Tuesday, April 20, 2010
It feels like such a long time since I was last involved in a swap... so this was lots of fun!
The theme was PEACOCK colours...
The idea was to crochet an item, and team it with a few surprises for your swap partner.
This time I was really stumped for ideas.
Sometimes I just get inspired and know EXACTLY what I want to make for my partner - it might be weird... or impractical... or just damn crazy.... but I KNOW what I want to create.
Not this time.
No inspiration whatsoever...
So, what I've come up with feels a bit boring, and pedestrian... although I believe it will be appreciated, and it's definitely a practical gift which will get a lot of use.
It's just missing the FUN FACTOR...
So here it is...
My partner enjoys quilting, so I've made her a pin cushion... and teamed it with some fat quarters in peacock colours, and some glass headed quilting pins.
The pin cushion is crocheted using embroidery scraps. In fact, I used these scraps which Bec sent to me a month or two back.
Only thing though... because I was looking for a neat finish (rather than my usual scrappy style) there were loads and loads of ends to weave in. Ahhhh... one of the joys of working with scrap lengths, I suppose.
But it's all done now... and posted... and received.
Forgot to mention that I used two squares of denim (old jeans) for the cushion part. Just cut them out using a pair of pinking shears, and zig zagged around three sides (about 50mm in from the edge) Then I popped some stuffing in, and zig zagged the cushion closed. After that, it was just a matter of sewing the crochet granny square in place on the top. The granny square itself was crocheted using a 1.25mm hook.
Oh, and two wooden buttons... stitched through centre top and bottom... just to give it some shape.
Think that's it...
But if I've forgotten anything, just ask!