3e Editie: Local Sunday Market in Enschede

Local Sunday Market aankopen

Vos schoteltje van Mary & Yve | Illustratie broches van Kylie Elize Bremer

Het was goed druk bij de Local Sunday Market afgelopen zondag 28 september 2014!
Een heerlijk rijke mix van kraampjes met handgemaakte schatten, kringloopvondsten en biologische hapjes. En dan ook nog heel veel bezoekers die vol interesse hun tijd en geld aan ons besteedden.
En ik ook, natuurlijk… een superschattig schoteltje van Mary & Yve en een hele collectie van ge-illustreerde broches van Kylie Elize Bremer  zijn met mij mee naar huis gekomen.

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Falafel van Bakblik | caravan photobooth | Sapjes van Puzzles | Italiaans IJs

De sfeer was er fantastisch, je kreeg er eigenlijk een soort vakantiegevoel bij… live muziek, zonnetje erbij… en dan van die heerlijke standjes op het plein met italiaans ijs, groente sapjes en falafel.
Ja, daar word ik echt blij van!

Mijn bosdieren maakten gelukkig andere mensen weer heel blij… vooral de vos en de haasjes waren populair. Ik zal binnenkort weer een aantal nieuwe haasjes maken, want ze zijn nu allemaal uitverkocht! Maar ook de houten broches waren in trek. Ik hou zelf ook wel heel erg van de combinatie “onbehandeld hout + glossy kleur explosie

Local Sunday Market COW Studio Francine Schokker Sandra Braun Albert Cygnesilverdesign

Bosdieren | Houten knoop broches | Slapend haasje | Pasteltekening | Schilderij-tjes | Zilvergoed

Ik deelde mijn kraam met kunstenares Sandra Braun, wiens werk een ware afspiegeling van haar persoon zijn; stralend van warmte, tederheid en positivisme. Wat mooi om te zien dat iemand zo veel liefde in een klein portretje weet over te brengen. Ik weet heel zeker dat ze dit ook volledig benut in haar werk als kunstzinnig begeleidster.
Mijn vader, Albert van Cygne Silver Design, had ook een hoekje ingericht met zijn sieraden. Hij maakt de laatste tijd vooral veel zilverwerk op bestelling en zijn Etsy winkeltje loopt dan ook heel goed. Mijn favoriet op dit moment is zijn houten ring collectie, waar hij verschillende warme houtsoorten combineert met zilver.

Local Sunday Market Rijckdom

Vrolijke sieraden van Rijckdom

En jaaaaa, ik heb de lieve Jojanneke en AnnaKarina van Rijckdom eindelijk in persoon ontmoet! We kennen elkaar van het Etsy €15 Spel en natuurlijk de Blog Hop. Ze hadden superleuke accessoires en papierwaren te koop op hun kraampje en serieus, het was er non-stop druk! Goed teken! Binnenkort organiseren de dames een pop-up shop in Deventer voor Etsy winkeliers, waarvoor ik ook ben uitgenodigd. Heb er nu al onwijs veel zin in!

Local Sunday Market Sfeer

Fansiep | Performance Factory tuin | Lunch tafeltje

Petje af voor Marianne, Joni en Lotta! Wat een evenement hebben zij hier met z’n drie-tjes neergezet dit weekend.
Ik heb zelf aardig wat ervaring in het organiseren van en meedoen aan creatieve markten in Engeland, maar heb zelden zo’n goed georganiseerd gezelschap meegemaakt. Zo vriendelijk, behulpzaam en inspirerend! En ook de promotie van de dag was goed verzorgd; kranten artikelen, online, bewegwijzering… overal is aan gedacht!

Performance Factory Enschede

De Oude Polaroid Fabriek | Performance Factory Enschede

Ik vond het heel leuk om meer contacten op te bouwen onderling, want mijn creatieve netwerk zit op dit moment nog vooral in Engeland… maar langzaam aan begint daar wat verandering in te komen. Bedankt voor jullie gastvrijheid allemaal!

Blog Hop Love

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Fantastic! The first blog-hop follow up is now online!

I took part last month and Jojanneke from Met Draad en Raad has written a lovely post about her work, inspiration and has tagged two Dutch designer-makers to carry on the ‘hop’ in this creative online community.

The two ladies she has ‘tagged’ are Charlotte from DRAAD design and Lotta from Eaten Apple in Enschede, who’s also one of the organisers of the Local Sunday Market I’m taking part in this weekend.

Have a look (and if you master Dutch, then have a read too!) over here!

And another lovely thing is… Etsy are giving €5 to new customers to spend, now that’s a nice way to join in :) Where will you shop? What will you pick?
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Monday’s Muse: Studio D I Y

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First of all… EEP! I got my picture in the newspaper this weekend!
The newspaper covering all of the north of the Netherlands, Dagblad van het Noorden, has started a weekend feature for designer-makers; Studio D-I-Y.
So I got pleasantly surprised last week when journalist Shyra Hueting popped round to have a chat about my work. I think it’s a great thing that mainstream media are now championing crafts and its rightful place in everyone’s homes. Especially in the Netherlands, where, the handmade revolution hasn’t quite taken off just yet… Whilst ‘the High North’ as we call it, is certainly teeming with creative talent!
In the article I chat about my passion for textiles and upcycling ‘kringloopwinkel’ finds. (You can find the Dutch version of the interview below).

If you’d like to get featured too, and live in Groningen or Drenthe, do get in touch!

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On the picture I’m sat in front of one of my paintings, called Into the Void, which visualises the feeling of weightlessness whilst jumping into the unknown. My love for textiles and layering shines through in this piece, as well as my interest in dance and the expressive body.

I’m wearing one of my soft patchwork necklaces, which were so popular during my visit to Birmingham last month. I’m working on some new colours, but you can still find some in my Etsy shop too.
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And second of all, I guess… You can find me this coming weekend at the 3rd edition of LocalSunday Market over in Enschede!
So, pop over… say ‘hello!’ and get your mitts on some amazing handmade local products by very talented Dutch designer-makers!

 

Dagblad van het Noorden, Zaterdag 20 september 2014

Door Shyra Hueting

Foto Marcel Jurian de Jong

Crafts worden in Engeland al langer gewaardeerd. Met een licht Engels accent vertelt Francine Schokker over de tien jaar dat ze in Engeland leefde en er handwerkles gaf. Sinds een jaar woont ze in Assen en zet daar haar liefde voor het ambachtelijke en textiel voort. En ze is blij dat ook in Nederland handgemaakt populair is de laatste tijd.

Het huis waarin Francine woont, ademt de sfeer van haar creativiteit. De schilderijen aan de wand heeft ze zelf gemaakt, maar dat geldt ook voor de patchwork ketting die haar hals siert, de jurk die ze draagt, de vilten beestjes die hier en daar liggen, het sierkussen op haar bed en het bijzondere borduurwerk waarmee ze bezig is.

,,Het zit in mijn genen. Ik ben creatief geboren, het zit gewoon in me. En mijn ouders hebben het altijd gestimuleerd”, vertelt Francine, terwijl ze met naald en draad een houten plankje onder handen neemt. Bijna vanzelfsprekend ging ze later naar de kunstacademie en werd beeldend kunstenaar. Textiel heeft altijd haar voorliefde gehad.

Borduren op hout is een van de dingen die ze graag doet. ,,Met een mini kolomboor breng ik patronen van Hollandse klederdracht over op hout. Ik boor er kleine gaatjes in, zodat ik kan borduren met zacht garen in vrolijke kleuren. Het contrast van natuurlijk hout en zacht materiaal met kleur, vind ik spannend”, vertelt Francine. Met deze techniek decoreert ze bijvoorbeeld rugleuningen van houten stoelen en ook afbeeldingen op fotolijstjes.

Graag haalt Francine spullen uit kringloopwinkels, want die inspireren haar. Uit tweedehands dekbedovertrekken knipt ze de patronen die haar aanspreken en verwerkt ze in iets anders, kussens bijvoorbeeld. Een oud naaidoosje krijgt een interieurtje van behang en kleding weet ze zo te vermaken dat die in haar kledingkast een modisch tweede leven beginnen. ,,Leuk is ook om creatief te zijn met gordijnen en er iets meer van te maken dan gewoon een lap stof voor je raam.” Nieuwsgierig? Francine geeft er les in: www.cow-studio.com

Marta’s Craft Party

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The wonderful Marta from La pequeno Lo has finally been able to share her craft party make with us, now that she’s given her creation to her friend…

As the photo embroidery was a surprise gift for the lady who shot the image, she had been unable to post about it until now.

Marta, originally from Spain, lives in Groningen and sews cute dolls and toys for her Etsy shop. Since our Etsy Craft Party she has rediscovered her love for embroidery and has started creating some new pieces, like this balloon with intricate pattern detailing!

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Head over to her blog to read more about the event and her inspiration for crafting in general! She’s taken some lovely pictures of the embroidery workshop and has written both in her native Spanish as well as English, so (most of) us Dutchies can understand it too ;)
Thank you, Marta!

I love this picture of my brother Jeroen and Oma… Sadly, she passed away last week at the ripe old age of 96 years old!
I hope they’re enjoying a cup of chicken soup together…

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Tutorial Tuesday: Zebra Softie Brooch

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Zebra Softie Brooch

  • Zebra print fabric 30 x 15cm
  • Medium-weight iron-on interfacing 30 x 15cm
  • Zebra shape template
  • Black and white lace weight wool
  • Handful of toy filling
  • 2 black beads
  • 3cm brooch back pin

Zebra tassle

Tassel Tail
Wrap your wool 6x around 3 fingers (A).Gently remove the bundle of wool from your hand and feed 3 strands, 12cm long, through the middle of your ‘wool loop’ and tie a knot to secure it in place. Seperate the strands into sets of two and make a plait. Make a knot at the end (B).
You now have a looped wool bundle with a plait attached to the top. Cut throuw your looped wool strands to create the ‘tassel’. Cut another lenght of 12cm and wrap it around the top of the tassel, just underneath the plait (C). Wrap the wool around a few times and finish with a knot. Trim your tassel, so you have a nice and neat tail (D).

Zebra template

Make Zebra
Trace the zebra template (at whichever size you like!) onto your iron-on interfacing. Then, iron your interfacing to the back of your zebra-print fabric.
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Place your fabric, right sides together and secure with a few pins. Cut around your zebra drawing with some extra space around it (E).
You now have both sides of your zebra.

Place the tail tassel inward onto the right side of a zebra piece, then place the other zebra piece on top, right sides facging. Start sewing at the middle of the zebra’s back, making sure to catch the knot of the tassel tail in the seam allowance and going all the way around the zebra shape. Stop just pas the back of the neck and leave a gap for turning the zebra the right way round (F). Notch the curves before you do so, to ensure smooth lines (G).

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Turn the zebra the right way round and stuff it with toy filling. Close the gap with a slip stitch by hand. You can sew on two round glass beads for the eyes or use a French embroidery knot.

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Create a fancy haircut
Take your lengths of black and white wool and wind both around your index finger simultaneously (K). Carefully remove the loops from your hand and place them onto the back of the zebra’s head. Stitch the loops in place with a backstitch (L).
When the entire stretch of loops has been securely fastened to the zebra, you can snip the loops to create the manes. Tidy them up by giving it a bit of a trim/haircut!

Now you can sew your brooch back pin onto the reverse of your zebra and it’ll be ready for that cardi/tee/tote whatever!
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Hop hop!

Meeni Fika hop

Double whammy!

Blog hopping has been doing the rounds, evident by those involved accidentally getting ‘tagged’ twice!
But, the more the merrier… Let’s share the creative love!

I got tagged by the wonderful textile artist Madeline Norris aka Meeni. I have known Madeline for years and met her when I started running craft fairs in Birmingham. Madeline has such a distinctive style, with her recycled vintage textiles which she lovingly cuts up to create new treasures. I am particularly in love with her little dolls and animals, dressed in mish-mash fabrics. She’s also a keen embroideress (I know that word doesn’t exist, but it should!) and she has led wonderful stitched gifts workshops at the studio. Her makes always got a glowing review, whenever I ran a Laura Ashley blog party too!

Then, another lady whose work I greatly admire, Rebecca Emery aka Fika Print, tagged me in her hop post too!
Just look at those colours and sublime beauty in its simplicity!

I hope you enjoy their ‘Blog Hops’, as the whole idea is to get to know new makers who blog!

 

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In turn, these are the three questions I’ve been asked and shall be passing on to the next ‘hoppers‘:

1// What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table in the last week?
Oh dear! This is kind of like…”what haven’t been the…” really. A common problem to be honest. I find it so hard to limit myself to one craft or even one project at a time. I am forever working on ten different things simultaneously! In Dutch, we sort of call this, being a ‘creative millipede’. To me, at times, this is just called ‘utter chaos’!

As I had two craft fairs I was taking part in during my stay in Birmingham this week, I was mainly busy sewing and embroidering felt woodland animals. I also designed a new creature to join the existing crew; leaping hare and sleeping hare!

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2// Where are you currently finding your inspiration?

I have a long time fascination for pattern and dress, evident in my paintings from when I went to university and my subsequent diversion into working with textiles as wearable sculptures. Since I moved back to the Netherlands this year, I have been collecting dolls in Dutch national dress. It strikes me that the intricate designs of embroidery and pointillism-style prints mixed with patterned textiles and lots of black, make for such a dynamic visual spectacle. And that, paired with bicycles with traditional colourful crocheted coat-guards… who could resist such a mix of folklore, fashion and craft? The Dutch craft heritage appears to be far more hidden than its British counterpart though. We also, haven’t quite had the Handmade Revolution here… though it’s quietly starting to emerge, championed by  magazines like Flow, 101 Woonideeën, La Maison Victor and Dutch designer-makers who are being featured in UK’s Mollie Makes.
So, I shall embark on an adventure exploring the geographical patterns of our national dress and create fresh new textile pieces. Fingers crossed!

Below a little gallery of inspiration… Female portraits, florals, dress and colour!

Inpiration ART
1) Tattooed Lady, by The Black Apple | 2) Ophelia, by Odilon Redon, 1903 | 3) Fatma, by Kees van Dongen, 1911

Inpiration PRINT
4) Bouquet, by In My Backyard | 5) Hands, by Karolin Schnoor | 6) Bird Dress, by Miss Capricho

3// How important is being creative to you?
In art college, I proudly proclaimed ‘I have no social life, I have art and am richer for it!’
At times this still very much feels like the case, as I do enjoy losing myself in the process of making
things. I have the luck that my workshops bring me into contact with other people, I guess.
I carry a note/sketchbook and camera phone with me wherever I venture and am constantly recording ideas. I have started making categories, so there will appear some order in all the imagery I’m collecting, I hope. And the more I divide them up into sections, the more apparent their relation to each other becomes! Contrasts… love ’em!

 

As I am now in between countries (quite literally, I am on a ferry crossing the North Sea!) I felt it was only right to represent my (adopted) home countries by the next bloggers to partake in this ‘hop‘.

 

Fra Fred ZeenaI met Zeena Shah in the summer of 2010 when she just launched her textiles brand Heart Zeena. I instantly fell in love with her striking clear designs in bold colours. She’d sold out of my preferred colour, but a few weeks later, my gorgeous red ‘a little birdie called Fred’ arrived, ever so beautifully wrapped too and with a personal note from Zeena. It’s the kind of post that just makes you feel like you’ve won the lottery, really… so lovely! And although we don’t know each other that well personally, I’ve always stopped to say ‘hi’ whenever visiting fairs in London, kind of like a bit of a crazed fan… OK, not that bad, actually… as I’m always way too shy in person, but we’ve had some good workshop chat online though. Apart from selling her gorgeous printed work, Zeena also runs classes in block printing and screen printing which are SUPERB! And her latest offering..? Make your own printed lampshade! Oh, yes please!

 

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I ‘met’ Jojanneke Dekens earlier this year when I took part in the EtsyNL €15 game and she bought one of my blue socked foxes. As I’m new to the Dutch craft scene, this was a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with fellow Etsians. Jojanneke is captain of the Etsy Oost team in Deventer (one of my fave towns!) and the organiser of their Etsy Craft Party in June. She creates crocheted jewellery/collars, as well as fun little ‘postable’ boxes for Met draad en raad (<– Thread & advice). But then, she also creates more graphic print work in collaboration with another local artist, as Rijckdom. I am beginning to see some similarities between the two of us here already… So.many.ideas!! Then, when I was reading her blog, I found out we both attended the same College of Art too… So, although we haven’t met in person yet, I can sense we may just get along very very well if we did. Here’s to my next journey to Deventer!

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Monday’s Muse: Urban nature

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This will be my last week in Brum.

My next visit shall undoubtedly coincide with signing documents and hopefully the sale of my home. A thought that makes me feel sad too, as it’ll mean that I will have officially uprooted from this brilliant city!

But for now, I shall enjoy being here for the rest of the week…

It’s been ever so hot here in England! So I’ve spent some time outside in the shade (and in shops)… A trip to the Wyre Forest in Shropshire was had, with it’s tranquil stillness… Though I so wasn’t wearing the right foot gear for muddy paths down to the river Rea (Yes! It’s all the way down there too!)
The stroll made me reminisce about hikes I’d been on as a girl scout, building dens with my little brother and climbing trees as a kid.

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Then, I also spent some time in an altogether different bit of nature; Edible Eastside‘s urban garden! This was all in aid of Warwick Bar’s Summer Fete this weekend, which included live performances, street food, workshops, dancing and the Bicycle Basket Bazaar!
Podprojects’ Trevor really is the most wonderful host! He made sure everyone was alright at all times and cared for us with cooled water, sandwiches and sunscreen! BBB’s motto of ‘bicycles, creativity and good cheer’ were handsomely nurtured, for sure.
I love Edible’s location; it’s a great mix of dereliction vs growth, and urban space vs nature. Set along the Grand Union canal, you get a great sense of vacation-ing, while most definitely being in the heart of an industrial estate.

We had a fab day filled with bicycles, felt woodland creatures, awesome Suitcase Sounds, a flat pack camera obscura, and many wonderful friends and vegetables!
(Got to say ‘hello’ to Bon, Kate, Matt, Pete, Kerry, Manoj, Kat, Angela, Antonio, Mark, Cat, Emma, Mel, Dharma and Ellie!!)
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Missed it? You can find my feltie friends in my Etsy shop ;)

Heads up: Bicycle Basket Bazaar in Birmingham!

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As I was preparing myself for a short stint back in my beloved Birmingham, I kept my eyes and ears open for events to visit during my stay!

One of these exciting upcoming things is the Bicycle Basket Bazaar at the Warwick Bar Summer Fete over at Edible Eastside on Saturday 26th July.

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The essence of the BBB is Bicycles, Creativity and Good Cheer.
Now, I still have my orange bike here (as pictured above), and I can bring along some creativity… ‘Good Cheer’ is a daily uncertainty, but I’m sure I can muster it up for the occasion… ‘Cause who can resist such a brilliant combo of bikes, urban slow food, ultra organic veg, and art!

I’ve been checking out some nice bicycle related craft recently, as I’ll be pairing up with Judy Hembrow for bespoke craft cycling holidays next year in my home province of Drenthe.

Just look at this gorgeous transport bike stamp below, by the ladies of De Krantenkapper on Etsy, or this gift tag by Jennifer of Heedopter!

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I shall be bringing along my crowd of felt bears, foxes, hares and such… and I am very exited about being able to show them all off on my bicycle! I also have a collection of small baskets to stuff with goodies… anything to make my ‘stall’ look pretty!

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So, you shall find me at 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RS ‘peddling’ my wares…

BBB is curated by artist Trevor Pitt, of PODprojects. Facebook event right here!

If you’d like to take part please send an idea of what you’d like to sell or do with your bike for BBB to  trevor@podprojects.org

Monday’s Muse: Yellow

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Yellow.

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I have returned to my home in Birmingham after 3 1/2 months… and I am being greeted by bursts of yellow.

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Things I had forgotten about… like these retro scales.

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Things that remind me of why I left… like this paper collage love heart detail by Oh, Buttons!
(Part of a larger mobile, created by my lovely crafty friends when Jeroen died).

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Things left lying about or randomly pinned… like this picture of my mama.

 

Plans for the week ahead..? Settle in and make stuff for the upcoming Bicycle Basket Bazaar at the Warwick Bar Summer Fete.
(More on that later… check it out though, it’s well cool and stalls are still available!)

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Tutorial Tuesday: Fabric Pin wheels

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Pin wheels

  • 7 x 7cm scraps of fabric
  • 7 x 45cm fabric
  • 6x6cm template
  • Double sided iron-on interfacing
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing needles
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

This tutorial will explain how to make several fabric pin wheels, rather than just one singular one as you’ll want to make more!

Pinwheel 1

Making Double-sided fabric squares
Cut your piece of double sided iron-on interfacing into a strip of just over 6cm (62 – 65mm).

Iron your 6.2 x 45cm double sided iron-on interfacing strip onto the reverse side of a piece of fabric. Using your 6x6cm template, draw 7 squares onto the paper side of your interfacing.

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Now cut out your strip and cut them into squares. Peel off the paper backing and place your square onto the reverse side of a scrap of fabric, wrong sides facing. (So the side that had previously got the paper on is facing the reverse of the fabric scrap).

Iron into place.

Cut out your square, slightly smaller than your initial cut out square so you ensure clean-cut edges.

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Making Pinwheels
Fold your square in half diagonally and then in half again, so you end up with a small triangle. Insert a pin on the cross section of the folds. Unfold the square, but leave in the pin as this will mark the centre of your square.

Cut along the diagonal folding lines towards the centre, leave 1cm from the centre uncut.
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Remove the pin and insert a threaded needle into the centre. Fold over your first triangle point into the middle and stitch in place. Then fold over the second triangle and stitch in place in the centre on top of the first. Continue with the remaining two triangle points.

To hide all the stitches and to finish your pin wheel, stitch a button in the centre.

Now make, as many as you want and attach them to bobby pins, brooch pins or directly onto bags, lampshades, cushion covers the possibilities are endless!

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To reinforce the edges of the pin wheels you may want to apply a little diluted PVA with a small brush to stop them from fraying. Or you could sew a blanket stitch all the way round them, before you sew all of the points into the centre of the wheel.

If you have any questions about this Tutorial, just leave a comment… Thanks!

 All photographs by Erin Power