Who would have thought I’d finish this project?
Admittedly, I didn’t manage to make a quilt completely from yo-yo pom poms but my pragmatic (slightly lazy) solution turned out pretty well, even if I do say so myself!
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Looking for some inspiration to use scraps of fabric, I found these images online and was inspired to have a go.
www.thenester.com, www.rubylane.com, www.cinderberrystitches.typepad.com
Yo Yo Pom Poms were popular in the 1930s. Occasionally you’ll find vintage pom poms for sale, ready to sew together into the item of your choice.
I decided to make my own pom poms and sew them into a guest quilt. I thought that it would be good to have a project to work on over time.
There are lots of tutorials online but it’s pretty straight forward. I used an old CD as a template and drew around it onto scraps of old cotton fabric. Then I cut out lots of fabric circles. I stitched around each fabric circle, leaving an 1/2cm edge. Finally I pulled it into the pom pom shape, tucked the rough edges inside the pom pom and tied a knot.
It’s very easy and repetitive so it’s a nice in-front-of-the-T.V. craft. However, two months on and I have sewn just over 140 pom poms. My lofty ideas of stitching a double quilt left me since I worked out that in need an additional 160 just to outline a single quilt.
I wouldn’t normally post an unfinished project but it could be a while….
I’m a big admirer Quentin Blake’s illustrations. I had tried to emulate his style but couldn’t get my pen to move freely enough, that was until I tried drawing with my left hand. With hardly any pen control I did a series of illustrations of Dubai. I added a left handed splash of colour with a similar lack of control. The results were something that a five year old could produce but I liked them anyway!
To tell someone that you have been print making sounds proper arty. Needless to say the way that I do it is a bit made up and bodged.
My family had been to a fabulous Holi party, celebrating the Hindu Festival of Colour. The children had had the best time throwing paint powder absolutely everywhere. I had fancied having a go at printmaking for a while and creating bold and colourful Holi pictures seemed perfect. I took inspiration from the illustrations, patterns and spicy colours used by Christopher Corr and this is what I came up with.
I drew a picture of my girls ‘caught in the moment’ at the party. I copied the lines onto a sheet of adhesive craft foam, cut out the lines of craft foam and stuck them onto another sheet of paper. This gave a raised picture that I could use for painting. With a paint roller, I applied black acrylic paint and printed it onto lots of sheets of paper. Once dried, I added patterns and bold, bright, clashing colours.
I’ve seen lots of beautiful typography recently. I find many of the sayings both wise and charming. I fancied having a few scattered around the place.
I am not the world’s best painter (Spot the understatement) but sometimes a clumsy picture can look deliberately quirky. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Here are a few of my drawings. I did them with a thin-tipped marker pen and splodged a bit of watercolour paint here and there.