19.04.14

I am a hoarder of the worst order but having lived at five different addresses in three different cities in the last 7 years I have come to appreciate clearing out the inexplicably useless things I choose to hang on to. I love taking bags of stuff to the nearby charity shops and passing on clothes to friends, it’s all those other things that I feel the need to squirrel away that are the problem. Clothes that aren’t in any fit state to be worn but could add some lovely colour to that rag rug I’ve been meaning to make, I strip the zips, buttons and trims off everything and have miles of bits of ribbon taken off packaging.

In a recent clear out my Grandmother asked us all to let her know if there was anything any of us wanted putting aside. The house in question is the home where my Grandparents’ raised their seven children, which in turn was played in and visited by 13 grandchildren and with the eldest of the 12 current great-grandchildren being in his mid twenties and the youngest being only a few weeks old, serious hoarder goodies, I mean treasured family memories up for grabs.

I’ve been covertly coveting this tablecloth that Gran never had a chance to finish – I mentioned the proliferation of children in our clan right? – for years. It’s a beautiful combination of cutwork and embroidery made up of hundreds of Gran’s tiny, perfectly even stitches. Apologies for the crumpled fabric in the photos, I haven’t quite plucked up the courage to press it yet.

But that’s not all, oh no, this was a real hoarders-hand-me-down. In the bag with the tablecloth was a whole gold mine of embroidery patterns on canvas, transfers, all the wool and silks I needed to finish the projects, a book about needlework and something the like of which I have never seen before.

 

I really wish I had at least a tension square that I have created to show you, but I just can’t figure it out! Having only one needle does not simplify things, it seems to make knitting far MORE complicated. I will not be beaten by such a ridiculous article though. I hope in the end to be smiling like the guy in his cardigan from the pattern book, at the moment I think I feel more like the lady in her cardigan/ mini skirt combo!

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{How to} make a beautiful Easter basket

The lovely people at Bristol With Kids asked me if I would like to write a guest post for their blog so I shared this super simple, 5 minute craft with them. We LOVE living in Bristol, and if you’re looking for things to do here then Nichola and Fritha’s blog is a great place to find out the best sights and sounds in this fabulous and family friendly city.

Easter basket templates

I first started making these baskets about 6 years ago when I used to run drop in craft days for families. The shape of the baskets is pretty standard but I wanted to be able to decorate my own, printed ones from the supermarket weren’t going to cut it! So I made my own template that fits neatly on an A4 sheet and is so simple that you can put it together in 5 minutes. Making these baskets has become a much loved tradition in our house, if you want to have a go all the instructions are written on the template so print yourself a copy off using the links below and let your creative skills run riot. How to make an #Easter #basket 5 minute make #craft #kids

We’d love to see some of the beautiful baskets you’ve made, share your pics on my facebook page, tweet me a photo @picklepintweet, #LSEASTERBASKET on instagram or just drop me a line at info@laurastepney.co.uk.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you want to share your photo of your basket these pictures will be on public display.

Printable goodies.

Basket template

Easter hunt this way!

egg template

(Each of these files will open as a pdf)The end!