Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A Mini Minion, Tiny Teddy and Beautiful Bows! (and Sewing Bee)

Crocheted Mini Minion
Last weekend, just for fun I had a go at this pattern from Vivianne at Philae Artes to make a very mini Minion. He's only 5.5cm (2.25") tall.

What a bloomin' fiddle! I used regular DK wool and a small old UK size 12 (2.5mm) crochet hook. He was pretty quick to make but sooooo fiddly I really don't think I will be making another.
The other major problem with him is that I made him at night, in artificial light and what I thought was black wool for his teeny hands, feet and little glasses strap thingy is in fact navy blue! The blue of his dungarees is a bit off too, should be more royal blue really. It is testament to how fiddly this was that I haven't done a remake with the right colours.
I wandered slightly from the original instruction for his eye too. Mine is just a circle of white felt, with the dot and grey outline done with a sharpie. I then over sewed it on with regular grey sewing thread rather than glueing.
I had the key ring just hanging around, whatever was on it before must have fallen off (never throw anything away!) I just sewed it on as securely as I could.
Crocheted Mini Minion

He is pretty cute though, despite his rather obvious faults, so if you want to make one this pattern does work. Vivianne has lots more cute teeny tiny patterns on her blog too.

While I'm sharing teeny tiny things, a few months ago I made this tiny little teddy, again just because I wanted to try really. He's is knitted, I'm afraid I can't remember what wool or needles I used. I followed this pattern from Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits. She has lots of amazing patterns, some to buy and some for free. It's another beautiful site well worth checking out.
Tiny knitted Teddy
He just sits on the side looking cute, I should give him away really, but I just haven't been able to yet!
Tiny knitted Teddy
I love the fact that the camera did face recognition on him when I took this picture!

Also last weekend I was making a few cards too and tried out this amazing teeny little bow making method.

I then got ridiculously excited. Try it and you will too. This method makes little bows that lie flat and straight - Amazing! Mine are not quite perfect as you can see but so much better than anything I was making before.
how to make tiny bows with a fork


I am also very excited as The Great British Sewing Bee is back - whoop whoop! I love this programme so much. (I don't know if my non UK people get to see this, it's BBC so maybe you can get it on BBC America if you are in the US? If you don't maybe you need to start a petition or something!)
Somehow the programme makers make me feel almost instantly engaged with the contestants, and I love to see someone who did really badly in one round come through in the next and do really well.
I found this interview with one of the contestants, Lynda, on Crafts from the Cwtch Blog (she's the mum of Sarah, whose blog it is). Definitely worth a read if you are a fan at all.

Finally, I am also pleased to see a few signs of Spring. No offence winter, but you can go now, I've had enough.
Snowdrops by Carla Nyanyo

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Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for your link to my blog post - and for being kind enough to let me know :) Your blog is lovely and I especially love your beautiful blog banner pic - it appeals to me in so many ways (red, buttons, crochet, red, washi tape, did I mention I like red...?)

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    1. Red is my favourite colour, always has been. I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to it! I was happy to see your lovely mum getting "garment of the week" this week on sewing bee, those PJ's were beautiful (and red!)

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  2. Your little teddy is really cute. I'm not surprised you want to hang on to him. I've been enjoying the Sewing Bee again. I just don't know how they sew under that time pressure.

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    1. I know, and with those judges watching every move - I'd be trying to hide under the table whilst I was ripping out a mistake shouting "nothing to see here"!

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  3. Love your little bear and minion - they are so sweet x

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  4. I have a grandmother who made so many awesome gifts for us growing up. While I do not have the same talent I am happy to say that my grandkids other grandma is so they get to enjoy gifts such as these you did a great job love the imagination you have
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  5. Aw man! It would be so cool if I could crochet these. I completely would want someone to be near me so I could ask questions if I get lost. Actually, I just had a thought! I think some of the women in my new fellowship crochet. I might be able to get some help. We find out the gender of the baby next week and I wanted to start on something for the baby after we found out. :) Thanks for sharing this with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured!

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    1. HI Brittnei, the absolute best way to learn crochet or knitting is to have someone sitting right next to you to sort out little mistakes before they become big mistakes. It's a lovely way to get to know people too, a regular coffee/tea & cake get together with crafts - perfect!
      It will be lovely if you can make something for the baby - how exciting.

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  6. Knitting is something definitely want to learn, one day. My plate is way to full to add another craft. These are super cute, and thanks for the tip on making little bows. I've always wondered how that was done. Thanks for linking up to Countdown in Style.

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  7. Your mini minion is so cute. I can imagine it was really fiddly being so small. The teddy reminds me of Mr Beans teddy. Isn't that bow making technique brilliant. Thanks for sharing.
    Ali xx

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  8. I love the minion but I don't think I'd have the patience to do it!beautiful little teddy too.

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  9. I love your teeny teddy bear! I could never give that away.

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  10. I love your teeny projects, I'm not sure I'd have the patience to make something tiny. Thanks for sharing the ribbon tying video, it's a great idea.

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  11. My kids would love the Minion! They're so cute! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop!

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