Sunday, 4 November 2012

Birdie Brooches, knitting and cushion cover

This week I had a lovely day with visiting daughter and we got down to some serious crafting. She made a cushion with a bit of help and here it is.
Rummaging through my material patches she rather liked the more muted colours which would suit her front room but with a bit of a 'quirk' added! As she's never made anything like this before she has done a very good job.

While she was busy with that I made some little birdie brooches from the paper clay that Florence the folk art doll was made with.

                                             Close up of Becca the Bird.
She has decoupaged little hearts. I painted some paper red and then used a little heart punch to get the shapes. Somebody suggested making some into a mobile which is a good idea. Another thing for my to do list!

Funnily enough as dd was crocheting the head/wrist warmers in another part of the country, unbeknown to both of us I was knitting the same thing! These are a present to her.
I found a pattern for the gloves which uses just 2 needles as I get a bit flummoxed with the 4 needle method. It is here. I then did my own thing with them once I knew how many stitches needed casting on, and where to put the thumb.
 The head warmer has large poppers on the back which are covered over with two brown buttons. I just kept knitting until it went around the head in a cable stitch.
It's knitted in an aran wool that I had left over from a cardigan that was made at the begining of the year, so they are quite quick to knit. The flower has a little blue bead sewn on and then 2 dangly bits were added and then 5 little beads were attached. I think I might make some for myself now.....used all the wool up. Oh dear will have to go to the wool shop, what a shame!!

I hope that you have been doing lots of crafty makes.
Here is this weeks linky parties;


  1. These bird brooches are beautiful. I love the idea of wrist warmers as our cold season is upon us. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Those little birds are really lovely and so is the cushion - I love crafting together with my daughter too. Your little knitties look so cosy! x Jo

  3. More beautiful makes to drool over, lol......and that's a lovely the colours she chose.
    Gorgeous birdie brooches, come up with some great ideas....and your knits are always fabulous! I'm going seriously short of time to craft.....d'you want to adopt a few grandkiddles?

  4. hmmm I think that would be a no Anne-Marie I've got enough of my own!!

  5. I think that the mobile is a great idea for the birds. I really like the knitted items you have made. I could never understand the need for ear warmers until I brought one for running the other day. They are fab and I love the beads on the flower.

  6. Oh my word, those birdies are just gorgeous!! Love the cushion cover too x

  7. the bird brooches look great, fun + funky - i think a mobile of them would look amazing!!

  8. Love the wrist warmers and think the blue bead just sets off the grey. Those quirky houses are so cute and have made the cushion special

  9. oooh i love your birds!! i agree that they'd look amazing as a mobile

    the gloves and head warmer are gorgeous, what a fabulous gift!

    the cushion certainly is lovely - i especially like the houses :) x

  10. The cushion cover is lovely. I really like the bird brooches very pretty. And I want one of those headwarmers, gorgeous. I really like the flower and beads. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali x

  11. What a lovely way to spend the day

  12. The birds are so cute - sure they'll be popular. You have a talented daughter there as the cushion is lovely.

    Have a great week,
    Alison x

  13. I love the brooches and the wrist warmers are fab too!

  14. Pretty, pretty brooches - love them. The wrist warmers look super too and would have been just the ticket today - it's freezing!

  15. I love the little birdie broaches, and the gloves. The Aran wool is really beautiful.

  16. Love your fingerless gloves. I have trouble with 4 needles so that pattern is ideal :-)

  17. love the birdies! paper clay? I am intrigued....

  18. Great work with the cushion. It looks great. Love the little birdies, too.
    Smart idea with the knitting. That will be needed with the coming cold weather.

  19. Becca the Bird is adorable! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!


  20. The birdie brooches are lovely. Could they be made as tree decorations too? The wrist and headband set is very pretty and looks so nice with the blue embellishments. Hope you have a good week.

  21. Thank you for sharing the link to the pattern, the mittens look gorgeous and I may give them a tr. Also, your daughter did such a good job with her cushion cover! The little houses are adorable :-)

  22. Ooh I love birds; especially stylised birds like these, they are gorgeous :)
    Sarah x

  23. What a lovely cushion with a great sentiment.

    The birdie brooches are fabulous, and I love the head and wrist warmers.

  24. Oh my goodness, everything is so awesome but I'm especially in love with the little birds! :)

  25. The bird brooches are gorgeous, I love them. And your daughter's cushion is fabulous.

  26. Those brooches and headbands are adorable, you are so talented!!!

  27. Quite spooky that two people in different parts of the country are making the same thing. Your bird broches look great. Becca the bird would be good for Valentine's Day.

  28. Aww the bird brooch is great! I love the dangly legs.

  29. I agree that the birds will look great as a mobile or even as Christmas decorations. The cushion cover is great too. I'm in the process of making some wrist warmers, I wish I'd had them for my last outdoor craft fest :)

    Jan x

  30. Hi Highland :-) I've just found your blog via the handmade monday linkup - lovely birds, they will make lovely mobile or christmas tree decorations! And your daughter's cushion cover is brilliant - lovely to be able to spend the day together crafting! Simmi x

  31. That cushion is fab and I love the funky little birds! I could do with some of those handwarmers lately, it's fffffreezing! x

  32. That cushion is great for a first time and the bird brooches are so sweet - such clever ideas!
    Thank you for the two needle pattern link - I've done the 4 needle thing and didn't really get on with it so this will be useful.
    Teresa x

  33. You make the lovelies things! Thank you for sharing at The Weekly Creative link party. I hope to see you again on Monday. Have a great weekend :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  34. These are adorable! I love your work and thank you for sharing your talents with us!

    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  35. Super cute! Love the birdie brooch. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  36. I just LOVE Becca the bird!! She's sooo pretty!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)