Another cafetiere cosy – well making them keeps me out of the pubs! Not that Mr S minds, per se, it’s the carrying me home afterwards that bothers him. Just love making them. The applique scenes with some free motion stitching… so absorbing. Well, thinking about opening an Etsy and/or Folksy shop and selling a few. Sold some locally and had good feedback so am thinking about dipping my toe in the water and seeing if anyone is interested enough to buy one from me. That would also mean setting up a FBook account and probably a Twitter. Seems such a bother but probably a commercial necessity. Guess I just have to.
My enthusiasm for free-motion, appliqued cafetiere and tea cosies is as strong as put-hairs-on-your-chest double hard barsteward espresso so strong you could stand on it. This one is a present and will ferried over to the UK in a week or so.
The back of the cafetiere…
The two sides are not quite finished; I need to sew a little button on the front door and think the back could do with – yes – a bird. When there’s a space that needs filling, what to do? Stick a bird on it!
In the meantime, I’m getting the house ready for visitors coming over this weekend and stopping for a little while. I’ve made cushion covers (that’s one of them behind the cosy) with a matching table cloth, filled the freezer with some nice cuts of meat and some home cooking ready to heat through… new bedding, new bath sheets… and spring cleaning frenetically hopping up and down like a box of frogs.
Despite all the activity, my head is full of fabric and design but – quelle horreur – I have only a small scrap of Wonder Under left to play with. So, fairly miffed at that. getting some more would mean a trip to Santry, Blanch or Dub and I have far too much to do to fit a trip like that in before the weekend. Woeful Betty Swollocks.
Oh, Claudius the Feral turned up! He actually looked well-fed, clean and in good condition so think someone else cares for him as well as us. Was happy to see he was ok and glad that he has a wider support network that just us.
Will post my recipe for choc chip cookies next. These are going down a storm and even I admit (blush) that they are really good. Easy to make – really easy – and just bloody gorgeous.
Anyway, speak laters then,
The sun is shining and making everything look happy and bright. My hacking cough is definitely on the way out – I was considering the Caligula cough cure it as it was driving me a bit bonkers. A bit drastic but it worked for Germellus, apparently, when his cough drove the mad emperor to distraction. Now it’s on the wane, I can put the JML block chopper, or decapitation tool, back in its box. They think of everything, don’t they?!
Talking of imperial emperors, ‘our’ feral cat Claudius hasn’t been seen since Monday. I have asked around and looked out for him many times. The imperial palace (his feral cat kennel) stands empty and I fret that he is ok. Monday night’s weather was very severe. High winds and lashing rain. I hope he didn’t hole up in somebody’s out-building and got locked in. I wish he would show up and give me one of his (lol) friendly hisssses and scoff a good meal.
Anyway, yet another cafe cosy. Have it down to a fine art now. Have the dome with dotted seam allowance drawn out in Illustrator. I create the picture from lots of elements and compose them till I’m happy, duplicate the layer then separate them all out without any fill colour , ie, just an outline, then print them out.
I then cut and trace round them onto Wonder-Under and do the usual ironing, cutting out and sticking down onto the front fabric. I have the saved composition on the bottom layer to refer to but can always play around and reposition the elements as I wish – and, of course, rescale for other purposes.
Absolutely LOVE making these dotes. Applique and free motion – with the sun shining, too! Fun every which way.
Speak laters, taters!
Made a little cosy for my main cafetiere and want one for my other as well now. The nudey one will have to have a dome-shaped cover – its handle is soldered at the bottom but not the top so having a tie or button at the top wouldn’t stop it slipping down. Another opportunity to have some applique fun, though. Love applique so can’t wait to get cracking on it.
Snowed in yesterday. Woke up to find everything blanketed in snow. By late afternoon it was pretty much gone – the sun shone all day. And sunny again today – maybe spring really is here.
Anyway, only so much I could do with other stuff so had my first attempt at a cafetiere. I thought that after the teapot cosy this would be easier than winking but I didn’t find it so. Maybe because I approached the project thinking it was a rectangle with a closure and didn’t think about the handle … It works okay but it’s a bit long. Makes the cafetiere look a bit like a dalek in a pinny. Trouble is, it kicks out over the bottom handle like a bustle or a kick flare and looks a bit odd so shortening it will make it fit better. So, it’s nearly there but not quite but won’t take much to make it right so will post pics when it’s done.
Have fun! Hel