Thursday, 17 March 2016

Easily Make this Lampshade with just one skein of our Hand Dyed Yarn...



Turn on the inspiration and make this easy hand-dyed lampshade + pompoms with just one skein of our new Hedgehog Fibres hand dyed Merino Singles!

 Hand Dyed Hedghog Fibres Merino Singles

I used one beautiful skein of our new Hedgehog Fibres Merino Singles (100g) in colourway : Genie (the one in the middle)

 Hedghog Fibres Merino Singles Genie

Start by balling the skein of yarn up tightly - oval or squished is fine, as it's easier to pass through the lampshade frame if it's not completely ball shaped!

You can use any lampshade frame - either upcycle one you own already or you can buy a new 20cm one from us here...


Tie off the yarn to the top of the frame (leaving 3" tail). Start to wind it tightly around and around from top to bottom. You can leave as many 'gaps' and holes as you like as this will allow the light to shine through! Keep going all the way around the whole frame. 

(I just held it with one finger whilst I poked the ball through and around each time.)

http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/c/7835/Hedgehog-Worsted-Hand-Dyed-Yarns 

When you get to the end tie off the yarn to the 3" tail from the beginning.

http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/c/7835/Hedgehog-Worsted-Hand-Dyed-Yarns

 You should be left with roughly half the 100g ball of yarn to make pompoms with, (but of course these are optional!) - you may have even more yarn left if you left more gaps :-)


I used the smallest pompom maker from our set of four (available here) and trimmed them a little once made.
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/p/7945/Pompom-Maker-Set-x-4-sizes
 
 Leave a tail on  each pompom and tie them onto one piece of yarn on the inside of the frame. (Top tip : Before you do this, decide whether the lampshade will be a pendant or a table lamp, as this will affect which end to attach them to!)
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/p/9927/Plastic-Coated-metal-Lampshade-Frame-20cm

And that's pretty much all there is to it. This is a colourful hand dyed yarn project you can complete in just a few hours! Easy Peasy!
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/p/12235/Hedgehog-Fibres-Hand-dyed-Merino-Singles-worsted-weight-%3A-Genie



Monday, 9 November 2015

Join in with our online C.O.C.K.club and make Sven the Deer Head for Christmas with us!

What could be better than a relaxing Gilliangladrag crafting session, a cheeky cool cocktail or two in the comfort of your own home, maybe with a group of friends?... and a magnificent outcome with something to cherish for EVER - especially at Christmas!


Meet "Sven" the Deer Head, our 2nd Corporation of Craft Klub project, which, for the first time ever, ANYONE can join in with, ANYWHERE in the whole wide world! You don't have to live near Dorking!


Yes we are going to be making him here at the actual monthly C.O.C.K. session in our studio on Tuesday 1st December at The Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium, .....but, you can buy your Sven the Deer Head KIT and craft along with us at home and watch us live on Periscope or later on YouTube...


For just £28 plus P&P you can order your Christmas Deerhead kit HERE online and make your own Sven The Deerhead at home wherever you live in the whole wide world :-) 
He comes with everything you'll need (except glue) and a full set of instructions. BUT, if you tune in to our live Periscope broadcast on Tuesday 1st December, why not craft along with us?


And WHAT ON EARTH is Periscope I hear you ask?
Well it's a truly amazing APP for your phone that's connected with Twitter. Just download it for free and follow us (@gilliangladrag) - Also, set up to be notified when we start to broadcast. It's really easy to understand! 
The very cool thing is, that you can say hello, type messages and ask questions whilst we are broadcasting! And we will answer back!


If you are asleep or busy when we broadcast live, you can go back and watch it at any time for the following 24 hours on Periscope. Plus we will edit it and put it on our Gilliangladrag YouTube channel after the event! So you can catch up with us any time :-)


Don't forget to order your Christmas Sven The Deerhead Kit in plenty of time for our live session on Tuesday December 1st. Hopefully see you at C.O.C.K. club! ;-)



Tuesday, 11 August 2015

How to Make and Sew (Waterproof!) Oilcloth & Felt Bunting

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Make some new bunting like our Gilliangladrag Fluff-a-torium Bunting!
Make yourself some new (waterproof!) bunting to brighten up your garden or home. It's quick, good value, and easy peasy!

What you'll need:

1)
Before you start work out the length you'd like your bunting to be and roughly how many pennants you'll need! Make a paper template pattern first if you like or go freehand - it's just a triangle where the top edge is slightly shorter than the other two edges :-) There are no rules about the size - cut them as big or as small as you fancy! Mine were about 20cm long.

Cut two triangles for each pennant so they will be double sided and you'll see colour from both sides when they flap in the wind!


2) Either stick the 2 sides of each pennant together with strong fabric glue, or sew them together freehand or with a machine if you have one!


3)
Add some Felt pennants into the mix too if you fancy. These obviously won't be quite as waterproof, but a light shower won't hurt them too much!




4)
Trim each pennant from both sides to make sure you don't have any white bits sticking out from behind!



5)
Lay out all your triangles on the floor or table and pin some substantial ribbon on top to hold them together, leaving about 20-30cm of ribbon free at each end for hanging later. Sew along the top and the bottom of the ribbon to hold the pennants in place securely, either using a sewing machine, or needle and thread. You could stick them too if you have some really strong glue.



6)
Add some optional finishing touches and embellishments - they make all the difference! Insert a length of frilly trim / pompom trim just underneath the ribbon, and sew into place.



7)
Crochet some pretty flowers to sew onto some of the plain felt flags if you fancy? Attic 24 has a great crochet pattern for daffodils here! We used our cotton Aran yarn for £1.95 a ball!

8)
You could also add in some cute Felt Flowers - like the ones in "Felting Fabulous Flowers" by Gillian here.
This is a Felt Rose, - also available as a kit here.


9)Hang your finished bunting inside or out, adding some support in the middle if it's quite long. :-) Et voila! xxxx



Thursday, 26 March 2015

10 Minute Easy Easter Crafting : Make Bartholomew Bunny & Cheryl Chickadee!


Spend just 10 minutes each making this cute Easter Bunny and Chick! They really are EASY PEASY to make and the all the family can get involved in a spot of quick and fun Easter crafting!

What do you need?
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/c/7629/Felt-Bundles
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/p/6005/Gem-Tac-Glue
 http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/c/670/Felting-Wool-Tops-and-Fibres 
http://www.gilliangladrag.co.uk/p/7945/Pompom-Maker-Set-x-4-sizes
Well basically just some felt (like our mini felt bundle here) and some really good glue (like our Gem-Tac glue here) and some wool tops (here's our selection of wool tops packs!) and a Pompom maker like this. Then some scissors, some googley eyes (here's a link to the googley eyes we sell) and maybe a few offcuts of fabric for the bunny's bandana! :-)



First make a medium size and small size white wooltops pompom. If you don't know how to make a wooltops pompom, check out my blog tutorial on how to do that here first! It's fast and easy. Stick the small pompom on top of the large on using the glue. Leave to dry for a few mins....






Next cut a pink heart / feet from some pink felt and glue in place...



Then cut two ears from pink felt. Cover the ends in glue and pinch together. Leave to dry.


I used a bull dog clip to hold them whilst they dried a bit!


Stick the ears in place using more glue. A couple of pins are useful to stop them from falling off before they've dried!


Now stick two "googley eyes" in place and cut and stick a little pink nose. Oh SO CUTE now he's got a face!! :-)


To make Cheryl Chickadee just make one small yellow wool tops pompom. Cut 2 orange feet (3 toes on each please ;-) and a diamond shape folded in half to make the beak. Glue all in place et voila!

That's all there is to it folks :-)



Oh - and before I get asked, - Cheryl Chickadee is wearing a handmade felt 'Cherry Blossom Fascinator' - which is one of the many felt flower projects in my book "Felting Fabulous Flowers" and Bartholomew Bunny has a small bandana made from a scrap of fabric and pinned (or glued) at the back. You've got to ACCESSORISE! ;-)


Happy Easter Crafting!  xxx