Friday, October 30, 2009

Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain

I've been working away for a while now on a Crafty Project. I know, who'd've thunk it? But the lively and lovely Trashalou emailed me one day and asked did I want to join a rainbow swap, and I thought why not? One, I like rainbows, so I thought I could come up with plenty of ideas. Two, I've looked on enviously from the sidelines (so to speak) as crafty bloggers everywhere either made or received gorgeous things in blog-swaps. I wanted to come to that party.

I love rainbows. I love working through the spectrum, I love saying roy-ja-biv as my little memory aid (RedOrangeYellowGreenBlueIndigoViolet). So I used the idea of those colours, in that order as the base for all my projects.

My first item was a book cover. Version II of this one. I used a much easier plain black fabric to make the cover and embellished it with rainbow felt.

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My second item was bunting. There is something so cheerful about coloured flags hanging above your head. I'd seen someone else's bunting and they'd made it with pinking shears and stitching over the top which I could see meant it would be very quick and easy to whip up, but I didn't really like how it looked. So despite being a very novice at this sewing thing I went the whole hog & sewed my triangles together inside out and then turned them. I had quite lot of help, firstly talking through the mechanics with Jenny, who also assisted with stash (she runs her school's fete craft stall and everyone gives her fabric so she was quite glad to give some of it away), and then from Nell (and spasmodically the kids) who kept me company me as I sewed a billion triangles, and was very good with suggestions and advice and turning the triangles out and ironing them.

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I also folded some masu boxes in rainbow spectrum and then nested them. I'm not sure what practical use they'll have but it seemed a pretty, if frivolous, idea. I used them to hold a bit of trim which said celebrate in rainbow colours.

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masu boxes

Then I put together a Rainbow cd...

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My last great project, and possibly the one I'm proudest of, was the rainbow apron. Cherub's adorable teacher let me take some buttons from her class stash so I had a rainbow spectrum of cute buttons. With these I decided to use the rest of the black fabric and a fat quarter in rainbow stripes to make an apron. I took my ingredients (is there a better crafty word than that?) and my ideas to Jenny, and she said it was good and would work and she supervised me and advised on correct ordering of sewing. But the apron is my own (very simple) design and is therefore my favourite of my crafted children.

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Here's the finished products just before posting. I was giving to the lovely Jan from Sewjourn, and she emailed me the instant she received them with kind words.

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24 comments:

  1. How absolutely divine. And it must have taken an extraordinary amount of restraint not to favour violet.

    That CD is just so clever too.

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  2. Aha! We have brought you over to the craft side!!!

    ahem. Everything looks fabulous and made with such care. I am vicariously thrilled that you sewed the bunting. I'm busting to do this.

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  3. I just knew that if we waited long enough , this would be a craft blog. Awesome projects - You amaze me !!!

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  4. I quite literally have a tear in my eye. You clever little crafter! I especially like the CD of colour songs.

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  5. Fabulous!

    And you won't be surprised to discover that I also particularly love the CD.

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  6. What a spectacular collection of rainbow inspired loviness. Well done.

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  7. Doting on the bunting and apron in particular. Lovely stuff.

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  8. I bet she LOVED it. Go you! The apron is particularly spectacular with those buttons.

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  9. Oh! Well done, you! It all looks just lovely.

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  10. I am impressed! I have Roy G. Biv committed to memory as well. Along with a dozen other grammar ditties.

    LOVE that apron. I have apron envy.

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  11. You crafty maven you! Nothing amateurish about your workmanship! love the apron and the CD especially.....

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  12. Well done!!!!! It's all great, but I love the CD and apron best. I love the entrance and closing song selections. What a great mix!

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  13. I think you've out-rainbowed me!
    And you say that you're not a craft person. Pshaw!

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  14. Wow, good for you! Very impressive.

    (Can't get my head around roses in November.)

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  15. I think 'materials' is the word you're after, though 'ingredients' works for me!

    Great job on all the crafty bits! I do love the CD especially, that's fabulous :)

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  16. I have a tear in my eye. I think this must be how a midwife feels once all the hard work is done. that said I shall now hang up my rainbow crafting plans without further delay as I stand in awe of your fabulous ideas, executions and general all round uber-craftiness.

    Stomper my dear, congratulations . You are officially one very Craftee Laydee!

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  17. Brilliant!

    What will you get in return?

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  18. You, my dear, are officially a TOTAL craftster!

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  19. You are, truly, a woman of many talents!
    Lovely goodies. I love the Apron.

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  20. Wowee very clever! They are all lovely!

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  21. I like what you've been doing. Great variety!

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  22. ....and how gorgeous to get back from 10 days holiday to see all these wonderful rainbow gifts sitting on my kitchen bench!!! It was like receiving them all over again - and they are just as special this time! Thanks so much.

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