Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sequin Letters

I've been sorting through my craft supplies before I move house and have found one thing I have a lot of is sequins. And one thing I enjoy doing is sewing sequins on to felt, it's really relaxing.
So I came up with a little monogram hanger project to make use of a few sequins.
I printed out some capital letters in a font I liked and cut them out to use as templates. I used these to cut out two pieces of pink felt.

Then I put on some shows and got to sewing. I put them on pretty randomly, only making sure that no identical sequins were right next to each other.

Once all the sequins were sewn on I stitched the two pieces of felt together, adding a piece of ribbon at the top and filling it with polyester stuffing.

I tried a different style for the 'N'. I cut a white piece of felt using a paper template and attached a string of sequins following the shape of the letter. I did this by gluing them in place first and then sewing on every other sequin on the string. For the back piece of felt I choose purple to match the sequins and found a piece of ribbon in the same colour to use.

 I liked the process of making the 'A' but I think I prefer the style of the 'N'. What do you think?

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Baby Painting

This painting was a commission from my Mum to give to her friend as a wedding present, and features the friend's son. The medals are for running (they belong to the friend, not her baby!) and she even ran the marathon when she was 5 months pregnant with this baby!


I worked from a photo my Mum got off her friend's Facebook page. I simplified the background and had to add the bottom of the feet as the photo cut them off.

 I think I managed to achieve a good likeness to the baby. I hope the newlyweds like it!

Follow me on Instagram @lisagharrold to see what I'm working on

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Custom Envelope Bag

Many years ago I made some envelope bags with the address embroidered on. I think that was pre-blog but I documented them here. At the time one of my sister's friends ordered one from me and then a few months ago a different friend of my sister, who remembered the bags from all those years ago, ask me if I'd make one for her wedding day.

I started by making a paper pattern which I used to cut two pieces of white fabric. The fabric was quite thin so I had my first experience with fusible interfacing which would give the bag more structure and support the embroidery.

I sewed on the name and address and added a few personal details for the bride, like using her wedding date as the postage mark and using one of her wedding colours for the stamp.

Once the embroidery was done I sewed the two pieces of fabric together and then turned the whole thing right side out, which was a bit tricky with the added interfacing. Then I hand sewed the bottom three flaps together to make the envelope shape and added a popper to the top one as a closure.

I bought a gold coloured chain from a jumble sale for £1 which was the perfect length for the bag. I just hand sewed the ends to the inside of the bag.

Here's the bride with her custom bag on her wedding day.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Mouse Illustration

I was recently commissioned by a colleague of my boyfriend to create a picture of a mouse to match one she already had, which were to be gifts for her husband. The one she has is a lino cut so I needed to produce a black and white, graphic image to match. This is not my usual style but I welcomed the challenge.

I started by sketching a few composition ideas and then going over them in fineliner. She prefered the top one but asked if it could be a night time scene.

To try that composition with a black background instead of white I just photocopied my drawing and coloured in the background. I really like the contrast between the dark background and the white grass and wheat.

I drew out the image to the requested size - 10 x 10 cm - and painted it just using black acrylic paint which would give me the bold, black background I was after.

I found it a bit trickier to create the sketchy lines I had made with a pen in my initial sketch with a paint brush, so I tried using a dip pen and ink to create the same image. I prefer how the fur looks in this one, but the background isn't as bold.

In the end I went with paint, which was my boyfriend's preferance, and produced a final image to fix a few things that were bugging me about the first one. As I could trace the shapes from my initial sketch, painting a new image only took about an hour.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Air Dry Clay Dish

I've made a few different dishes out of Sculpey before but decided to play around with air dry clay for this project. The main reason for this is I had the idea to paint a scene on a dish which I would want to seal with spray varnish, which doesn't always work well with Sculpey.

I bought a small glass dish from a charity shop for 45p to use as a mould for my clay dish. I rolled out some air dry clay and pressed it into the glass dish. I trimmed the edges with a craft knife and went over them with a wet finger to make them smooth.

I gave the clay a couple of days to dry out before painting it. I painted a base layer of white emulsion first and then used acrylic paint to create the scene, which was based on one of my photos from Cromer. Considering I've painted on baubles before, painting on this slightly curved surface was no problem.

 To finish the dish a spray both sides with varnish and then it was ready to hold some shinys!

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Crochet Jar Covers

 My Mum saw this idea for crochet jar covers on Mollie Makes and got to work making her own version like the crochet wiz she is. She always has a supply of empty jars in the kitchen (for homemade jam!) so she just had to find three the same size.

She then left it to me to put on the faces. I used a black Sharpie and pink acrylic paint and pretty much copied the faces from the example because I couldn't improve on that cuteness.

I think these would look fun in a bathroom storing cotton buds and cotton pads (I thought I had some cotton balls to complete the trio, but no). Storing something white really helps the faces stand out.

The original tutorial has these jars containing kitchen ingredients, but I also think they would be a great gift stuffed with marshmallows.

What would you store in them?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Crochet Emoji Balls

A few years ago my Mum came up with the idea of crocheting around a tennis ball to make a fun toy. This was at the height of everyone's Minion obsession so she made some Minion face balls.
Then last year I thought the technique would make great Pokeballs to sell alongside our Pickachus. They were a big hit with the kids at a school Christmas fair.

And now with Emojis being my main make we've decided to make some Emoji balls!

My Mum crochets around a tennis ball and then I add the features by sewing on cut out felt pieces.

The size and shape of these balls make for perfect Emojis. I think the crying laughing one is my favourite.

These are the ones I've made so far but I'm sure a whole range of Emoji faces will be appearing on balls soon.

These are now for sale in my Etsy shop - take a look
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