Thursday, 28 June 2012

Garden Diary - 28th June 2012

Goodness me June has flown past and my cottage garden revival is changing day by day. Have a walk round with me....

The Patio Tubs

An explosion of colour only rivalled by my Psychedelic Seventies post....

The Cool Bed

Campanula, Salvia, Penstemon and Lupin

Self-seeding Rose Campion and Nigella


First Foxglove



Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Psychedelic Seventies

The patterns people have given me recently!

I recently participated in a Trans-Atlantic swap on Ravelry and in my lovely package was a book that I must share with you. 

The Woman's Day Book of Granny Squares and Other Carry-Along Crochet

Be prepared for a massive explosion of colour and some - quite frankly - very odd uses of the granny square.

Here we go ..........

Whilst the pink waistcoat has credibility - that skirt does not - I was a child in the 70s and I must have blocked granny square skirts form my mind because I don't remember them. Perhaps it is a poncho that slipped down!

Would make a nice cushion cover - I like the colours. 

Poor woman having to model this - still the scarf is stylish:)

Hat - not for me, but I could see a use for that bag. 

You could team the slippers with the skirt - or is that over doing it? Meanwhile a tie to get your man/dad/son noticed! But what is in store for the dog?

Actually the dog looks quite stylish I think - not sure about the hat made of scraps though. I did have a red and white hat like this when I was about 7 or 8.

Useful stuff

More useful stuff

And even more useful stuff

The Afghan has potential - just needs some colour co-ordination. 

This would be more practical as an Afghan - surely!

Useful cushion pattern and a fab foot rest/coffee table - very versatile:)

Again this has potential - just needs a decent set of colours. 

My sons would bin this if I made it.

I'm not sure if this is a blanket or a skirt......

I do remember these from my childhood - I had a knitted blue and red stripy one. 

Has potential...

Not for me:(

The Head Turning Beret - well they said it.........

And finally for mother and daughter - I do remember these - I made one for myself - but I don't think I ever wore it. 

Friend's Clear Out Patterns

One of my friends was recently clearing out all her mum's old stuff and she saved some vintage / retro patterns for me. 

A very seventies tank top.

From 1961 - do you remember these brushed nylon smocked cushions. 

Also from the 60s - fabulous tea cosies

More crocheted place mats - these are a bit more stylish - love the china :)

Finally - from the 80s - a very sweet - cool - cardie. This will help to refocus your eyes after all that colour:)

Thanks for sharing x

Saturday, 23 June 2012

African Flower Bag - Part 3

The lining, the strap and the button.

The lining

I decided to hand sew as I can't remember how to use my sewing machine and it is buried at the back of my wardrobe. I found a pack of new serviettes in a charity shop for £2.59 - so I decided to use these.

Firstly I attached the lining to the top of the bag by folding over the top - I used yarn of the same colour to sew these bits together.
Top band pinned into place and the lining pinned down the side seam.

 Next I sewed the side seams using the edge of the serviette as the bit that shows.
Side seams sewn up. 

 I wasn't at all sure how I was going to do the bottom - I just made it up as I went along. Anyhow - I pulled out the base of the bag and then cut the lining around it. Then simply sewed up the seam.

Lining cut to shape. 

Bottom seam complete.

The lining is complete.

The lined bag with the bottom pulled out - all ready for a strap and a button. 

The Strap

I crocheted a chain the same length as my favourite length of strap. Then I half-trebled into every space. At the end I did 2 chains then half-trebled into the side of the last half-treble. Then half-trebled into the bottom of the first row - so that I could work round in a circle. This formed the middle - I then changed colour and did a round - working two half-trebles into the same space at the ends, this formed the curve. For the last round I chose the lightest colour as it matched the lining and therefore the sewing is least likely to show. 

Pinning on the lining strips. 

 I cut the serviettes into strips and and pinned them on to the strap - then hand sewed the lining on.

The Button

I got this fabulous button in a Ravelry swap the other week and it is perfect for this bag. Originally I was going to use a magnetic clasp - but the button just looked so at home on the bag it had to stay.

Button and Button loop
The back view of the bag and the button loop. 

To fix the button on I crocheted a chain to the bag using all three strands of yarn. I just crocheted until it fitted round the button and back again.

The finished bag - with a good view of the strap.

And here is the finished article - although it does need a bit of blocking. You can see that I attached the strap to the outside not the inside - it just looked neater and more of a feature.

Next time I would brave venturing into my wardrobe and finding the sewing machine for a more professional finish on the lining. Other than that - I'm quite pleased with it - just need some sunny days now to use it.

The blocked version

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