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Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

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I wish all my lovely friends a warm and happy Christmas, filled with peace, joy and love. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year! We celebrated Christmas at home with a simple dinner cooked by my dear husband, delicious roasted turkey breast and Portuguese style duck rice followed by home made desserts made by me, chocolate mousse and Portuguese egg pudding. Christmas is always full of sweets and goodies, I baked apple raisin bread, roasted peanuts and bought the rest in the local shops. Also, almost forget to mentioned that a friend send us home made broa as well. Thank you all for being here and I look forward for your friendship and sewing and crafting with you in 2016. Kisses, Hana

Christmas Crafts 2015 Part 4: Crochet Santa Claus

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Hi.... hope you have a lovely Sunday :) Finally I finished my last project for  Christmas Crafts 2015  : Crochet Santa Claus. I decided to make two in different sizes, the small one is 11 cm height and the bigger is 16 cm. I think they are very cute and so happy that everyone in my house loved them. I found the free pattern and tutorial with video from Youtube, the original language is in Italian but come with English subtitles. Here is the link,  how to crochet santa claus  by Annarella Gioielli For the materials, I used wool yarns in white, beige and red colours. G-hook 6 mm, tapestry needle, polyester stuffing, wiggle eyes and all purpose glue. The process was easy and very relaxing, it is a great thing to do between sewing :)  I started my work with round 1 : six single crochet in magic ring and then did round 2,3,4 following the video until the last step. I think I am not going to write every step on crochet this little Santa. I advise to click the link above in the pa

Mini Dress

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Hello, I have been busy preparing Christmas celebrations, we made our tree and decorated the house with handmade and store bought crafts. I posted all my handmade  here  and I am still finishing my Santa, I hope will be completed by Friday. Well, I managed to finish my November dress in between making the Christmas crafts. The dress was easy to make because I modified the pattern, so I worked with four pieces of patterns instead of ten. I did this because the fabric suggestion is wool knit and I think my medium knit cotton isn't for this type of dress with side panels and pockets. I fear that the pockets will not stay properly. Before I continue to the dress details and my sewing process, here is my finished dress - simple, comfy and warm :) For the pattern, I used BurdaStyle mini dress 12/2014-136 size 34 with following modification in the neckband, sleeves and shoulder darts. I also omitted the side panels and pockets. For the materials, I used 2 yards of medium

Seed Stitch Cowl

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Hello, I finished my second cowl! It was a very slow work but I am happy with how it turned out :) As I mentioned on  my last facebook post , I have to start the new cowl because my first one went wrong. I didn't throw the yarn but I removed the stitch and rolled again for other purpose. Well, before I explain more, here I am wearing it with my yellow sweatshirt . Once again only for the photos :) Finally the weather is getting colder but not yet cold enough to wear a very warm cowl. Materials: 4 balls yarns, 2 in white and 2 in light cream. Both are pure new wool Circular needle size 7 mm Tapestry needle Pattern: Seed Stitch Cowl with Stefanie Japel  Shown here on the video The cowl was using double stranded, Cast on 101 STS and join to work in the round. Round 1: *K1,P1*K1 Round 2: *P1,K1*P1 Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until the size I want Bind Off in seed stitch and weave in ends. Done! Here is my process, it was a very slow work and I don't remember how lo

Christmas Crafts 2015 Part 3 : Stockings

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Hi everyone, I made three Christmas stockings! It was another easy and fun project to make. The pattern is self drafted - copied from my old stockings. I added the stocking top, holly leaves and berries as decoration. The size is 28 cm tall. Well, before I show you my process let's take a look at the finished stockings :) Pattern: Stockings top on fold, 18 cm long and 8 cm wide, added 1 cm seam allowance except in the bottom. Two kinds of little holly leaves 7 cm tall with berries - I didn't draw the berries but I cut it directly to the felt, 1.5 cm diameter. The holly leaves and berries were the smaller size from  my previous project . And the stockings body cut two pieces. 18 cm at top, 28 cm tall and 23 cm at the bottom - added 1 cm seam allowance Materials: Polyester felts - orange, red, pink, beige, cream and three different shades of green. Thread and fabric glue. This picture below shows the materials that I used for the pink stocking only, Sewing

Christmas Crafts #2 : Holly Leaves And Berries

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Hi, Today I'd love to share with you my second little project for Christmas Crafts 2015. I made six holly leaves with berries. The pattern is self drafted and before I write more about the process, let's take a look at the finished project :) Pattern: Self-drafted, begin from the two rectangle shapes for the leave 1 and 2. Another pattern number 3 is the small square shape for the berry. After I drew the rectangle and square shapes, I drew the rest. As shown in the picture below, Materials: Felt in dark green for the leaves and red for the berries Grey thread to sew the leaves veins and light brown to sew the berries. Some pin and scissor Sewing Process: After I cut all the leaves and berries, I pin the two pieces of leaves and berries together. Sew the leave veins with grey thread and around the berry with light brown thread. I did that in all the leaves and berries. Then hand sewn the two finished leaves together, as shown below Using the same th

Christmas Crafts 2015 Part 1 : Angels

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Hello, As promised in the previous post, here are my finished little angels that I made for Christmas decoration. The pattern was self-drafted and the whole process was hand sewing and gluing. It was very easy and fun,  it reminded me of my childhood when I made my first doll. Well, before I write more about my process let's take a look at the finished angels. I made nine so far... :) Pattern: Self-drafted angel wings ( I made two kind of wings, pattern number 1 and 2),heart (number 3) and halo (number 4). The picture below shows the measurements. I started by drawing rectangle shapes for the wings and heart and square shape for the halo, then I drew the rest. Materials: Fabric glue Knit fabric for the body 26 long x 20 cm wide Lace fabric 25 cm long x 20 cm wide Polyester stuffing for the head White yarn for the hair Felt for the wing - heart and halo Two small buttons Ice cream stick for the body Pencil to mark the eyes and lip Threads (blue for the eyes,