Happy Easter

My family have never done Easter eggs, but once us chiddlybods got a bit older we started exchanging little presents instead. This year I decided to get crafty with my gifts.

When my parents visit they like to stay at a particular hotel, which has a massive picture on the wall of a Tunnocks Teacake wrapper (it’s a Scotland thing. We’re very proud.) and every time my Dad walks past it he says how much he likes it. So I decided to make him a mini version for his Easter present.

Of course I forgot to take a photo before packing it off because I’m a dingbat, but here’s a picture of the wrapper in case you don’t know what I’m talking about.TunnocksThe hardest part was definitely having to eat the teacake to free up the wrapper. Oh the sacrifices I make for my family 😉

Then it was Mum’s turn.

Funny story about my Mum – she is absolutely terrified of birds, can’t even stand to be in the same room as one, but she loves robins. I don’t know if she would ever go as far as touching one, but they are the only birds that don’t make her run away and refuse to return until they’ve gone.

So I just had to have a go at needle felting a little robin for her.I’m not sure it’s as good as my rabbit, but you can tell it’s a robin and that’s enough for me!

I felted a safety pin to the back so Mum can wear it as a brooch if she likes.And of course there had to be an Easter card as well.Does your family celebrate Easter? Do you have any family traditions? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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It’s new hobby time again!

Alternative title: I love stabbing things.

A while ago one of my choir friends gifted me some needle felting goodies so I could give it a try. For some reason I built it up in my mind so much that I couldn’t even try in case I got it ‘wrong’, so the whole bag just sat in my crafty drawer unused. But I still really wanted to try needle felting, so when I saw that I Sew 2 was hosting a workshop I signed up straight away.

The workshop was taught by Lynn McGill of Lin Pin (go check out her page) and five of us showed up despite Storm Gareth raging outside. The others had all been before, but they were so friendly and welcoming and I didn’t feel like the odd one out at all.

Most of us decided to make Easter bunnies so Lin gave a quick tutorial on how to make one. The way she explained it is quite like amigurumi; it’s much easier if you break down what you want to make into simple shapes. A sphere for the head, an egg for the body, cylinders for the front legs and so on. She also showed us different ways to roll and fold the wool, and how to neaten up the edges.

Then it was our turn. I briefly considered making a psychedelic rabbit because 1. I loves colour and 2. Look at all the beautiful options!

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But just this once I decided to be sensible and stick with one colour. I chose this hank of grey because of the flecks of light and dark, just like you’d get in a real rabbit’s fur.

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At first I was a bit too gentle, scared of breaking the needle or stabbing myself or that dreaded getting it ‘wrong’, but Lin gave me some pointers and a big scoop of encouragement and I went for it.

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Funny thing is, I did break a needle.

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And I did stab myself. Several times.

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But it wasn’t the end of the world, and after 2.5 hours I had created something that I’m so proud of.

I made that!!

At the end of the workshop I was chatting with Lin and I mentioned that it might be nice to add some flowers to the grass base, at which point she started loading me up with various colours to take away with me! If this is what all I Sew 2 workshops are like then I will most definitely be going back for more.

So now I know that needle felting is really very easy and I can actually do it, I’m going to dig out that bag of bits my friend gave me and get some pretties made. Watch this space!

Hannah

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