We are still firmly in the grips of winter down here in Victoria's Western District, so our last Crafternoon had to be something warm and cosy in front of The Roxburgh's lovely open fire. Fuelled by their famous wood-fired pizzas, copious wine and Lindt hot chocolates, we made miniature heat bags in the form of be-hoot-iful owls stuffed with scented barley, and they rock!
Don't take my word for it, just see how cute they turned out:
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We learnt the basics of hand stitching, focussing on the running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch and blanket stitch. Pip Lincoln's 'Make Hey! While The Sun Shines' Craft book has an adorable page covering some of these stitches, and you can read my review of the whole book HERE.
We also attached buttons and bows, embroidered tiny little beaks and added felt details, so even those new to sewing left feeling pretty accomplished with their new found skills! Our little owls were stuffed with barley that had been soaking up a variety of scents for a week or so: peppermint, vanilla, rosemary and almond. Once stitched up and decorated you just pop them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and hey presto: a nifty little hand warmer to keep your mitts toasty!
To fuel our creativity and chatter we indulged in a few vinos, dreamy Lindt hot chocolates and slice after slice of cheesy wood-fired pizza... YUMMO!
If you fancy making one yourself, here's how:
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Until next time! X