Saturday, 25 April 2015

V is for...


Now this is a special one. I racked my brain for a V word to do with crafts and couldn't come up with anything then I realised that the V fell on ANZAC day. I figured it was made to be. I've set this to schedule while I will be at dawn service, remembering those before. 

So what is ANZAC day?

It is the day that we in Australia remember those who have been lost in the wars and conflicts that we as a nation have been a part of. It marks the first major conflict of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZACs) during the first world war. 

The 25th of April 1915 the Anzacs set out to capture the peninsula at Gallipoli but they had been given the wrong information and they landed in the middle of the enemy. There were numerous losses that dawn when they beached on the shore and in those 8 months that followed they lost over 8,000 men.

Since then it has become a day to remember all those who have been lost in conflicts. 

There are many stories of bravery I could share with you right now like Simpson and His Donkey. But since this is a crafty blog I want to share a couple of lovely tutorials.. 

Anzac biscuits used to be a staple during the war. Since during the war they didn't have access to many eggs they had to make do with what they had. So they made these recipes and used golden syrup to bind the biscuits together. Here is a collection of a number of recipes. 

Also the poppies are the symbol of remembrance because they grow in Flanders Fields where most of the bodies now lie. You can find a beautiful pattern to make your own here


"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them."

Lest We Forget 


Friday, 24 April 2015

U is for...

Unfinished Objects

Ohk not exactly a craft but I was out of ideas for U. We all have a tonne of Unfinished Objects or UFOs in our stash. They are all things that we at one time or another wanted to work on but either you forgot about it or you fell out of love with it.

So what is a UFO?

It's an object that is unfinished but that you haven't been currently working on. Sometimes you can have more than one project on the go at a time and that is fine. They are all Works In Progress (WIP). UFOs are those projects that are forgotten, or haven't been stitched on for too long to remember.

Some Examples

So I was reminded of this when I was going through my craft stuff at my parents house. I found a kit I'd started ages ago and hadn't worked on for at least 3 years, longer I think. I didn't like the white on white but I had no choice as it was the best colour to start in the middle.

Sorry about the bad photo it's getting late and the white is hard to capture properly. Actually the white is almost impossible.

I know I have other projects. If I dug through my yarn drawer I would find all sorts of half formed ideas and thoughts. I like to try out thoughts but very rarely follow through and finish what I start working on. ... It's actually a reason I started blogging to start holding myself accountable to someone other than me.

How to find out more?

Well you can go searching through your own craft drawers and find your UFOs. If you have them decide if they are something you can reasonably finish or if they are something that just needs to be relegated to either someone else or to a bin. I know I have passed cross stitch projects onto others. Too many bad memories associated with it to continue so I passed it onto my friend who wanted to do it.

Happy Stitching,
and I hope you find the UFOs you've got hidden and find something special.

Join me tomorrow for a special V is for...

T is for...

Tunisian Crochet 

Ohk I'm finally running behind... it just got too complicated to post yesterday. I just needed the time to stop.
This is one of those crafts that I will learn how to do. I never really understood it much so I went and bought myself a hook and started to give it a go. This turned into lots of fun. I also started doing research into what you can make with it and I learnt just how versatile it can be.

So what is Tunisian Crochet?

Also called Afghan crochet it uses an elongated crochet hook like a knitting needle with a stopper on the end. It's started like you would crochet but then the stitches are picked up and almost knitted. You never turn your work with tunisian crochet. It makes quite a heavy fabric that often is used to make blankets and the like.

Some Examples

I tried out a tutorial with a bit of acrylic yarn I had sitting at home... I think I needed to work on my starting tension. Or something to stop it rolling so much.
This blanket is using tunisian entrelac! I think I may  have to buy the pattern. You can get it here

There is so much you can do with tunisian crochet you will have to explore it. I was amazed by all that is out there. 

How to find out more

I found this lovely tutorial about how to do the basic stitches here.

You can search for more patterns on ravelry. They have some great stuff. Also check out pinterest but be wary on there.... Quite often while searching on there I found that I'd find something pretty and end up on dead links.

Happy STitching,
P.S. Join me later today for U :D

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

S is for ...


So this is one of those crafts that I turned around a couple of years ago and said NO I will NEVER do it. Then I've turned around and found myself suddenly wanting to record my photos in another way. I want to be able to look through my albums and see what we've been up to and enjoy it. 

So what is scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking is a term for recording your memories. It has become quite an art form. You have what I call traditional layouts which are one or two pictures on a 12"x12" page. Though it can be more complicated than that. 

What has been coming out more and more is project life or pocket scrapbooking which is putting photos in pockets with simple journal cards. This is what I find myself doing more and more. 

Some Examples
Here are some of the cards you can get a hold of for project life. I downloaded these from the digital project life page and printed them off myself. I tend to do more digitally and then print it out.

I can see myself having a lot of fun with this.

Here is one of the layouts I did last month. I need to print of some new photos and show you what else I can come up with.

How to find out more?

 Now for a lot of the image editing and header layout I use on my blog I actually use a scrapbooking program called My Memories

If you want to find out more about project life go here. 

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

R is for ...

Ribbon Embroidery

This is another of those crafts that I've sat there and admired from afar but I haven't got into it much because. It's such a beautiful craft but like free form embroidery is very much something that I'm not overly interested in.

So what is Ribbon Embroidery?
It's using a ribbons to embroider a pattern onto fabric. It's commonly used to show flowers as they lend themselves to the medium.

But it is so much  more than just sewing the ribbon in as the amount you pull it can make a big difference.

Some Examples

 These two examples are from this website... It has some easy to follow instructions as well.

This came from a lovely lady over here and her work is lovely too.

How to find out more?

I found some basic instructions at the better homes and gardens website.

And of course there are some ribbon embroidery magazines around. So pretty.

Happy Stitching,

P.S. join me tomorrow for S is for...

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