Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Acrylic Felt - Assorted colours

  Jumbo Pack of Crafkit® Acrylic Felt - 60 A4 Sheets in 15 Assorted Colours

Fire Retardant Filling

  500g Polyester Toy, Teddy Bear, Cushion, Pillows, Stuffing, Filling,

When making toys and looking for good quality fire retardant filling I have found this to be a good source for you to make your child friendly toys.

It is very important to make sure that you have a good quality grade material.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Jewelry Makers delight

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This is something I have definitely been hunting for.  I am glad I have found it. My jewelry ideas can now come to life.

I enjoy making my own to suit me and I hope that you too will have some fun using them too.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sewing Can Be Fun

Sewing can be fun, however I do get the odd question thrown at me regarding pattern cutting and using patterns.

For me, I see them as large jigsaws and I can assure you that is exactly what they are.

When you first buy your pattern, you take out the guide and have a good look at it, then you look at the tissue pattern and decide what size you are likely to use, I usually give myself an extra ¼ inch leeway that makes sure that if there is any errors in cutting it can be rectified easily also it avoids tears – that is for me anyhow.  However others may do it differently. It is your choice at the end of the day.  Even when cutting the pattern on the material I usually allow some extra just to give me room to manoeuvre – we are not exact sizes none of us, so it makes sense to give a little generosity for yourself.  You can always cut it down but you cannot add to it once it is cut out – it would need to be a complete new cutting on new material which can work out quite expensive.

For my rule of thumb I do tend to be generous with myself to date I have not made anything that has not fitted me to my shape, but perhaps not the size exact on the pattern as with all things you do need to consider your own shape.

For guidance on what kind of shape you are and what kind of clothes you could make for yourself and or buy for yourself I would highly recommend the Trinny and Susannah “The Body Shape Bible”.  I have found it to be a very useful tool. 

Learning to use your sewing machine can be tricky especially if you have never used one before, here is something that will really help you achieve your wonderful creations.  Do not be afraid to ask for help and always check the manual for any problems which may occur, I have found that it is usually the tension which can cause a problem and a badly threaded needle can also cause trouble. 
New skills are a challenge and fun.

I hope that I have been able to help you achieve a more open mind towards learning to be creative in your home, for your friends and family and of course you primarily. 

I have had hours of fun looking into what I can make and create and I really still enjoy being creative and look forward to many more years of creativity with my precious sewing machine.
The Dressmaker's Technique Bible: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing Techniques

How To Use Your Sewing Machine: A Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners

The Body Shape Bible