Saskia Designs

Sketchbook, where to start ?

Have you always wanted to try keeping a sketchbook?  Unsure where to start or felt you just don’t have time?  I’m hoping these steps will encourge you to begin your own creative path now.

1 Schedule in 10 minutes every day, make it part of your routine.  Use a mid sized sketchbook or notebook to start.  I like ring bound because I can open up the page fully.

2 Turn off everything, phones, media, any distractions, close them out.

3 Keep things simple to start, I love drawing with a 4B pencil for heavier lines and a 2H when I want finer delicate lines. Use what is on hand, add to your supplies as you can.

4 Reach out of your comfort zone when you feel ready or stuck. Try drawing with a variety of mediums. Add colour one at a time. Vary the scale of drawing within your sketchbook by drawing ‘frames’ to work within.

5 Keep a list of ideas to try, mediums, materials and subjects on the back pages.  Keep everything in a tote or box ready to dip into.  Remember why you are doing this, to explore your own creativity, to play and have fun!

I love this part of my daily routine. I’m honing my drawing skills while giving myself time to play and grow without expectations.

Here’s to a creative 2020!

Make something fun from your woollies

Tips and ideas on what to make with your felted woollies

I’m following up from last months post with some ideas and tips for your newly repurposed and felted woollens. These are really lovely materials to work with, they don’t fray, can be cut into fun shapes, have insulting and feel
ness qualities!

Here are a few ideas of things to make that require no sewing, just a sharp pair of fabric scissors - Coasters, trivets, pot holders, boot liners, seat mats, etc.

Sewing by hand, try cutting shapes to string together as garlands or hang as ornaments. Sew together shapes as brooches, oven mitts, pot holders, scissor cases, eye glass cases, needle cases, cup warmers, tea cosies…

Tips for hand sewing, use embroidery floss or fine woollen knitting yarn with an embroidery needle for practical stitches and embellishments.

Sewing by machine, any of the hand sewing ideas above can be sewn quickly using straight or zig-zag stitches. Add appliqué or decorative stitch details, couch down fancy yarns using zig-zag stitch, make a cosy pillow or scarf…

Tips for machine sewing, use a larger 90 embroidery or jersey needle in the machine. Regular sewing
thread on top and on the bobbin for practical stitches. A walking foot really helps if you have one. Stitch slowly using larger stitches.

Last year I made an oven mitt and this year I’m making more for my foodie maker bakers as I have found it very handy!

Below I have shared a link to download and print my pattern, enjoy :)

Prints as a 8.5”x 11” sheet.

How to transform and repurpose your woollens

Have you got some sweaters or woollens that you don’t want to part with, don’t wear because they have a hole, love but are worn out, or maybe just outdated ? 

I highly recommend doing something with them before giving them up.

Have a go at machine felting

Below are some tips to get you started. 

1 Check the content of your item, 100% wool gives the best results, also check to make sure it isn’t machine washable, as it won’t felt.

2  Place your item(s) with similar colours into a washing machine using regular mild detergent and set to the longest, hottest cycle available.  The heat and agitation in the machine will do all the lovely felting work for you !

3  Remove your items promptly from the machine, flatten out as much as possible and place on a drying rack. Once dry, iron on a hot setting with steam if needed.

Start thinking about what you want to make - mittens, eye glass cases, pot holders, trivets, decorations…have fun!

Below is one of my tea cosies, made from a lovely electric blue wool sweater, embroidered with a Delft inspired heart. 

Need more help, get in touch…

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