Showing posts from 2016

SOTA Maker's Market 23 and 24 December 2016

I will be selling my handmade products at the Makers' Market at School of the Arts next week at their Christmas flea. If you have not purchase your Christmas gifts, do come and support me and the other vendors.

SOTA Makers' Parade
SOTA, School of the Arts, Level 1
Along Bras Basah Road to Prinsep Street
1 Zubir Said Drive, 227968
23 December 2016, Friday
3:00pm to 9:00pm
24 December 2016, Saturday
12:00pm to 9:00pm

Farmer's Wife Patchwork Sew-A-Long - Magnolia

Today, I would like to share a flower block from the Farmer's Wife 1930's book that I did a few weeks back. It has been a long time since I continued my sew-a-long. These few months are packed with productions of bags for a couple of handmade fleas that I participated in. There will be a couple more to go for the Christmas shopping.

I like my selection of fabric and picked white solid cloth to show the beautiful flower block. I hope I will have more time to replicate more Magnolia to make a mini quilt. They are simply gorgeous!

Latest handmade Bow Clutch Wristlet Bags for sale

I have made these Bow Clutch Wristlet Bags for sale and they are listed in my Etsy Shop. Take a look at some of the designs here. More details can be found in my online shop.

Project Ware House - Art Market and Auction 24-25 Sept 2016

Community Chest, alongside The Local People and Gushcloud are set to take over Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’s latest venue: the Esplanade Annexe Studio, for a celebration of art and inclusiveness.

Funds raised will go to the Adult Disability Home (ADH) initiative by Community Chest Singapore, which aims to offer environments of comfort within the home for people with special needs.

Admission fee (all proceeds go to Community Chest Singapore) -
$10 for regular entry
$20 for entry + personalised door gift from Band of Doodlers

Joeycraftworkz will be there as a retail vendor on 24 September 3pm - 9pm and partial sales proceed will be contributed to Community Chest Singapore.

Come and support us!

Link to main event -

Farmer's Wife Patchwork Sew-A-Long

It has been a long while since I did any handsew patchwork sew-a-long. Thanks to a group of ladies who shared the same passion and we decided to come together to make a 16 blocks from both the Farmer's Wife 1920s and 1930s books.

We started sewing last month, targeting 2 blocks per month and so far we did 4 blocks. Here are my blocks for the sew-a-long and I am using Milk, Sugar and Flower from Penny Rose, designed by Elea Lutz.

Daisy Flowers Crochet Afghan

It has been my goal to crochet a granny square blanket ever since I started by crocheting. I have been searching for the pattern by browsing through books, pinterest and the internet to find the ideal design. Finally, I decided to do the Daisy Flower pattern.

I used the 4 Seasons Marvel Soft 8 ply yarns for this project. It was my first project using soft acrylic threads and I love the softness of it.

I picked 4 colours - purple, turquoise, yellow and navy for the borders of each squares. There were 14 squares per colour to make up a total of 56. I used white colour to join them up as border.

After joining up the squares, I made border for the whole afghan. Here is a complete view of the blanket. :)

Daisy flowers crochet afghan that you can use as a lap blanket or for kids to use. Used good quality soft acrylic yarn threads to make this myself in a non-smoking and no pets environment. Perfect for home use, on car seat, on sofa, on bed or as a gift to friends.

Measured 38inch x 42inch a…

Japanese Lace Doily

I wanted to take a short break from crocheting blankets. But I couldn't stop crocheting altogether. So I decided to do small projects and picked up my hook to make a table top doily from a Japanese lace pattern book.

I used 4ply 100% mercerised cotton thread for this doily and the size is about 19cm wide. This is listed in my etsy shop. Click here if you would like to purchase for your home use or gift for your friend.

My midwife crochet afghan

I have been very busy crocheting afghan/blanket for the month of May. My daughter has requested me to make her one blanket. In fact, I have not finished my patchwork blanket for her. Surprisingly, I managed to finish one crochet version for her. Today!

I picked the BBC's Call The Midwife TV show pattern for this project when I chanced upon my FB group page as members shared their beautiful creations. It was fairly easy as the pattern is repetitive once you managed the first block. I looked up Jonna Martinez's youtube video tutorial or you can refer to the print version at her blog.

My daughter picked all the colours herself and I must say it was a good pick. I used 8 skeins of 100g 4 Seasons's Marvel 8ply 100% acrylic yarn that I bought from Spotlight and 4mm Clover Amour Hook to make this blanket.

I admit that I was a bit bored in the middle portion as the stitches are repetitive and my daughter had her tests in May. But I was so glad I finished this piece of blanket on th…

My Crochet Doll - Work in Progress

I am riding the crochet wave ever since I tried to learn how to make an amigurumi. I watched a lot of youtube videos, surfed inspirations from facebook groups and pinterest. Hence, I was not posting on my blog for more than a month. Fortunately I have a good mummy friend Carol who is an experienced crochet lady that I can seek guidance from. Because of my constant flow of questions, it rekindled her spark in crocheting ever since she stopped a year ago.

In the facebook group that I joined, one lady posted her project from My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessedjian. When I googled the crafter, I realised I was her Instagram follower but never knew she crocheted.

I followed some great tips from By Hook, By Hand blog on making this doll a little special than the actual doll. Visit her blog if you can as she has other great tips on making crochet dolls of other types.

My progress is quite slow due to other projects on hand. Here are what I can shared till this point of time.

I should be compl…

My first attempt on Amigurumi

I have ALWAYS wanted to try my hands on making Amigurumi. I know basic crocheting but I have never made a plush or doll before. It looks difficult and I am scared to try. I have made granny squares for the yarnbombing 2 years ago. No. Not once attempted Amigurumi.

When I saw the instructions from the books and blogs, there are so many variations. There are symbols for Japanese, US and UK versions. My mind just went haywired. I did not understand how to attach the various parts of the body of the doll. The best bet for me will be learning from Youtube but that means I will not be able to follow instructions on the books. Sigh!

Till I went to a sharing session organised by the Yarnbombing Singapore team last Saturday. Yaney, one of the organiser, gave me a one-to-one guidance and taught me how to read the US instructions. Magic circle was not hard at all. I have to make sure the holes of each stitch is not big so that the polyfill will not shown. I am very determined.

After some time, …

Handmade Cheongsam for my kids for the Monkey Year

I thought that I will not be sewing any Chinese New Year clothing for my little girls. I am busy to the max and have no idea what to sew. I am also lazy to trace out patterns from the books plus time is not on my side (less than a week to the festive season).

Until I chanced upon a free girls Cheongsam tutorial from Japanese Sewing Books website which has a step-by-step tutorial plus YouTube videos to refer. You can check out her tutorial here. I followed Yi Farn's blog closely as I love reading about Japanese books and magazines reviews. I am an avid Japanese sewing and craft books and magazines reader even though I could not understand Japanese. Luckily for me, the instructions are pictorial and quite easy to follow after a few tries. :)

I set myself a goal to complete the 2 cheongsams within 2 days. Not impossible with midnight oils! By the way, it is my first try on sewing Cheongsam. I selected one of my favourite Lecien Fabrics from Japan of the Flower Sugar series and checke…

NHK Sutekini Handmade - Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt "Fruit Fantasy" Sew A-Long Block 7 & 8 - Dresden Plate and Flowers patchwork (NHKテレビテキスト すてきにハンドメイド 松山敦子のマンスリーキルト「フルーツ・ファンタジー」)

February is a very very busy month for me. In fact, I started to do my spring cleaning for the new year in January. So much so that I did not have time to do much handsewing or patchwork. I was so exhausted de-cluttering my house and have no mood at all. 5 more days to Chinese New Year. I hope I can rush out 2 cheongsams within these 2-3 days.

I am catching up on my sew-a-long. There are just a few more blocks and the next March issue will be the finishing part. Gee! I will be happy to complete one handsew quilt if I quickened my pace. I combined both 2016 Issue 1 and 2 NHKテレビテキスト すてきにハンドメイ and did the patchwork blocks before handling the applique blocks.

Sewing patchwork pieces was a breeze to me as they are pretty straight forward. I have never sewed a round dresden plate before but glad I did. I hope to try out more in the future if I could. You can viewed my pointed dresden plates by colours in my previous post.

Next, it was the flower blocks. Very easy to sew as they are just st…