Christmas craft link up continued

As promised, these are the rest of the wonderful crafts which have been compiled by Bugs and Fishes. I like the penguin!

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Spotlight on Milana Felt Designs

Today’s spotlight is on Milana – the most amazing felted goodies I’ve seen!  I can’t begin to imagine how long it takes to create something like Elsa’s stole (2nd picture down), but it really is a piece of art.

What is your name, how long have you been crafting and what is your main craft?

Hi. My name is Elsa and I’m a woolaholic. I’ve been a felter for 5 years now.  I’m originally from Mallorca but have been in the UK for many years.  Yes, my life in the UK is very different but one thing Cumbria, where I’m based now, has in common with my island home is not the weather, but sheep! felt pebble necklaceI’ve loved working with wool from a young age and always had a crochet project on the go until I discovered felting. The creative and tactile process of turning a heap of random fibres into such a beautiful, and functional material is something I feel everyone should experience.

What is your favourite item which you make and why do you like making it?

Because I enjoy variety in my making, I find working with felt the ideal medium.  My favourite use of felt is to create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces such as delicate wraps and funky stoles.  vintage style stoleI usually start with either a piece of fabric (for nuno felt) or a specific colour in mind and let that dictate the finished project.  Ideas evolve during the creating process and so it’s always exciting to see the finished results.

Do you have any tips for budding sellers / crafters?

It can be hard work being a maker.  You have to adapt and become many things including creative director, stock controller, administrator, web designer, marketing manager, photographer, copywriter, etc.  But two things I’ve learnt as a newbie are:-

1. Not to try and do too much too soon. It’s ok to build things up slowly and get things right rather than rushing in and regretting it.

2. Online shops, bricks and mortar shops and market stalls can create different business and creative opportunities. In time, they’re all definitely worth exploring. ladybird and pebble felted soaps

Good luck to all makers in their current and future ventures!

Where to find Elsa

Shop:    www.milana.folksy.com

Email:   milanafelt@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milanadesigns

The crafty Christmas link-up continued

Here are even more lovely Christmas crafts, with thanks to Bugs and Fishes, who organised the whole thing. The Crafty Christmas Link-Up B

Let it Snow Embroidery Pattern – A Little Happy Place

Festive Wanderers Embroidery Pattern – Unexpected Kitty

Festive Felt and Fabric Coasters – Betz White

Holiday Ribbon Pillow – Mrs. Saint Nick

Felt Gingerbread Man Gift Tag – Grace’s Favours

Crochet Christmas Star Jar Covers – Dinki Dots

Edible Christmas Ornaments – Hydrangea Girl

Cross Stitch Christmas Trees – Made by Mrs M

Secret Love Letter Christmas Gift Tag – Crafts of Texture

Applique Love Christmas Card – Halcyon Threads

Christmas Mini Mitts – The Crimson Rabbit

Felt Reindeer Ornament – Pickle-Lily

Christmas Carousel – Aura Verde Crafts

Embroidered Christmas Stocking Ornament – this one is mine 🙂

Stencilled Christmas Embroidery Hoop – Angharad

The crafty Christmas link-up

As promised, here are the links to the other Christmas crafty projects.  There are some lovely ideas to try out.  I will post the other tutorials tomorrow otherwise it is going to be a very looooog list!

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Felt House Gift Tag Holder – I ManuFatti

Christmas Trinket Hoop Mobile – Carina’s Craft Blog (I really love this one!)

Felt Polar Bear Ornament – La Creature and You

Christmas Hoop – Claire Payne

Embroidered Christmas Mug Rug – Button Button

Polymer Clay Star Ornaments – Saraccino

Knitted Christmas Stockings Garland – Knit Me a Cake

DIY Christmas Ribbon – Adventures & Tea Parties

Embroidered Mistletoe Ornament – Bugs and Fishes

Scented Salt Dough Ornaments – Retro Delicious

Crochet Christmas Tree Decorations – Homemade@MyPlace

Christmas Cross Stitch Raccoon Ornament – Hugs are Fun

Polymer Clay Christmas Tree – Little Creatures

Christmas Wish-List Felt Envelope – Jumbleberries

Felt Christmas Tree Toy – Pinwheels and Stories

I also did a tutorial for these button Christmas decorations last year if you’re after still more inspiration 🙂

Why not pop over to Bugs and Fishes too and see some of her lovely work, as well as our Christmasy contributions.

Embroidered Christmas stocking

Laura at Bugs and Fishes is organising a Christmas project link which I’m taking part in.  Today you’ll get my project, and I’ll post a link to everyone else’s projects as soon as possible – to keep you busy!  stocking

I decided to make a little embroidered stocking, using lazy daisy stitch to look a bit like snowflakes.

Ingredients

  • Felt
  • Stocking template
  • Embroidery floss in at least 3 colours
  • Small piece of ribbon to hang

Recipe

  • Draw your stocking template on paper.  My stocking is around 11cm long and from heel to toe is it 8cm.
  • Use your template to draw 2 stockings onto the felt, and cut them out.
  • Randomly embroider 2 to 3 lazy daisy’s in each colour.  I love lazy daisy stitch as it is one of the first embroidery stitch I remember doing on a mini-sampler table cloth which I was dead proud of!  I have taken a picture of the instructions from my grans very old copy of “Weldons Encyclopedia of Needlework.”

lazy daisy stitch

  • I then filled in the gaps with smaller stitches, to do a bit of a seed stitch effect.

closeup embroidery

  • Finally, sew to two stockings together, and sew the ribbon into place at the top of the stocking.

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! 🙂