eklectikfish by kateepie

Friday, 26 February 2010

downloadable greetings cards

I have a new page up.  As an experiment I am trialling some free greetings cards you can download in PDF format and print out at home.  Perfect for birthdays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, weddings etc. etc! Please do let me know what you think of the idea!

downloadable greetings cards

Snowflake 'painting'

Aquilegia 'painting'

Thursday, 18 February 2010

knitting needle roll

I was in need of more avoidance tactics this week, so decided that it was a good time to tackle the knitting needle roll, which helpfully took up a couple of mornings ;)

I think it's come out pretty well, I like the bold colours of the Japanese cloth and the contrast with the scarlet bias binding I used.

I started following the instructions on the wiki website I was going to use, but eventually abandoned them in favour of a few modifications that seemed to work quite well.

For a start, the piece of material I had for the outside of the roll was shorter from top to bottom than the recommended length, so I had to think quite carefully about where things should go. I settled in the end on having a foldover at the top to stop the needles from coming out when it was all rolled up.  I also created an additional pocket by finishing the lining material at the top with bias binding so that it could be used for long needles.

The ribbons were made by cutting out two lines of the rooster and finishing the edge with the bias binding - cute huh?


The individual pockets for the needles were formed by stitching at 1" intervals.  It wasn't too bad, but I did have trouble with the yellow material ruckling up underneath, so it isn't quite as neat as I would like.  Lots of room for expansion though!


Thursday, 11 February 2010

new projects - fat quarters

Having several fat quarters of rainbow-hued spotty cotton to use up I decided to make some baby stuff with them. So far I have made a skirt out of the red cotton, and some cute little shoes out of the blue, lined with some of the pink. The results are for sale in my Etsy shop.

The skirt was dead easy - you just cut the quarter in half, sew down the two short ends, make a casing for the elastic and simply hem and its done!

red cotton baby skirt

The shoes were a little more tricky, but are made of only three parts, so its just a case of making a few edges, assembling and stitching the whole thing together and  adding some elastic to help the fit.  I think they look kinda sweet.

spotty baby shoes

spotty baby shoe

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

etsy shop

My new Etsy shop can be found here - come and pay me a visit!

gorgeous new fabric

My gorgeous new fabric arrived from Etsy yesterday and I can't wait to get started on the project I have in mind for it - a roll to keep my errant and escapist knitting needles in!  Its Japanese fabric - the yellow will be for the outside and the green with the roosters on for the lining - should be funky :)

The roll I am planning to make can be found here.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Hello world!

Having read quite a few knitting and stitching blogs recently,  I thought it was high time to start my own.  I hope to be able to update this regularly with news of new works in progress and finished objects, but bear with me to start with!  :) Katie x


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