Tuesday, 30 December 2008
My first crafty thing - red felt hearts for Valentine's Day
Ok, here it is, my very first toe dip into the hedonistic lands of crafting!
I'm not good at making decisions, and for the past 4 days have spent HOURS on the internet surfing some amazing, and I mean amazing blogs. I can't wait to start compiling my links list on here. There are some talented people out creating all sorts of beautiful items and I'm so wanting to join them! Trouble is, I want to do everything, and I want to do it NOW.
I recognise that my new years resolution of ripping off my 'crap at crafting' label is much more than that. It's going to teach me patience (I have none of that), persistence and looking at the finer details. I'm afraid I tend to skimp over things, so this is going to be a fabulous discipline for me and hopefully I'll have a few lovely things to show for it at the end of the year.
Anyway, back to the plot. My first item is three red felt hearts. I choose these because I had all the ingredients, plus I figured they wouldn't be too difficult to make or take too long (I'm not going to push the patience thing on my first item!) They are lightly stuffed with carded sheeps wool and are joined together by a gold thread. Each heart is sewn up with blanket stitch, which is one of the few (well one of two actually!) stitches I can do.
It cost me a few pence to put together - about 1/4 piece of felt, a small handful of wool, embroidery thread and the gold thread. I would estimate it cost about 50p in materials. It took me 1 hour 20 minutes to make and my inspiration came from "All Year Round: A calendar of celebrations" by Ann Druit and friends.
If I were to change anything, I would try and figure out a better way of attaching the hearts together. At the moment they can slip up and down the gold thread, plus it looks a bit messy on the back. I'm really pleased with the hearts themselves, but not the way they are fixed together. At the moment though, I'm not sure how to improve this.........