A Pillow for Spring

Spring is just around the corner, although this winter there have been so many times here when it feels as if spring arrived days, if not weeks, ago. It’s been a mild winter, the primroses have been in bloom since December, along with the snowdrops and in some places the crocuses. The past few weeks have seen gardens spring into life. But each time we hang up the hats and scarfs in favour of much lighter wear the snow descends (for a few days at least) and we are reminded that it is in fact still winter. The one consistently spring like activity here has been my participation in the spring 2016 round of the Flickr based Pillow Swap Four Seasons.

I have shared sneak peaks and work in progress shots of the pillow that I made for my partner here, on Instagram and on Flickr and while the pillow is finished it is still en route to my partner so I am going to hold off on the final reveal until she has received it. Today I would like to show you the amazing pillow that I was lucky enough to receive in this round of the swap.

Spring pillowIsn’t it just magnificent! I just love how my partner Bettina combined three different designs so effectively. She has also chosen fabrics that feature such beautifully vibrant colours which I think makes the pillow all the more striking. It really is such an inspirational piece and I look being able to really enjoy it properly once we finish moving house next month.

I really was spoilt by Bettina because my swap package also contained this darling pincushion. It is so beautifuly made and features yet more gorgeous fabrics, and that button on top… I love it! It is going to look stunning in my new sewing room, and I can’t wait till I can get back to sewing properly again and really make good use of it, and the box of pins that Bettina was kind enough to send with it.

Spring pincushionHopefully the pillow that I sent on to my swap partner will arrive soon as I will be able to share that with you then. In the meantime I’ll be off filling more moving boxes, doing what crafting I can in the little free time that I have, and staying warm as it looks like winter is paying us another of it’s mini visits! Spring pillow snow


A Fabric ATC – Working in Miniature

The 8th round of the Very Berry Handmade Fabric ATC swap is drawing to a close and now that I have both sent and received my ATC in this round I though I would share them with you here today.

An ATC is an artist’s trading card which has a standard size of 2.5″ x 3.5″. Needless to say when working on such a small sale designs are very much in miniature, and for the purpose of this swap they must be fabric based.

The theme of the swap was “Winter Comforts” so I thought of all the things that bring me comfort on those wet and cold winter days when I am enjoying a little me time indoors and incorporated them into my design.

Winter Comforts Fabric ATC sent | Mud, Pies and PinsI used some texty fabric as a background, reminiscent of both the books I love to read and the fabrics I love to sew with. I added a little mat composed of mini 1/4″ Liberty hexies because I do so love EPP projects, and I do actually love sewing such mini hexies as part of such projects. Then I added a little red tea-pot, because there is nothing better than a nice pot of tea to work through as one reads/creafts away. The final addition was a little knitted tea cosy because knitting is yet another of my favourite winter hobbies.

I used some mink and mohair wools to knit the tea cosy, both were left over from various scarf and hat projects that I had worked on last year. Because I wanted tiny stitches I improvised with a pair of darning needles to create a pair of knitting needles for myself.

Miniature knitting | Mud, Pies and PinsThe card that I received was so very thoughtful and full of meaning. My partner had obviously been following me on Instagram as she told me she had been inspired by a photo I had posted some weeks back of primroses peeking through some snow.

Primroses in the snow | Mud, Pies and PinsHer other additions to the card represented my love of handcrafts, and my love of spening time with family and friends. Defintiely real comforts and such a meaningful way to interpret the theme. I couldn’t have wished for a nicer card!

Winter Comforts Fabric ATC received | Mud, Pies and PinsAs ever there have been lots of different interpretations of the theme and a whole host of magnificent cards made by all of the participants in the swap. If you want to see more of them you will find plenty of photos of the cards in the swap Flickr group and Ali, who organises the swap, has also written a lovely round-up post over on Very Berry Handmade. Maybe you will be inspired to make some ATCs of your own or to join in the next round of the swap?