Sunday, 15 January 2012

Handwoven needle roll


It's something that I've been intending to make for awhile and finally got round to it a few months ago. I'd wanted to make a dpn case because they were stuffed in pencil cases and weren't organised at all.



 I'd made the fabric on my Kromski Harp Rigid Heddle Loom intending it to be a table mat but it was so soft it didn't seem to want to stay still on the table; so I reused it into the cover for my needle case.

I lined it with some silk left over and added in extra lines so it would fit short and long dpns.

The button is a plastic button that I covered in thread - think the technique is called Passementerie. It was something I saw on Create and Craft TV and thought it was really pretty.

Didn't follow a pattern for this - just winged it and wish I'd made it a little shorter. Also, i'm sure there was a way to sew it up differently but ended up putting binding on like with a quilt - though it gives it a nice firm edge.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Wool Notebook

Another lovely gift I was bought by my husband was this beautiful notebook from Kate Bowles, who makes handmade notebooks from recycled material. I absolutely love it and the finish to it is just gorgeous - I especially love the spine.




I'm using mine as my little Knitting Bible. There is square, plain and lined paper in so I can add little charts in too.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Woodturned Christmas


For Christmas, I had some very lovely surprises in my stocking for my husband. He's been getting into wood turning and I got lots of knitting related goodies!

Hand turned knitting needles

 The knitting needles are size 8mm needles made from sapele with holly tops. I haven't knitted with them yet; as they seem to be living in the beautiful spalted beech pen pot he made as well. Along with a shawl pin with a celtic knot laminated into the end which I also adore!

Hand turned laminated shawl pin

Along with these other pressies, he also made a wooden dpn case - decorated with wire burning.
Hand turned DPN case