Saturday, 14 June 2014

Weekend Link Love 14/6


Hello again everyone. The last week's gone rather quickly, hasn't it? I've had a bit of a funny week of work - lots of trips and fun things going on and not a lot of actual teaching. I'm starting to develop a bit of a strange tan line on my feet where my sandals go from all the time spent outside on playground duty etc. I'm pretty pleased when I can actually get paid to get a tan.

The World Cup started on Saturday and I'm pretty much loving the excuse to spend time in front of the TV working away at a lemon-y coloured Miette cardigan, but more on that later. Does anyone else have a specific World Cup knitting/crochet project on the go?

Today I've also cut out pieces for another couple of summer dresses. One in bright pink and one in the same fabric as my original, ill-fated homemade dress. I've been completely inspired by Me Made May and can't stop dreaming about handmade dresses at the moment.

I found this amazing lapped zip tutorial over at one of my new favourite blogs Scruffy Badger Time. I really didn't 'get' how to insert a zip until I saw this.



Gillian from Tales from a Happy House has just completed this gorgeous spring embroidery hoop. I can't believe her patience; all the blossoms are made from tiny French knots! Isn't it amazing though?

What's caught your eye on the internet recently?



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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Weekend Inspiration: Crochet Mandalas


If you're looking for a quick weekend project to keep you busy on this rather grey, rainy day, look no further. The above picture from here is of a massive piece of crochet art by Anu Tuominen. Many readers will recognise it as it formed the inspiration from Lucy's (of Attic24 fame) latest project.

Image from here
As part of her role in organising Yarndale a rather wooly "Festival of Creativity" up in Skipton in September, she is hoping to create her own. So far she's been posted hundreds of mandalas by her readers. Her blog has an easy step-by-step pattern to follow and it's a fun project to finish up leftover yarn.

Alternatively you could make up your own pattern like the amazing burst of colour above from here.

Or if you're feeling really creative, how about making your very own mandala clock like the one above?

Here's my contribution!

Are you going to have a go?


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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

What's On My Work-Desk? 4/6


Yay! It's hump day and a while since I've taken part in WOYWW. How is everyone today? I've had a pretty busy week so far but I'm feeling pretty happy about having some exciting weekend plans. Craft-wise, I've got a couple of pretty bits and pieces in the pipeline at the moment so thought I'd take the opportunity to show you what I'm working on at the minute.


- Crochet mandala for Yarndale - have you heard about Lucy's project for Yarndale? She's collecting hundreds (maybe thousands) of mandalas to display as a massive piece of crochet art for Yarndale in September. It's going to look amazing and these picture over on her blog give you some idea of how amazing.

- Ribbon and buttons from Habbyworld - I bought these to go on my the Miette I've just finished and a new cardigan I'm planning on making to see me through the World Cup. After completing my first semi-successful knitted Miette in lilac, I'm going to have a go at making a yellow cardi, but I can't decide whether to go for knit or crochet...  Incidentally has anyone else planned out a craft project to see themselves through while their other half watches the footy?

- Cross stitch by Bothy Threads - I love picking this up and doing a wee section. I've been working on all the outlines and lettering recently and it's starting to really take shape. It's been probably the longest-running project I've ever done but it's perfect to pick up and just do a wee bit of when you fancy.

What's on your work-desk at the moment?


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Monday, 2 June 2014

My Top Five EmmaMade Projects

So it's been a year today since I started this blog. I've had a great time over the last year. It's been lovely having a way to share the things I've made and get some tips from other craft bloggers and friends. I've also loved having a record of all my crafty projects in one place. It makes it way easier to go back and pick your top five, right?

Completed October 2013: Ripple Blanket

Completed August 2013: Wedding Centrepieces

Completed November 2013: Cosy Crochet Mittens

Completed March 2014: Patchwork Cushion

Completed June 2013: Wee Crochet Mousey

Thank you to all readers and commenters for popping by over the last year!


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