Monday, February 05, 2007

The Crafter´s Companion Projects

I am having a love affair with pink - I adore that pink fabric with the flowers which was a bed linen set that I bought on sale last year. When I saw it amongst all the other boring bed linens I imagined all the lovely things I could make with it and right now it´s in almost every project I make so even when I run out of it, it´ll still be here. The checked pink fabric with the red ribbon is also bed linen found in a bag of old fabrics that Erich´s sister gave me - it reminds me of my Grandmother who had similar bed linen.
I used the pillow case for Hillary´s apron which I will be wearing when I do my gardening. The pockets will hold my little shovel and my garden cutters. Hillary is quite famous for her softy patterns in the blogging world - I especially loved her pointy kitty pattern. And that amazing photo of her fabric stash!
Square tissue boxes aren´t available here in Austria so I made a rectangular tissue box cover. I love Heidi´s little house tissue cover but mine looks nothing like it. I made a piece of crazy patchwork and followed Heidi´s instructions on how to put the cover together (without the roof). It looks great on my bathroom windowsill. I love the way Heidi writes about the paper dolls she played with as a child, I had those too and it certainly brought back old memories. I wonder if they are still available?
I hadn´t been blogging for long when I stumbled upon the illustrator Tania Howells and I was thrilled when she asked me to do a swap with her. She sent me the most beautiful items -badges, a Home Companion, some emroidered fabrics and threads and the loveliest bits and pieces. The photo of her inspiration board is beautiful and her needle case pattern is perfect! I´ve been wanting to make one since I saw all these lovely ones on Flickr and I used one of the fabrics Tania sent me as the outside piece. I made some of the pockets wider so my round needles also fit inside. No more looking for my needles!
Lisa Congdon´s words about why she creates and the healing power of making things with your hands really touched me. Her log cabin pillows are beautiful but...her artwork, her blog, her lifestyle, the way she dresses, her apartment -they are all parts of the one big canvas called a bird in the hand.
That´s 9 projects finished, 8 to go!

9 comments:

Colorsonmymind said...

These items you are making are absolutely lovely.

I love seeing each one.

I may have to get the Crafters Companion myself.
XO

Sarah and Jack said...

Good for you for making so many of them already! I have only done one so far, shame on me. (Well, I attempted the house tissue thing, but I could NOT make it work, so I tossed it aside in frustration.)

Kelli said...

I am seriously impressed by the way you are storming through that book! I've read through it and drooled, but have yet to decide what to do first!

Kali said...

You are amazing...your work is lovely and I just want to make things after I visit you.
I still haven't made a single thing from my copy of the Crafters Companion.

Fiona said...

I'm so jealous. I must go out this weekend and get mine ordered. Not in Australia yet.
I can't wait and I'll have to come back to your blog as I don't have enough time in the evening to catch up with all your sewing. I'll definately be back.

Alexandra S said...

And I am in love with not only your pink creations but ALL of them!

Mirre said...

You're on a roll! And it all looks beautiful!!

Beti Copetti said...

I enjoyed your job. Beautiful colors e amazing fabrics!

Hanna said...

are you making all the projects in the book? cool. I've ordered this one, can't wait to get it! :-)