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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
  

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Felted Pom Pom Bunny

Hi all, I decided to try my hand at a felted pom pom bunny. I'd seen the tutorial on YouTube at https://blog.pommaker.com/how-to-make-a-bunny-pom-pom/ when browsing. It's a great little tutorial)

I knew that getting the face shape right was going to be a challenge. However, I decided to give it a go. I am pleased with my very first attempt. The ears are needle felted.
Great fun and so quick to make!
Anyone else tried this technique?



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Keeping out of Mischief

Hi all, I've been having problems with Blogger lately. However, since my broken hand is now improved, I am back to my crafts. 
I am also saving Barbie-style dolls from landfill by giving them makeovers for our local charity shop. Hope you are all well and keeping busy.





 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Happy 2018

Hi all, My hand is healing and I'm getting some movement back, though the finger is slightly wonky and may need pinning, which would set me back to square one, again.

I don't believe in new years resolutions as a rule, but since I always manage to start several projects one after another before the others are completed; which then makes me fretful and cluttered, I have decided to make one this year.

You've probably guessed it. I'm going to finish all of my WIP's or UFP's before I start anything else and from now on I shall only work on one or maybe two things (e.g. one crochet and one knitting project) at a time.

I already feel calmer having made this resolve. 


How about you?

Here's some  ideas: https://blog.loveknitting.com/new-years-knitting-resolutions/

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Out of Action

I fractured a bone in my dominant hand 10 days ago, so knitting, crochet, sewing, driving and other activities are currently not possible, which is frustrating. :'(

Hubby has been valiantly stepping up and we went for lovely walk in Bovey Tracey which lifted the spirits.


19th Jan 2018: I hope you've all had a great Christmas New Year break and managed to get some projects completed.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Ten Years Ago

I started this cloth figure ten years ago! 

Then life and health took over and she got put in the UFP's box. 

I'd take her out from time to time, but the malaise would strike,so she went back in the box. 

This week I decided to get on with finishing her. She's another I've started So I'll Finish project.

It's a huge relief and now she'll need a new home. I thought I'd sell her for a Cancer Charity.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

I've Started So I'll Finish

This post was inspired by The Knitting Assassin's Blog Post. I can so relate to the idea of starting several projects at the same time. I am always impressed with those who stick to one project. 

I find that different situations, (lighting, TV viewing, Knit and natter) and moods (enthused, tired, inspired, determined)  call for different projects.


I was drawn to this Crochet  Molly Doll because I was intrigued by the crochet rib bobble hat. Unfortunately the hat does not fit over the kind of hair I chose to make.
I'll just have to give it to another doll project.

I'm relieved to have completed her, after following the rather unconventially written pattern that, for me, contained a number of frustrating ambiguities and errors. A learning curve...



She's destined for a charity raffle now.
I started a patch pocket cardigan, in November 2016, which I find I cannot do unless I give it my COMPLETE attention...


and I've been designing a Monster Book of Monsters Pyjama Case...


I thought it would be fun to crochet an octopus after seeing the Crocheted Sea Creatures book

and every so often I feel the urge to make a few more twiddle bags for the hospital dementia patients

So do you start lots of projects or are you much more disciplined?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Knitted Donations Going to Waste: CHARITY KNITTING

I discovered an alarming fact yesterday, that quality, knitted/ crocheted items (jumpers, toys, etc.) donated to charity shops have to be placed in the textile recycling and cannot be resold, if they do not have the required safety/ care labels.


DONATING TO CHARITY SHOPS UK : Guidelines state: 'If you are not sure whether your clothes can be re-sold – donate them anyway – whatever clothes a charity shop can’t sell they can send off for further re-use or recycling!'

When I make items for charity raffles and sale tables etc. I always try to include the important safety information.


  • Keep your yarn/ ball bands which supply much of the relevant information on care, including washing and drying instructions.
  • Wool also has a British Standard Code: (e.g. Complies with BS984)
  • Toy filling must not be Kapok or old stockings. It must comply with British Safety Standards, so that it is hypoallergenic with flame retardant properties.
  • Any small accessories that could detach and consequently choke or injure a child, including wire armatures, should also be mentioned in a warning on the label; stating what it contains and that the item is, therefore, UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 3YRS.

There are plenty of charities that accept knitted and crocheted items:

http://knitforlife.co.uk/charities.php

http://www.simbacharity.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/knitting/

http://www.theyarnloop.com/index.php/article/knit-for-charity

https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/home-garden/craft-hobbies/crafting/sewing-and-knitting-for-charity

http://blog.loveknitting.com/how-to-craft-knits-that-charities-can-use/

http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk/knit-for-good/donate-goods/

http://www.ukhandknitting.com/knitting-for-charity/charity-list

http://www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies

https://www.battersea.org.uk/support-us/other-ways-give/make-or-donate-goods

...but again, make sure to include your safety/ care label.
Or have a woven one made. 

Happy Crafting.