Saturday 6 February 2021

New Felt Necklaces

Felt beads in the making

Recently, I have been making some new felt necklaces.  In order to make them, first you have to make the felt for the beads.  I use the wet felting method and generally combine 2 colours.  Once the felt is dry you have to cut into it...

First slice to see the colour combination

Here I am cutting the beads...

although in real life I can't do it this quickly! And this is what they look like once I've made them...

Finished felt beads

Next I match them with some beads to decide what looks good...

Magenta and blue felt beads teamed with haematite and lava beads

Turquoise felt beads teamed with wooden turquoise beads

Then I string them together and this is what they look like...

Completed felt necklaces 

The beads themselves vary in size and the necklaces are a variety of lengths.  If you want to see more, check out my Folksy shop here where I've just listed them.  Hope you like them.

Monday 1 February 2021

Share the love - Valentine's Day Cards


Love Heart Valentine's Day Card

I really love receiving cards and letters in the post.  I'm a big fan of snail mail and I don't think I'm the only one.  Particularly this year, when we can't see who we want when we want, it's a good time to share some love.  Valentine's Day, 14th February, is coming up and offers an opportunity to do just that.  Don't feel the need to confine your cards to your true love - how about sending a card to a much missed friend or a family member to show you are thinking of them.  In fact why wait till Valentine's Day?

Which heart would you choose?

In preparation, I have been making some love heart cards using upcycled drinks cans, some fab textured card and paper and a smattering of stitch.  They are now available in my Folksy shop here.

Love Heart Detail

And another thing - picture stamps make a letter even better.  The current lovely stamps are of the nation's National Parks.  There are 10 different first class stamps.  If they haven't got them at your local post office and it seems to be increasingly difficult to get them locally, you can buy them online from Royal Mail here.

So, go on, make someone's day, send a card and share the love!