Welcome to The Gingerbread Bunny! I'm Sarah, a textile crafter and teacher based in the North-West of England.
Here you will find my crafty blog where I share my day-to-day crafty adventures, as well as details of craft workshops which I teach across the North-West of England and links to where you can buy my funky and unique handmade items.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog. Why not leave a comment or send me an email? I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts!
Monday, 3 March 2014
For once, I had a little bit of time to myself this weekend to try something a little new. Last week, one of my students was asking about freeform crochet. It is a technique I have seen before - I've admired it and looked at many images of it but I've never actually tried it because, well, I was a little bit scared and had no idea where to start. She inspired me to do a bit more research and to have a go and, I can safely say, I have found a new addiction!
I began on Pinterest, pinning lots of images of freeform crochet that I liked and looking at the shapes used to build them (you can find my Freeform Crochet board here).
Through my pinning, I discovered the beautiful Snovej blog with a whole series of posts and tutorials on freeform crochet. Her tutorials are very easy to follow and have photographs to help. They are a great starting point for anyone wishing to enter the world of freeform crochet.
I decided to crochet my shapes and to join them as I went along. I started with a paisley pattern I had and then a leaf pattern from an issue of Inside Crochet. I made circles and then used the tutorials on the Snovej blog to make spirals and other exciting shapes. I tried out the bullion stitch and found I need a lot of practise as this. As I stitched each scrumble (the name for each shape you make) empty spaces where formed - I crochet circles, triangles and trapeziums to fill these and stitched them in, stretching where necessary to make them fit. I even added some little pieces stitched behind the work.
I used hand dyed yarns in shades of pink, purple and red which fitted in nicely with this weeks Journal 52 prompt - Colour Swatch. They are my favourite colours and have now become my latest page in my art journal.
I can't wait to start my next piece of freeform crochet. I am thinking of making a small purse so will need to do a little bit more research - my next challenge!
Saturday, 22 February 2014
Despite not having even starting week 7's prompt yet, I've already completed week 8's (and the prompt was only posted this afternoon!)
The prompt was 'Found Poetry' encouraging us to create a poem. The inspiration page was an altered page from a book where words were highlighted that spoke to the artist.and the rest of the page blacked out.
I was inspired to have a go at this technique and grabbed my copy of pride and prejudice I use for craft purposes, ripped out a random page and grabbed a black pen. I followed the guide and just highlighted words that stood out as I read them and ended up creating this poem which is really relevant to me at the moment - it was as if the page and words just jumped out! I then added my little stick 'sisters'!
Incase you can't see it, it says:
Wished she had understood the truth travelling among sisters was great for her.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
I'm really enjoying my return to art journaling, and it's all thanks to Journal 52. I can't wait for each new prompt so that I can start to think about my next page.
Week 5 was all about being abstract. It is harder than you think and is something I've struggled with on my City and Guilds course. I want to represent everything just as utter looks in the picture and to turn it into an abstract representation is extremley challenging. For thus prompt I chose to make a Zentangle using colours instead of black and white (a first for me). I kept it simple and enjoyed the process, completing a section each day of the week.
Week 6 was titled 'The Lost Art of Love Letters' - very appropriate as it is Valentines day this week. I chose to make a very similar page to the one on the blog as it used a few techniques I've been dying to try out but never have. I made my heart first, using some wallpaper samples, and then hand stitched over the joins and blanket stitched round the edge. I stamped my quote, found on Pinterest, in black ink onto card and cut each word out individually. The background was created using gesso applied thickly and then stamping over it with a wavy stamp to create texture. I then applied pink acrylic paint with a credit card and sprayed the page with ink spray. I used some old bottle tops dipped in black and white paint to make the circles. Finally, once everything was glued in place, I used oil pastels to highlight areas and to outline the words. This is my most ambitious page so far!
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Why did I stop I hear you cry? Honestly, I'm not really sure. I never forced myself to art journal as that isn't really the point of doing it. It is meant to be fun and relaxing and, if you have to force yourself to do it, it is neither. I also think that I stopped around the same time I began my City and Guilds course, which takes up a lot of my time. So art journaling was swapped for felt and a textiles course. I was OK with the break, it happened and I accepted it.
However, recently I've been picking up my journals and my art journaling supplies and thinking that I wanted to journal again. I've been pinning images of art journals on Pinterest and thinking how lovely they are.
Then, late one evening when I was lying in bed pinning (a frequent occurence when I'm meant to be sleeping - why did they have to invent a Pinterest App?) I came across Journal 52 - a free art journaling workshop for 2014. Every week, there is a new journaling prompt with ideas of what to do. You can sign up for email updates when each new prompt is posted, find ideas on the website for starting your own art journal if you're a newbie and there is a Facebook group to share your pages in.
It has really got me back into art journaling and I love the prompts each week. I spent hours the other day catching up on weeks 1 - 4 and really enjoyed myself.
So, here are my pages for the prompts so far:
Week 1 - Up,Up and Away
Week 2 - Somewhere, a Simple Place
Week 3 - You Make Me Smile
Week 4 - Building Character
It's not too late to join in - you can work at your own pace and it's a brilliant way to begin, or resume, your art journaling journey.