Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

WOYWW 382

SO YOU HOLD ME CLOSE TO YOUR HEART
RED IN THE GREY...

You'd better sit down...I don't want you to have a shock.

There's been a whole heap of crafting going on this week - woohoo!!  It's the thought of trying to get some stuff done for a charity Christmas event that has spurred me into action. The poor old sewing machine doesn't know what's hit it!
The fabric from last week has been transformed into flags...this is the ONLY sort of ironing I enjoy :-D

I made four lots of these. I like the red and grey combo a lot - very Scandi!

Then I took the left over scraps and joined them in strips. then cut these into squares and joined them together in a mini patchwork, backed them with red felt and zigzag topstitched them to make some Christmas coasters...

All tied up with some festive ribbon from my stash.  And that's not all!

I'd seen some great ideas for felt ornaments on Pinterest and decided that I need to have a go - a bit of a challenge in fact. All the above came from the Range and was stupidly cheap. Look at that rainbowy gorgeousnessness *squee*

Now it's cooled down a bit, the conservatory is more pleasant to work in - great light for old eyes! I freehanded the pattern...

...and had a go at making this little bird, I need to add a ribbon hanger, stuff it and complete the stab stitching. I'm quite pleased with it!  I've been inspired by all the gorgeous embroidery that Sandy Leigh Johnson's been doing. There will hopefully be more on this theme to show you - I've got rather a lot of embroidery floss to use up!!!

Have a great week everyone xxx

34 comments:

  1. Hello Jan. I am in love with the matching Christmas banner and coasters. You are super talented with that machine of yours. And I agree I last pulled out my iron only to straighten out a wrinkled pice of ribbon is how much I love doing that, but my DH now buys work shirts that are iron free. YIPPY. That is a great idea useing felt to make Christmas decorations.....if time profits for me maybe I will finally finish mine I have tucked back into storage last year. Have a wonderful day. Hugs Always~Anne L (no number yet)

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  2. oh you have been busy! I am enjoying the cooler weather too, but haven't been doing much crafting! Love that rainbow of embroidery threads. Happy WOYWW Helen #?

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  3. Hi Jan, You sure have been busy. I love the fabric. The coasters are such a good idea. The little bird is so cute.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #17

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  4. Bunting and Christmas decorations this week?....I feel so at home in your space today Jan :-)
    Hope you hope you have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #15

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  5. You clever, talented lady - I love what you've done and I love the colour scheme too - the coasters are a brilliant idea and I love the little bird. I really must get started on Christmassy stuff or I'll be all in a panic come November! I havne't noticed embroidery thread at the Range - oh my goodness, all that rainbow yumminess, I think I might have to take a quick nip over there soon!
    Hugs,
    Diana xx

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  6. What wonderful makes Jan. I love the bunting & the coasters and the little birdie is soooooooooo cute.
    Toni xx

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  7. Hi Jan - I'm back doing the rounds!! I love that Scandi colour scheme - and the little birdie is so cute. Thanks for heads up on the range for embroidery floss - think we could do with some of that! x Jo

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  8. Hi Jan my lovely - what fabulous little birds and what gorgeous coaters. I agree the red and grey looks fab together - given me another idea now for my crayoning in. How fantastic it looks when you see it in the banner.
    Hope you are having a good week in that light and airy conservatory. Ideal when it is not hot and sunny for stitchers.
    Fingers crossed for the northern branch on Saturday - we have some Southern invaders coming which is good. I just cannot miss it.
    Hugs, Neet 1 xx

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  9. Hiya Jan, what a lot of awesomeness! Love the bunting, and the coasters. Fab idea. The Range is great isn't it? Always find some amazing bargains in there.Sweet little bird! Love and Hugs to you all, Shaz xxxx

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  10. Wow, so much going on there, Jan! The bunting looks awesome - you're right about it being Scandi! great idea to use use the scraps for coasters - that's a great photo too - could go straight into a John Lewis catalogue! The birdie is adorable - and looks so simple - maybe even I could make one! Very folky! Have a super week! zsuzsa #22

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  11. Funny, isn't it? I hate ironing, but will happily get the board out for a sewinng project! Those coasters look gorgeous all tied up and ready to gift. I reckon they will fly off the shelves.

    Fiona #29

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  12. Ahh, so good to see Lunch Lady Jan, and agree with you on the colour combos!!! Yummo, and ditto on the rainbow loveliness, so eye appealing!! Clever use of snippets up into casters, you could share those in the snippets playground with Miss Di, you know!! Unique plus!!
    Felt birdees, how clever is that!
    Love it, happy WOYWW, and thanks so much for your lovely comment earlier too. Shaz in Oz.x 13

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  13. Gorgeous rainbow deliciousness - made some of those birdies a while back, so cute. I made red hearts with white snowflake embroidered on and red/white gingham ribbon loops to hang too. But hurting my finger has put a stop on what I wasn't even doing at the moment anyways. So glad to see such loveliness on your post. BJ#33

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  14. I love the look of that bunting. Red and white are my favourite colour combination. These days I have to stay away from the Range. It's just tooo tempting at times! Happy WOYWW Sarah #39

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  15. ooh nice bunting Mrs LLJ, 'tis I making a come back pop over do, if you have a moment would be lovely to see you, dxxx (42)

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  16. ooh nice bunting Mrs LLJ, 'tis I making a come back pop over do, if you have a moment would be lovely to see you, dxxx (42)

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  17. Oh girl--you have completely inspired me today!!! And I'm nowhere near my sewing machine right now. I just want to go out and buy heaps of felt and do things. I'm in love with the coasters and the appliqued birdie. So adorable. Go you. Hugs. Sandy Leigh #43

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  18. Love, love, love the fabric! Your post is always so bright and cheery - certainly needed today when outside is rather chilly and dreary. Your projects look lovely!

    Thanks for the inspiration
    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #41

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  19. You have been busy! That color/fabric combo is very stunning. And I can't wait to see more of your ornaments. Have a great week.
    -K #46

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  20. Gorgeous bunting Jan. The Range has been an absolute godsend to all crafters and artists alike and they sell good dog stuff too so I can use that as an excuse for visiting regularly Lol! Have a great woyww, Angela x 19

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  21. wow Christmas already, that is scary
    Bridget #3

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  22. You have indeed got a impressive amount of embroidery floss to use up, Jan, but doesn't it look so lovely spread out like that! There seems to be lots of production lines of bunting featuring on folks desks at the moment but then there is only about 3 months left. I think I better get a move on too :) Love the Scandi fabric - very on trend :) Take care and have a wonderful week. Hugs, Elizabeth x #38

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  23. Boy, you have been busy! Love the little felt bird! And your bunting and coasters, very cool! Hope you have a great rest of the week.
    Carol N #37

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  24. You sure were busy this week. Your coasters are very cute, but the banner...oh the banner is to die for! Red and grey are very in right now in the states. Bravo!
    Hugs
    Chris #27

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  25. Looks like you are all set to get Christmas on the ball and that looks like you bought every colour ever made in that rainbow have a fun time making all your ornaments hugs Nikki 6

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  26. You've been a crafting maniac, my friend. I really like those cute little felt bird ornaments you made, and can envision them intermingled with your banners on a Christmas tree. Blessings!

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  27. Good on you for doing all that sewing for charity! love your lovely bright fabrics.Thanks for your comments/visit.
    Judy # 9

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  28. there will be lots and lots more if you want to use up all that floss, good on you for finding them cheap, because I remember when i bought my floss for a project years back i was surprised with the price. Wishing you a lovely week, Vicky

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  29. Those creations look absolutely stunning and I love a rainbow of colour be it in thread, paint or papers. All gorgeous. Have a wonderful week.
    sandra de @26

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  30. Jan... DARLING!!! What a fabulous post - all that red and white gave me goosebumps as I scrolled down and just made me sooo Happy! (do you think it's because I'm Canadian? Grin) I am LOVING the felt ornaments, enough to go look for some felt for myself.... (hugs) and Happy belated WOYWW from Scrapbook Lynne #44

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  31. HI Jan, I totally LUUUUURVE that red and grey bunting, really beautiful combination of colours and patterns. The birdie looks very cute too :o) Annie #16

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  32. Go you! Love that grey/ red combo! And I didn't have to tilt my head sideways to see all the crafty goodness. Hope the kink is gone from your neck after visiting me :-D Creative Blessings! Kelly #39

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  33. Hello dear Jan,

    Oh my, I'd say you've been quite busy and also expanding your circle of expertise! The little felt ornament is going to be adorable! How very sweet. I'm sure you'll have a sell out at the charity craft fair. You definitely have an eye for color and love the bunting!

    Thanks for visiting me. I can't WAIT to have a craft room!!!! Between being on one level, that's the next best thing!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  34. Gorgeous fabrics and I love what you've done with them, Jan! Also that fabulous rainbow of embroidery threads... What a treat! Thank you for your fun comment - lol! I'm looking forward to tomorrow despite Mary Berry's absence!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #51

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