Double Dye Day

I know, right? Slack blogger. I’ve not really finished anything much lately, so I haven’t had much to say about things. New year new… year. I make no promises.

About 2 years ago I bought a couple of summer dresses online. They’re pretty good dresses, cool and airy and ideal for all that wandering in flower fields and standing on beaches I do in Summer (okay so in reality I cling to the aircon and weep softly). One of them was white which is not a great colour on me. This has nothing to do with my skin tone and everything to do with my ability to lean in cobwebs, spill coffee down myself or otherwise get grubby. It’s a natural gift, I can’t teach it. The other dress was red. Online, it was red. It was listed as “Red”. It was not red, it was dark pink. Dark pink is not red. It’s dark pink. Unacceptably un-red. I picked up some dye not long after I got the frocks, and those two dye packs have been sitting on my dresser for almost 2 years so it was probably time I did something with them. Since i ordered dye for another project last night, I remembered this one.

Before and after photo of the white dress

I did the white dress first, and sort of kinda dip dyed it. I like a dip dye, my hair is currently sort of dip dyed, the ends are red. It would have been more effective if my knot holding the frock up hadn’t gone “nah” and dropped the second tier in early, but I’m not bothered. It came out pretty well and is much nicer than white.

Is rustic still in? Man I hope rustic is still in, the chookshed is new and perfect for my whole rustic blogger… thing. I have a thing. You know I do.

White dress in purple dye bath

I only took one picture of the purple dye bath because I was juggling shit around to hold the dress up. At this stage I just draped it over the edge and went for a coffee.  It’s a much nicer purple than I was expecting. I tend to have low expectations when I dye, because I usually dye things red and reds are a pain.

Speaking of reds.

Before and after pink dress

The difference here is a bit more subtle, and the camera didn’t pick up the shades very well. It really honestly was a horrible shade of pink, and is now a more jewel toned red. I used Rit Wine, so it’s a darker red. It’s wearable, but I’m going to need some beige undies because it doesn’t have a lining like the purple one does and I don’t want people to know I wear underwear.

So, yes. These were both Rit Powder dyes. I used the sink method because when I dug out my dye pot I realised I’d never fit a whole frock in it along with the dye. The only issue I had, other than some patchiness where I didn’t dunk long enough, is that while the dresses themselves are cotton, the thread used to sew them mostly isn’t. This is only an issue with the label on the red one, little blobs of white thread at the back collar. I’ll sort something out. Or! I’ll forget about it entirely. Either way, workable.

See You Round Like A Rainbow

Rainbows are definitely becoming a theme for me this year. A couple of months ago the Spotlight store (craft supplies and whatnots, for those who aren’t Australian) posted a photo on their instagram of rainbow yarn.

“Aww, that’s a shame” I thought, “I’m on a no yarn buy at the moment until I’ve cleared down the stash a bit”. I said this as I grabbed my handbag and flung myself out the door to the nearest Spotlight. Look, I tried to resist. I tried.

View of the back of the rainbow slouch hat

It took a fair bit of pattern hunting to find one I both liked and could do. I’m no great crocheter so I like a basic pattern. This one is the Autumn Slouch Hat by Swellamy on Etsy. This was a really good buy, the pattern is written beautifully and it’s a nice straight-forward project. I mostly worked it as stated, but I did add a couple more increase rounds because I have a big head. Also I tend to work a very tight stitch, which is a habit I can’t seem to break. I think it comes from starting to learn to crochet with Amigurumi, those little crochet toys. They need to be worked very tightly so they can be stuffed properly.

Front view of the hat

I actually finished this thing a week ago, I’ve been waiting until I’d dyed my hair to post it. You’re welcome. You may have spotted that while the yarn is gorgeous and bright and many coloured, it’s not actually a proper spectrum. It’s very heavy on the green, not so much on the red.  It’s not hugely apparent in this hat, but it’s showing in the scarf I’m making. However, that’s going to be an infinity scarf, so it doesn’t matter. Apart from the fact there’s not enough red, that always matters.

Two half hats, to compare

On the right in the above picture is the first hat I tried. It was okay, but the pattern was worked in joined rounds. This meant the join was super obvious because of the colour changes. You can also see where it’s gone a bit hexagonal, which seems to happen with joined rounds. The sizing was weird too. I even worked to gauge on that (sorta) and it just didn’t work. I’m much happier with the spiral. The colour changes are smooth and lovely like a marble bench made of crochet.

The yarn I used was Moda Vera Fayette in Frenzy. It’s quite nice to work with, but varies in thickness a little bit. There’s a bit on the scarf that’s like laceweight. I suppose you could cut around those bits if they bothered you.

Patchwork Scarf

I’m getting reasonably good at patchwork, I’ll have you know. So good, in fact, that when I found a bundle of batik style fat quarters I’d bought on whim a few years ago, I decided to revisit the “Icicle Scarf” from “Stripped Down Patchwork” by Erin Gilday. I’ve made this three times before, the first time was a bit of a disaster because I did the maths wrong, and other two times went perfectly. The only problem with the last one I made for myself was the pressing cloth moved, and some of the fabric melted. You know, tiny things.

Because I was using Fat Quarters, the first step was to cut the fabric into short strips. These would then be sewn into long strips, before being sewn together and cut into short strips again.

Fabric cut into strips

Because I wasn’t using a limitless supply of fabric, I had to do some maths on this and I don’t like doing maths on things. It makes me frowny and a bit cross. I did a whole page of maths before I realised I was basing the entire thing on the wrong measurement and I had to start over. I know, you feel for me right now. Thanks. Turns out I got the second lot of maths wrong too, but this was actually a good thing. I’ll explain later. The end result was the strips were 5cm wide which meant precision cutting. Can you imagine me being precise? I can’t, and I was there.

Wrapped thumb

Let’s all be thankful I was once a Brownie because yes of course I slashed myself with the rotary cutter again. Quite deep this time, hence the emergency bandage made of off cuts. Again, I wasn’t even cutting fabric at this point so I have no idea what I was doing to get cut, but there you have it.   Precision.

Long strips joined up into a single piece

Once all the little short strips are turned into long strips, it’s a matter of sewing them all into one super long bit of fabric. Up until this point, everything was lovely, apart from all the bleeding. This is when the maths went skew-wiff though. Basically, what you do with your long strip is cut into triangles. I already knew the measurements in the book wouldn’t work because the strips were a different width. So I mathed, and it ended badly. Instead of half squares, I had half diamonds. I’d cut four before I realised why this wouldn’t work. You still get a bit of the effect, but the edges are zig zagged and also the stripes don’t continue through the whole thing. Back to the math board! That lasted a while, as I did counting on my fingers, but in the end i just got a big bit of cardboard and plonked the corner down on the top edge of the fabric, then drew a line where the bottom edge was and there you go, easy. Worked!

Half squares

See? Half squares. I’m amazing, go me! Okay so they’re a little bit off kilter but shit happens. Those are all sewn together in squares, which are then sewn together in a strip. Here’s why it’s good I messed up my maths earlier – I had a lot more strip length than I needed, letting me cut the proper number of proper triangles even though I’d cut stupid ones previously. I thought I wasn’t going to make it actually, but then I realised I’d cut more triangles than I really needed because counting to eight is difficult.

Backing

I didn’t end up using all the squares anyway, because my backing fabric was a tight fit. You can see in the above photo I had to hack a bit off and stick it to the end, I’d also had to turn some of the bits and jigsaw it a bit. I did order some orange polar fleece (which the original pattern calls for), but the colour was a bit wrong and I liked this rusty orange against the purple better. Backing mostly was alright, things shifted a bit in the pinning. This was probably partly me not pinning it enough, and partly the small dog that kept walking around on it while I was pinning. I’ll blame the dog, she can’t read this anyway.

Finished scarf

Once the backing is on, and I have done a lot of swearing because it moved around a lot and pfft to that, and the edges of the strips topstitched (more swearing as I had to unpick some – but I do love sewing, I do I do. I just like swearing as much), it was all done. I’d like to make sure you appreciate the Industrial Grunge Chic Aesthetic I went with for that photo because I’m a blogger, dammit. I’m all about random words shoved in front of the word “aesthetic”. Probably get a sponsorship deal out of this one.

ON a fence

For those who prefer an Outdoor Rural Rustic Aesthetic, here’s the scarf on a fence. Actually this is to show off the colours properly, aren’t they pleasing? I’m so pleased. You can also see where the backing got all scrumbled, but eh. I respond to the scrumbling with a big fat EH and you can quote me on that.

Tablecloth Handbag

Last night I was standing the dark next to my car, with a first aid dummy hoisted up onto my hip and two ukuleles in my hand as I tried to find my car keys in my bag. I decided then and there to finally make the handbag I’ve been looking at. That’s not quite true, I decided later I’d make a new bag but gosh it was a dramatic moment wasn’t it?

Anyoldway, as much as I love my old handbag, it’s actually gone from “Nicely roomy” to “too big too big!”. I’d like to say I’ve made a smaller one in an effort to streamline my life and embrace a minimalist ideal, but really it’s just because I’m fed the fuck up hunting for my keys/lighter/phone/purse in a big bag.

Handbag made from vintage tablecloth

I’ve been eyeing off the tutorial for this bag over at Mmmcrafts for ages on the basis it looked quick, and was a nice size. I was right on both counts. The most time consuming part of this project was all the wandering around I did, poking things and looking out the window in a very procrastinatey way. Although I’ve taken the time to fling some scrap fabric over the cutting board to make a proper background for once, I can’t help but feel yellow wasn’t the right choice. Too late now, the camera battery is on charge and all hope of a redo is lost.

The outside fabric, you may have gathered from the post title, is a vintage tablecloth I got in a bundle from eBay a while back because I buy fabric bundles when I’m sad (don’t judge me). The fabric of the tablecloth was a little bit soft to be a bag on it’s own, but the lining fabric is sturdy and that holds all the shape. Well done lining fabric, unsung hero of the handbag world.

Front pocket of the bag

I changed a few bits of the tutorial pattern. The tutorial has the external pocket on the back of the bag, but I’d rather have the pocket under the flap so I did that. There’s a photo even, to prove that I would not lie to you about flaps and pockets.  The other change I did was not rounding the flap corners. This was because I couldn’t be bothered clipping curves. I mean, that’s for aesthetic reasons and nothing at all to do with me being slack.  I also didn’t divide the inner pocket into two because I don’t have many tiny things that need a pocket all their own.

Inside of the table cloth bag

The lining fabric came… oh. It’s from eBay. I bought a bundle of …fabric one time. Shush. The bag is plenty big enough for what I need to carry such as my frog purse (which I made but never blogged), my tobacco pouch (which I made but never blogged), a Morsbag (which I made) and my phone (which I bought with money I made). I’m perfectly willing to pretend that this is all that’s ever in my bag, and that I never carry around loose change in the bottom of the pockets. Or old receipts. Or loose tobacco. Or random bits of crap. Not me! Minimalist! Streamlined! Not at all full of shit!

That went better than expected

Right, this is going to be a long post I suspect, so make a cup of tea. I’ll have one too while you’re up – white with one thanks. Since my last post, I’ve actually finished the skirt. Much, much faster than expected, if we’re honest. So here’s the bits I did since I last posted.

Rolled up skirt with all colours

Pink and white were added. These are what I consider “buffer colours”, because I’m not much of a fan of pink and would have started this skirt at red if I owned shorter shirts. My shirts are, without exception, longish. I don’t tuck in because I don’t care for your rules, you square. So the white and pink serve to “lower” the good colours so they can be seen under my shirt.

Once I’d done all the tiers, I sewed the open edges together with a rather natty French seam. Then I hoisted it all up around myself to check the length. It’s not quite as long as I was expecting it to be, but that works out well because I tend to trip over my clothes a lot. It’s better to have some kick room, which is not to say I won’t fall over this. We both know I will.

The hoisting up also helped check the sizing. If it had been all huge at the waist, I’d have gathered the white tier into the waistband a bit. I did end up gathering the white a tiny bit, but that’s really because I cut the waistband too short and couldn’t be bothered recutting it. The top edge of the white was finished with a zigzag which may or may not be enough to save it from dissolving, we’ll see. It’s exciting, like a cliff hanger!

Finished skirt hanging in a tree

The waistband is basically a length of fabric with the edges folded in, sewn to the top of the skirt so that the raw edges of the white are encased. I did a double seam on that, because this skirt is kinda heavy. Although there’s a drawstring, I also opted to slip some elastic in there so it was a bit gathered in by itself, and also for extra holdyupability. The drawstring is just a long strip of left over purple fabric, folded in half and sewn closed. Then I turned it out, pressed it and top stitched it. You care. I can tell.

I was expecting this thing to weigh a lot more than it does. It’s only 1.2 kilos, which is practically nothing when compared to… you know. Things heavier than that. Like abnormally large hats. I bought a luggage scale specifically to find out how much this weighs, by the way. Dedication. I’m not allowed to weigh babies with it, which is a shame as I was planning to open a door to door baby weighing business. Thwarted again.

Yours truly holding up a skirt, like a dork

I’m bloody delighted at how well this thing fits, because that means I get to actually wear it instead of shoving it in a cupboard until doomsday. It’s getting two outings this week already, and I’m not even charging money for that. Really, I’m lovely in so many ways.

How do I stand?

I do not enjoy having my photo taken because I never know how to stand, a fact which is screamingly apparent in the above picture. What are hands for? Where do I put those? Am I even real? Why can I smell toast? Still, it lets you see how the skirt sits. The skirt sits wonderfully, even when I’m standing around like a complete doofus.

I sent the above photo to my friends Evie and Lizzie, and Evie said almost right away “Is it twirly??” to which I replied with this photo:

Swirling

It’s absolutely twirly. Glee!

Thanks for following along with me as I indulged myself with a stupidly massive project, and thanks to my Facebook buddies for (presumably) not muting me as I spam their time lines with fabric and thread. This has been so fun, I’ve loved every second of putting this skirt together and feel a bit lost now I’ve finished it. It’s okay though – I’ve a pair of jeans that have given up, and a couple of table cloths to sew to those jeans. New skirt ahoy!

Cross Stitch Fever

Once is year is a perfectly acceptable update schedule, shut your face. So what have I been up to? Oh, you know. Stuff. Basically, I work on the computer all day and then at the end of the day I want to go do other things so I haven’t been updating. At all. I was going to say “As much” but we both know I mean “At all”. On to the projects! This post is going to be cross stitch heavy, because that’s mostly what I’ve been doing.
Frog by Heritage CraftsA while back I was digging around in my closet and found some half done cross stitch projects. “Ooh” I thought, “I like cross stitching.”. Instead of finishing those, I bought some new ones. Above is the Frog from the Heritage Crafts Cross Stitch Critters range. I shouldn’t have looked that up, there’s a most adorable owl there. Frogs are my most best thing, and I’ve always enjoyed the Heritage Crafts range, there’s quite a few of their designs dotted around the house. I made one change to this kit – the bees are pink on the chart, but I don’t really like pink that much so I swapped it out for the left over gold from the fish.

Sunset Stroll by Heritage Crafts

Another one by Heritage, this time from their Silhouettes collection. This one just doesn’t photograph well at all, but looks much better in reality – honest. This range is one I’ve done a few times, and I love the tones in them. You have the option of getting these kits with evenweave or aida. If you’re tempted to try one, go the evenweave. Trust me. There’s so many half stitches in various directions you’ll go nutso trying it on aida.

Poppy WIPNow on to my current WIP. This is “White Flowers Filled With Light” from the Alisa Collection (site is in Russian). It was sent to me as part of the Redditgifts needlework exchange and I love it so hard. I’m about to press it and mount it on one of my clip frames as the fabric isn’t big enough to keep using the hoop for the corners. Details, you care about the details.

I’ve also made a ukulele strap, but that’s a post for another day. Pencil it in for June 2016.

 

FP: Marathon Skirt

I don’t post a lot at Craftster, but I do lurk a bit and keep an eye on the challenges when I remember. I usually forget to look until too close to the deadline, when my fabulous ideas would take too long to complete, so I was excited to check the site in good time for the 100 Things Challenge. To celebrate the 100th craft challenge hosted by Crafster, members were asked to make something out of 100 somethings. I bounced some ideas around for a while, trying to think of 100 somethings I could use. Eventually I went back to my first thought, a 100 panel skirt. 200 seams right? How long could it take? Bloody ages is the answer to that, for reasons I shall explain (that’s a cliffhanger, to make you keep reading).

Fabric cut into strips

After raiding my stash for the floral fabrics – both of which had been bought for reasons I can’t recall – I went to Savers to hunt down a bedsheet. I have a bottle of red dye and even though it’s too pinky for my tastes, it would do. Happily I found a red sheet, so I didn’t have to dye a thing. I say red, it’s orange in some lights. I wanted the skirt to look deliberate rather than random, so I went with 50 strips of the red and 25 each of the florals so it would have a consistent pattern.  I also cut the strips with a taper so the skirt would be A-line.

Now, I don’t have an overlocker, so I had planned to French seam the whole lot. Once I started sewing though I thought perhaps I’d not left enough seam allowance to French seam, so I did straight seams the first time. I was going to zig zag them afterwards to stop the whole lot falling apart in the wash (the white floral is quite an open weave and tends to fray all over the place).

Skirt in progress with wide strips

This worked in as much as I ended up with a skirt, but it was a skirt big enough to hold a circus under. Not having enough fabric left over to re-cut the strips, I unpicked the bloody lot. All of it. Well most of it, when I got to the last batch of 6 I recut because that was quicker. Then I put everything back together going with the original plan of French seams.

(Quick aside – a French seam is a double seam. The fabric is sewn wrong sides together first, then turned and a second seam is sewn to encase the edge inside the fold. This means edges are protected from wear and tear and won’t fray. Mostly used on sheer fabrics where overlocking or other finishing methods will show through, also handy for massive patchwork skirts and people who don’t have overlockers).

Skirt laid flat before sewing together

Here’s the skirt before sewing the final seam. A combination of slightly uneven strips and slightly uneven seams gave it a bit of a swirl, most of which was pressed out later, but there’s still a curve to it. I don’t even mind.

I’d decided earlier to put a waistband on it. I don’t normally fuss with waistbands when I make skirts. I either use an old pair of jeans or just fold the top of the skirt over and run some cord or elastic through it. However, the sheer number of seams would make that unacceptably bulky around the waist where I have plenty of natural bulk already.  This was originally going to be quite a deep waistband, but the finished size of the skirty part dictated a shallower band. Yes I let myself be bossed around by fabric.

Skirt finished and laid flat

I have to say, this new flooring is awesome as a photo background. Anyway! As you can see, I did not only the waist band but also a hem band – the bulk of the seams meant folding a double hem was not practical. It’s probably doable, but it would have been quite bulky and even the sturdy Elna machine might have decided to die as a result.

French seams all over the place

The hem and waistband were both done with a double layer of fabric. This was partly to match some of the weight of the skirt itself, and partly so I could enclose the raw edges inside the hem/waistband. They all got a zigzag first, but hopefully keeping them hidden and protected will stop fraying.

At various stages through out this project I thought “This isn’t even going to fit when it’s finished”, but hooray! It totally does.

Hooray! It fits!

I don’t normally fold my shirts up like that, all my tops are very long so it was a case of “Fold that and see the skirt”. According to my instagram, I started cutting the fabric on the 19th of June, and I finished the skirt on the 4th of July. Of course, I wasn’t doing nothing but sewing, I have a job and a life and stuff, but still. Was it worth it? Yep. I really love my marathon skirt! If I were to make another one (shortly after hell freezes over I suspect), I would make the strips have a wider taper. It’s not as A-line as I planned. I’d also make them longer, because this is the shortest skirt I own now. But overall, I think it came out pretty well. I just need somewhere to wear it now!

FP: A Mighty (Small) Dragon

Handsewn felt dragon

This dragon came as a kit, and when I unfolded the pattern sheet I thought “Oh, I’ll have to blow that up on the copier”. Haha, nope. The pattern was actual size and had some tiny, tiny pieces. This little guy is 14cm from the back of his wings to the tip of his tail, and the tops of his wings are about 11cm from the base. He fits perfectly in my hand, which is how I was going to measure him for you until I realised your hands might actually be a different size to mine.

He was kind of fiddly in places, but I think he turned out pretty well. I did take a shortcut with his arms. The pattern has the fingers individually cut out, but I looked at that and thought “Nope”. Instead, I popped in some stitches to divide the fingers after I stuffed the hands. He took a fair while to sew, but it was a joyful project. Of course it was, otherwise he’d be half sewn and shoved in a drawer (the fate of everything that turns out boring). The arms and legs are jointed, so he can be posed a little bit.

The kit is from Winterwood Toys and is available in several colourways. I went with Rainbow, obviously. The kit is really really good, I have to say. You get the pattern and instructions, the felt, thread that matches your felt, the buttons for the joints, thread for the joints, beads for the eyes (5 of those, presumably in case you drop one as they’re tiny), the wool roving for the head and a needlefelting needle to attach that with. Also a huge amount of wool stuffing, which is a delight to work with after years of the acrylic stuff. I had a heap left over, so I’m stuffing a tiny felt bear with it now.

Rainbow Unicorn

A while ago I was whining on Plurk about how I didn’t know what to make. My friend Evie was all “Pfft, make a unicorn for me!” so I did.
UnicornI really should set up a proper place to take photos that isn’t just the kitchen table with the newspapers cleared off the end. I also, in the future, should wait for all spiders to vacate the area (you can see him on the left). I am nothing if not professional with this blog. Wait, no, I meant nothing like professional. I get those mixed up.

Anyway. Unicorn! He came out pretty well, even if I do say so myself. The pattern is the horse pattern from Woolhalla. I chose it over other possible horse patterns because it has an actual horse shape to the legs, hooves and back – I grew up around horses so I appreciate the little details such as the form of the back legs. It did have it’s fiddly moments – popping the diamonds in at the front and back was a bit of a fiddle and I didn’t do the head straight. I think it’s okay though, he just looks a bit like he’s seen something interesting to the side. Unicorn Head

I pondered for a considerable amount of time about how to add the horn. I made several out of felt in various methods but nothing really worked. Then I remembered I have bags of roving for felting, so I did that. The horn is wet felted which was quick and easy. Then I sewed it in place. The eyes, as you can see, are beads because my embroidery skills are not so hot and I wanted him to look somewhat even. It also took me a while to decide which colour to do the blanket stitching in until I remembered I had a couple of skeins of rainbow thread for some long forgotten project.

The felt I used is from Winterwood Toys, an Australian store selling all sorts of dyed loveliness (and are actually quite close to me I discovered. Once I’m employed again I will certainly run at them waving my debit card). I don’t plan to make this blog a “Buy things here!” sort of thing, but the quality of their felt is excellent, the colours are glorious and the shipping is quick. So you know, buy stuff there if you’re looking for nice felt and other things to make things with. I also got some of their “sea dragon” felt, which is the most delicious shades of orange with just enough pink to not be too pink.

Mr Unicorn is currently tucked into a Postpak on his way to Evie, who hopefully will love him even though he’s slightly wonky.

Postcrossing Teddybear

For the last 5 years I’ve been involved in a thing called Postcrossing. This is a postcard exchange project where you send a postcard to a random member, and when it arrives your own address goes to someone else to send you a postcard. I’ve sent over 1,400 cards to date, and of course have received as many back. It’s a lot of fun if you’re a snail mail person, a postcard person or just a “spreading random cheer” person! The project itself has just turned 8 years old and the Postcrossing Team ran a small contest asking people to celebrate Postcrossing creatively. So, of course, I did. May I present to you Mr Postcrossing Bear (not the snappiest name in the world, granted)
Mr Postcrossing BearThe Postcrossing colours are red and blue (which I’ve always assumed is from the old Air Mail envelopes, but I might be wrong), so Mr P. Bear here is done in  both. I wondered for a while about doing each section in different colours (so each arm would be both red and blue, for example) but then decided it would look neater just split down the middle. The seams match pretty well, though you can see the snout twisted a little bit in stuffing. This is an easy technique – you join your two fabrics together, then cut the pattern piece from the joined fabric, placing the colour change where ever you like.

Bow Tie

To stick with the Postcrossing theme, his bow tie is printed with a scattering of postcards, and includes the Postcrossing Logo. His belly, foot pads and inner ears are printed with postmarks and vintage writing. These bits were all done with printable fabric, which is fabric you can feed through an inkjet printer. It’s nifty stuff and produces quite a good print, but can be fiddly to work with (or at least the stuff I used is). It’s an openish weave, so it frays easily and it’s very thin so the belly is actually  backed with more fleece so the stuffing wouldn’t show (and to make him squishier – I like a squishy bear).

Very pointy darts

The fabric, though thin, is not really made for shaped work and you can see here the leg darts are a lot pointer than they should be. Part of this might be the fleece behind it, but I don’t feel like the printed fabric shapes well. It’s really designed for adding panels to quilts, bags and clothes. It works well enough.

Anyway, Mr Postcrossing Bear has won me a little something from the contest, so pointy darts be damned, I’m pleased with him. I don’t know what I’ve won, I’m presuming it’s postcards. Lots of very creative people did some awesome stuff, you can see a slideshow of the entries at the Postcrossing Blog.

The pattern I used for this bear is from The Funky Friends Factory. Designed by Pauline McArthur in Queensland, Australia, Funky Friends patterns are an absolute joy to sew. The patterns come with clear, step by step instructions which make them a breeze to complete, and the designs are entirely adorable. This bear is “Izzy Insomniac” from the instant downloads section.