Archive | March 2013

Vintage Style Apron

I haven’t had much time for crafting recently, but when I saw Sam and Heather from Live It Love It Make It were running a vintage style apron workshop, I had to book onto it. The venue was Norden Farm in Maidenhead, which is an arts centre where Sam and Heather have started running a monthly craft club.

The group was a nice size, consisting of five ladies (including myself) who had all brought their own sewing machine as requested. My machine wasn’t a happy bunny and kept jamming whenever it had to go over lots of layers of fabric, but luckily for me, we were given an unpicker as well as the fabric and matching thread.

Our first task was to make the ruffle for the edge of the apron. This took a surprising amount of time!

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Do you like the fabric? I could choose between this or a cupcake print – both were lovely!

Then the ruffle needed sewing to the edge of the apron.

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This is where my machine wasn’t playing ball. I ended up having to do it twice and I ended up behind everyone else. The next step was to make the strap. I managed to attach it before leaving, but didn’t have time to sew the pocket on.

At home the next day I commandered the dining table. I unpicked the strap so that I could neaten the raw edge of the ruffle.

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Bias binding is my friend! Hopefully this will make it a bit more durable. I didn’t have any wide pink binding and neither did the curtain shop in walking distance, but this doesn’t look too bad. This is a step none of the others took, but I had the time, so why not?

All I had to do then was reattach the strap (going very slowly over the top of the ruffles) and sew on the pocket. Heather had kindly folded the edges of the pocket under for me, so that bit was relatively easy (although my machine didn’t like the rounded corners!).

And here it is:

The back:

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And on:

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Thanks to Mr M for taking the last photo.

Now I feel as though I should morph into a perfect 50s housewife, but I doubt that will happen!

Craft Coop

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This afternoon I popped into the centre of Maidenhead to the Craft Coop pop up shop. Craft Coop aims to support artists / crafters in the community. They showcase local talent, help them collaborate and give them an opportunity to sell their goods. They also run workshops and activities for all skill levels.

The pop up shop is currently in the former Waterstones store in the Nicholson centre. It looks great and there were always people coming and going whilst I was there.

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Here are a few samples of the many, many beautiful things on sale:

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If you are based in or near Berkshire I recommend popping in!
You can find more information at the Craft Coop website. The list of all the crafters involved is here. Their facebook page is a good way of keeping up to date with what’s going on.

I might see you there?

I’m Still Alive!

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Apologies for going all quiet on you. Hopefully this image will give you an idea how I’m spending weekends at the moment! We’re doing two rooms at once and there is so much to do. Work is also mad at the moment and I’m a walking zombie when not at work midweek. I have managed a little crafting, but as it’s for swaps I can’t really share yet. Sorry! If you want to keep up to date with what I’m doing either follow me on twitter (@MrsMMakes) or my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/MrsMMakes). I am there far more regularly than here at the moment! Take care all!

Bead Soup!

If you read blogs of jewellery designers/crafters, then you may well have heard about bead soup. In bead soup you are paired up with another jewellery maker and you swap a collection of beads, from which you make something (it doesn’t have to be jewellery) and reveal it on a set date. 

I have been paired with Jenny Vidberg of Shyme Design. She has been making jewellery for 5 – 6 years and seems to be a really talented designer. I hope my skills don’t disappoint!

So, what do we swap?
You need to send:
A focal
A clasp (not lobster)
Coordinating beads

Whatever you make must include the focal and the clasp, but doesn’t have to use anything else (although I will as I received some lovely beads).

I have been a bit of a nightmare partner for Jenny as I sent my bead soup to her very, very late. I sent it after our half term holiday and struggled to make it to the post office after work, but hopefully she will have it very soon! The beads Jenny sent me were waiting at our local sorting office and I only collected them on Friday morning (our sorting office has poor limited opening hours that don’t work well if you work). I’m sorry Jenny!

I love what I’ve been sent 🙂

The focal is pretty unique:

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It is very pretty and sparkly. If you want to see more like this then pop over to Jenny’s Facebook page and you’ll spot more in her header.

The clasp is pretty and heart shaped:

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As for the other beads – wow! Jenny has been generous. I have photographed them still in their voile bag as I don’t want to lose any! She sent me pearls:

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and a variety of quartz:

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She also spoilt me with some Swedish chocolate!

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It is very inspirational – thanks Jenny!

If you want to know what I sent her, pop back soon and I will show you once she has received it and has blogged about it.