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January 2018 and a new creative adventure begins

Finally, I found my log in details for the site. I must admit it took some hacking into to recover lost passwords and archived email addresses.  But I am pleased to say Scrapdragon is back crafting!

What have I been doing?   Well in 2014, I sadly ignored this site as I set up a new business creating custom Ballet tutus.  This really took off and you can find the link to the sister page at the top menu.  The business became so busy that I looked for a solution to help organise me a bit better when I   signed up for @girlsmeanbusiness and their #Awesomemarketingplanner.  The course asked what was my goal and a realised that my business didn’t have one!

So in defining my goal I became aware of what I did want to do and what I wanted to stop doing.  Hence the 2018 New year and new changes for a better life.  No I am not going all health conscious and joining a gym;  god forbid anyone hoping to laugh at me sweating in Lycra and becoming an exercise bore!

One of my goals was to concentrate on the high end bespoke ballet tutus at a championship level.  I love creating the structured one off designs.  The large number of stretch ballet tutus might be a bit bread and butter business, but it doesn’t inspire me as much as a quality structured.  So my focus of work is changing.

Second one of my goals was to support other #DanceMums as it would seem today, very few of them can make their own costumes. When my  three dancing children were in the scene, every dance mum could knock up a costume overnight and often was asked to.  When dance mums come to order a ballet tutu, they often say that they wish they could make the costumes instead of having to order them in.  So my second goal was to set up some #DanceMums 101 costume design workshops. to teach the hands on skills of stage dance costumes from basic to advanced levels.

Third of my goals was to do something creative together with my husband. I was alright me having the sewing business but when he retires he will need to become involved.  We both love creative crafts and have both achieved our  City and Guilds 730  adult teaching certificate over the years.  So building on the theme of specific workshops for dance mums, we are going to offer additional workshops for mixed media creative crafts.  In February, I attend Tex Towers to become a certified PowerTex trainer which is a fabulous product.  I already have some workshops planned for Christmas 2018 which are available on our  SCRAPDRAGON facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Scrapdragon-1888415478155099/

I will publish the events and workshops on here so that interested parties can book in and have fun.

So far, its the 9th January and I have two DanceMums workshops sold out and two partially filled.  I also have bookings for Christmas crafts later in the year.  So 2018 is looking good to achieve the dream and Be AWESOME!

A Foxy Wrapbag

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A rare opportunity to purchase this custom Baby change bag with matching travel change mat.  Made from heavy cotton  drill with small polka dots, the feature accents are a bright apple green with woodland critters on team as a contrast.  The little foxes from the woodland critters have been embroidered on the front flap.

The Wrapbag is designed to be worn when wearing a baby in a sling or carrier.  It  has long strap handles with soft fastening points to offer a range of fastening styles to suit.  Everything is made soft so that there are no hard edges or materials to hurt baby.

The bag has a range of pockets for baby items and places for mummy to store essentals so you dont have to juggle two bags.  The matching change mat features a laminated top fabric with woodland critters and green soft side.

This item was made for a custom order which was cancelled.  Please use the contact form if you are interested in purchase.

 

Violet floral style quilt

floral block with suffolk puff features

floral block with suffolk puff features

As any parent knows, its a thrill to be told that a  new grandchild was on the way.  My son and daughter-in-law has all the scans and knew they were expacting a little girl to make their family complete with a toddler son.  They even decided on her name before she was born.   The name Violet was loved by the mum but was also the name of the baby’s great-great Grandmother.  The middle name of Brooke was a family name as my dad, the baby’s great grandfather’s middle name.  He was so pleased to hear that his latest great grandchild would bear his middle name which had been passed down through several genrations.   It was just a shame he finally lost his couragous battle with cancer and he didn’t live to see her and give her a last cuddle.  Of course a new little girl named Violet Brooke had to have a violet and mauve quilt.

I designed the  quilt  using the quilting software #EQ7  which to be honest I am still getting to grips with.  Although the colour scheme was mostly picked during a flash sale of #KonaSolids from @PlushAddict they complimented the floral design.     The sixteen blocks were complex to put together with obtuse angles.  Which meant that  each had to be trimmed and straigtended into a square to put together in sets of four.  However, when the blocks were set into  four larger square blocks, there was a  distinct mis-alignment on the centre square.

What was initially an error turned out to be a design feature.  the quilting of the large green sections to resemble leaves was just crying out to get a Suffolk Puff hand sewn into the centres as flowers.

The addition of the embroidered name and a range of quilting stitches means that it was finally completed in time for a family get together to welcome Violet into the world and fabric.

Scraps of fabric can give more than a quilt

A Baby quilt is more then just a few scraps of fabric sewn together.  the design and thought processes which carefully place each strip of colour and pattern can make a difference from one quilt and another. This cot sized baby quilt was commissioned by a neighbour for her new born long awaited grandson.  The customer wanted something unusual that others would not provide for a baby that had everything.  The commissioned brief was just a quilt with his name on and the design was left up to me.

I used the @ModaFabrics #Jellyroll #BlueberryCrumbCake. a wonderful range of blues, browns and whites.  I chose the light colour range for this quilt and a simple log cabin style block.  Once the four large blocks were completed I twisted and turned them until this pattern emerged, then the borders added.

jelly roll leftovers!

jelly roll leftovers!

Once the patchwork was done, it was time for layering and quilting.  Here I had fun and chose a range of different stitch options on my #Janome 12000 machine.

This baby quilt was ordered with love, stiched with fun and happiness and  given for snuggles nd cuddles.

Its not very often I succumb to creating  quilt for order but this one was fun and the beautiful subtle tones of the fabric made it all coordinate beautifully,

Free to a new home, Hesta the Tilda Hare

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This sweet little Tilda Hare is free to one Lucky Liker of the @ScrapdragonUK facebook page.  If you want a chance to win her go to my page and Like the page found HERE.  You can share the post and let me know why you would like to win Hesta.  At the end of April she will be posted off to her new home.

Hesta is made from 100% craft cotton with soft polyfibre filling and posable arms. Good luck to all the Lucky Likers who can offer a home to Hesta.#Iwantoneofthose  from #ScrapdragonUK

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