This episode is subtitled ‘The best diet in the world…’
Oh I love this time of year. Have I told you that already? Probably. I do like the cosiness of the winter but spring is just so full of expectation. I don’t want to sound too romantic or poetic but sometimes I wish we could just suspend time right now when the daffodils are still out and everywhere else there are buds waiting to burst open. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could live with that anticipation for a while longer, before anything starts to mature then fade? But at least the plants and trees come back rejuvenated next year which is more than can be said for ourselves.
I have other reasons for liking this time of year – the nights are lighter (and will be even lighter when the clocks change at the weekend), the birds are busy flirting in the garden and the cold flower shop has warmed up a bit. The added bonus there is that, as we shed our layers, customers are surprised by how much weight we’ve lost. It’s amazing what a good diet it is going from eight layers of vests/tee-shirts/fleeces down to just one of each!
It’s Good Friday tomorrow so maybe you thought we’d be decorating Easter bonnets this week, but I promised you something that was a tiny bit of sewing for little girls and this flower clip is easy enough to be made by little girls, and can be used all year round. Here goes…
Find some scraps of felt and cut round a pound coin for each clip you want to make.
Cut the circle into quarters. Thread a needle with a similar colour of thread, double it up and knot it at the end. Sew a small running stitch near the bottom of the curved edge. Push each petal along the thread to round about the middle.
Gather the petals together and tie the two ends of the thread together, keeping them taut. I’m cautious so I tie three knots.
Cut the ends off and sew on a small bead (the small buttons that I’d pulled out originally were too big!)
Glue the flower onto the clip (I used super glue) and find a little girl to test it out on!
Much better than my original model.
- For best results follow the curve of the petal with neat stitches, quite close to the edge.
- Keep the thread taut as you tie the ends of the thread together to create the flower shape.
- Scraps of felt
So, if you have a few scraps of felt and a few minutes to spare, why not make a pile of them? Even if you don’t know any girls who’d like a hairclip I think you could use the little flowers for lots of different things. What do you think? Tell us your ideas in the comment section below.
See you all again next week when we’ll be salvaging and crafting something else.