• Amigurumi,  Crochet

    Amigurumi Baymax

    My New Year blog post catch up continues. I’m now working through all the part written posts.  I started this last August, it’s only been on hold because I hadn’t embroidered the eyes. That’s been rectified today so I can get it marked off. Sometimes I volunteer to do things without really knowing if I can.  “Sure I can make a Baymax” being a case in point.

  • Crafts

    Leaf printing

    When I set up the class schedule in January I wasn’t sure what Autumn Crafts was going to be.  It had to be something that could be enjoyable for people with a range of abilities and if possible have a practical / useful end product as many of the residents prefer that. So I had a think about what Autumn meant to me (apart from Halloween and comfort food) The answer is leaves. I love leaves. The colours, the shapes. That’s what I wanted to bring to the craft classes. I wanted to capture them but not by pressing them I needed a quicker process. So printing with them seemed…

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    Weaving – bitten by the bug

    In May last year I took my daughter to a local Community Heritage Day Amongst the wide variety of skills to try were spinning and weaving. Now I don’t have room to start spinning my own yarn but weaving can be done on a small-scale (and could help use up my yarn stash) I’m not keen on the little loom frame kits you can get as I find using a needle to weave the threads very frustrating. I could remember having a toy loom as a child in the 70s which had a bar which I could turn which would lift and lower the threads so I could pass a shuttle through.…

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    Felt drawer sachets

    This month’s residential home classes was originally titled Sewing Felt Animals. As usual I had a pre-class preparation session, during which I  sewed a simple teddy bear and my friend made a cow. (I look at her designs and think she’s the one who should be running these classes)

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    Tropical paper flowers

    July’s residential classes were programmed for Tropical paper flowers. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about doing paper flowers as it had a mixed reception last year. However that had only been my second set of classes at the residential homes and the residents were still a bit reticent. I found the technique on the Crafts by Amanda site and thought how effective it looked. I didn’t use her templates but instead hand drew something similar. The residents are very aware of things they class as being for children so I didn’t include the pony beads for the stamen but instead simply twisted the end on the…

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    Fans

    I was a bit worried chosing fan-making when I was setting up the residential home class schedule in January. The weather in June could be anything from torrential rain to a heat wave in Scotland. Even with the weather being nice in May did not assure my nerves as I’ve seen sunshine and hail in the same day in Glasgow.

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    Garden bench

    Just over a year ago I “rescued” a garden bench from the bulk waste collection. I remember it clearly as it was the day of the elections and it was raining steadily.  I had seen it when I taken my daughter to school, gone to vote on the way back and it was still there when I came home. This was fate.

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    Decoupage – Trinket Boxes

    I’ve been looking forward to doing this month’s residential home craft classes ever since I set up the time-table in January. I enjoy all my classes but decoupage is a particular favourite and my usual problem is trying to find an excuse to do it.

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    Jewellery making class

    Last year I took glass beads into the residential homes and for some reason didn’t blog it, so I’ve put the pictures from those classes at the bottom of this post.