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Hi folks

Just a quick post to let you know I’ll be at the Port Fairy MADE Artist Market this Saturday 8th December 2012.

It should be a lot of fun if last year’s Christmas market is anything to go by. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gift homemade this Christmas. So many unique and delightful things to be found!

Port Fairy MADE Artist Market

This year, stall holders have been asked to make a Christmas decoration to add to a Christmas tree.  The tree will be raffled and the money raised will go to Friends Of Griffiths Island to assist with conservation efforts currently happening on the Island.  Griffiths Island is a small island off the coast of Port Fairy that is home to a lighthouse and Short Tailed Shearwaters.

Griffiths Island Port Fairy

Griffiths Island Port Fairy

Here is my decoration – it also doubles as a pincushion surprisingly 😉

Pincushion? Yes - but also a Christmas decoration

Pincushion? Yes – but also a Christmas decoration

I can’t wait!  Make sure you come and say hello if you drop by.


I’ve added a new page today to make it easy to find where to buy my pincushions.  It just up the top there, next to the Pincushions page.

More recently, I have made the change to made to order for some of my designs.  There will always be one off, ready to go pincushions available, but some will now be made as orders are made.  This will only add a day or two to the order.

To whet your appetite, here is my newest made to order design – the rainbow.  Rainbows are so eye-catching and bright, and a natural occurance.  What better way to decorate than with all the colours of the rainbow?  I stitch this free hand, no patterns or lines, just me, a bunch of bright coloured embroidery thread & a needle.  Happy-making 🙂

Embroidered Rainbow Pincushion

Something new today.  One of the places I sell my pincushions is my Madeit store.  Today, I will share with you some of the other lovely things you can find there.

Its very cold, wet and wintery here at the moment and I feel the need for some sunshine.  These things are hopefully warming for you as well 🙂

Vintage Fabric Brooch by Radishanruth

13" Macbook sleeve: Original hand printed design on yellow wool felt by ambette

Sunny Bunny" Wooden Brooch by eachtoown

You wash I'll Dry Tea Towel by MyWoodenHeart

Sterling Silver Hammered Ring Charm Enamel Drop Earrings by lafemmeJewels

Hope these lovelies have warmed your day a little 🙂  See you next week with some Instagram fun 🙂

Today, I thought you may like to see what goes on to make my pincushions.

Every now & then, I sit down to my big kitchen table with my pile of felt and go nuts preparing pincushions for sewing.

felt pile

I have my popular designs that I make reglarly, but I also always have ideas kicking around I need to try too.  Today was a day for both types of preparation.  I am out of peacocks (my biggest seller), I have a creative challenge to meet for an etsy team I belong to, and I want to upsize a couple of mini pincushions I’ve made recently.  This is the extent of my written plans for this session.  Not much eh? LOL  A slack prep day today!

And so on to cutting!

I cut my felt a few different ways.  I do die cut a couple of things – like my big circles, and use the rotary cutter for the sides, but most other things are cut with good old scissors freehand, making it up as I go.

If a design turns out to be popular, I will sometimes make a pattern to make it a little less fiddly and time consuming when it comes to preparation.

Once all the cutting is done, its on to embroidery thread selection and then the prep is all done.  8 pincushions ready to be made!

Now its on to the fun part – the sewing!  I’ll show you once they are all done. 🙂

Its been a while since I shared some awesome needle felting.

Here are some more fabulous things I’ve found recently. I still haven’t done anything about learning this craft. Maybe this year will be the one.

Light-Up Dalek by Glass Camel

Felt sculpture by Stephanie Metz

Kay Petal of Felt Alive - wonderful details!

Polar Bear by BinnieBear

Pink Bear by Ola Smith

I was going to share another pic here, but I am so in awe of the skills involved, I think a whole post needs to be devoted to the artist. Wow! Watch out for a post soon that will blow your mind.

Have a fun week folks!

A little while back, I shared with you all my desire to felt my own woollen clothing in this post.  Since then, I have scoured op shops (thrift stores)  in my general area and I found these jumpers and a scarf to attempt to felt.

I say attempt, as I am not 100% certain some of the items are wool, and some are a blend, and I have a front loading washing machine, which is great for being gentle on our clothing, but maybe not so good for roughing up wool fibres.

jumpers from the op shops

The jumpers & scarf found in op shops ready to be felted

So what’s next?  Cutting them up in preparation for felting.

red wool cardigan ready for feltingThe red cardigan has some lovely little buttons I can salvage and is 96% lambswool and 4% nylon.  I really hope this one works as I love the colour.

The purple turtle neck jumper is 80% lambswool and 20% nylon.  Not sure if that’s too muchpurple jumper ready for felting nylon, but I guess I will find out soon enough!

black jumper cut up ready to feltThe black turtle neck jumper is very fine and thin, but is 100% wool.

The olive green one is going to work just fine.  How do I know?  It is 100% wool and is alreadyolive green coat cut up ready to felt pretty much felted in the body.

surf jumper ready to feltThe blue surfer dude jumper is so thick and heavy.  The labels have been cut out, but I am almost certain it is 100% wool as it is felted just from wear or maybe someone has already hot washed it hehe.

The green jumper is part of someone’s work uniform and is another 80% wool 20% nylon one.Green jumper cut up ready to felt

messy scarf that probably wont feltThe scarf, well its very attractive I know.  I know the fluffy bits are synthetic, but I am hoping that the maroony-purple is wool.  Not very hopeful now that I’ve cut it up.  I am fairly certain it is all acrylic & geez it made a mess!

I’ll save the next bits until my next post. Stay tuned to see how they work out.

A little while ago, I shared with you an etsy find from Loft Full of Goodies.

needlebook, felt, Loftfullofgoodies

Little Tree Hugger Needlebook

I could not forget it and I got to know the creator a little after posting this here.  She is a lovely lady – how lovely you’ll find out in a minute  and so I bought it!  Yay!

I mentioned in that post, that I really dislike making them.  I made one years ago and it is a little worse for wear – please excuse the condition of it – it’s a mess!  You see why I needed to get a new one now eh?

Fried egg needle book made by me a long time ago

Fried egg anyone?

I was super excited this week when I received my lovely package in the mail – look how pretty it is!

Beautiful packaging :)

What a lovely parcel to receive!

Now I have my very own Tree Hugger Needlebook but I also have a problem!  It’s too beautiful for me to mess up with my 100,000 threaded needles.  Solution?  I will only use it for pristine new needles awaiting their threads.  So the egg will live another day.

New needles are needed for a new needle book

New needles for a new needle book

Now to the good bit.  Loft Full of Goodies, maker of many wonderful things, not just needlebooks, has very kindly created a special deal just for you.  If you enter the code SPINSTER when you purchase something from her shop, you will receive 20% off your purchase!  The code even applies to sale items.

Here are a few gorgeous things to get you in the mood to shop

Handmade note cards by LoftFullofGoodies

Handmade note cards

Wool Felt Clutch by LoftFullofGoodies

Handmade Wool Felt Clutch

Penny Rug Wool Felt Cuff by LoftFullofGoodies

Handmade Brown Penny Rug Wool Felt Cuff

Thanks so much Loft Full of Goodies  .  I hope you are very successful.  Your stuff is wonderful!

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