Last week I have had a delightful couple of days with my mum who came to stay..
A trip to the local toddler group for some superb singing, followed by lunch out at one of my favourite cafes in Holt, plus just a little clothes shopping. I was very pleased to pick up a pair of trousers and top which make me look a couple of sizes smaller than I really am!! I am planning on upcycling my old jeans (too big) into some gorgeous baskets.
But my favourite day was a trip to London, for a girly day out. We visited The Design Museum to see the exhibition Unexpected Pleasures.
Unexpected Pleasures celebrates the work of contemporary jewellers who challenge the conventions of jewellery design. The exhibition features prominent UK and international jewellers who explore new processes and move away form financial value to personal association.
To be honest I had no idea of the range and number of contemporary jewellers, and found some of the pieces more a piece of fine art.
The pieces that interested me the most were of course the upcycled pieces. A necklace made of jagged glass bottle necks, a dress which had many circular holes, which had been stitched into a necklace to wear with the dress, a necklace made of many little action type men.
These images of the exhibition are poor quality but do give you a taste… I regret now not taking notes of who the artist was per piece.
Not sure what the weather is like with you but it is rather cold and snowy here. The perfect time to set too and make the woolly jumper cushion cover then!
The previous cushion cover had seen better days!!
I am using this jumper I gained from a local clothes swish:) It is acrylic and will easily unravel once cut.
Start by separating the front from the back. Cut the front cushion cover, using the old cover as a template. Machine stitch zigzag around the edges to stop the knitting from unravelling.
Next step is to create the back. For ease use an envelope style back. Therefore you need two pieces of material with a big overlap to create the same size as the front panel.
Stitch two lines across the middle of the back of the jumper to cut between. This is just a precaution due to the potential unravelling. I marked this line with a ruler first to ensure it was parallel with the jumper hem.
Zigzagged the hems, and turned under the hem..
Place all the pieces together, right side together.
Using the trusty old template as a guide tack all the layers together. Finally sew all round to create the envelope cover.
As a finishing touch I decided to add a button 🙂 As a precaution I sewed two straight lines along edge of button-hole, before sewing the button-hole with embroidery thread.
The finished cushion, the back as good as the front.
Thoughts are turning to Christmas… I am loving this advent calendar, and think my daughter would really enjoy helping to make it. I’m considering a visit to a few DIY stores for green wallpaper samples 🙂
Other ideas include a rag fabric wreath, or felt flower wreath, tinsel made of scraps of felted wool jumpers… I do love blogs and Pinterest for ideas. At the moment my 5 year old is convinced I should finish the wreath with felt flowers all round… or is she just hoping to be allowed a go using the glue gun?!
but at the moment I am mass producing salt dough stars for a German Christmas Fair for children to decorate.. not sure why I volunteered for making 200?! I have made 75 but need a trip to buy some more flour. Find salt dough recipes here.
Below are my daughters, she is planning on posting them to her aunts and uncles who live overseas. Acrylic paint was far more succesful than poster paint… and tinsel mixed into PVA a little cheaper than the glitter glue one can buy. I recommend being sure that they have fully dried out before painting with acrylic. As acrylic is plastic based it seals any moisture in, the ones below are a little spongy to the touch!
After enjoying a lovely alternative to bag making I am itching to get back to it… have a stall at the German Christmas Fair this coming weekend:)
Happy making 🙂