Last summer I experimented with making my own sunhat pattern. I was quite pleased with how the hat turned out! Because I was so pleased, I immediately began picking out fabrics to make another one. Because, it’s just fun to make things when you are pleased with your own design. 😀 I poked around in my upcycled silk fabric collection for fabrics that would match my new bathing suit and decided to use the thick pinkish/salmon/watermelon-coloured silk I had once used to make a pink silk makeup bag. I crazy-patched the pink silk pieces together, and them embroidered the seams in purple thread. Then I fashioned a teal silk ribbon and flower and attached them to the hat. The flower is embellished with a matching teal button (scrounged from the jacket I got the teal silk from). I used a purple floral vintage cotton sheet for the lining. I am pleased with how this turned out, and I wish my teenage daughter would let me make one for her!! 😀
Another project I’ve slowly worked on throughout the spring and early summer is this blanket. You can’t really tell from the photos, but this very cozy cotton blanket is an ugly (to me – remember, I’m all about bright colours, not dull and sedated) green. I found it in the $2 “dropcloths” bin at Frenchy’s (local thrift store). It’s huge, it’s comfortable, it’s cotton, and it only has a few snags in it. I said to myself, “Colleen, you need more blankets for the living room couches. Pay your toonie, bring it home, and decorate it.”
When I got home, I pored through my craft patterns notebook and picked out a big sunflower motif to crochet. Then I played around with my cotton yarn colours and decided on three – a watermelon pink, deep purple, and sunny yellow. I figured I’d make six sunflowers, each with different colourways. I also added big beads to each ray coming out from the edge of the flowers. I had so much fun making these! Then they sat on my table til a few weeks ago when I finally had a chance to sew them to the blanket. And voila, here is my beautiful, comfortable blanket! It’s cozy for napping.
While due to some life obligations I’ve slowed down on the mass-crafting-for-craft sales production this year, I still pick away at creating things for sale. I reluctantly withdrew my application from my favourite craft show, the NS Art & Craft Sale, for this year, too. I hope to have time to apply next year, though. If you live in Nova Scotia, you should definitely go to the sale this year – it’ll be in October this time. It’s full of quality art and craft. Anyway, I am still creating during the spaces between obligations, and I am still listing new products, as they get made, in my online Etsy shop. It’s slow-going, but I’m having fun with each creation, and I hope to have a few more things listed by fall for Christmas shopping. It’s actually rather relaxing to work this way.
So the below photo is a feature from my newest creation listed in my shop (click link to read about its features!). As you can see by the flower, I experimented with doing latticework embroidery – I love how it turned out! I’m embellishing a few other things with this type of embroidery – you’ll see them sooner or later here on the blog. 😀