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.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in August + Posca Pen Giveaway

August is here - doesn’t the Summer seem to be flying by? A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community. We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout August - just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_august to include your images in our gallery.

This month we are collaborating with Posca Pens to giveaway a ‘uni-Posca Pastel Packs’, which includes a set of Signo Pastel Ink pens and a pack of Pastel Posca PC-5M pens. These pastel pens are perfect for summer crafting. Posca pens work brilliantly on all sorts of surfaces so you could use them for decorating stones and shells from the beach. Why not try drawing some summery designs on your windows (it washes off!). The Pastel Ink Pens would be perfect for writing those holiday postcards or filling out a holiday journal or scrapbook.

I wrote a blog post last Summer when Posca kindly sent me a set of their pens to review. I absolutely love these pens, click here if you’d like to take a look at my review from 2016.

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for August - Teresa from @shirleyrainbow_tb. Teresa is a regular contributor to our Instagram community. Here Instagram feed is full of crochet and embroidery projects and I always love the colour palette she uses within her work. You can see more of Teresa’s creative exploits over on her blog. We also have to say a big ‘thank you’ to July’s’s co-host, Jen from Crafticland, we’ve loved having her on board!.

In July we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all the images added to our gallery. The grid below shows just a small selection of images from July’s hashtag. We’ve had another busy month again with over 300 images tagged with #craftingismytherapy_july. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous pictures with us. Click here to see the gallery in full…so many amazing crafts to look at

Top row, left to right: @makingpolly, @a_saucy_stitch, @themessybrunette

Middle row, left to right: @jellybean_junction, @craftpod_, @sumoftheirstories

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

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_august 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_august 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.

Giveaway terms and conditions
The prize is a set of Pastel Posca and Signo Pastel Ink pens.
To enter the giveaway you must tag at least one relevant photograph on Instagram with the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_august.
At the end of the month we will pick a winner at random from everyone that has used the hashtag.
The winner will be contacted by direct message on Instagram.
Giveaway is only open to residents of the United Kingdom
If the winner does not respond within 28 days then we reserve the right to reallocate the prize.
The prize will be provided and dispatched by uni-ball
The giveaway will remain open until 11.55pm (GMT) on Thursday 31st August 2017.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Join our Instagram crafting community in July

I can’t believe we’re into July already, June seemed to fly by. A new month means a new hashtag for our creative Instagram community. We'd love to see your crafty makes throughout July over on Instagram. Just add the tag #craftingismytherapy_july to include your images in our gallery.

This month we are delighted to announce we are working in partnership with Sugru to host a giveaway. One lucky person will be able to win a Sugru Create and Craft Kit. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is to share a crafty photograph on Instagram using the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_july (please see full terms and conditions below).

Sugru is a mouldable glue and a brilliant product for crafters. The Craft and Create kit will help you to discover new techniques to fix, craft, emboss, texturise, design and upcycle. If you are looking for inspiration, head over to Sugru’s ‘Craft and Design’ gallery. I particularly love the idea of creating hand stamps, which you can see below...

I'd also like to introduce our new co-host for July - Jen from Crafticland. Jen is a regular contributor to our Instagram community. Jen’s website is full of tutorials designed to encourage you to get making. The idea behind Crafticland is think about the crafty supplies you may have sitting unloved in a cupboard somewhere & matching them up with a tutorial from Jen’s website. It’s a great idea and Jen is big part of the creative community over on Instagram.

June was a busy month for our Instagram community, we welcomed lots of new faces and I’m constantly inspired by all your creativity. We also have to say a big ‘thank you’ to June’s co-host, Rosina from Zeens and Roger. She did a sterling job of spreading the word about our community. Head over to her Instagram feed to see more of her colourful crochet creations.

The grid below shows just a small selection of images from June’s hashtag. I love seeing the wide variety of crafts...thank you so much for sharing your beautiful images with us. Click here to see the gallery in full…

Top row, left to right: @crafticland, @themessybrunette, @sewpopby
Middle row, left to right: @shirleyrainbow_tb, @sfmgs, @iamtheodoragoeswild
Bottom row, left to right: @sumoftheirstories, @jellybean_junction, @ella_makes

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_july 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.

Grab the Crafting is my Therapy badge to display on your blog:

Me You and Magoo

– 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_july 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.

Giveaway terms and conditions
The prize is a Sugru Create and Craft Kit.
To enter the giveaway you must tag at least one relevant photograph on Instagram with the hashtag #craftingismytherapy_july.
At the end of the month we will pick a winner at random from everyone that has used the hashtag.
The winner will be contacted by direct message on Instagram. If the winner does not respond within 14 days then we reserve the right to reallocate the prize.
This giveaway is open to international entries.
The prize will be provided and dispatched by Sugru.
The giveaway will remain open until 11.55pm (GMT) on Monday 31st July 2017.

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