The build up to Christmas

I know it is only October,  but Christmas is only around the corner, and I feel so disorganised as a crafter.  I haven’t been doing this long enough to have “done” Christmas before, and I already feel like I’ve left it too late!!

One thing I am excited about is a little project between myself and Michelle over at Handmade Haven.  She made a batch of cinammon soaps, which I am felting in Christmassy colours and designs.  The felted soaps lather up beautifully, which means you use less soap each time. The felt also acts like a flannel, and gently exfoliates the skin, and as you use it the wool continues to felt, so it stays close tight to the soap itself.  These will hopefully make a wonderful stocking filler type present.I have been asked by the guild if I had any things that I could sell at a stall they are doing in November.  So, I am making up some crocheted flowers using bits of spun wool, and turning them into brooches.  There is also plans for hairclips and bobby pins too!

I have a custom order for a macBook cover based on the original Hibiscus bag and the iPad cover that came from that.  So have been busy spinning more wool to complete this.

There are plans for Christmas bunting, although, right now, this is right down on the list of priorities, but the material is there, ready and waiting for when I have a spare moment!

A custom order for some jungle bunting is ready to be made, now that I have all the material.

And three more custom Blessing buntings to be made by December, using various ccombinations of these colours.

I think this should keep me fairly busy til December, but just on the off chance there is a quiet moment, there are some Christmas cross-stitches I could do too!

And don’t you just know, it will be here before we know it!!

 

Handpsun, handknitted shoulder bag

Last year my local guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers had a competition amongst themselves to create a bag using at least one of the disciplines that guild promotes, ie spinning, weaving dyeing or felting.  I produced a rustic looking bag with some of my first handspun wool.

I felt very honoured that a friend liked it so much she asked me to make her one.  I am also very pleased to say that my spinning has improved tremendously since those early days, so this is the bag I am currently working on.  All the wool is spun, it is a beautiful silvery colour, which is the natural colour of the fleece of this zwartble/suffolk cross.

The main body of the bag is nearly complete, leaving the shoulder strap and the flap to complete.  I think a bold pink and white floral design fabric will make a wonderful lining, and a silvery button for the flap.

So there’s our first sneeky peek at what is being made at the moment.