Hello, Thanks and Feedback :)

Hi guys! It has been so long since the last blog post, sorry! We have had a lot going on lately. Anyway I thought that I would just take a couple of minutes to thank everyone for following, liking, commenting and following Frieda’s Frills. THANK YOU!!

I was also wondering if I could get some feedback on what you would like to see in our Etsy Shop and on our blog… So please comment below or email us at friedasfrills@gmail.com . Thanks again 🙂 ,

Gill

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Tablet Sleeve
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Water Colour Letter Art – Tutorial

Hi everyone 🙂 How are you all going? It’s the middle of Winter here in Australia so it is perfect weather for snuggling up in front of the fire with a project. So on that note, I thought I would share a quick tutorial on my version of those cute water-colour and word art works that are all over Pinterest at the moment. Here goes 🙂

You will need…

  • Water colour paper (pre-stretched to minimize buckling)
  • HB pencil
  • Black Fine line marker (make sure it’s one that doesn’t bleed)
  • Water Colour paint (I used pans, but tube paint is fine too)
  • Medium paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Water

First, using the pencil, lightly rule some guide lines across your page. With your pencil again, lightly draw in your desired text/quote, take care to center it both vertically and horizontally. When you are happy with your text draw over it again with the pencil to darken the letters. Erase the guide lines but LEAVE THE PENCIL LETTERS ON THE PAGE.

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Now take your brush and dip it in clean water. Paint with water, roughly making a circular area wet. Now paint over the wet area with water-colour. Be creative! Drops of clean water on the wet water-colour paint gives interesting effects!

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When you are happy with how it looks, leave it to dry on a flat, level surface. Now that your watercolour is dry, carefully draw over the penciled letters with a black permanent marker. It is a good idea to test your marker out on another piece of water-colour paper.

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When you are finished allow the marker to dry completely…. And you are finished!

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I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it make you want to give water-colour a go 🙂 If you do use this tutorial I’d love to see how yours went, post a photo below or tag me on instagram @friedas_frills

Have fun,

Gill

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Work-In-Progress Wednesday (Socks)

Hello 🙂 How are you all going?

It’s been raining here lately, so I have started knitting a pair of socks. I love knitting socks, there is something so nice about wearing a pair of cosy hand knitted socks. I know that lots of sock knitters love the magic loop technique, but I personally prefer using double pointed needles.

So anyway, a while ago a friend was knitting a really pretty fair isle cardigan for a baby girl and she told me that it was actually the yarn making the pattern, so there were no ends to weave in and no tricky pattern charts. Then a couple of months ago I was shopping in Spotlight and saw some balls of yarn called “Not Just Socks” which is self patterning yarn. I bought two 100g balls one orange one for my mum and one grey one for me which I put away until I finished some of my works in progress 🙂 .IMG_20160608_153445829

I have finally started knitting a pair of socks from it and i love it! The yarn is 4ply and a blend of wool (50%), bamboo (25%) and polyamide (25%). The bamboo makes the yarn nice and smooth so it’s nice to knit with. I’ll post a photo of the finished socks so you can see the how the yarn turns out 🙂

Some things I have learnt that make knitting socks a little easier are:

  • Bamboo Double Pointed Needles (DPN), they are awesome! Not only are they eco friendly but they also help to keep your stitches from sliding off.
  • Pretty Yarn. Never underestimate pretty yarn! I find that knitting with bright, variegated or patterned yarn stops me getting bored with a project so I actually finish it 🙂
  • Always Finish The Round. This is a really good habit to get into, it makes it easier to remember where you are up to.
  • Leave A Tail When Casting On And Joining. This way you can always see where the round starts.
  • Short DPNs, they are easier to control (not poking yourself and everyone around you) plus they make your knitting much more portable.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!

 

Tutorial-Toadstool Pincushion

Hello everyone 🙂 Today I thought that I would show you how you can make your own toadstool. You can use this as a cute little pincushion or just as an adorable decoration!

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So here is what you will need:

  • Red Felt
  • White Felt
  • Cardboard
  • Toy Fill/ Stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Red Thread
  • Craft Glue suitable for Fabric (Hot Glue is fine too)
  • Toadstool Template

So first up you need to print the template and the cut out all the pieces. Now cut the top out in red felt and cut three large spots, two little spots and the stalk all in white felt. You will also need to cut the base out in cardboard.

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Now lets put it together…

IMG_20160530_155452812Thread the needle, and knot the end. With long stitches sew all the way around the top

until you are back where you started.  (As shown in the picture above). Pull the thread tight so the top starts to gather and put a small amount of toy-fill or stuffing in.
IMG_20160530_155551536Place the cardboard circle inside on top of the stuffing, pull tight and tie off the thread. Glue all around the edge. IMG_20160530_160404094

Now take the stalk and put glue on one side, going from one end to the
other in a zig-zag pattern. Starting at one end carefully roll the stalk up all the way until you are almost at the end. Put some more glue on the end an roll it closed.

IMG_20160530_160619345Okay, so now glue the stalk to the middle of the cardboard which is still showing on the bottom of your toadstool and let ALL the glue dry COMPLETELY.

You’re almost finished! Grab your spots and glue them on however you would like. Wait until its all dry, and you’re done! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and don’t forget to check out our Etsy Shop. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂IMG_20160530_161432999

 

 

 

 

New Listings!!

Hi everyone! Long time no see 🙂

Do you remember the Tablet Cover Tutorial posted awhile ago? Well, today we are adding a finished tablet sleeve cover to our Etsy Shop so you can buy the finished product. Woo Hoo!

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From now on we will also be adding a NEW listing to our Etsy Shop EVERY  WEEK!! So be sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss anything. We are also planning to post weekly blogs, starting (hopefully) next week. The first post will be a tutorial….

Thanks for visiting our web site 🙂

Gill

 

Custom Orders

Hi every one!

Sorry its been such a long time since I updated my blog, but things have been a bit busy! I thought that I would take a couple of minutes to let you know that our Etsy shop is now taking custom orders for make up pouches. At the moment we have three sizes available:

-Small (13.5cm x 9cm) Perfect for holding coins, lipstick, mascara or jewellery.

-Medium (16.5cm x 12cm) This size is ideal as a cosmetic bag to go in your handbag, for traveling or even to use as a small clutch bag.

-Large (23cm x 15cm) The large pouch is ideal for your cosmetics whether your travelling or just to keep your make up organized at home.

These pouches make great gifts and are perfect as bridesmaid/wedding favours. As always please contact with any questions at friedasfrills@gmail.com or on our Etsy store.

Thanks for reading,

Au Revoir!

Tutorial – Easy Rolled Hem

Hello again. Today as I was finishing a pencil skirt that I am making, I thought I would make a quick tutorial to show you how I sew a rolled hem. Rolled hems are especially handy when sewing curved hems as they don’t put puckers in the hem. In this tutorial I will show you how to sew one without a special rolled hem foot. Enjoy 🙂

DSCF6503Firstl I overlock (serge) the raw edge, this just makes sure everything is neat. You could use your sew a zig-zag stitch over the edge instead if you prefer.

DSCF6504Now carefully press the overlocked edge over onto the wrong side of the fabric.

DSCF6506Next, fold the hem over again, covering the overlocked edge completely and press flat. If you need to you can pin this fold or even baste it closed.

DSCF6509Using the usual foot (normally called a zig-zag foot) on your machine, set it to a straight stitch with the needle on the left side. carefully sew the hem along the left edge of the fold (wrong side of fabric should be facing up) around the whole hem.  Trim threads and press hem.

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This is what the wrong side (back) of the hem should look like. Notice how the hem curves nicely around, and doesn’t pucker.

DSCF6528<— The right side should look like this.

Voila you have a rolled hem, pretty easy huh?!

Thanks for reading I hope you find this tutorial useful 🙂