Craft DVD reviews

Sarah Lowes will periodically review each one of our Craft DVD’s. These DVD’s are available at meetings to borrow on receipt of £10 deposit, refundable upon return of the DVD.

Talking Threads Christmas Special DVD

Here is a review of one of the DVDs from our lending library! I found it easy to watch and take notes, it lasts 65 minutes and everything is very clearly explained. Each Christmas project is demonstrated by a different tutor.
Xmas Table mats
This uses wooden printing blocks, fabric paint and machine stitching. There are 4 or 5 different designs of mats shown. The work could also be done with potato prints and hand stitching.
Xmas Stocking
This uses an embellisher, but you could do the same thing and couch the threads down if necessary. It also uses decorative hand stitch.
Xmas Bag
Tutor shows how to make a good-sized drawstring bag with a circular base. It looks as though it has fancy slashed inserts but it doesn’t! It’s all done with clever folding of fabric – very clever!
Decorated Book Cover
You need a pre-bought note book/sketchbook, paint, bondaweb, different threads, yarns, bits of old organza ribbons. Good way to use up odds and ends.
Needle-felted Velvet
You cut small shapes from little bits of felt (e.g. circles, petal shapes) and needle felt them onto a piece of velvet, then add definition and decoration with hand stitch. This can then be used for cards etc.
Xmas Card
You start with a base of one A4 piece of photocopier paper folded in half. You then cut a simple shape of undulating hills from any kind of wrapping paper, old carrier bag etc and stick it onto the paper. Now cut another hills shape with the hills in a different place from a contrasting colour and stick that on, too. Now free-machine sew on a Christmas tree in gold thread – voila! You can sew several trees on and cut your paper in half or thirds to make several card fronts at once.
Poinsettia Flower
This looked REALLY impressive! I also assumed it was difficult but it’s not at all – the tutor walks you through each stage. You need organza, water soluble fabric and gold seed beads. It involves free-machining and the results can be used to decorate candle holders, brooches, hair slides, fascinators and bags etc.
3D Xmas Bauble
You need Xmas fabric, card, plus and a piece of ribbon and sequins/bells to decorate.