Friday, December 26, 2008

Crimbo Presents

Caroline reminded me that I'd promised to show all the Christmas presents I made this year, so here we go:

Wrist Warmers

Two of my friends really liked the wrist warmers I'd made for myself, so they asked me to make some for them:

After making these two I was pretty tired of making wrist warmers, but my sister who I'd made a fantastic scarf for decided she wanted some wrist warmers too... so I ended up making another pair. However, this time I changed the pattern quite considerably. I call the set 'Barbie goes Elisabethan', you'll see why!

Barbie goes Elisabethan Set

Here's the wonderful ruffle scarf. Not a design I'd make (or wear) every day, but it looks brilliant when worn. I've used 100% wool, 100% merino, Louisa Harding Kimono Ribbon and Rowan Kidsilk Night for this.

And here are the cute matching wrist warmers with picot edging on the front of the wrist warmers and plain edging on the back.

Funky Punk Wrist Warmers

I ended up making another pair for my friend's daughter. The pattern is based on my Gothic Wrist Warmers but I've added stripes to the mix in a multi colour yarn from Adriafil.


For the men in the family it was hats this year. They were all based on the brown beanie hat I made a while back. The first one I made was a sort of steel blue:

The other one is in a charcoal grey. It's identical to this one apart from the colour.

Flowers and more Flowers

By this point I needed to make something else... like my Secret Santa present for the Greeting Cards UK mailing list... Each flower in this hair barrette has been needle felted separately. The flowers have been embroidered with raspberry lustre seed beads and sit on a needle felted branch in dark brown and black. The felt is all made from 100% merino wool.

Little Treasure Bag

This one's for a little girl. A little bag knitted in moss stich with a button fastening, more buttons and a sakura blossom for decoration. I've added two sakura blossom hair clips and a little memory wire bangle as a suprise inside the bag.

Deep Red Felted Rose

Needle felted from 2 different reds and black and embroidered with glass seed beads.

Purple Silk Rose

For this one I got my silk rods out and painstakingly separated the layers, sewed them into shape, embellished the centre of the rose with gorgeous Swarovski bicone beads and black matte Magatama beads. The leaves were needle felted from black and purple merino wool and embellished down the centre with tiny purple Miyuki cubes and black glossy seedbeads.

Sterling Heart Earrings

Finally, the last present. The Sterling silver hearts were cut out of silver sheet, filed and sanded, punched with a hole and a pattern, hung from Sterling silver wire and a little round Sterling spacer bead and then oxidised, polished and burnished.
And here they are in their tiny little box looking like they've been laid out on snow...

I am currently working on a scarf that I didn't manage to get ready for Christmas, with a totally new, very practical design. I also still have two more projects and several commissions to make. However, when I was needle felting the leaves for the Purple Silk Rose I managed to make myself some little hair clips too.

Poppy Hair Clips

A lot of the items shown here will be available for custom order in my Etsy shop soon....

1 comment:

  1. Good grief! What a lot of work and some wonderful presents. I'm sure all the recipients were really pleased with their gifts...especially that pink scarf!


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