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A Crafty Chai in Popular Crafts

Popular Crafts

A little while ago, as I was sitting at my desk, someone on Twitter asked if anyone wrote a craft blog. Always keen to introduce my blog to new readers, I suggested mine. Lo and behold they liked it!

The person who had tweeted the request is the editor for Popular Crafts magazine and asked if I would be happy for my little blog to be featured. No need to ask! Feature away! I’ve finally managed to get my hands on a copy of this month’s edition and am so proud to see my blog in such a fantastic craft publication. If someone had told me that my blog would be in a magazine one day, I would’ve thought they were crazy! But here it is…A Crafty Chai in Popular Crafts!

Thanks so much for the opportunity Katharine. You’ve made my day! x

Popular Crafts

Wool, wool everywhere…

Crafty Chai Wool Stash

Crafty Chai Wool StashI have a lot of wool. I have a lot of patterns. But I’m stuck in a rut. I need to make things to sell on my Folksy page but a lot of the patterns I have I can’t use for commercial purposes. I’ve got some patterns that I want to make for myself but I don’t have the correct needles. Am in a right craft quandary.

The problem is that I have a wool buying addiction. I don’t buy more than one ball at a time so I don’t think I have enough for half the projects I want to complete. I also need to get some double pointed needles. I’d hoped that the magic loop technique and the circular needles I have would be enough to knit a pair of socks. But it’s not. So I’m going to have to hunt around for some extra cash to buy some DPN’s. I really want to knit a pair of socks. At least then I can use up some of my wool stash…and then replace it!

Suffolk Puff Brooches

Suffolk Puff Brooches

I have been inspired by my Cath Kidston Craft Night! I am pretty much addicted to makeing suffolk puff brooches. Not that this has helped me finish cushion cover!

It all started a week or so ago. I needed a present for a friend’s birthday. But I don’t have much money to spend on gifts. Then I decided that I would have a go at using my new skill to make a brooch for her. I used the same green material that’s in the picture below. I think I bought it from Lexi Loves in Cirencester ages ago. I’m not sure where the red fabric came from.

I’m thinking about putting some for sale on my Folksy shop. What do you think?

Suffolk Puff Brooches

Rag Rugging at Rosie’s

Rag Rugging at Rosies

A few weeks ago I blogged about a new knitting group called Needles & Natter at Rosie’s Tea Room in Abingdon. It’s not just knitting. There are lots of portable crafts going on. One of the ladies that attends does rag rugging & asked if we’d like a demo and have a go ourselves. Try a new craft?! But of course I’d love to! So I went this morning, armed with a bag full of clothes from my OH’s wardrobe.

Rag Rugging at Rosies

Armed with my bodger (yes, a bodger) & hessian and some old t-shirt material I set to work. I don’t think rag rugging will be making an appearance on my Folksy page, but I am thinking about potential Christmas presents (that means you family!) It’s pretty quick and the hessian enables you to keep track of progress, making sure that the lines are straight. The time this morning passed way too quickly and I really enjoyed learning a new skill. It’s another benefit of attending the Needles & Natter group. To learn this kind of skill could cost lots of money, but this didn’t. And I had a lush mug of Italian coffee! Thanks Liz & Dinny! x