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Vintage embroidered owl

A good friend of mine’s birthday was approaching and I needed to find something unique, a little crafty (she’s a very crafty lass) and I know she loves owls, so Iwanted to emcompass that too.

A couple of years ago a vintage clothing shop near my friend in Hebdon Bridge in Yorkshire was closing and everything was 20% off plus 10% off at the till! “Right”, I said to myself, “Im only spending £50″.  A couple of hours later and a lot more than £50 down I emerged with, amoung my hoard, 16 fantastic 1920’s and 30’s Girl’s Own and Woman’s magazine periodicals.  They are such a fantastic read and have so many fab adverts.  However, one of the best things about them is the editor’s answers section.

I found one question asking “We have had an Argument about knitting on Sunday.  Will you decide for us?  Is it right or wrong?”  I just love it and the answer goes on for 8 paragraphs!  As this friend is a huge player in the knitting scene, it was perfect for an embroidered owl over the top.

I used printable fabric from craftycomputerpaper.co.uk and machine embroidered an owl over the top:
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It’s really spurred me on to make more embroideries in the future and using printable fabric as the background really adds something to the whole look.

 

Wedding Cardy and amazing cake

I recently went to my good friend’s wedding in Wales, it was held at the beautiful Fforest and was such a lovely DIY wedding.  Really personal and very special.  The bride’s mum and her knitted all of the cake decorations.  It was such a brilliant idea and worked so well in the tea room where we had afternoon tea surrounded by wild flowers, bunting, candles and cupcakes.  Very magical.

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It was baby button’s first wedding too, so I wanted to make her something special.  I chose the beautiful Blossom by Martin Storey.  It took a while and in the end it was so windy that she was wrapped in a few blankets, and so wasn’t seen, but I enjoyed making it!

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Needle/Hook inventory chart

Ever been out and about and couldn’t remember what knitting needles or crochet hooks you’ve got in your statsh at home?  Fear not, print off my handy chart and those days of ‘Have I /haven’t I?’ will be over (well in connection to your needles and hooks at least!)

Download the chart by clicking here or visit the freebies page for more info here.

Button brooches

Here’s a sneaky peak into the brooches I made yesterday using some buttons from my vintage and sourced collection, felt and seed beads:

Christmas

Christmas was a busy time in the studio.  I created lots of presents. Here’s a snapshot of my favourite makes:

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Image copyright EToft 2011

Matching Mum and daughter aprons made from a light cotton hessian and russian doll fabric hearts. The hearts were  machine embroidered over using metallic threads.

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Image copyright EToft 2011

Image copyright EToft 2011

Felt and button brooches with beads.

 

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Image copyright EToft 2011

Vintage trimming, laser cut leather, Silver clay buttons and swarovski crystal brooches in pink and blue.

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Sterling silver pendants made from precious metal clay.

 

 

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Image copyright EToft 2011

Image copyright EToft 2011

Amigurumi Bambi – from the pattern in ‘Amigurumi super crochet cute’ book by Elisabeth A. Doherty