Monday 30 September 2013

St Maelruain's Flower Festival

Last night was back from the Flower Festival at St. Maelruians Church in Tallaght and I have to say I am just a wreck with tiredness.  It was 3 great days and I think the actual Flowers was absolutely amazing. Every single arrangement was talking to you saying a specific story. All in all was a great experience and a think to tell you what a bunch of great people can do for a community where nothing is going on usually , or not with help from the authorities.
Every single flower was sponsored by people from community.
I will let you now to judge some of the flowers

Here is the lovely way to the church where all the bicycles have been painted in some of the sport clubs colors
 then the lovely entrance of the church

 This amazing arrangement represent the retirement times . I would really love my retirement to look so good
 This was the Girls Brigade corner 
 Every single window was decorated with a different colour and was following the months of the year.
 The big wreath if you follow it from right up to left is like birth with buds of the flowers and then full bloom as your life would be at 20-40 years and the start to be drying up at your end of the life
Beautiful idea and very true

And our lovely crafts hall .
Me being busy ....

 On the middle of the hall was this big Photography exhibition.
Happy Crafting All


Saturday 21 September 2013

Wine glass coasters- tutorial

Wine glass coasters

Materials needed:
-           size 10 cotton thread
-          Size 0.50-0.75 crochet hook        
-          Needle (darning needle or any needle which can handle size 10 cotton thread),
-          Optional make another 30cm of the zigzag braid
-          Needle and cloth for the pattern

Start with doing the braid and will be better if you can do even with about 5 cm more than the pattern requested.

First we imprint the pattern in a piece of cotton. The cloth can be any color which will allow you to see clearly the design and the work.
The pattern can be drawn with a single line or two. When you have a single line you need to lay your braid on the top of the line and when there are two lines  lay your braid between the two lines.

Next we will start to do the basting of the braid with a contrasting color.

After all the braid is in you can start sewing in the ends and where the design need to catch together the braids to give shape to the motifs.

Next is the fun part of filling in the needle stitches.
Here you have the finished coaster but if you want, you can add an outside rim to make it more sturdy .


Now your lovely work is ready to be taken off the pattern. It is advisable  to cut the basting thread from the back of the pattern so not to cut the lace by mistake.

These coasters are very lovely in pastel colors for a Easter table or Christmassy colors, matching with the table cloth or napkins.

Now I hope this is an enjoyable tutorial for you all.
Happy crafting all