Thursday, 28 February 2013

I've been crafting!

I do like to wind down gradually in the evenings once my 3 girls are in bed asleep.  I usually watch telly whilst tweeting and like to also do some crafting.  Given the weather has been driven by arctic blasts for the last few weeks I decided to crochet each of my 3 girls a cowl to keep their necks warm.  It has taken me 2 weeks to get them off them long enough to take a photo, eldest still wouldn't part with hers for a photo!  I used chunky wool and a large crochet hook and each cowl only took 1.5hrs so all 3 were completed over 3 evenings.

I crocheted a long foundation chain (measured to make sure it fitted over their heads), joined it to form the circle, chained 3 then crocheted a double crochet (US) or treble crochet (UK) into the second stitch from the hook then into each stitch in the foundation chain after that.  I crocheted about 10 rounds to make a nice thick cowl.   

I've also been doing some cross stitch projects and have finished one and have another WIP that I am working on.  I crocheted the edges of the finished cross stitch, and here it is:  

Apologies for not ironing it before taking pics
And here's my work in progress:

Again apologies for the wrinkled appearance, it lives in my satchel and I cart it around for when i get a spare minute.

What are your works in progress? Do you regularly craft?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Easy Valentine's Craft - Paper Quilled Hearts

My 3 girls love crafting and came up with this super easy Valentine's craft before school one morning last week.

All you do is cut a heart out of cardboard or paper, cover it in glue then stick paper quills on to it.

To make the paper quills just cut a rectangle from thick paper about the size of a postcard.  Lay a pencil along the longest edge then roll up the paper around it.

Pull the pencil out and roll up the paper again as tightly as you can.  Cut the rolled up paper into slices.  You could cut small, thin spirals from green paper to make leaves if you wanted to.  

Cut a heart, or whatever shape you like out of paper or card.  Dip the bottom of each paper swirl into glue then press it on to the shape.  Alternatively, cover the shape in glue then press the swirls onto it.  Keep going until your shape is covered in paper swirls.  Attach a ribbon to hang it up or glue it to a card.  

This craft is so easy even really little ones can have a go, rolling the paper is fab for fine motor skill development, just make sure the scissors only cut the paper ;o)