Reader’s Digest Manual of Handicrafts – Retro Book

As I mentioned last week, I was lucky enough to stumble upon an old book in one of my local charity shops. This book was the Reader’s Digest Manual of Handicrafts. I’m a sucker for these big old books, with the charming illustrations and lovely paper stock, so I had […]

The Reader's Digest Manual of Handicrafts

Works in progress August 2016 3

Works In Progress and Interesting Finds – August 2016 2

Hi everyone! As I mentioned last week, we have had a recent family bereavement so this post will be brief. As well as the bereavement, I am currently off work sick pending the results of a sleep study to find out why I keep crashing out everywhere. Then, because my body […]

Stitch Markers Galore! 1

Hi everyone! This week’s post will just be a short one as it’s been chaos here at Tinsel Towers with a family bereavement, a sleep study which required two trips to the hospital and general bodynope. Hopefully things will settle down again soon. For now though, I’m about to start […]

In progress short of making myself some stitch markers.

Crochet Hook Wrist Strap – How I Made It! 1

This little crochet hook may look innocent, but it’s actually an escape artist that spends most of its time on the run. I use it for adding beads to knitting (and the occasional bit of wire crochet) and I’m always losing it. Whether it’s down the back of the sofa, […]

Crochet Hook Wrist Strap 6

Aquamarine Mitts On Hands Top

Aquamarine Mitts – Finished Object

In the May 2016 edition of Simply Knitting magazine, there was a pattern for the cute Aquamarine Mitts, intended to be knitted using the free yarn given away with the magazine. I had other plans for that yarn, so I decided to use King Cole Comfort 4-Ply in Blackcurrant instead. […]

How I Made The Embroidered Notions Case!

Hi everyone! As promised, this week I’m going to take a closer look at how I made some different parts of the Embroidered Notions Case I showed you last week. I made the notions case from cotton and polycotton, which was hand sewn together, with an 8 inch zip which was […]

Notions Case How Butterfly

Embroidered Notions Case Front

Embroidered Notions Case – Finished Object

My Mum takes her knitting out and about with her, so I thought that it would be nice to make her a notions case to keep all her bits and pieces in. With her birthday coming up, I buckled down and created what I think is my most challenging piece […]

Chronic Health Problems and Crafting

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a short post for you that covers how my crafting and my chronic health problems interact. First, I’ll briefly touch on what my health issues are, then I’ll look at how I manage them with craft. There’s a lot more that I could cover, but for now […]

Chronic Health Problems Knitting

Stich Dictionary Cover

DK Stitch Dictionary – Book Review

Hi everyone! This week I thought I would take a look at my DK Stitch Dictionary. This book is an invaluable tool I use a lot in my embroidery designs. I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but here in the UK Dorling Kindersley (DK) is known for […]