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Surface Design Workshop with Lisa Walton

It’s taken me a while to get the pictures sorted but back in May I had a great time at the surface design workshop with Lisa Walton (Dyed & Gone to Heaven) over a¬†weekend and learnt some great techniques on how to design my own fabric. We used a range of techniques to pattern the fabric which I have also tried at home. Head over to Lisa’s website if you want to find out about these surface design techniques.

I’ve put together a gallery of the pieces that I left with at the end of the workshop as well as some pieces I made at home:

I have now started to create a reference book with the techniques I learnt from this course and the other courses I have attended (now 3 of Lisa’s courses) – over time this will be a great source of creative ideas for me ūüôā

Surface Design Techniques

You can find out about the courses Lisa runs by heading over to her website and/or Facebook page.

I have had a go at home using similar techniques – they were a good test of what I had learnt. One thing that is important is how the fabric is dried – unfortunately the sun went in just as I put these out so they would have turned out more vibrant.
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My Felt Doll Gallery

My Felt Doll

I found Shelly Down’s amazing My Felt Doll book while at a craft show recently and have made a few versions since – I learning how to get them just right,¬†but they are fun to make! The outfits are very cute and definitely lots of ideas for other felt dolls and outfits – sweet gifts for little people.

Shelly Down designs and makes some really cute things which can be found on her etsy page.

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I made a Bulldog toy!

British Bulldog Toy Face

I’m not great at keeping up to date with writing posts, however this is something I’m definitely going to work on this year! I have lots of crafty things to share and new projects starting all the time, that I should be able to post at least once every two weeks! I will also be working on my photography skills to take better pictures of my crafts.

The bulldog toys are something I made way before Christmas ¬†2014 as presents for a friend and my brother, however I didn’t give my brother his until I went back to the UK in January. When I saw the pattern for this at a quilt trade show, I knew I just had to get it! My brother and my cousin are always talking about getting a bulldog so knew I could put it to good use!

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Panda Pin Cushion for Mum

It’s my mum’s birthday when I get back to the UK and like me she is very creative!! So I decided to make her some bits – this included a panda pin cushion as well as some jewellery.

I have drawn up the template I used to create the pin cushion – the face of the panda could be changes to look like other animals. I am thinking maybe a cat for the next one! You could also decorate the pin cushion with beads and ribbons – I went for a simple red heart on mine but you could definitely go crazy!

 

Panda Pin Cushion
Panda Pin Cushion

Download the AnnaFran-PandaTemplate template.

What you need:

Black and white felt – use other colours if you want to make a different animal

Black Embroidery thread and needle

Craft Glue

Toy Stuffing

AnnaFran-PandaTemplate

1) Cut out the pieces of felt required as stated on the template.
2) Glue the eyes and nose onto the head – this will give it time to dry
3) Sew round the long edges of the arms and legs, leaving the small opening to be able to fill with stuffing

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Easter Crafts – My first Easter in Sydney

I had my first Easter in Sydney this year and everywhere, apart from some cinemas and restaurants, is closed on Good Friday! Which ruined my plans Рmore things are opened on Easter Sunday!As this meant my plans to go shopping were no longer going to work out, I decided I would make some little easter decorations. I made a couple of little rabbits, a chick hatching as well as decorating some egg shaped pieces of felt Рwill add some ribbon to these so I can hang them up.Easter Crafts

I normally celebrate Easter at home with my family, and although not a religious occasion at our house, the Easter bunny always makes a visit and my mum will get the Easter decorations out. Being away from home this year meant that I had to celebrate Easter a bit differently and make my own decorations. They also make great little presents for little people!

 

Easter handmade felt

I have put together some templates for you to download and make your own Easter themed items.

I also found a really good Easter Egg Cupcake Recipe РI have made these so many times now that I can do it with my eyes closed (you can use rice pops)! Baking is a big part of home life especially for big occasions like Easter and Christmas.

Easter Cakes

 

If you have any Easter crafts that you would like to share, let me know.