I don't get much chance to work with felt these days (it's all sewing or crochet at the moment!), so I have been really really itching to find a good project involving felt... and something a little bit different. I was browsing Pinterest for some inspiration and came across some beautiful 3D felt hoop art made by the very talented Erica Catarina from one of the best felt blogs out there - Ei Menina. If you like working with felt and haven't discovered her blog yet head over and check it out. I love everything she makes, her attention to detail is simply unbelievable. It's in Portuguese but there is a translate button.
I decided to make my own version of Little Red Riding Hood, one of my favourite classic children's stories of all time.
I drew her up in Adobe Illustrator (it's crazy, I can't draw on a piece of paper, but I can do a reasonable job in Illustrator? I think it's the ease with which I can shift and angle lines, and erase any little mistakes).
I envisaged her as blond initially but when I got all my felt out and started picking colours, she clearly wanted to be a brunette - she just didn't look right with blonde hair.
If you like what you see here, then you will definitely like what I have in the pipeline. I can't share any details yet as it's a bit of a hush-hush project but one I am very excited about! Stay tuned.
In other news my sewing room has been published in Homespun magazine's March issue, as
part of a feature on small craft spaces.
So that you don't strain your
eyes, the text reads:
"Sedef Imer, from Down Grapevine Lane, is
known for achieving elegant designs from simplicity - a rare talent. Her
sewing space is no exception. With a budget of just $300 to create a
workable sewing nook within a guest bedroom, she has
managed to include everything she needs - desk, cabinet, shelf,
drawers, Ikea picture frames and pegboard from Bunnings. Sedef chose to
keep the guest bed in the room, not only for comfortable crocheting with
her feet up, but also for laying out fabrics - oh!, and accomodating
visitors, of course! Cupboard space is tight, but Sedef finds it perfect
for keeping her current stash away from dust. Plus, she says storage
constraints keep a lid on excessive fabric and yarn squandering.
Wall-mounted pegboard, cut to the width of the desk top, takes care of
scissors, ribbons, tiny tools and accessories, and is crowned by a
You can see more pictures of my sewing room in this old blog post - in case you were curious about where I make all my stuff! Mind you it isn't looking quite so neat and shiny these days - when I showed the magazine to my husband he said "So that's what it used to look like when you could see the desk and the floor". It isn't so bad really, he is exaggerating (*cough*).