Sunday, April 24, 2011

Beaks and Bows

Last time, while I tried to sew a small Totoro, I watched the movie. It made me realize that I can watch an animated movie while I sew. Why animated? Because I can just glance at it every now and then and just listen to it while working and still know what's going on. Makes sewing more fun for me. 

I had made the blue bird and the yellow bird right after I made the red one. But I wanted to make the black one before I put them all on my blog. So today while I made the black bird, I watched Howl's Moving Castle. I don't have a sewing machine yet so I hand-stitch each bird. I seem to have a hard time sewing on their beaks. It takes about five tries to get them okay looking. But they're worth it. Here they all are:

The black bomb bird is my favorite! I am so so thankful to Care's blog where I got all the patterns from.

The other thing I've been working with felt making little bow hair clips. I got a pack of black hair clips for very cheap and the good thing about them is that the top black part actually comes off from the clip. I made little bows with felt and used glue to put them on the black top. Left them one day to dry and viola! pretty little clips all ready! 

 I didn't really think it necessary to cover the black part with felt because my hair is black and when I put it on, only the bow shows. I don't know how long they'll stay with glue. Maybe I should have sewn them on. I guess I will if they start to come off. Right now, I'm happy with they way they are.

Might make more birds and bows with the felt I have left. Perhaps get better at sewing beaks on? :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Neighbor Totoro

Today I FELT like working with felt. (heh) I've seen Totoro plush around the web so I decided to try and make one. I also watched the movie today.  My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated movie that has been dubbed in English by Fox and then by Disney. I think the one I watched was the Disney version. Anyway, while I watched I started putting together this little Totoro figure. Later, I added a keyring to it.

I think it turned out cute :) Have been working on more angry birds too. Will blog them once they're all done! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Small Crochet Pouch

I've been practicing my crochet for the past couple days. And I've finally managed to make something that is actually of some use. I have learnt single crochet and discovered that many things can be made with it. I do plan on learning other stitches but for now, I'm having so much fun trying out this. So this little pouch I made today took me about three hours. And I'm very happy with the results.

I think this one is going to go to my little cousin Nozzles (as she likes to call herself. :))

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Crochet - Level : Beginner

I really have been wanting to try crochet for sometime now but was not able to find the aluminum hooks that are needed. I've always been inspired by friends who crochet and really wanted to learn. I'm pleased to announce that I finally found one. For some reason, the few places I have been to in Saudi Arabia, they have just one size aluminium hook, which is 4.0 mm (a size G i think) Moreover, the shopkeepers are really not in the mood to help out or guide one. I managed to get some yarn too but didn't realize that I'd need a needle too. 

So anyway, right now I'm a very basic beginner, practicing my simple crochet. Have had to open it and start over countless times but I can tell I'm improving with practice. There are some awesome 'Youtubers' out there who make the learning process so much easier. Yesterday I made this rosette with pink yarn. 

Today, I tried making two cherries. 

Not a bad start I think.