In Australia Christmas falls in Summer, but yet the stores are still full of wintery, snow covered decorations that don’t reflect a modern Australian Christmas, or mine anyway. I’ve always been a bit non-traditional when it comes to decorating my home for the festive season, and this year will be no different. So inspired by the explosion of fruit themed home decor and craft this year, it felt natural to me to make some Summer Fruit Christmas Stockings in bright colours to celebrate an authentic Christmas in Summer.
These Fruity Christmas Stockings are easy to make with only minimal sewing required. If you don’t have a sewing machine they can easily be whip stitched by hand. All details are glued on because I wanted to make it an accessible project for everyone, no matter what level your crafting skills. I’ve even created a pattern template that you can print so no guess work is required.
Read on for instructions…
Hi it’s Michelle here again, this time with a tutorial for a Tunisian Crochet Wash Cloth.
Tunisian crochet is a deceptively easy technique that is a little bit crochet, a little bit knitting and looks like weaving. The resulting fabric is quite thick and spongy making it a perfect choice for wash or dishcloths, potholders, cushions and more. It’s also quite lovely for scarves if you use a fine yarn.
Once you get past the first few rows you’ll be powering ahead with the rhythmic motion of making these simple stitches and looking for more projects to try out your new skills.
This is a quick and easy project finished off with a crochet border in Linen Stitch and perfect for gift giving. Let’s get started!
A little while ago I wrote about some of the craft projects I work on behind the scenes for my own enjoyment (you can read the post about it here) and I mentioned I was hoping to attend a basket weaving workshop in Healesville to learn so new skills.
Well this year I’ve really been trying very hard to actually do all the stuff I say I’m going to do rather than just talking about it, which includes going to more classes and workshops. So when Ruth from Craft School Oz posted dates for her next basket weaving and botanical dyeing workshops I booked without delay.
Ruth runs her basket weaving workshops from her home in Healesville, Victoria in the Yarra Valley. It’s a lovely drive about an hour from Melbourne.
I thought it would be fun to give my new camera a work out and document the weekend by making some little videos. I hope you enjoy them…
‘Brought to you by Kidspot and Ford‘
The number one question that I get asked all the time is “Where do you get your wool/fabric/supplies from?” It can often be hard to find very niche supplies locally or at a reasonable price, unless you know where to look that is! So when Ford loaned me a zippy new Ford EcoSport Titanium as part of the Paint the town Ford campaign in conjunction with Kidspot Voices of 2014, I knew just what to do with it. Go craft supply shopping of course!
The EcoSport is designed with city driving in mind, so it was the perfect vehicle to criss cross the city from south to north and then back again. Over a couple of weeks, Emma and I visited all my favourite crafty stores, specifically the ones that specialize and excel in their niche, but don’t shout it from the roof tops. Some of these stores don’t even sell online, you’ll have to get off the couch to explore these treasure troves.
All of my best kept secrets were either discovered by accident (just driving past), or via word of mouth from a friend of a friend, and now I’m going to share the secrets with you. Just you, me and the internet, so keep it under your hat ok.
I’ve been having an awesome time sending ‘snail mail’ to a heap of new pen pals in the last few weeks. Writings words on paper seems much more tangible than this virtual world I seem to inhabit sometimes. Creating something for no other reason than to make someone happy has helped me out of a creative rut that has slowly snuck up on me without my noticing.
But as much as I’m enjoying the standard envelope and note paper scenario, I wanted to post something that reflects my quirky personality. Yes, a giant hamburger! And why not, it’s within the size limit of an Australia Post large letter so it will get anywhere domestically with just two stamps. I wish I could see the postman’s face when he (or she) delivers this.
Giant postcard making is a fun kids craft activity too, and you probably already have all the supplies at hand. Read on to see how Emma and I spent a fun afternoon…
It’s school holidays here in Victoria and I recently ran a couple of school holiday workshops teaching kids (and adults) how to make and embellish some pretty fabric knotted necklaces. These necklaces are fun to make and you can choose fabrics to co-ordinate with your favourite outfits. We had a ton of fun making tassels to hang off the bottom, and the workshop attendees did a great job of designing their own necklaces.
With a little pre-sewing preparation, school aged kids can make these without much assistance. If you want to have a go at making your own, read on for instructions…
Our very talented crochet contributor Michelle has come back from a relaxing holiday and has created a new crochet bag pattern exclusively for My Poppet. I love this modern take on the old fashioned string bag, it looks great and is super practical too.
Over to Michelle…
It’s Michelle here with a tutorial for a crochet Market Bag. Pop it in your handbag on your next trip to the shops, it’s roomy enough to carry your groceries home and the solid base will stop your carrots falling out the bottom.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have noticed I’m going a little gaga over knitting. It’s a craft I never thought I’d enjoy but now that I’ve really given it a chance, I’m obsessed. I think I’m enjoying the challenge of learning new techniques with every project, and also it has a methodical, meditative aspect that I’ve been craving at the moment.
So far it’s been a steep but splendid learning curve full of new delightful discoveries like stitch markers.
Even though I was aware of them in crochet, I never had a need for them, but with knitting it’s different. Stitch markers are quite important to mark things like the beginning of rounds, increases and decreases and other stuff I probably don’t know about yet, they are also like a bit of jewellery for your knitting and many knitters choose ones that reflect their personality.
Until today I was improvising with paper clips, safety pins and little scraps of yarn, they all did the job but I wanted something prettier. So today I visited Beadil, a local bead workshop and made my own. If you are a jewellery maker you will probably have most of the supplies required but if you don’t, ask some of your crafty friends, they may have jewellery making supplies stashed away that you can borrow. Many years ago I used to help my sister make earrings, so was quite familiar with the kinds of bits that I needed.
Of course you can choose any beads that catch your eye. I’ve made a rainbow of stitch markers to brighten my knitting. If you have a friend that knits, stitch markers would make a great gift.