Bold-Floral-Modern-Girly Name Bunting

Untitled-1So here is a little post about some special bunting for a little baby called Epma, or Erma, in Bulgaria. The Crafty Prawn’s first Cyrillic name bunting! A custom order from my architect friend to greet a friends new baby into the world! Given free reign to create a new colour and fabric combination – my first name bunting destined for a little girl – I went for a floral but bold and funky feel, which could also be perfectly good for a little boy – as long as you’re not prejudiced against flowers. I don’t really go in for the whole ‘pink for girls, blue for boys’ thing – so boring – so this poppy, modern alternative may be just the thing your looking for!
fabric selection2These gorgeous, crisp and modern flowers on a bright red background was sourced from my local fabric shop and has the stamp ‘Darling’ on the selvedge…but I’ve never heard of this brand/manufacturer and it seems google’s never heard of it either, so if anyone knows anything about ‘Darling’ fabric, please let me know!

Anyway, back to the bunting…we’ve got mod-style flowers, yellow polka dots, blue little spots, vibrant red, sunshine yellow…what more could you want?bunting on brick (13)_edit_smlbunting on brick (11)_edit_smlillustrator template for etsy listingsbunting on brick (9)_edit_smlThis bunting has all the usual ‘Crafty Prawn’ high quality features such as double-sided reversible flags, a ‘Crafty Prawn’ fabric label’ and hand-cut applique letters with decorative running stitch detailing. But this bunting is extra special with two star flags on either end of the name section, this is a really nice added detail for shorter names – such as Epma!

And I hope you’re enjoying my new photographs – taken out and about in Rotterdam. I aim to do these kind of shots for every product I make, for the natural light, the nice textures you can find outside and being a bit of country bumpkin at heart, I grab any chance to get outside and mingle about with the leaves and flowers. Luckily I found some triangular brick paving, which gives a lovely contrast to the bright, bold triangles of the bunting!
Here are a few more shots of me and my bunting bumbling about in the flowers, didn’t quite make the cut for Etsy, but pretty all the same. Can you see me? I pretty much blend into the roses!
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This personalised name bunting is available to buy at The Crafty Prawn Etsy shop here, or get in touch with your own range of colours and we can create a custom-made selection just for you!

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Name Bunting for Baby Tobias…

I know, I’ve been a bit of a quiet blogger lately, but August was a bit of a busy one and I’ve been a busy prawn working on new products (none of which are actually finished yet…) and a few new orders! So here is a pretty post about my first official order for some custom Crafty Prawn Name BuntingIMG_1646_edit_sml**************************************************************
CUSTOM COLOURS & NAME… yes, you guessed it this particular bunting is for a baby Tobias, destined to decorate his cot in Australia. My lovely customer Lisa wanted the bunting to co-ordinate with Tobias’ blue, green and grey coloured nursery so I made a special fabric selection for her and after a few tweeks we got the perfect combination of colours and patterns.
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ATTENTION TO DETAIL…so I know that to a lot of you, bunting basically looks like triangles on a string, and while yes that is essentially what it is – ‘Crafty Prawn’ name bunting is a bit more special than the average bunting! Each flag is double sided with a contrasting fabric, making the bunting totally reversible, so the bunting can be hung in the middle of a room for parties if desired. Each little pointy bunting finger has been popped out by my fair hands and ironed to a point. Each letter is hand cut and then stitched with a running topstitch in a thread colour that corresponds with the flag fabric.
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TAH-DAH…a perfect way to brighten up your bubba/toddlers room with something personal and special that can also be used to decorate their cot when they’re really little, or for dens and birthday parties when they’re a bit older!
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PACKED UP & READY TO GO…each of my ‘Crafty Prawn’ orders get a special fabric label on the reverse; a little insert with all the important details of the item and how to care for it; and pretty packing as standard – perfect as a gift! This one is winging it’s way to Australia as we speak…
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SPECCY STUFF…Each flag is approximately 17.5cm wide. When ordering a length of Crafty Prawn name bunting you will receive 10 flags with your chosen name in the middle, with the finished bunting measuring approximately 2.3 meters long. (These specifications are for names with maximum 6 letters, for longer names there will be more flags…of course!)

WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR OWN…special name bunting made for a niece/nephew, new baby in the family, or a little one’s birthday present? You can find my bunting for sale here.
NOTE: More girly colours/gender specific styles also available, just ask!

 

Something for a Little Niece this time!

Two years after making my first ever quilt for my first little nephew, I’m blogging about a something special I made for my first little niece this time. Three nephews and three quilts later, I decided to make something a bit different for my sister’s second baby – little did I know, it was going to be a little girl baby!

Introducing Bo’s ‘All the Colours of the Rainbow’ patchwork baby blanket, with super soft navy minky-dot backing.

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THE ‘COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW’ PATCHWORK:
…I’ve been really inspired by all the gorgeous products around at the moment that play with the colour spectrum and decided to make a blanket or quilt that had that beautifully sumptuous rainbow effect. Armed with my ever-growing stash of used, recycled, collected and bought fabrics, I chopped hundreds of very carefully selected 2″ x 2″ squares in a vibrant rainbow colour palette. Not being one for much white, I omitted it completely, which I think gives the blanket a really rich feel and makes it suitable from baby time – through to toddlerhood and beyond…
rainbow stripe 1l…A patchwork colour wheel of zingy, bright and fun fabrics, the patchwork goes from red to orange, to yellow, to green, to blue and finishes with purple. Achieving this colour wheel effect is actually more difficult than it sounds and involved lots of ‘thinking’ about which tones to place next to each other…rainbow stripe2…the 2” x 2” (5cm) squares are a variety of collected, found and re-cycled fabrics, all cotton and cotton mix. Some special ones include William Morris designs such as ‘Strawberry Thief’ in lovely modern colourways; Liberty print tana lawn ‘Thorpe’  in turquoise and green and a range of hand-dyed and mottled cottons, which I acquired from a nice lady giving away her mothers stash of quilting fabrics…
rainbow stripe3…A great feature of this quilt is that as your baby turns into a toddler and starts to learn their words and colours, you can play with them to pick out simple colours like red, yellow and blue and spot the different flora and fauna such as flowers, elves and birds! This blanket top also includes a little spiderweb square as well as the odd elephant – see if you can spot them hiding.

THE MINKY DIMPLE-DOT BACKING:
All over the baby world at the moment is the minky blanket – but what is this “min-key” I thought? Yes, I’m admitting to my minky ignorance. But after a bit of research and coveting of the vast land of the etsy-minky-blanket, I was itching to use this super soft, lightweight but warm and entirely washable fleecey fabric – perfect for that delicate new baby skin! Especially once I spotted the minky-dimple-dot with it’s soft dimply, fleecey-ness! The minky dimple gives a great texture and something comforting for your baby or toddler to stroke and hold onto while drifting off to sleep. I chose a deep navy blue – to tone down the very vibrant patchwork front – which works really well and you don’t have to worry about something white -white becoming very quickly off-white through use!

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THE DREAMY HAND-EMBROIDERY:
So to the totally unique aspect of this very special minky blankie…I just couldn’t resist a ‘bit’ of hand embroidery for my fourth little nephew/niece. I wanted to find something dreamy, sleepy and fitting for a cwtchy blanket that could go on the reverse or the blanket, so that when used, the little one would be wrapped in the words while going to sleep. I chose a delightfully quirky quote from Roald Dahl’s BFG about dreams, perfect for a sleepy bubba when going off to sleep…
“Dreams is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy-misty bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.”
Stitched entirely by hand, each letter is hand-embroidered using duck-egg blue colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch, on 100% cotton forget-me-not-blue fabric. The embroidered strips have been top-stitched securely to the minky backing.

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So there it is, one extra special blanket for my little niece called Bo – I hope she spends many sleepy hours wrapped up in it. Hopefully I’ll nab some photos of her modelling it at some point!

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I have two little piles of neatly stacked rainbow squares all ready for sewing into a blanket just like this, once I get my sewing mojo back, so this blanket is available in The Crafty Prawn shop right now!
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Folky Birds born again!

In a bid to tick something off my long loooooooong list of products I plan to make for The Crafty Prawn shop one day when I have the time/money; I made these Folky Birds cushions a few weeks ago. My ideal way of making would be to use both my own original printed designs alongside some lovely patterned fabric that I’ve found, collected or bought…and this is my first proper attempt…and I’m pretty pleased with the result.

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Featuring my original ‘Folky Birds’ hand-screen printed design, which began life as a design for my final major project at university; these beautifully handmade cushion covers would bring a sunny, fun, folky feel to your living room, liven up an old armchair or be a perfectly cosy addition to a children’s nursery or playroom.
The ‘Folky Birds’ design is one of my original hand-drawn designs inspired by Eastern European folk art, featuring a big mumma-bird and a smaller baby-bird adorned with flower motifs and folky circles. The print was originally part of a repeat pattern for interior panels and a blind, which you can see here. I’ve revived these tangerine orange and maroon printed birdies printed by co-ordinating them with some gorgeous colours and patterns from my stash.
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For the orange and red I combined rusty-red-corduroy, red-polka-dot-cotton and a graphic-funky-floral. And for the maroon and navy, a moody-stripey-wool, ditsy-floral-cotton and a plum-candy-stripe are combined to create a one of a kind, modern patchwork cushion. To add that special ‘Crafty Prawn’ attention to detail, I als0 hand-embroidered accents of running stitch which adds a hand-made folky touch to this special cushion.

‘Crafty Prawn’ cushions come fully lined in a co-ordinating colour, have a interfaced button hole panels for durability and are made to a high quality finish, including a fabric Crafty Prawn label. So watch this space, hopefully there’ll be many more!

First Crafty Prawn Custom-Made New Baby Quilt

My first order for a custom made Crafty Prawn quilt is finished and was popped in the post just a few weeks ago!
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When my fellow textile-y friend Gemma contacted me back in Febuary about purchasing a Crafty Prawn quilt for a close family friend who was about to have a baby, I was more than a little excited! After discussing all their requirements and details for the quilt including style, colour and the special text to be embroidered, I got stuck into making. The result is a custom-made, one of a kind patchwork quilt in my ‘blended two-halves’ style,  personalised with a gorgeous hand-embroidered name and birthdate square for baby Megan; and a specially chosen Winnie the Pooh quote delicately hand embroidered in co-ordinating colours.

I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures, including some making and packing shots which give a bit of an idea of how my quilts come together. I really enjoyed working to Gemma’s requirements and making the first of my quilts for an un-known customer, which added a bit of mystery to the process! If you fancy a quilt something like this one, or a totally different one with my signature hand-embroidery, just drop me a line at hello@siobhanmilne.com and we can get creating!

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THE SQUARES…the finished quilt measured 35” x 50”, that makes for a lot of 3″x3″ squares! As the style of this quilt is slightly scrappy I carefully chose co-ordinating smaller strips of fabric to stitch together to make the squares. This gives the quilt a very richly patterned feel, with lots of interest and a boho feel. Not to mention quite a bit of cutting, sewing, ironing, cutting, sewing, ironing…

making-squares-01_smlTHE EMBROIDERY…the special bit! Gemma chose a very sweet quote from Winne the Pooh, perfect for a new baby quilt and something special to her and her family. I embroider on linen as the fabric takes the stitching really well and the slightly open weave helps make the embroidery look timeless. Once I have the text, I print it in my signature font and then trace each letter onto the fabric, before getting down to embroidering. I love this bit of the process and while it’s undoubtedly pretty time consuming, I can get up quite speed once I get going! I decided to give this panel a kind of candy striped border with lovely mitered corners.

making-embroidery-01THE DETAILS…running stitch border to the lovingly embroidered name & birthdate square // quilted with random-but-carefully-placed straight vertical lines to give texture to the quilt and compliment the scrappy patchwork //blue binding in same fabric as backing together with a special Crafty Prawn fabric label, giving that extra professional touch!

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…hand quilted text panel preserves the delicate hand embroidery and gives and lovely textured quality.

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finished5_smlTHE PACKING…the only problem with creating something for someone you don’t know – a real customer(!) – is that you can only hope that they understand and appreciate all the little bits that make the quilt special when they receive it. Also you hope that you get lots of ooo’s and aaah’s when that package is opened. So when you receive a Crafty Prawn quilt you also receive an insert with details of how your quilts been made, how to care for it and how to order a second name square in the future if another little bubba comes along!

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