Friday, 1 December 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in December

A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community.
We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout December over on Instagram.
Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_december to include your images in our feed.

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

November was a busy month for our Instagram community, we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all your creativity.

The grid below shows just a small selection of my favourite images from November’s hashtag. It’s getting harder and harder each month to whittle it down to nine images for my grid. I love seeing all your photos and the wide variety of crafts...thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images with us. Click here to see the November gallery in full…

Top row, left to right: @cherrypeg, @ella_makes, @myredwellies

Middle row, left to right: @jellybean_junction, @makingpolly, @made.by.rose

Bottom row, left to right: @trishlemoose, @sunna_crochet, @shirleyrainbow_tb

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_december throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_december on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Monday, 27 November 2017

How to make festive pom pom robins

I wanted to share a step-by-step guide to making these cute pom pom robins.
Perfect for the festive season.
Once you've got the hang of it, you'll want to make loads.

tutorial for handmade pom pom robins

When I was growing up, each year our Christmas decorations were bought out of the loft. My Mum would display her own handmade pom pom robins in pride of place on the mantlepiece. My Mum's robins are now over forty years old, they still come out every year, but I thought it was about time I made my own set.

They are easy to make once you get the hang of the wool layering. Once you've mastered that, you are set to make a whole family of these super cute pom pom robins.

supplies needed to make pom pom robins

You will need:
* Wool in red, white and brown
* Cardboard, empty cereal packets are ideal.
* Scissors
* Felt in black and yellow
* Pipecleaners in yellow or white
* Glue

To start with you need to create your cardboard 'doughnut' shapes. I prefer to use the old school method of making pom poms with cardboard hoops. I know there are all sorts of pom pom makers on the market these days. But this is my preferred way of making all my pom poms.

It's up to you how big or small you make the robins. I usually draw round a large mug and for the inner circle use an egg cup or similar. As you wind the wool round, you want the inner circle to be virtually full. This will give you a nice, dense pom pom.

brown, red and white yarn

I usually like to create a few spools of wool in the shades required for these projects. You need to wind them into these narrow cylinder shapes so that you can thread them through the central hole.

Now you can begin to layer up the wool. First start with a layer of red in top section of your cardboard hoop. I usually wind round at least four or five layers of red.

using old school pom pom making method

Now for the white. Tie on your wool to the left of the red section.
You need to build up a layer of white wool to left of the red. Start winding the wool about 1cm away from the red.
Make sure the 1cm section of white wool is the same depth as red wool.
Carry on winding white wool over the top of red section to create a thin layer of white.
Then do the same on right hand side by layering up another 1cm section of white wool to match depth of the red.
See image below to give clearer idea of technique.

layering up wool to create pom pom robins

Now you need to start adding the brown wool to the bare section of the hoop at the bottom.
You need to build the brown layer up to match the red and white section.

layering up brown wool to make pom pom robins

Once you have wound the brown wool round to the same depth, you need to extend the brown wool layer over the top of white section.
If you want a nice fluffy pom pom, keep winding brown wool around until white layer can no longer be seen.

making pom pom robins

Once the central hole is nearly full, you can stop layering up the wool.
Now it's time to cut the wool off the cardboard hoops.
This is my favourite part of making pom poms.
Part the wool carefully so that you expose the cardboard beneath.
Carefully slide the scissors between the two cardboard hoops and start cutting the wool.

cutting wool to make pom pom robins

how to make pom poms using cardboard hoops

Once you have cut all the way around, don't take the cardboard hoops off. They will help to hold the wool apart for the tying off part. Take a length of brown wool and wrap it round your pom pom, tie off securely with one or two knots.

tying off wool around a pom pom

Once the pom pom is secured with a length of wool, you can add the pipe cleaner to create its feet.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around and then twist it once to secure.
You want this twisted bit to be located towards the bottom of the red section (see photo).
This means his feet can be created under the red breast section to help it stand up.

adding pipe cleaner legs to pom pom robins

Once the pipe cleaner is secured, you can take the cardboard hoops off. You may need to carefully cut them off, but they should slide off.
To finish off the pom pom, you can give it a trim to make a nice round shape.
Bend the pipe cleaner around to create two little feet.

trimming handmade pom pom

To complete your pom pom robin, cut out a diamond shape in the yellow felt to make the beak.
Then cut out two small circles in the black felt to create their eyes.
Put a small amount of glue on the felt eyes and attach to robin's face.
Fold over the diamond and glue onto the pom pom.

Your pom pom robin is now complete, doesn't it look sweet?

completed pom pom robin

finished pom pom festive robin

Now you can make as many festive pom pom robins as you like.
Why not try experimenting with different thicknesses of wool.
The one on the left in the picture below had a layer of very chunky brown wool added and he's turned out very plump indeed...

handmade festive pom pom robins

I hope you enjoy making some of your own and I would love to hear if you've made any.
Please feel free to share my images, but credit me if you do so.
And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

tutorial for making pom pom robins pinterest image

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in November

multi coloured stack of vintage fabric trims

A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community. We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout November over on Instagram. Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_november to include your images in our gallery.

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for November - Sarah from Yarn and Blarney. Sarah is a regular contributor to our Instagram community. Head over to her Instagram feed to see more of her crafty makes.

The grid below shows just a small selection of my favourite images from October’s hashtag. It’s getting harder and harder each month to whittle it down to nine images for my grid. I love seeing all your photos and the wide variety of crafts...thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images with us. Click here to see the October gallery in full…

crafting is my therapy maker round up

Top row, left to right: @yarnistheanswer, @itsauburnnotginger, @claregetscrafty

Middle row, left to right: @zeensandroger , @amylovestosew , @shirleyrainbow_tb

Bottom row, left to right: @ella_makes , @tossedwave, @themessybrunette

October was a busy month for our Instagram community, we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all your creativity.

I know lots of you have beautiful, crafty Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_november throughout the month.

At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here. The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

* Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
* If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_november on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
* And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome! Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

I also have a Pinterest board for my blog and I'd love to connect with you on there

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Create an Autumn embroidery hoop using fishbone stitch

I love all the Autumnal colours that start to appear at this time of year. I decided to create an Autumn themed embroidery hoop using Fishbone Stitch to represent falling leaves.

falling autumn leaves created using fishbone stitch

Fishbone Stitch is great for creating leaves or feathers. There are lots of tutorials on the internet, I suggest searching youtube for a video to help give you a visual step-by-step guide. If you've never tried this stitch before, practise on some scrap fabric first. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did...I fell in love with Fishbone Stitch.

I started this hoop by using pencil to sketch onto linen fabric a number of teardrop shapes. These will make up the falling leaves pattern. When stitching Fishbone, I like to also draw a central line down the middle of the teardrop to help guide me. I find this central line helps me to create a neater shape.

autumn leaves embroidery hoop created using fishbone stitch

I drew 12 teardrop shapes in various sizes, but you could add more or less depending on your hoop size. I then selected a number of threads in Autumnal shades, such as mustard yellow, crimson red, warm orange and russet brown. I could then begin to create the Fishbone Stitch.

fishbone embroidery stitch created in crimson red thread

fishbone stitch in mustard yellow DMC thread

I found this was the sort of project I could dip into now and again, adding a leaf or two in the evening once my daughter had gone to bed. Once the Fishbone stage was complete, I added two small backstitches in dark brown thread at the base of each teardrop to create a leaf stalk effect.

creating falling leaves embroidery hoop using fishbone stitch

What do you think?I am really pleased with the way it has turned out.
I've had a great response & lots of lovely comments on this piece over on my Instagram feed...
I think it is a simple but effective hoop to create on these darker evenings.

– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Pouch Vintage Etsy shop is now open for business

handmade vintage fabric rabbit shaped lavender sachet

My Pouch Vintage Etsy shop has now reopened!
In my online shop, you will find handmade homewares, vintage fabric and trims
Pouch Vintage has temporarily been closed whilst I studied a supporting teaching college course.
I've always loved having an online shop and have been running my business on Etsy since 2007.
I also love making items for my shop, so I've started to stitch again.
There is a fresh batch of Lavender Rabbits and Lavender Owls now listed.

handmade vintage fabric sleepy owl lavender sachet
I have been making these little guys since 2009. They have always been one of my bests sellers.
I have sent them to new homes all around the United Kingdom...and across the globe to Australia, the USA and Japan, to name a few.
New vintage fabric colourways will be listed as and when I complete them.
Each owl and rabbit is handmade by me using vintage fabric and filled with dried lavender.

handmade vintage fabric sleepy owl lavender sachet and pumpkin
Alongside my handmade homewares, I sell a wide range of vintage trims.
Perfect for adding a retro twist to your next crafting project.
If you're looking for inspiration, then you might like to read my blog post: "15 creative ideas for using vintage trims, ribbons, fabric scraps and haberdashery items"

pouch vintage selection of vintage trim and ribbon

pouch vintage stack of vintage trim and ribbon in etsy store

If you have any questions about the items in my online shop, please don't hesitate to contact me...I am always happy to help.

And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, I would love to connect with you there :)

Monday, 2 October 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in October

I can't believe how quickly September flew by. We're into a new month, which means time to introduce October's hashtag. If you post crafty photos on Instagram, we'd love to see them in our gallery. Simply add the #craftingismytherapy_october hashtag to join in. We will feature a selection of photos throughout the month. Also look out for our round-up at the end of the month.

Looking back to the previous month, September's gallery was full to the brim with goregous projects. A big 'thank you' to everyone who used the #craftingismytherapy_september hashtag. Below is a grid featuring just a small selection of the creatives makes tagged last month. Aren't they amazing? Head over to September's gallery to see all the makers who got involved.

Top row, left to right: @claregetscrafty, @themessybrunette, @ella_makes

Middle row, left to right: @annehaakt, @forthejoyofcraft, @zeensandroger

Bottom row, left to right: @thisgeeklove, @tangleandstitch, @jellybean_junction

I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_october throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_october on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!
Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Join our creative Instagram community in September

A new month means a new hashtag - join us for #craftingismytherapy_september over on Instagram. All crafts welcome. Head over to our gallery to see the beautiful creative projects already added.

Apologies for late posting of my August round-up...I blame it on the 'back to school' effect. We're all getting back into a work and school routine and it's all a bit of shock to the system. Anyway, better late than never I always say :)

The above grid below shows just a small selection of images from our August hashtag.

In August we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all the images added to our gallery. We’ve had another busy month again with just under 300 images tagged with #craftingismytherapy_august. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us. Click here to see the August gallery in full…so many amazing crafts to look at

Also a big 'thank you' to Teresa from Shirley Rainbow for being our guest co-host in August. You can see her round-up blog post here.

Back to September, we'd love to see what you've been making and creating. I know lots of you have beautiful Instagram accounts and I love the supportive nature of the creative community over there. Please feel free to tag as many crafty images with #craftingismytherapy_september throughout the month. At the end of the month, Jennifer and I will choose our favourite images and put together a round-up post over on Instagram. You can find my Instagram here

The focus of our hashtag is crafting for pleasure, basically taking some ‘me-time’ to unwind in our busy lives. It doesn’t have to be a finished project, we love seeing work in progress, planning posts or tutorials too.

– Please share the love and comment on other people’s images added to the gallery.
– If you share your images and use the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_september on any social media channels that would be great. This will help us to grow the community. We will retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us (@pouchvintage/@JenniferJain )
– And finally, if you would like to follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, you’re more than welcome!
Jennifer Jain’s links are here too: Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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