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I have managed to get laryngitis according to my doctor. It explains my lack of voice – a nightmare for a teacher! I’m not at work today and have been told to try not to talk. That’s a challenge for me!

Fabric Warehouse, near my doctors, sells curtains, cushions and bits to make curtains. I discovered earlier this year that they seem to be the store that every fabric warehouse sends clearance stuff to. They sell such stuff very cheaply and I have picked up crochet hooks for 50p and fabric paint for 25p. It’s always worth a nosey if you have time. As I wanted to cheer myself up a bit I popped in today and walked out with 10 x 43cm squares of a thick cream cotton (5 for £1), 5 little packs of normal buttons (mainly red, also 5 for £1) and two more crochet hooks (now 25p).

I decided to use some of the stencils I picked up in Oxford to paint onto some of this material.

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I’d bought a small tarpaulin in poundland to use when painting. Our carpet already has (ceiling) paint on it, but there is no need for me to make it worse! I tend to use Mr M’s empty Pot Noodle pots as water pots. I can dispose of them afterwards, and for some reason I don’t understand, he keeps eating them, so I can replace them easily.

I stuck the stencils down with masking tape on the first two bits of fabric I painted.

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I actually found I still had to hold the template down with my fingers, so decided I didn’t really need to do this. I also found that removing the masking tape ripped off delicate parts of other stencils I was covering. They turned out ok…

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I can’t quite decide what to do with these, whilst pretty, they are not the colours we use in this house. I just liked them!

We’re moving (very slowly) towards having shades of brown in the lounge, so I decided to do something in these colours. Without taping down the stencils this is what I painted:

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For this one I used the same stencil twice, moving it along slightly to repeat it. The second time I used it the paint smudged more. I used dark brown paint for most of it, and bronze for the small circles.

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As you can tell the two ones above were made using the same stencil. The brown one has picked up a bit of sparkle from the bronze on the stencil. I quite like it.

I plan to make the brown ones into cushions for the lounge. It will give me practice using my sewing machine, and if I mess up the sewing, I won’t be wasting expensive material.

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Christmas Fabric Painting

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I treated myself to a fabric painting workshop as an early Christmas present to myself. For only £18 all the materials were included along with friendly, experienced help.

The bag I painted came on quite a few Christmas shopping trips and visits to folks over the festive period. It will reappear in 2012!