 😀

Just one pair to go now, for the small bedroom, then we’re all set.

Monkey Sale!

In the run up to Christmas we all like a bargain, so I decided to have a sale of the remaining monkeys (and a couple of cats)!

(All photos can be clicked on to get a better look).

Each sock creature is now only £10 – including p&p (within the UK) 😀

I started the sale on my FB page last night, and five have already gone – these are the ones that are still available.

The monkeys are between 17 and 19 inches tall, with the majority of them being the 17″ size.

*All my sock creatures are filled with high quality polyester fibre fill which complies with British Standards BS5852 and BS1425*

If you would like one you can leave me a comment, or email me by using the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of the blog, with an email address and I will send you an invoice through Paypal.

Edit: There are now only 5 remaining monkeys in the sale.

A blanket, and a giveaway!

This is the latest blanket commission to be completed. I love the rich colours that were chosen for me to work with – it looked really vibrant when finished.

I’d not made such a detailed blanket before – each square had 7 rounds, there were 15 colours in all, and I wasn’t looking forward to weaving the ends in! I decided to crochet batches of 10 squares, then weave the ends in as I went, which seemed like a very slow process but had to be better than spending 5 days at the end sewing them all in – I ended up with over 200g of leftover ends!

Halfway through the blanket I needed to order more of a couple of colours I’d run out of, and while waiting for them to be delivered I played about with making some bunting. It has 6 triangles, with pretty pointy edging on each, and although the photo of it up at the window hasn’t captured the colours properly, it is the same colours as the blanket.

I think if I had a little girl there would be lots of this bunting about her room, but as I don’t, I’m offering this as a giveaway 😀

Just comment if you’d like it! (There are no rules such as RT or ‘Share’ but if you’d like to, that would be great :D) I’ll draw a random name in a fortnight or so.

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered 🙂