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daffodils

Picture entitled “Daffodils” from Desafianado 

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Daffodil ATC

I came home from work yesterday to find my ATC swap had arrived!  I am so sad, I have been eagerly awaiting the post every day for well over a week, as usually it is just bills and junk mail.  My daffodil ATC was made by Helen, and it is very tactile. daffodil fabric atc

I love the way she has used a mix of different fabrics and textures, and hand and machine sewing. close up of daffodil atc

Thanks Helen!  I will be keeping an eye out on Very Berry Handmade for the next swap (which is going to be in July apparently).

Fabric ATC

I managed to get going with my ATC yesterday afternoon, and I finished it up this morning. It doesn’t have to be sent until mid-March, so for once I am ahead of myself!  When Ali from Very Berry Handmade came back with the details, it seems the vote was split between a spring theme and a book theme, so we could choose what we wanted to do.  I ended up with best of both worlds, doing a spring book theme, as my partner was very flexible with what she likes.  spring book atcI used a flower punch and some old book pages for the small flowers, and a scrap of yellow fabric for the daffodil.  I added a few flower buttons and a bit of embroidery, and edged it all with some red ribbon.  The actual base fabric was a piece of furniture sample fabric from Laura Ashley, which just happened to be exactly the right size when folded in half.  It also makes a nice neutral background for the decorations I thought.

I have added my picture to the Flickr group, and there are a couple of other ones up there too.  I’m very intrigued to see what everyone else comes up with.

Folksy Friday – daffodils

I love daffodils – they are my favourite flower, they make me think of Spring and are even better around St David’s day (1st March).  So I’ve been combing Folksy to pick some of the best daffodil-related products on sale. daffodil handbound notebookI love this notebook – it looks so classy.  On sale at Victoria Snape Pretty Paper Goods at Folksy.daffodil mary janesI wish I had baby sized feet just so I could wear these!  They are so cute.  When I contacted Vanda to check she was happy for me to feature them, she said they were the first pair she made and she loves them too.  On sale at Appley Dapply’s Store Cupboard on Folksy.rabbits and daffodilsA bunnies and daffodil print – how spring-like can you get?! On sale at Grapefruit Moon on Folksy.

Felt Daffodil Tutorial for St Davids Day

To get ready for St Davids Day on 1 March, I spent yesterday (while watching the Wales v Italy rugby match) making myself a huge felt daffodil to wear.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of yellow felt
  • needle and yellow thread
  • decorative button for the daffodil centre (I found my amazing orange button in Fabric Land in Brighton)
  • brooch back

Recipe

  1. Cut out a five petal flower template on paper. paper flower template
  2. Use the template to mark out your felt.  You’ll need two felt cut outs. daffodil cut outs
  3. Pin your two felt flowers together.
  4. Sew all around the outside of the felt flowers, pulling the thread slightly to ruche it up a bit.
  5. Now for the fun bit!  Just go mad filling in the flower shape with small stitches, trying to make a uniform(ish) pattern. sewing around flower shape
  6. Finally, sew your button centre and brooch back securely into place.  Et voila, one very patriotic daffodil, ready for St Davids Day! finished felt daffodil

Next week, I am planning on making welsh cakes, and I will blog my grans very special recipe, so keep coming back to visit! 🙂