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Welcome friends and new subscribers! Its April can anyone believe how quickly the year is pressing on? I notice it even more so as its time to get writing…… 

Before I get started I just wanted to thank you all for your continued support, it’s been so so nice reaching out and chatting with you all; mainly on Instagram  where you’ll find me daily. For those who are new and have recently subscribed thank you, I hope you’ll find my blogs interesting and hopefully inspiring; I am a multi- crafter ( I like that title) and so my focus may be shifted slightly depending on what I have been working on in the month. We have shop and website news towards the end of the blog for those that may not be interested but mainly WIP’s and FFO’s and any other news or tips I can share. OK let’s get started!

WIPS

Knitting

There are lots of babies coming along this year, I am sure it is a boom year, I believe 2010 was a “Baby Boom “ year when I had my son –so lots of baby gifts to make.

First up are two cute little baby rompers, they have been known affectionately as something else in the office, but I won’t leave crazy thoughts in your mind,  the Grey/Duck Egg looking one on the left is for a little boy and the cream is for a baby whose sex is not known.

This Pattern can be found on Ravelry  but purchased through ETSY. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rascals-in-rompers The pattern is called Rascals in Rompers, I am using a lush yarn called Rico Essentials DK, its Merino…. Yes my snobby “yarnself”  has taken to this yarn like a duck to water, it truly is the softest yarn and you’ll guarantee any new parent that their newborn will love it! the pattern is cleverly written and its design gives it a fabulous squishy fabric. This  is a quick knit despite the pattern - its a 4 row repeat.  Definitely Netflix knitting!

Stitching

So for my sister who might be reading this… I’m sorry,- brief history on this, is that I have been working on a project “Betty Boop goes shopping”

I totally love this design, and I am typically a one project gal when it comes to Cross Stitch BUT I met a lovely lady on instagram who is a fabulous designer and stitcher: @wendingstiches on Instagram – I am into that script type of cross stitch at the moment and I just said “mine” when I saw this design, its more the meaning behind it, but I also loved the colour choice and different fonts so you know I had to start this... Sorry sis, Betty is coming - I promise.

I decided to swap the DMC colours for the silky hand dyed threads in our shop   

The colours I will be using are :
Red She Said/  Old Gold/ Leaf Green/ Bonnie Blue (soon to be in stock) /Think Pink/ Brown Town and it’ll be a toss between London Lavender  and African Violet. I’m not sure how I’ll finish it up or if I will keep this first one or if I will gift it to someone that I know will appreciate it. We'll just have to see but loving this and eager to get to the next word and colour.

Finished objects (FFO)

Knitting

You may have recalled from my February and March Blog that I had 2 top secret projects, I had 3 really but was trying to keep the 3rd one super duper  top secret I hadn't even mentioned it.

The first was a stitched sentiment cushion for my wonderful friend and now I can reveal the 2nd finished item.

A pair of gloves for a work colleague, its suits her down to the ground… the finished item is lovely just take a peek.

There were a couple of things I would change if I was a knitwear designer ( only to make it more seamless and avoid the hole I had to sew up in between the thumbs, but I kept going because the finished item was so gorgeous. The yarn used is: Big Merino from DROPS -  its super squishy and soft, I love this yarn – my review of this can be found in last months blog. A very happy recipient indeed, always encouraging me to go where my talent is, and she is a lady who doesn’t say these things without meaning so means a lot to hear this!

Sewing

This 3rd reveal gets me back behind the machine and i am glad it did. You know that baby boom I was talking about, well…  it was a joy to get this little number whipped up for a baby girl that is due this month, although mum thinks she'll stay cosy till May. I hope mum will have a pic ready for me when she finally gets into this; I cant wait. I get emotional seeing little bubs in the gear i make for them - this will be a first. It's the first of 2 Pillow case dresses. Both are for work mates. I have always loved the look of these cutesy dresses, totally great for beginners. I followed the Debbie Shore Version.  For those in the UK - summer is coming how cute will the little chicks look in their dresses?

Cards/Prick and Stich and Colouring/Stamping

Cards

NOW……if this is not for you, I hope to lure you into my den of card making and  colouring -  I just can not hold in my excitement, I love love love Alcohol Pen colouring and Water colouring with pencils. I’ve been such a kid, and getting all my bits and bobs out and having a good ole muck about with them.   

I’ve been getting to grips with colouring over the past few months, I have invested in the cheaper set of “Good"Alcohol markers, the popular ones at there right now are Copic Markers,  they are incredibly expensive so I'm hoping hubby will do right by me and surprise me for our wedding anniversary…..But in the meantime I have been cooking up some cards – some are just card fronts and haven’t been fully finished I wanted to keep this section together.

A Fancy card made for a fancy lady undergoing health issues, she is incredibly brave; my heart goes out to her and we are all wishing her a super speedy recovery.  
Colours used:
Butterfly stitched with  Glorious Rainbow (Available from our online Shop)
Shoe DMC 310 Black

Celebration Bottle and Glasses
Colour used : Glorious Rainbow

Sample card -Forever Friends Stamp:  
Coloured using Watercolour Pencils

Finished on a 350 GSM Hunkydory Adorable Scorable Card and what you might not see is some glossy accents on the cupcakes and tag. Love this!!

Forever Friends -
Finished on a 350 GSM Hunkydory cardstock, Embossed with:
WOW Embossing White Opaque power
Embossed edge using a swirl embossing folder and Candi.

TOP TIP: To give the water coloured images a slight sheen,  I squeezed a decent sized blob (for lack of a better word ) of Glossy Accents on to some scrap paper; wet a paint brush and  mixed it into the glossy accents and lightly went over the coloured image and it added a nice sheen to the pic.  I’ve since ordered tons of Glossy Accents, as you know I’ll  be “getting my paint on”again real soon.

Stamped flowers:  Watercolour Pencil Painting.
Finished on a 350 GSM Hunkdory Adorable Scorable Cardstock.
Sentiments Embossed with WOW Embossing powder.

A card for my sons Teacher. – I totally enjoyed colouring this.
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pen Markers
Finished on 350gsm Hunkydory Adorable Scorable

 

Coloured in using Spectrum Noir – Card front

Coloured in using Spectrum Noir – Card front

Shop News

New colours should be in the shop soon, we are working with our supplier to get some more vibrant colours as well as the more traditional colours such as Black, oh yeah, its been calling out to us and we have been listening … We have an announcement to make soon so stay tuned to the social media in the coming weeks. 

Website News

We will be adding 2 new sections to the website – the first will be a gallery called Stitchery-Doo, we’d really love to show off the beautiful work you have been doing with the Silky Hand dyed threads – we’d really like others to be inspired! If you would like to have your work displayed please send an email of your work to jackoscraftycorner@gmail.com. The second section will be my card shop where you can purchase handmade cards from yours truly, lovely cards for an affordable price, and sentiments that can be personalised.

Next month is going to be incredibly busy -I hope to have some serious progress, and I'll take you through my Stamp stash. I wonder if a little bear will come and say "Bonjour"

 That’s it for this month, I do hope you have enjoyed seeing what I’ve been up to. We have some things in the pipe line, exciting times!!  Please feel free to ask away and get in touch if you’d like me to incorporate something .

Until the next time – Happy crafting, my fellow crafters,

Jacko x

Michelle Jackson
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