Sunday, 30 November 2014

And we're still here.

Yea, so it's been a while. Craftclub was held in Amy's house with a total of four crafters. This is what everyone made.....

Lou set up a dove making factory.

Amy made a majorly cute robin top. Molly's a lucky girl.

Steph made a magnificent psychadelic birthday card.

And I knitted.


Happy crafting everybody.


Monday, 27 October 2014

Burda - no! Sewing a red toddler skirt

I've been trying to make a very simple skirt for my two year old for weeks now. The instructions in the Burda pattern have stumped me! In the end I resorted to youtube videos & Pinterest to learn how to sew a simple elasticated waist on this skirt.

So finally it is done.

Pretty good! Thank you internet.

And thanks for nothing, Burda!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Is it too early?

Afternoon. I've made a dress, but don't have any photos so I'll tell you about it another time. In the meantime, I've made this....


Monday, 22 September 2014

Sunday at the Handmade Fair

Hello. I'm back.


Sunday I dragged Mikey to Hampton Court for the Handmade fair, which was great. Getting the 0630 Megabus was not so fun, but at least it was the Gold version, so we embraced the sense of adventure and were on our way with a complimentary muffin and bottle of water.


Hampton court is beautiful, and possibly the best part of it was the surroundings.

It was hard to imagine what it would be like as I'm pretty sure it's the first handmade fair to be held, and I was a bit concerned it would be really corporate (especially as it was sponsored by hobbycraft) but it wasn't. The majority of the stall holders were genuine small businesses. There were two large tents of stall holders, selling all sorts of handmade goodies, with quite a few fabric and wool was quite overwhelming even. And there was A LOT of girls - poor Mikey.

We missed our first skills class unfortunately, but went to the Annie Sloan Chalk paint demonstration. Where we were guided through painting a candle stick.
It was fairly simple - i mean.....most people know how to use a paintbrush don't they?! But it was inspiring, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to start painting random bits of furniture around the house now. And I really liked Annie herself, especially when her answer to the question 'how do you clean/care for the furniture in the long run?' Was along the lines of....'I don't really think about that.....I guess I'm a bad person, but life is too short for stuff like that.' I like your attitude Annie Sloan!


Now Tilly was there, but I was too shy to say hello....and she was very busy teaching her sewing class. But we got this stalkerish photo, as proof of seeing her.


Other famous sewists spotting.....I also saw Lisa comfort off of Sew over it in the toilets. Pretty darn exciting.

On the way home we stopped off in clapham junction and went to this lovely coffee place called The birdhouse and had a lovely cup of tea.


All in all - a delightful day out.







Friday, 22 August 2014

Stripey piggy in a stripey T-shirt

So the other day in the pub, Steph said.....'can you make a soft toy for Hamish's new nephew? Maybe a pig?'

And I said yes, probably.

And this is how it turned out.....

I searched through Pinterest and etsy, and ended up with shape below.

I had a bit of an issue deciding on the fabric because of the whole pigs-are pink-but-pink-is-for-girls problem. But some pink pinstripe shirt fabric was squished right into the bottom corner of my stash and it did the job nicely I think, once I did the once over with the old iron.

Amy had the great idea of using a drain cleaner thingy for his tail, and luckily I also had one of them left over from the craftclub challenge. Pretty darn cute.

Oink snort!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Finished projects! Toddler hoodie, Tilly's Margot pjs, and Tilly's Delphine skirt. Oh and a little pig

This week has been a week of finishing things.

I started knitting this toddler hooded cardigan back in January. But as I have lots of other projects on the go at the same time it took me ages. So much that I had to restart the cardie in a bigger size.

But ta-da, it's finished, and it's a beauty.

Watering can - model's own

It's a Sirdar Tiny Tots jacket pattern for those that want to know, the Ravelry page is here and it's made with Sirdar Click DK with wool - I love the yarn it's orange and pink and red and white and will go with all those colours and more.

Also, I completed item three from Tilly's Love at First Stitch book - the Margot pyjamas. Nice huh? Nice funky fabric from Cardiff Market.

I also totally forgot a few weeks ago to post my photo of my completed Delphine skirt, also from Tilly's book. It got some lovely comments, my favourite was "I made some curtains for my lounge in the 80s in the very same fabric". Nice.

In other Miskin Makes news:

Mikey's raspberry trifle brought smiles to our faces

And Esme's wonderful piggy-wig is taking shape!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Arriving in one dress, leaving in another.

Ok, so we really proper stuffed our faces last week at craftclub. Mr Wheel sent round his incredibly delicious raspberry brownies, and I had also made a cheesecake. Like little piggies we were.


Which brings me onto my very first commission.....a pig shaped softie for a new-born. So I trawled through Pinterest and etsy, and made a pretty basic pig shape, and now I'm in the process of trying to develop it into a 3d shape. Photo coming soon.


Amy cracked on with her flowery jimjams, and if I'm not mistaken, they're very nearly finished.....with a probable photo of them coming soon too. In the mean time here's a 'craftclub-in-process' photo...


And now, as the title suggests, Beth was so prolific she arrived in this pink dress....


.....and went home in a new green number.

Clever girl!


Monday, 4 August 2014

Baby steps...cake!

Molly makes...

..steps so she can help at the counter in the kitchen!

And here is the cake she made, with a littlelotof help from Daddy...

Lemon and poppy seed cake. Mmmm. Best enjoyed with tea and friends.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Freebie craftclub challenge 2014

So we had the very first Miskin craftclub challenge last week. We shared out these.......

......which we had to whip up something of our choice with the contents

The clear winner was ( newest craftclub member) Steph, with a wonderful neon mug cosy/superhero anklet?!?! I think you'll all agree additional brownie points for making it match her current outfit!


Amy half made a little pocket redhead dolly, before being particularly unimpressed with the lack of instructions! Sorry about that.......I personally think she's pretty delightful,


And that's without a face. Nice fringe love.

All in all it was a rather pleasant craftclub. Especially being on tour in The wheatsheaf, llantrisant. We like what the new owners have done with the place.


Do you know who William Price is? No, I didn't either. But a quick glance on wiki shows he was quite a dude. Anyway, The wheatsheaf has an impressive mural in one of the back rooms. I didn't get a photo, so you'll just have to check it out for yourself. Honestly, it's worth the journey. And you can get a cardamom tonic while you're there.

Anyhow. I'm all for craft challenges, and looking forward to the next craft-off.




Sunday, 13 July 2014

The start of an obsession

When did you fully commit to being a sewer? Or knitter? Or crocheter?


During a holiday last week, whilst planning a picnic lunch, it was decided to use a quilt I had made which had been hanging out without a use in my car for months. Whilst the picnic was delicious, the use of the quilt made me think about how obsessed I have become with crafting, and how lucky I am to have the time to do something that I love.


The quilt was just a really quick project, where I used a jumble of roughly cut up clothes, which I sewed together over a few hours. It was before I had the confidence (and money) to go and buy material from a proper fabric shop (I mean - how are you supposed to know what and how to buy fabric anyway?) But it was made just after I finished my nursing course, and represents a change in my life, where suddenly I was allowed to spend my time sewing or crocheting or cross stitching, without the guilt of unwritten essays and revision nagging at the back of my mind. And all I can say is hallelujah to that! And it's nice to finally find a use for one of my scruffy home made projects.



Friday, 4 July 2014

Rules for the modern sewer

I stumbled across this on Facebook the other day:

What lovely pre-sewing advice! Of course Esme and I always have our powder and lipstick on before Miskin Makes sewing commences...

We decided to come up with some rules for the modern sewer. Here goes:

  • Necessary items before sewing begins: biscuits or other edible treats, tea, or if some instances wine
  • Ensure your cat is comfy
  • Leave the washing up/hoovering/dusting/other household chores, they will wait. Sewing will not.
  • High wattage lightbulbs (energy saving bulbs are all well and good, but it's hard to see in the romantic dimmed light!)
  • Good internet connection for checking patterns, but use Pinterest/Ravelry with caution: risk of major precious time wastage. Facebook OFF for the same reason. 
Do you have any good rules that should be added?

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Brigitte Scarf and Flowery Pants

Afternoon all, what a lovely day!


This week in craftclub it was mainly dominated by Tilly and her book/patterns.


Amy's gone for the 'from start to finish approach' and completed project nĂºmero uno. Twice in fact. With the first Brigitte scarf being a tad of an odd shape. But, as mistakes go, it means she and Molly now have matching head wear. Super cute! And she does a pretty fine Tilly impersonation too, don't you think?

Beth came too. And started on some splendid flo-jo pants. We all agreed, she should make a pair for every day of the week, and we can all look forward to seeing them in all their glory soon I hope - Future blog post, yes?


I started a crochet cardigan, but there's not much to show for it at the moment. But I have been a busy bee sewing the Lilou I said, Tilly's pretty popular round these parts. I still have to hand sew the lining, but here she is so far.

I'm particularly proud of the lace hemming. It was a last minute design idea which ultimately makes the dress in my opinion. It's not exceptionally flattering on me, as all the bulk in the skirt sits right on my belly and hips, so I'm not entirely sure it will be worn repeatedly, but it's a lovely pattern to make.


Stevie joined us, after jamming nice and loud on his new toy guitar.


And last but far from least, here's a kitten poking out of the top of a cup of tea.....

Happy crafting people. Enjoy the sunshine. X