Felt with Love: Felt hearts, flowers and much more by Madeleine Millington
Publication:06 February 2013
Description for Search Press;
Felt With Love is a must-have book for anyone with an appreciation of adorable hand-crafted objects. It is a colourful one-off book, filled with 15 cute, fun and simple projects (plus some variations) made from felted wool. As well as easy to follow instructions and step by step photographs for each project, the book explains various stitching and embellishment techniques. Projects include mini hanging decorations, beautiful brooches, pincushions, various wall hangings, a couple Christmassy pieces, plus much more! The author has provided templates for all the projects so that everything can be replicated with relative ease. The shapes are simply cut out using the templates and applied using easy hand embroidered stitches. Details such as veins in leaves and flowers can then be stitched with French knots or using tiny beads. Madeleine uses hand-dyed wools for the appliqués, which vary in depth and hue giving beautifully unique effects. Old clothes and fabrics picked up in charity shops can be cut up and used, so instructions on dying fabric have also been included in the book. Overall, this book is a great collection of bright, affordable, and easy to sew felt projects embellished with simple stitching, buttons and beads. They are great to do ‘on-the-go’ and once completed you have a beautiful gift for a special person or a timeless treasure for yourself!
GIVEAWAY: Competition opens 7th June 2013 and closes on the 28th June 2013. Please watch the video for details of how to enter.
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A big thank you to Rosy Retro and everyone who took part in the SAL KAL, we had a fabulous time and really got inspired to knit from our handspun. Here is some of the work;
Middle left to right - My Batt Droppings Poncho using my batt waste and grey Ryeland. Elaine’s Raspberry Chocolate Pink Cardi using my Merino Blend and another dyed purchased elsewhere. Alex’s Handspun Norie in my Shetland colourway After the Storm.
Bottom left to right - Tab’s shawl using Polwarth bought from Fibre Fancy on Etsy. Muriel’s Shetland Vanter Mittens in my colourway After the Storm. Marilyn’s Drift Away shawl in my Merino Tencel Blend Malachite.
The prizes have been claimed and I think we are all now insipred to work more with our handspun.
COMING SOON! Tour de Fleece on Ravelry… I will be hosting a team this year, so please join teh group here… http://www.ravelry.com/groups/saras-texture-crafts and let’s get spinning together with knitting,weaving,crochet to follow in the months after.
Here’s where I am at with the Sal/Kal on Ravelry…
I started with what I am terming ‘Batt Droppings’ these where small pulled roving nests from batt production waste (62g in total). I had a wide range of colour and texture… anything from Merino and Corriedale to silk, bamboo and cotton.
I spun them up into a fine single… keeping texture as I spun (cobweb to lace weight in the main with textured bumps).
When I finished I was keen to ply this against a natural/neutral shade. As the colours were so varied and mixed I didn’t want yet more colour on a second ply. This would have been too much and made what they call a ‘yarn barf’ yarn!
So after spending some time looking at my stash, I decided I would try my Ryeland tops in grey. I’ve not spun with these beauties before and so used it as an excuse to play.
Luckily the Ryeland wants to spin very fine too and so I have a thick and thin single from cobweb to lace weight. I think this will help play out the texture in the Batt Droppings single.
I’m going to test ply the yarns today and see if I need a 3rd Ply in Ryeland as I suspect I might. I shall be back soon with more news…
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Ok, so here’s the deal… The fabulous Tabs from Rosy Retro and I have teamed up to run a SAL/KAL (Spin-along/Knit-along) in my group on Ravelry.
This is an easy one and a chance to work our way through some stash… no purchasing necessary (but always greatly appreciated).
How to Win:
March 1st2013 – SAL/KAL opens.
March – spin up yarns and add them to your Ravelry stash page.
April - knit from your stashed hand spun yarn.
May 1st2013 – Competition closes.
1stprize - Tabs is giving away a wonderful sock project bag (big enough for smaller projects, like socks, hats, etc…) and I will be giving away a 100g braid of hand dyed top in your choice of colour and base from my custom listing at www.SarasTextureCrafts.com
2ndPrize – 100g of natural wool fibre from www.SarasTextureCrafts.com. Any of my natural shades and bases.
I hope you will join in with Tabs and I… we’d love to spend some time crafting with you over the next few months.
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It’s that time when I need to announce the winner of my recent cometition.
Congratualations to Wendy (I shall be in touch) and a big thank you to everyone who entered. I very much enjoyed the discussion.
The coupon code is still valid for a few more days, so please do take the opportunity to grab your self a copy.
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