Friday, 18 December 2015
Since opening my first packet of Hexie papers last year, I have quickly fallen in love with making little fabric pictures. I'm making a collection and love fussy-cutting gorgeous japanese fabrics into perfect hexagons. Earlier in the week, I spent some time at the ironing board, sorting out and neatly folding, trimming and pressing scraps leftover from out of print japanese fabric collections. I want to cut them into hexagons and needed to get them all organized before doing so. Admittedly, they were kind of sitting neglected in the corner, bunched in a ball of wrinkled cotton-ness. Neatness is not my natural talent.
The challenge was to make a pocket letter and a christmas ornament. I had never heard of a pocket letter before the swap, it took me a little bit of research to find the necessary ingredients! The main one being the actual plastic sleeve to make the pocket letter out of. A pocket letter is made using a plastic slip, divided into nine pockets. I found that the slip commonly used for this purpose is a trading card sleeve. It took me a bit to locate some and I purchased a set off Ebay.
The nine individual pockets are then filled with lovely things - mostly paper craft and scrapbooking style items, however after having a look around and doing a little bit of searching on Pinterest it seems to greatly depend on your style. As the sleeves are made for trading card folders, they can be collected and kept in a folder or album if you choose. I was half thinking of making a pocket letter journal for 2016 - one sleeve for every month.
I can't share the pictures of the finished pocket letter yet as I want it to be a bit of surprise for Susi.To go with the package I also hand stitched a sweet owl ornament using 100% wool felt and some vintage Lecien flower sugar fabric. I have wanted to make a Nana Company needlebook for what feels like forever too so I finally printed out the instructions and set about making one for my swap. I am only just learning patchwork and working with 1.5 inch squares was tricky. I pretty much handstitched all over the entire thing and put a little surprise inside on the pages! A crocheted granny square coaster went into the package and one other little gift that I will leave as a surprise for Susi.
I hope she loves her package, I had so much fun making the swap!
More on Pocket Letters
The pattern that inspired my owl ornament!
Nana Company Needlebook
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Making is a rewarding process - creativity is relaxing, therapeutic and productive. It stimulates the imagination, is educational and enriches life. It's not just for ladies in our Grandmother's generation. There is a peacefulness to taking something in your hands and creating something wonderful from it.
It bridges age gaps and culture divides. Friendship can be found through craft. There really is so much more to creating and sewing than meets the eye.
With the holiday season approaching, tinsel and lights adorning almost every home and Christmas craft in full swing, I have put together a Gift Guide from the Dolly Henry shop. If you want to give the gift of creativity to a friend or family member or would love to get your daughters, nieces and granddaughters into the joy of making, I have curated some gorgeous bundles that would be just perfect for putting under the tree this year.
All orders placed from the 8th of December until the 21st will be wrapped up in gorgeous Inkyco Christmas wrap - designed and printed in Australia.