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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.
  

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.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Make Your Own Story Bags to stimulate Language and Reading

When National Literacy Project statistics showed that only 15 % of parents were reading to / sharing books with their children, it was felt something had to be done.
Story Bags were the answer and have become a worldwide phenomenon.
So what books are best for the story bag?

These story bags also help imaginative play, sequencing, speech and language skills.

Would a storysack appeal to you?