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Hello, my friends hello. How cute is this knitted word?

Do you remember French Knitting? It’s something I used to do when I was younger – we had a wooden cotton reel with four nails knocked in the top of it and we used to make miles and miles of knitted rope. I can’t really remember what we used to do with it though – probably used it to tie our imaginary horses to the back of the car when we went on holiday.

Anyway the lovely people at Loveknitting.com challenged me to revisit French Knitting and make something useful – or beautiful. I went for the latter and came up with this pretty cursive word – it looks great hanging on a wall or you could personalise it by writing names instead.

If you want to know how I did it visit the Loveknitting.com blog for a step by step guide.

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Pineapples, Watermelons, Flamingos, oh my! Everyone is rocking the totally tropical vibe at the moment – Maybe it’s the heatwave we are having here in England or maybe it’s Rio Olympics fever. Whatever it it I am loving it!

 

These two pincushions are my latest crafty project. I made the Pineapple (or Pin-apple as I like to call it) for the lovely people at Lovecrochet.com. If you would like the step by step guide to making one then click here to find out how.  Stay right here if you want to make the Watermelon as the instructions are coming up.

 

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Watermelon Pincushion

You will need: Pink felt, white felt, green felt, pink and green embroidery thread, scissors, embroidery needle, a little bit of toy stuffing and a little bit of dry rice.

Download the pattern template here

 

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Using the templates cut out one pink and one white circle

 

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Pin the pink circle in the middle of the white

 

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Use a scallop embroidery stitch to join the pink to the white. To make a scallop stitch: begin by pushing the needle through the felt from back to front, then push the needle back through the felt about 5mm along. Don’t pull the stitch tight but bring the needle back out midway between the two – as demonstrated in the picture above. Push the needle back down just beyond where it exited trapping the loose bit of thread in a nice curve.

 

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Continue round the whole circle.

 

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Fold the felt circle in half and press with an iron to make a nice crisp fold.

 

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Use the template to cut out the skin from the green skin.

 

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Use a blanket stitch to join the skin to the Watermelon body. Leave a 5cm hole for stuffing.

 

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Drop a couple of spoonfuls of rice into the pincushion

 

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Then fill with stuffing. The rice will sit at one end, weighting the watermelon and making it sit well on a table.

 

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Sew closed and the add the pin pips.

 

Apologies for the blue tinge to the pictures – it was so hot when I made this i was doing it sitting in the garden so the light was being inconsistent!

 

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Here’s a little step by step tutorial on how to make these super cool paper Monstera leaves.

EVERYONE’S obsessed with Monstera (or Cheeseplants as they’re more commonly known) at the moment! They’re the Giantly Humungous second cousins twice removed cousins of the succulent and are taking over interiors right now – Just check out the beauties (and some top tips on growing them) here. 

I am not the most green fingered person  – I leave that up to my mum but I do love their shape and size so me being me I thought I’d try my hand at making some.

They’re simple to make all you need are some coloured papers or thin card, scissors, craft knife and cutting mat, pencil, something to score the paper with and something round like the handle of a wooden spoon to curl the edges of your leaf. And then lets go! …

 

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Download and print out template here. Place on paper and draw round.

 

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Cutout

 

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Use a craft knife and cutting mat to cutout the two inner circles

 

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Leaf should like this …

 

 

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Use a scorer or an empty biro or blunt side of scissors and score a wavy line down the middle of the leaf.

 

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Take the leaf in two hands and carefully crease along the score line.

 

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Use a round pencil or handle of a wooden spoon and curl the edges of the leaf around it. Curl both upwards and downwards.

 

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Your leaf should now look like this …

 

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For extra detail add gold stickers or coloured tapes.

 

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What did I do with all these leaves when I made them? Well I used them to decorate the windows of my local gift shop. The lovely Honeybournes in Ladywell London

Sewyeah Honeybournes paper monstera

 

Honeybournes window display sewyeah monstera leaves

 

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You may have noticed a lot of pompom action on my blog recently – well this is the reason!! My latest book Pompomania is out now (and on Amazon for only £6.94 right now)

It’s full of lovely projects that I had great fun making last summer. Every morning I’d wake up with some new idea of how an everyday object could be pompomified and I wouldn’t stop until I had worked out how to do it.  Here are a few of my favourites shot by the wonderful Joanna Henderson

POMPOMANIA PROJECTS

 

To celebrate the launch of the book I hosted a very special Pompom Party where we all made pompoms, ate sweets and drank gin (perfect pompom making conditions if you ask me). We had a fab night and it was lovely to make some more pompom converts – I am serious about taking over the world one pom pom at a time …

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I held the Pompom Party at the Smashbox Cosmetics shop and studio in London. Their super cool mural by artist Donald Robertson was the perfect backdrop

 

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There was a lot of concentrating (and cocktails) as first time pompomers gave it a go.

 

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Daisy Knights (jeweller extraordinaire) perfects her poms – and how cute are these scissors by Korbond?

 

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Everyone should have this sort of flash when taking selfies!!

 

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My new pompom converts …

 

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A massive thanks to everyone who helped me make this party the best Pompom party ever:

Stylecraft  – for providing the yarn (their special DK is the best for making pompoms. Such bright colours and so so soft)

Loveknitting.com – for all their support and goodie bags. It’s the perfect place to by your Stylecraft yarn

Smashbox Cosmetics – for hosting the pompom party (thanks to them I am finally someone who has an organised makeup bag and routine -Their Always Sharp 3D Eyeliners are the best ever)

Korbond Care and Repair – I discovered their small general purpose scissors on about my 40th pompom experiment – they are just the right shape and size for perfect pom trimming. Available here

TalkingTables Partywear – A combination of Smashboxes amazing Ring Flash Lights and Talking Tables Glitterati gold foil curtain meant ALOT of selfie taking!

 

WIN WIN WIN!!

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I’ll be posting more about the book in the coming weeks but to be in with a chance of winning a copy right now head over to Loveknitting.com blog now and take part in their little spot the difference competition … (closing date Friday 15th April)