H for Haberdashery – A to Z Challenge

If you look at you average high street, the good old fashioned haberdashery has gone.

They have been replaced by the craft shop or vanished all together.

If there is a market you could be lucky to has a haberdashery stall.

What is all the fuss you ask, I can still get what I need from the craft shops or on the internet?

The fuss is simple, if you have ever rummaged through a store that has a huge variety of goods, like a haberdashery or army and navy store or antquie shop, you will know the thrill you get when you find something you can’t live with out. You didn’t go to the shop for it but, if the price is right, you will be leaving with it. You will add the item to your collection of ‘one day I might need that’, and the buzz of finding that something new will last a couple of days. Then there is the afternoons you will send looking at this collection and finally the day that the item became useful.

A haberdashery is not a shop or store it is an experience that lasts for months and sometimes years.

Happy crafting

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G for Gauges – A to Z Challenge

Crafting is a hobby that I love, and I make my living from. You could say I have my cake and I eat it. (I love cake too)

HEMLINE Measuring Gauge Sewing & Quilting Projects 14 Different Measures H260

Sewing Gauge

So what is the tool I can not live without. Well there are several, but the old saying goes

Measure twice, cut once

The measuring tools I use in my crafting are varied.

  • Needle gauge – for measuring the size of your knitting needles
  • WPI gauge – (wraps per inch) for deciding if the wool I am using is double knitting or 4 ply
  • Seam guide – to ensure my sewn seams are all 1/4 inch wide
  • metre rule – for measuring my fat quarters
  • bead gauge, picot gauge, hem gauge, sewing gauge.

There is a gauge for most things.

So which one would I choose?

All of them because in there own way they make my life easier, and that can only be a good thing.

Happy Crafting

 

F For Fat Quarters – A to Z Challenge

 

The size of a fat quarter will depend on were you buy it. An English fat quarter is a quarter of a meter, where as an American fat quarter is a quarter of a yard. Always check the packaging for the size, especially if you have a particular project in mind.

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I mainly use fat quarters for Patchwork, which originally  developed as a thrifty craft, using fabrics recycled from old clothing and other items. If the finished design is going to  be washed a lot , or example a baby quilt,  then the same type of material needs to be used due to the different washing temperatures i.e. all cotton, however any type of fabric can be used  for decorative projects like wall hangings.

Bundle 4  Fat Quarters Pink Spring Florals  Patchwork & Plain 100% Cotton

 

Fabric can be bought  for a project, will come in various sizes and designs, usually colour coordinated. Fat quarters are precut  amounts, like  jelly rolls.

 

The best way to choose which type of fabric to use is to decide what the finished project will be. babies cot quilt  need to be soft and durable fabrics that are washed frequently. If it is a wall hanging then the fabrics could be more specialized. I choose my fabric by starting with a patten I love, then I match off that to create the project I am making.

 

All fabric should be washed before use in case they shrink and some of the colours can bleed together.

 

Bundle 4  Fat Quarters Love Floral  Mint Camper van Fabric 100% Cotton

Happy Crafting

 

C for Crochet A to Z challenge

I have found recently there has been a lot of interest in Learning how to crochet. My Workshops have been full of people eager to learn and make wonderful creations. There are a variety of patterns and magazines to buy, but for me the main skill to get right is the tension on the wool. Holding the hook will depend on you and how comfortable you are. once mastered crochet is a pick up and down craft that can be done anywhere. I Love It, everyone should have a crochet blanket.

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Classic Granny Square

Foundation Ring: ch6 and join with a slip stitch to form a ring.

Round 1:

ch3 (counts as 1tr), 2tr (working into ring) 3ch.

Work 3tr, 3ch, 3tr, 3ch, 3tr, 3ch.

Join the last stitch to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch in the top of the first ch3. You should have four clusters of stitches.

Round 2:

Slip stitch into the corner space created by 3ch in the previous row,

ch3 (counts as 1tr) 2tr, 3ch, 3tr into this space (corner made),

1ch [3tr 3ch,3tr] into the 3ch space.

1ch [3tr 3ch,3tr] into the 3ch  space

1ch [3tr 3ch,3tr] into the 3ch space

Ch1 Join the last stitch to the beginning of the round with a slip stitch in the top of the first ch3. You should have 8 clusters altogether.

Round 3:

Slip stitch into the corner space created by 3ch in the previous row,

Ch3, [2tr 3ch 3tr] into this space. (corner made),

*1ch, [3tr] into the 1ch space, 1ch [3tr 3ch 3tr] into 3ch space corner *

Repeat * to * two more times.

1ch, [3tr] into the 1ch space

Ch1 and Join the last stitch to the beginning of the round in top of the first ch3. You should have 12 clusters now.

 

Repeat the rounds, increasing the number of clusters on each side as you go, until your square is the size you want. When you’re finished, snip the yarn, leaving several inches so that you can pull it tightly through the loop and weave the rest into the square to hide it and prevent unravelling.

Multi coloured granny square

Repeat the top pattern, but change the colour on every round.

B for Buttons – A to Z Challenge

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I love buttons. There is something satisfying about riffling through a tin of buttons. It’s like choosing your favourite sweets with less calories.

As you can imagine I have a lot of buttons. some are standard shirt buttons, some are fancy wooden ones with writing or shapes. Extra large or tiny I have them.

The question is, What do i do with them? Well apart for look at them and collect more, there is a range of things to do with a button.

  • Embellishment
  • Functional – holding things together like shirt openings
  • card making
  • covering up a mistakes when sewing – whoops

The list is endless.

I know crafter’s who put a button on everything they make, and on the other hand there are a group of people who can not touch a button, and therefore wear clothes with zips or no fastenings.

Buttons to are magical.

Happy Crafting

BRIGHT BUTTONS for cards mix assorted card uses