O for Overlocker– A to Z Challenge

I have a big birthday at the end of the year, I am already being asked what I would like. I think I would like a big cake and a weekend away, but in crafting terms I think I would like an overlocker.

This is the tricky bit. do I really need an overlocker? will I use it? and which one to buy?

After a quick internet search I found an article with lots of information “Should I buy an overlocker?” but i still am battling with the idea of having something i will not use.

I can live with out it, and use my normal machine, but it is a big birthday and it warrants something special. Dilemma

Let me know what you think

Happy Crafting

M for Making – A to Z Challenge

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

This quote made me think about why I make craft items to give to other people.

I make for a hobby, because I teach and I love creating new things from lots if bits of fabric and buttons.

However making an item is the first step, what do you do with the item when it is finished?

It is not very often I make things for my self. I knit and crochet for family and charity, fabric bags are made as presents, and I have hundreds of projects that are not finished.

When i make something as a present i think of the person i will give it to, will they appreciate it is handmade? some people do and will care for the item and others will not. I think it is difficult to make items that others will like or want, but it doesn’t stop me making.

I will continue to make things all my life.

Happy Crafting

J for Join a Group – A to Z Challenge

The best thing about crafting is sharing what you make and learn. And the best way of doing that to to join a group.

There are lots of group all over the place. Start by looking in the crafting magazines, or the local library. You will find local groups, some which are just for knitting, some for sewing, some for everything.

There are on line groups like www.ravelry.com which is dedicated to knitting, and quick search will result in many more.

My Mom runs such a group (or 4) she plans projects every 6 weeks, and the rest of the time you can do what you like. she is there to help and guide. I usually join in when I can and when I have a large project that need help.

If you can’t commit to every week or month, some craft shops run drop in sessions, or alternative go on a workshop, crafting day, or join the crafting sessions that are run at the large craft shows.

Joining a group of like minded people is exciting and very rewarding. you will learn something, be inspired and have a good time. and if not there will probably be a cup of coffee for you to enjoy.

What are you waiting for? be inspired and make new friends.

Happy Crafting

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

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)

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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

 

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