Shirley Rainbow News

Hello everyone, how are you?

We are all okay at Shirley Rainbow, taking each day as it comes and trying not to fall out with each other. I’m very grateful that all I have been asked to do during this pandemic is to stay at home and home school my children, however it’s a lot easier than it sounds! At the beginning of the lock down I shared a few online places that you can access free colouring in, patterns and so on, I’ve included more of them today, and some creative projects I’ve done with my kids too.

First up though, I’m taking part in the Home and Family Online Market, hosted by Pedddle on Sunday 17th May, from 10am to 10pm. It’s full of lovely products for your home or to share with family. All products in my shop will be available to purchase at the market, and I’m running a 10% discount on the day of the market too, use code HOME2020 at checkout.

Can you tell who coloured which doll?!

I’ve certainly been very grateful for all the resources the internet brings over the last few weeks, its been a great way to entertain the children with colouring sheets and school work. Through Instagram I came across Of Unusual Kind, who have some beautiful paper dolls to download for free, colour and cut out; my daughter and I have really enjoyed doing them. I also found a great website which has lots of fun colouring in pages to download (some for adults only!) called the Together Gallery. Project One features the work of loads of fab designers and illustrators sharing their work for us to colour in at home.

One quick project we have done at home was making rainbow fridge magnets, using card and magnets that originally were stuck on the back of notebooks for the fridge. They cut into smaller pieces quite easily so with a bit of glue we were pretty pleased with the new magnets and sent some in the post to friends and family. I also had a lot of fun making origami stars from this method on Pinterest and we have hung them in our living room window.

I’ve got a couple of new products heading into my shop over the next couple of days ready for Sunday’s market, here’s a preview of one of my favourites!

I love their little faces!

I also hit 101 sales in my Folksy shop this week! Feeling proud of me!! Thank you so much everyone for your support and sales!

Teresa x

Project Bag Giveaway!

How are you all? I hope you’re okay.

This is just a quick blog post to say that over on my Instagram page I’m running a giveaway! The lovely people at Love Crafts asked me to decorate and embellish one of their new project bags for their Instagram page, and sent me another one to give to a follower!

This is the project bag I did…

Embroidered Project bag from Love Crafts
Close up!

The giveaway prize is:

A cotton Project Bag from Love Crafts for you to embellish

Two pin badges from Love Crafts

A rainbow tassel to add to your bag -made by myself!

Aaaaaand, a Shirley Rainbow hand embroidered necklace.

Giveaway prize goodies!

If you would like to enter, please pop over to my Instagram account and follow the instructions there, thank you!

The project bags are available to buy at Love Crafts here. If you fancy decorating your bag like I’ve done, I’ve given basic details of the embroidery stitches used, in the images below:

I used DMC Etoile Embroidery threads for all of the embroidery. Good luck with the giveaway,

All the best, Teresa

Creative Ideas When You’re Staying at Home

Well it’s the start of the second week at home, doing some home schooling and I thought I’d share some patterns and tutorials available online. Most of the patterns are on my wish list to buy, and make! Most of them are also from small businesses and independents, my favourite businesses to support, other links I’ve shared are available free.

Zeens and Roger Fit to Burst Mitts- beautiful lacy fingerless mitts made with 4ply yarn, and Rosina has a discount available til the end of March, so be quick! Ravelry shop link here

Cozamundo Rainbow Cushion– a super cute little cushion crocheted from DK yarn, I know I have some of this in my yarn stash!

If you fancy a simple dressmaking project, here’s a free dressmaking pattern for the Stellan T-Shirt, by French Navy Patterns. (You will need access to a printer for this one to print the pattern out.)

There are 100’s of free embroidery and cross stitch patterns on the DMC website, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This one by Holly Maguire might be the next one that I tackle…

Ann Wood’s Very Nice Mice have been on my Pinterest to-make-list for ages, they have such cute faces.

Maura, aka The Messy Brunette has just released some beautiful PDF Embroidery Patterns. I really like these flowers.

Lots of independent illustrators and designers are sharing free printable colouring in sheets, including Berylune who have just opened a colouring competition, for more details click here. It’s for grown ups too, and there’s a lovely prize!

There’s a couple of other links here for free colouring pages that I’ve come across. Rachel Mahon’s Rainbow Thank you Postie is a good one for the kids, and I think this self portrait will be fun for everyone! Viktorija Illustration

Cloud Craft (my favourite website for embroidery supplies and felt) are still shipping twice a week and also have a lovely blog full of creative ideas for children and grown ups!

Two tips for keeping creative-

Try small quick projects that are simple and easy to achieve. You get a quick sense of satisfaction with out using too much brain power! Do you have a stash of freebie kits that have come with magazines?

Don’t worry about having too many works in progress on the go. Pick them up as the mood takes you- one day you might relish the challenge of something small and intricate, the next day you might want chunky yarn that works up quickly!

In other Shirley Rainbow news, my shop is remaining open, however I’m only posting to UK addresses. Most of my shop items fit into card envelopes which are letter box friendly. I’m more than happy to gift wrap an item and send directly to the recipient (if you don’t mind my wonky wrapping skills!) As and when I get the time, I’m going to try and keep sharing things online. I love seeing what projects other people are up to, it makes me feel more connected with our lovely online crafty community. It’s going to be a strange few weeks and I feel like I need all the normality I can get.

I hope this has been helpful, love to you all and take care

Teresa

Creative Fun

When you run a creative business it can be quite tricky at times to actually enjoy doing the creative side of the business! For example, when you are making a batch of 80 hand stitched badges it’s pretty easy for creative fatigue to set in. The run up to Christmas is very draining this way, and I always try to set aside some time in January for some fun, experimental creativity and making. This January didn’t go quite to that plan, with three commissions quickly lined up at the start of January- obviously that is not a bad thing! But at the end of January I was still feeling a bit dull and fed up that I hadn’t had the time to have some creative fun.

So, February then! I took one day last week to make a little project completely for fun, and I really, really enjoyed myself. Here she is…

(Quite a while back I started a Pinterest board called Little Dolls, with the vague intention of creating a little doll at some point. That’s half the problem with Pinterest though, you spend loads of time getting ideas for projects and pinning them, but never actually making them. However, I have now made a tiny, doll shaped inroad into my Pinterest wish list.)

Making her certainly got my creative juices flowing again so I made a pincushion out of English paper pieced hexagons. EPP is something I tried last year and never got around to picking up again, even though I enjoyed it. It’s a great way to use up small scraps, of which I have many.

I did a punch needle workshop last spring; its taken me until this week to actually try doing punch needle again. I rather enjoyed getting the hang of it again, I think I need to choose a more tightly twisted yarn than the DMC Natura I did use, which is loosely twisted. I love the colours though!

So I guess the moral of this blogpost is to take the time to have fun creatively, just one little project can give you the confidence to try some others!

Teresa x

FREE! Valentine’s Hoop Art Tutorial

Last year I created a tutorial for Take a Break Magazine with instructions on how to make an embroidered Valentine’s Decoration and I can now share that with you here on the blog! It’s very simple, combining stitch details and a handy bit of glue to keep everything in place.

You will need:

7” Embroidery Hoop, available in craft shops

Fabric measuring 11” x 11” (If your fabric is thin you might need 2 layers.)

Felt

Buttons, ribbon, lace and decorative trims in colours that match your background fabric.

Needle, sewing or embroidery thread in contrasting shades to the felt and buttons.

Glue

Scissors

Piece of card at least 18cm /7” square

Pencil

Instructions:

1. Start by drawing round the outside of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop onto the card and cut the card circle out.

2. Secure the back ground fabric in the hoop by laying it over the inner hoop and pushing the outer hoop down over the fabric. Tighten the screw and check the fabric feels taut.

3. Cut 2 lengths of lace and ribbon 20cm/ 8” long. Cut 7 triangles of felt that measure 4cm/ 1.5” long on each side (or as many triangles as you need). Lay the lace and felt triangles onto the hoop and adjust the position until you are happy. Secure the lace with a tiny bit of glue, letting the ends hang over the edge of the hoop. Add a dab of glue to the felt triangles to secure them in place.

4. Thread the needle and use running stitch to stitch around the lower edge of each triangle. Fasten the thread off by weaving it through the back of the stitches.

5. Lay the ribbon over the lace and top edges of the triangles. Secure each end with a tiny dab of glue. Stitch buttons onto the ribbon.

6. Using another shade of thread stitch your message on to the bunting triangles. You could do initials and a heart, or a cheeky Valentines message!

7. Push the fabric out of the hoop. Tuck the ends of the ribbon and lace under the outer hoop and push the outer hoop back into place again.

8. Cut two little hearts out of felt and a length of lace and ribbon each 15cm long. Fold the ribbon and lace in half and stitch into place on the bunting. Stitch the felt heart on top of the folded lace and ribbon and add a button to decorate.

9. To finish the back of the hoop cut the background fabric to an inch away from the hoop all the way round. Put a thin layer of glue around the inner hoop and press the fabric into pace. Doing this in small sections makes it easier.

10.Finally, put a line of glue around the edge of your card circle and press into place.

And you’re done! If you make one I’d love to see it, either tag me on Instagram or send me an email, shirleyrainbow@outlook.com. You are welcome to sell products made to this design, please credit Teresa Bettelley at Shirley Rainbow as the designer and if possible link back to the blog post.

Teresa x

Cozy at Folksy

It’s been a while since I shared a Folksy Friday with you all, and this week, as the weather turned quite chilly in the UK I thought it might be the perfect opportunity to share some of the lovely products available on Folksy that I would rate as super cozy.

So to set the scene, we definitely need some cozy socks, and these socks from look perfect. They are hand knitted with a wool blend yarn so would definitely keep your tootsies toasty. They are from SockySocks.

Being snuggled under a blanket is one of the nicest things about a chilly evening, this blanket gets to join my cozy list. It’s from The Stitching Hour.

I like these little candle holders too, they are from By Shelly Lee (heart design) and Ceramics by Rachel Lavender, and would help create a cozy atmosphere.

I also spotted these beautiful hand poured candles by Melted Glass by Steph, the detail is fabulous.

I think a cozy cushion is in order to snuggle up against, I really like the patchwork effect and mix of hand printed fabrics. From Bailey Whin.

If you need to pop out you’ll need a scarf and gloves on, this colour block scarf is so bright it will ward off any dismal feelings. I think its fab! All my favourite colours together. It’s from Holly and Evie and is made to order.

These hats from Maya Croft look so warm and snuggly. Liezl is also Folksy’s Featured Maker this week, you can read her maker interview here.

I really like the pattern of these fingerless mitts, from Dream Time Treasures.

And for really cold days these beautiful Nordic style mittens will keep the frost out. I love the pointed shape! From Fir Tree Knitwear.

Next on my cozy list is a lovely mug of tea (or coffee or hot chocolate!), this hand thrown mug looks just the thing to wrap chilly hands around. By Church St Workshops.

And finally, an alarm clock cozy, to take the edge off getting out of bed on a winter morning!! It’s from Cat Thomas.

I hope you are feeling much more cozy now, if you’d like to see more of the beautiful (-and cozy!) products available on Folksy that caught my eye I created a Pinterest board and you can view it here.

Thank you for reading!

Teresa

Craft Fairs 2019

Hello everyone, just a quick post to say I hope you’re all well, and that my line up of craft fairs for the rest of the year has been sorted. This is where I will be! I’m really looking forward to them all, hopefully I might see some of you there!

I’ve got a few new products coming with me, including these sleepy lavender bears. Lots of badges are in progress at the moment and also some new embroidery wall decorations. And I’ll be adding some new pieces to my Folksy shop too… so much to do!

Teresa x

All the good things

Last year for my birthday I was a very lucky girl, I got an iPad Pro and pencil. I very quickly bought Procreate too and have thoroughly enjoyed learning how to use it to create digital designs. I’ve had some of these printed onto fabric and have tried some embroidery over the top. I used Prinfab to do the digital prints, I was really pleased with the quality.

This is the first sample I did, using wool embroidery yarn, and I’ve kept this for myself!

Two of my designs are now available in my Folksy shop.

I’ve used DMC embroidery threads to add the details and it gives a nice texture to the finished piece.

I also created a repeat pattern printed fabric, although I’m still too scared to cut into it! It was inspired by the badges I make, and the tiny bits of embroidery they feature.

Other new products that I’ve recently added to my shop are these Lavender Bags. I’ve made them using off cuts of felt and fabric from other embroidery projects, so they are reducing waste as well as being fun to make, and even though I say it myself, rather cute. I’ll be making more for definite! The lavender used for stuffing is grown in my own garden, and most of the ribbons used are recycled too, from gift wrap and clothing.

And finally, a new craft magazine arrived on the shelves of all good newsagents this week! It’s from the Take a Break family and is full of simple craft projects, including one from me! I designed a pattern for some crochet coasters which work up quickly in Aran yarn. The magazine is only £1.99, a bargain I’m sure you’ll agree. I’m also in there giving advice about keeping your embroidery and cross stitch projects neat!

Teresa x

Handmade Christmas Gifts 2018

Hello everyone and a very Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a good festive break. I’ve enjoyed a bit of time offline, doing some embroidery and a bit of crochet too.

The embroidery is a drop cloth sampler pincushion kit. It’s totally different to any embroidery I’ve done before and it’s really fun making it. It’s from Beyond Measure which is a gorgeous online shop selling highly desirable haberdashery and more.

I’ve started a new cleckheaton jumper in style craft life DK in Silver Nepp which is a gorgeous yarn with multicoloured slubs throughout. However I might have made it a bit small so I might be pulling it out and starting again!

I want to share a few of the handmade gifts I made for Christmas this year; I didn’t make many as the three weeks before Christmas I’d put aside for making got ridiculously hectic with some other projects.

I knew my parents were getting a slow cooker for Christmas so I made my mum a crocheted pot holder for it. The pattern is from Emma Lamb’s book Crochet Home. I made it using DK cotton yarn which worked out to be just the right size. For some reason I didn’t take a finished picture before it I wrapped it. Here’s a work in progress photo, it was finished with a scalloped border. I then went on to make another of the pot holder patterns in Crochet Home for my godmother. I used the same DK yarn but this one came out rather on the large size! I still liked it though, so off it went!

I designed and made an embroidered tree for my sister which I loved doing. She has a beautiful collection of Christmas decorations so I hoped this would fit in well! I enjoyed it so much that you might see a limited collection of them in my shop next winter…

During a browse on Pinterest a few months ago I’d come across some little tiny dolls made from scrap fabric which were super cute, and I thought I’d like to have a go at making some as a gift. After doodling a few ideas I made a little pattern and thoroughly enjoyed making a little lady, a cat and a fish with two tiny blankets. I used some scraps of Liberty cotton, wool felt and some vintage pearl beads. The cat and lady are filled with lavender so they can be popped in a drawer with your clothes. I gave them to a friend in a little tin and I will definitely be making more of these!

One of my commissions before Christmas was to make a Christmas card with the three kings on, I’ve not made any cards for a while now so it was a nice change.

This Christmas I managed not to have too much of a melt down about actually giving people the gifts I’d made them. It seems silly when I make stuff to sell to complete strangers that giving something to someone I know well (and who usually likes me!) is so hard, but there you go! I can’t help being a bit daft.

Teresa x

Folksy Friday- my sewing themed Folksy finds

It’s Folksy Friday! A wonderful day where Folksy Shop owners share the wonderful wares of their fellow shop owners across the World Wide Web.

I’ve decided to theme my Folksy Friday on sewing. I’m missing sewing, especially dressmaking, at the moment, as I’m so busy making Shirley Rainbow stock for craft fairs at the moment. I’ve had a lovely browse of sewing themed products on Folksy and found some gorgeous items I’d be very happy to find under the Christmas tree (hint hint!)

These beautiful scissor earrings are from Rock Rose Jewellery . I love the detail on them with that tiny little screw!

This cute whale kit really appealed to me, I like his happy face. The kit is from Windswept Girle.

I’m sure this beautiful Singer Sewing Machine Print would look lovely on the wall above my sewing table. It’s A4 in size and is from By Charlie’s Hand .

I have many many handmade Christmas Decorations, but no sewing machines! This is so detailed, and is made with free machine embroidery by Emma Louise Corry.

This is a truly amazing piece of kit for any sewer, and the story behind it is very interesting. Its made from an original Victorian sewing pattern, and is called a sewing casket! It’s from Katrina Krafts.

I couldn’t resist including this cute cat Needle Case by Kate Rowe Design . The cat has such personality!

Büchertiger Supplies stock beautiful sewing threads and embroidery floss. I was particularly drawn to these 3ply French Linen Sewing threads, the colours are gorgeous and I like the little cards they are presented on, too.

Tote bags are always handy, I’ve got quite a few and can always find a use for more! Craft themed ones are best (obviously) and I really like this one by Woah There Pickle.

Finally another pair of earrings, super cute Button Studs from By Victoria in sterling silver. I had a lovely pair of earrings like this years ago that I bought on a holiday to Barcelona, unfortunately one of them broke and I’ve never seen a pair like them since, until now!

And that’s it, all my sewing themed Folksy Friday finds! I’ll be sharing these across my social media too, to support Folksy’s campaign to support handmade and small businesses. Every sale to a small, independent business really matters, to read more on why check out the Just A Card website!

Folksy are also offering 20 free listings to all shops, old and new this weekend, so if you are thinking of setting up an online shop maybe now is the time!

Teresa x

PS- I’m not being sponsored by Folksy for this post, I just really want to support them! I love the community I’m part of through Folksy and have learned so much with their support!