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Janys Hyde

Patchwork table centre

This year seems to have been my ‘patchwork’ year — probably as a result of the restrictions imposed on us by the Covid pandemic, I have found more time and patience to dedicate some of my sewing time to patchwork and simple quilting. My efforts have covered a number of projects, including a doggy coat (which I hope to have pictures for soon if only my four-legged model will stay still long enough to be photographed), placemats, bags and decorative household linen like this Christmas themed centre-piece in traditional reds and greens.

You can read more about (and purchase) it by clicking on the image which links to my Etsy store.

Recycled kraft paper for Cards


In recent years I have fallen in love with the honest, rustic appeal of recycled cardstock for the Christmas cards (and not only) that I make. This year I have added some other recycled materials to my cards — scraps of fabric, and in the case of the Christmas cards — the scraps have a festive theme and were happy to be rescued from landfill!

You can pick up sets of my cards by clicking on the small image and following the link to my Etsy store.

Bags for Baubles

Bags for baubles


I’m sure I’m not the only one, but for years I have used plastic bags or tattered boxes to keep my Christmas baubles in order between one year and the next. This year I decided it was time to break the habit by making some dedicated cotton ‘sacks’ to hold them all neatly together at the end of the festive season.

So here they are, and you can purchase a couple of your own if you are interested. They are washable at 30°C in your washing machine, and can be ironed too. There is even a small version with the larger bag to keep all that stray tinsel in place — another way to avoid purchasing new every year!
Click on the image to visit my Etsy site.

Choose between a bright contemporary pink or traditional reds and greens.

Weaving tips — making tassels

These little tassels are useful in various crafting situations, not only in weaving.
Use different types of yarn for different effects. For longer tassels, use a wide piece of carton or card to wind the yarn around.
In this example I have looped the yarn 15 times around my hand — you can of course do more or less loops depending on the type of yarn used or the effect desired.

Weaving tips — making knots

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Whether you have purchased my little weaving kit, or are just doing your own thing, at some point you will need to join 2 threads together. This little video clip illustrates a very simple and neat way to do that. You can leave the 2 ‘tails’ a little longer if you wish and then neatly weave them into the back of your work when you’ve finished — or otherwise you can trust in the strength of this knotting method and snip off the little ‘tails’ whilst the work is still in progress.

NB. Turn sound on

Mamma Cool

As something a bit different, I have created this sweet little Afro-theme ornament. I just love her beaded dreadlocks and bright multi-strand bead necklace.

I have prepared about a dozen kits for anyone who might be interested in a simple sewing and crafting project. All the textiles used are original African printed cotton fabrics which have been recycled for these kits. Personally I associate black people with a vibrant and colourful cultural background, so I hope I have managed to capture this in this little doll.

Click to find listing on Etsy

Christmas elf & Miss Pumpkin

Might seem totally out of season right now, but oddly enough, these little kits are proving to be popular during this moment of ‘closure’ and uncertainty. Quite a few people have been turning to creative activities as a source of calm — even those who wouldn’t normally pick up a needle and thread, have taken on simple projects as an escape from distressing news and an uncertain future.
These little kits are ok for young stitchers too — maybe with a little help from someone more experienced, so if you want to know more, follow the link to my Etsy page for pricing details of the kit contents.

Click for Miss Pumpkin kit details >>>
Click for Christmas elf kit details >>>

All-focus

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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