Category Archives: Wool & Yarn

Homemakery News: Lecien Old New 30′s fabric and Stylecraft Lime

Ooh I have been waiting for this fabric collection to arrive for what feels like forever. Here she is in all her glory…. Lecien Old New 30′s fabric collection. There was no way I could cherry pick the best bits from this collection so I ordered the whole lot. Thats a whole 27 fabrics!!Lecien Old New 30s from The Homemakery

And I’m so pleased I did! What I love about this collection is just how versatile it is, you can pick shade groups like red, coral and pinks

Lecien Old New 30s from The Homemakery

Or how about aqua, blue and lavender?

Lecien Old New 30s from The Homemakery

Or because they are so scrumptious you can just mix and match to your hearts content because they all work so well together!

Lecien Old New 30's fabric bundles

I have put together some fabric bundles here but really they are so lovely you can easily create your own! If you fancy treating yourself to the whole entire Old New 30′s Collection (and I promise you won’t be disappointed !) you can find it with 20% off here

Another new arrival of the yarny kind is Stylecrafts brand new shade of Special DKLime! Lucy from Attic 24 requested this new shade of green and Stylecraft have certainly come up trumps, Lime is a welcome addition to the Special DK family.

Stylecraft Lime

When it arrived I couldn’t resist having a play and created a new yarn pack for it Summer Brights. You can find the Summer Brights yarn pack here or to see Lime alongside the other Special DK colours here

Summer Brights yarn pack

Thats it for new arrivals this week! I will be back tomorrow with my Farmer’s Wife quilt along!

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A beginners guide to Needle Felting

If you have visited the Homemakery lately you may have noticed our new range of needle felting products tucked away in our Home Crafts department!

Needle Felting is a really lovely craft to give a try, it basically involves creating stand alone shapes or applique simply using wool roving and a barbed needle felting needle. All you do is continually poke the wool roving until the fibres interlock and become dense and firm.

The best bit about Needle Felting? Its incredibly theraputic there is something about repeatedly poking a bit of wool with a needle that is a great stress reliever but you also get to make something at the same time!

So if you haven’t come across Needle Felting before and fancy giving it a try, here is our Homemakery beginners guide to Needle Felting!

Needle Felting Tools

You don’t need a lot to get started with needle felting at the very basic end of the scale all you need is a needle felting needle, a mat and some wool roving and thats it you can get started:

An Introduction to Needle Felting

You dont need to buy a needle felting tool but they are much safer than using a needle on their own. Needle felting needles are incredibly sharp so take care when handling them and keep out of the way of little hands or paws!

Needle Felting How To

There are two basic ways of needle felting. The first is needle felting onto fabric aka needle felting applique and the second is needle felting to create a stand alone shape.

For both we are going to be using the Clover Needle Felting Pen, Small Clover Needle Felting Mat, Clover Needle Felting Rose Mold and some Clover Natural Wool Roving.

A beginners guide to needle felting v2

Needle Felting Applique

Take your fabric, I’ve used some of our beige linen, place it on top of the needle felting mat, place the mold on top of where you want to applique.

Cut about 10cm by 1.5cm of wool roving from the hank and gently pull apart. Press the roving into the mold using the little orange tool the comes with the mold to help.

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Then start at the border and start pressing the wool roving into the linen using your needle felting pen. Keep the pen and needles upright and enter the mold vertically, you dont want to go in at an angle. Go around the outside of the shape a couple of times say 4 until the roving begins to firm and compress.

P1115637Then keep working in towards the centre, use short sharp punches in and out and don’t focus on one spot too heavily just keep moving around until the shape becomes flattened down and fairly firm to the touch. Add additional wool roving if any part seems a little uneven.

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Once your needle felting feels firm to the touch remove the mold and remove from the mat, the reverse of the applique will be a little fuzzy but that is just the wool bonding to the linen, its not recommended that you snip these as they should flatten with time.

Thats it, needle felted applique!Finished Needle Felted Heart Applique

Needle Felted shape

Take your mat and place a piece of paper over it, pop your mold on top, you could use a cookie cutter for this.

Snip off some roving, you will use typically use more than for the applique so cut about 10cm by 2cm of wool roving from the hank and gently pull apart. Press the roving into the mold using the little orange tool the comes with the mold to help.

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Again work from the outside in until the wool is well felted together, but not so that its felted itself to the paper. Take the mold off unpeel the heart from the paper flip over and put back in mold. If you want to add additional roving to make it thicker you can do that now. Repeat several times.

Once the shape is firm you can take it out of the mold and use the needle felting pen to tidy up the edges. Take care as the needles are seriously sharp!

P1115676Your finished shape should be firm to the touch and not squishy, keep felting on both sides until firm.

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Then you are done!

Needle Felted Hearts

That’s needle felting in a nutshell, if you fancy giving it a try check out our range of needle felting products here

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Christmas is coming…gifts for yarn lovers

Christmas is coming and present buying is in full swing so we thought we’d give you a few ideas for some super crafty presents for your loved ones, or maybe for yourself!

First up this week a few crafty gifts for yarn lovers:

Christmas Gifts for yarn lovers

 

Gifts for yarn lovers

Erika Knight Maxi Wool, Clover Pom Pom Makers, Clover Amour Crochet Hooks, Rico Essential Super Super Chunky, Wild Wild Wool Crochet & Knitting Book, Rowan Handknit Cotton Yarn Pack, Knit Pro Symfonie Knitting Needles 

We also sell rather lovely Homemakery gift vouchers which make the perfect gift for the creative loved ones in your life, the whole of the Homemakery is on offer with one our gorgeous gift vouchers. Our gift vouchers come in £10 and £25 denominations and multiple vouchers can be purchased to reach your desired gift voucher total, plus get free delivery on all gift vouchers just use the code GIFT at checkout.

We will be back later in the week with more crafty gift ideas!

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Pair of wrist warmers from one ball of yarn

Brr anyone suffering with chilly hands at the moment? I certainly am so as a matter of necessity I decided I needed to knit myself a pair of wrist warmers pronto.

I am not the greatest knitter in the world and it wasn’t initially my intention to share these wrist warmers on the blog as they are far from perfect! They are however, super quick to knit, even for someone who knits at a snails pace (like me) and they also have the added bonus of only using one ball of wool. So whilst I didn’t take any nice pictures of the knitting process I thought I’d share the instructions in case you also suffer from cold hands and fancy a quick knit.

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So here goes: how to knit a pair of  wrist warmers from one ball of yarn!PB074283

Ingredients:

Wrist Warmer Ingredients

1 ball Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran - Light Grey 20
5mm knitting needles
John James Crafters Collection Knitters Needles
Crochet lace trim (optional)

Instructions:

1.Leave a yarn tail of c.35 cm and cast on 31 stitches

2. Row 1: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

3. Row 2: Knit 1, *Purl 1, Knit 1 *repeat*

4. Row 3: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

5. Row 4: Knit 1, *Purl 1, Knit 1 *repeat*

6. Row 5: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

7. Remaining rows: Stocking Stitch by knitting one row then purling the next row until your rectangle measures c.25cm in length.

8. Cast off, you stitches will naturally form a roll.

9. Repeat steps 1 to 8 for your second wrist warmer.

10. Using the knitters needles stitch the long sides of the rectangle together using stocking mattress stitch. You may want to leave a hole for your thumb at this point.

11. Try on your finished wrist warmers for size. If you think they need a bit of embellishment stitch on some ribbon or buttons!

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Embellished wrist warmers

A quick note regarding sizing:

My hand measures 9cm across the knuckle (not including my thumb), my forearm measure c.25cm circumference at the widest point. You may want to adjust the stitches you cast on to make your wrist warmers larger or smaller just make sure you cast on an odd number of stitches. If you add extra stitches you may want to shorten the length of your stitched rectangles so you only get through one ball of wool.

Happy knitting!

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