A Fancy Hat

Hello, Stitchy Friends! I found myself running way behind all of last year. So many projects just didn’t get finished on time and so they were left partially planned and totally undone. I wanted to change that this year. Holidays and special events come and go so quickly and it is so important to recognize them.

With that in mind, I got out all the bits and pieces for a big Halloween project that I really, really wanted to have done for last year. It combined lots of different materials and techniques, but mostly involved using my Cricut. I was so afraid I was going to mess it up that I never got started. Isn’t that silly? Instead of just trying it and maybe making a mistake (with materials that I had lots of too), I left everything to sit in the craft closet.

Witch’s Night Out Hat

What do you think? This is my take on a Cricut project called Witch’s Night Out Hat. (Here’s a link to a post on the Official Cricut Facebook page.)

The ribbon is just plain with heat transfer vinyl applied to it. The flowers and spider are all made from paper. I inked the edges of the pink one with a darker pink and the very edges of the purple one with gold ink. I then added feathers, cloth ribbon, and a gold glittered tulle to complete the hat.

I added a skull bead to the centre of the pink flower as a cute little surprise.

The large purple lotus-like flower is my favourite. I think I may make more of it.

If you have a Cricut, this project is listed under “Free for Cricut Explore Air 2”. It uses flowers from the Giant Flowers and Flower Shoppe cartridges.

What projects are you putting off? Or what do you have planned that has a hard deadline? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear all about them!

Space and New Frontiers

Happy Space Exploration Day! ?‍??‍???

Okay, it is an unofficial holiday, but it is still fun to acknowledge nonetheless. And why today you may ask? Well, on this day in 1969 Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon. That’s a pretty cool thing to celebrate. So, I made a card. 😉

Spaceman Birthday Card

How cool is that? I recently bought a Cricut Explore Air 2 (thank you Amazon Prime Day), and I am just loving it. I designed this card using images and fonts available through the Cricut design software, and I am so please! Okay, my gluing and assembly skills need some work, but he is still pretty cool. (If you have a Cricut you can access this project right here.)

Cricut Explore Air 2 in Mint!

I’ve still got so much to learn, but so far I’ve made a couple of cards, decorated my son’s sketch book, got a head start on Halloween decorations, and spent way too much money on supplies for a new craft. lol!

I’ll be sharing Cricut projects, tips, and more in the future. I’ve even been brainstorming ways to use it with needlework. Stay tuned!

Do you have a Cricut or a Silhouette machine? How do you use it? If not, do you have any memories of the moon landing in 1969? I’d love to hear about either or both. Please leave a comment below.

Flat Diamond House

My first love is cross stitch, as I’m sure is pretty obvious. But, I do love to knit, crochet, and sew when I have some time. I also like to try lots of other weird little crafts and, of course, I love to share cool and interesting things with all of you. I’ve shared “diamond paintings” before, but this one is a little bit different.

Square diamond painting of a snowy house

Most diamond painting come with circular gems and the printed pattern shows through between the diamonds. And, while that doesn’t look bad per say, it isn’t a look that I really like. The newest kit I picked up comes with little faceted squares. They butt up right next to each other completely covering the background.

The resulting picture looks very much like pixel art or a cross stitched picture that was converted from an image. Because I wasn’t sure how much I would like this style of diamond paintings, I picked a small picture with very poor “resolution”. Larger pictures, like larger converted cross stitch pictures, look much clearer and nicer. Nonetheless, these little square pieces make a really pretty picture that catches the light and sparkles.

Close-up of square diamond painting

The little gems are attached using a small stick with a divot in it that comes in the kit. The gems for the colour you are using are dumped into a tray with ridges. Give the tray a shake and the gems (mostly) flip over the right way. You need to place a little bit of sticky stuff on the end of the stick in order to pick up the gems, but it is really a pretty clever system. The stick lets you place the gems exactly where they need to go. The background is printed with a colour code and covered in a thin adhesive sheet. All it takes is a little bit of pressure to get the gems to stick.

I am curious about how well the adhesive will hold the gems as the years go by. It would be a shame to have them all fall off. But, in the meantime, my picture is shaping up pretty nicely.

Square diamond kits like this are available in lots of places. You can find them on Amazon, AliExpress, and elsewhere.

Have you tried a diamond painting? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’d also love to know if you have tried any other unusual or interesting crafts. Please leave a comment below.



Matryoshka Keepsake Case Finish

I used to have a rule about the Creativ Festival: I needed to finish all the previous year’s classes before I could sign up for the next year’s classes. A few years back, that rule was forgotten as the number of classes I took got greater and greater. But, seeing my huge backlog of projects, I decided that I would work hard to finish my class projects from the 2015 fall festival.

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Last year I actually managed to finish several of the projects from the 2015 festival, like the ornament above. But, I still have a few more to go. So, while still feeling brave after finishing the Just Nan Needle Flutter – Lady, I decided to try finishing the most difficult project I had left, Matryoshka Keepsake Case designed by Michelle Cheong.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case

Matryoshka Keepsake Case, designed by Michelle Cheong

My little guy has a certain… charm. For some reason his face opening ended up much larger than it should be, and it is a little off centre. I also didn’t do a great job with the needle turn applique. When I make another one I will most likely make the face out of felt and applique it on top of the body fabric, rather than underneath like this one is.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, outside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, outside

Otherwise, I’m very happy with how it turned out. I love the shape of the case, and the lovely heavy zipper that fits just right. It is such a cute idea.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, inside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, inside

The little pear-shaped pieces that this little case is built around are apparently only available in Japan. I’ve tried to find an online source for them, but I haven’t had any luck. If you’d like to learn more about how these case are made, you can check out Summer 2014 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.


Creativ Festival Fall 2015 – Day 3

I’ve survived another day, but just barely. I had a full day of classes, from 9am all the way to 8pm, with just two one hour breaks. And there is still two more days to go. *dies*

Broomstick Lace Sampler

Broomstick Lace Sample

My first class of the day was broomstick lace with Marsha Lipsius. It was a little bit difficult to manage my crochet hook and a “broomstick” (a US50 knitting needle) at the same time, but eventually I got the hang of it. I managed to almost complete the sample piece, which is a smaller version of an afghan pattern we were given. Mine is a little wonky, but I definitely understand the technique.

Keepsake Case Pieces

Keepsake Case Pieces

My second class as the Matryoshka Keepsake Case with Michelle Cheong. (You can see a picture of the finished project here. It was featured in the Summer 2014 edition of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.) We learned how to put it together, and practiced some needle-turn applique. I’ll be taking time to do the face and the rest of the front of the piece properly at home, with proper lighting. 😉

Lilies Biscornu, designed by Kathryn Drummond

Lilies Biscornu, designed by Kathryn Drummond

I finished out the day with Kathryn Drummond again, this time for the Lilies Biscornu. I managed to make a fair amount of progress, and I really love how it is turning. And, to make it even nicer, my nail polish exactly matched the linen I was stitching on. It was meant to be!

Tomorrow I have just two classes, both needlework. Keep checking my Twitter feed for pictures throughout the day. I’m also planning on heading up to the show floor to go shopping. Yay!