A first attempt at something new…

I’ve done a thing!

Bookbinding has fascinated me ever since I went to a craft fair in Chelsea* in the mid-nineties and watched a chap from Rook’s Books patiently sewing pages together to go in the most beautiful leatherbound journals I’ve ever seen.

“One day,” I thought, “I’ll have a go at that.” *

Today, after a chance bit of free time in Manchester, I discovered Fred Aldous (the most amazing arty-crafty shop EVER!) and came out eagerly clutching an awl (note spelling – not the hooty kind), some waxed thread and a chunky needle. Amongst other things.

And I’ve made a little book! Nothing flash, just an A7 (cat-sized!), stitched notebook, but I’m so chuffed with it! Obviously I need more practice, but hopefully sometime I’d like to be able to offer a few perfected versions in my shop. You’d love to own a little stupidcats notebook, wouldn’t you?!

So without further ado… here it is!

   

Okay, so I smudged the lettering a bit in my excitement, but we don’t talk about that! 😁

What I’d really like to have a go at is Coptic binding, but I think I have a way to go before I should attempt that…!

Right, now I need to clear all this mess up and go to bed!

Nighty night!

*Well, apart from the teeny tiny books and holiday photo albums made for dolls and teddies when I was wee!

That felty feeling…

Morning!

Following on from yesterday’s post about some of the random things I’ve been trying my hand at lately, here are a couple more…

Firstly, teeny tiny bunting. It really is tiny too! The triangles were cut from 4mm thick 100% wool felt, and the letters needled felted on in merino wool. I then hand stitched each triangle onto baker’s twine:

  
I made this to decorate the packaging for my nephews 1st birthday present – here it is on the parcel:

  
Fiddly to make, but possibly something I could develop and include in my shop…!

And next, those of you that follow my alter ego on Twitter may recognise this little fellow:

  
He’s my avator, and I’ve grown very attached to him! He developed from this little doodle:
  
I decided to try and bring him to life in felt – again I used thick 100% wool felt, lightly stuffed his body, and needled felted his eyes and nose (and a tiny tail):
  
He’s now a permanent feature on my bag, and matches my phone case (which I had made by one of those online places – pricey, but I love having one of my own designs protecting my phone!):

  
I’d like to perfect his design and add a range to my shop – probably a teensy bit smaller – here are a few more animals I’ve doodled in the same style that would all work well in felt:

   
     So, who knows what noofings will pop up in my Etsy shop over the coming months…? πŸ™‚

Playing with paper…

So yes, I’ve been quiet for ages, but I haven’t been sitting on my laurels. I’ve tried my hand at a few different crafty things, and thought I’d share a few with you, starting with paper-based stuff.

I kept seeing these lovely paper flowers around, so found instructions online on how to make them – here are a few of my efforts.

Firstly a plain paper one, with a little soppy message attached… πŸ™‚

 

Then I thought I’d be a bit clever and make one out of fabric – it took ages and I found it very fiddly sewing all the bits together! 

  

Here’s one made from the tissue paper used to wrap a bottle of whisky:

  

And an old map:

  

And finally an old comic:

 

Remember the little message attached to the first flower? It was typed on a lovely, ancient typewriter my other half bought me for my birthday:

  
How sexy is that? Anyway, another use I’ve put it to is festive messages on teeny Christmas paper-chains:

  
And finally, here’s my first and only attempt at papercutting. I laid out the type on computer first to get the size and kerning right, then used a printout as the cutting template:

  
Who knows, maybe I’ll perfect some of these things to sell in my shop at some point in the future… πŸ™‚

I’ll share some more exploits in my next post.

Laters! x

Heeeeeeeeere’s stupid!

Hello! I’m back! My Etsy shop is open for business again and I’m raring to go!

I’ve was mulling over having a go at a sugarskull stupidcat a while ago, and did a rough doodle:

  
I’m now itching to have a proper go at it, so watch this space! It’ll probably be a larger size than my usual stupidcats due to the amount of detail. And I haven’t decided yet if whiskers will work or not…

And speaking of whiskers, this little chap is almost finished, just needs whiskering and framing:

  
More news when I have some! Hope you’re all fine and dandy out there in the big, wide world. πŸ™‚