Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Happy New Year

Thank you for your support during 2016
We at Katrina Krafts wish you a Happy New Year

Sunday, 18 December 2016

New Toy

I have a new toy!

It is a Millers Falls Jewellery Vice that someone has very kindly given me.

I look forward to having a play with it.

I have never seen one before.
 The company Millers Falls Manufacturing Company started life back in 1868 in Greenfield Massachusetts, then was renamed Millers Falls Company in 1872. In 1962 it became part of Ingersoll-Rand. In 1982 it was sold to the newly formed MillersFalls Tool Company and since  2002 it has belonged to a Chinese company.

They made a wide range of planes and drills.

If anyone has any other information re my jewellery vice i would love to here about it.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

I've got it all pegged out!

These two peg bags are newly arrived in my shop
Handmade and appliqued onto 100% cotton 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

New Website

You can now find me over on my new website 


 I am so frustrated at the moment my sewing machine bulb has gone yet again!
The original one has been in it since I bought it and blew 5 weeks ago. 
The electrical shop hadn't got the same and suggested I bought an LED bulb - cooler and will be long lasting. Two weeks later it blew. I trailed backed to the shop and they exchanged it. Another two weeks and this one has blown.
I am using a lamp at the moment not ideal, but at least I can continue to sew.
Has anyone else had this problem?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

New Things

There are a number of exciting things going on at Katrina Krafts. 
Footers are growing and a new website is in the making, 
so watch this space.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Winter Wonderland

I am chuffed to be part of a wonderful team of ladies that entered the WI  'Make and Bake Show' in Lincolnshire 
South Federation and won the co-operative entry.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Productive Day

Productive day today.
Long telephone call this morning with a business support advisor, tweaking my webpage, Facebook and Twitter pages, making new friends. All good news for my Footers. And I now have a personalized email address for Footers -


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Hare today, Gone tomorrow.

This delightful little hare is a completed commission.
Along with a cushion.
they will be bouncing their way tomorrow to their new owner.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Walk a Million

 We joined BBC Radio Lincolnshire in their WalkaMillion on Friday.

Walking around Boston seeing parts that normally lie hidden.
We saw the River at low tide as it went out to sea, the beautiful old Skirbeck Church and a chance to look inside, then we were allowed to go into Hussey Tower.

Friday, 7 October 2016

'Footers' from Katrina Krafts

Your skin is normally kept healthy being supplied through tiny blood vessels under the surface. Prolonged pressure on certain areas can restrict the blood supply and if not monitored can easily become a pressure ulcer.
I had a health problem that prevented me lying on my side, so the constant pressure on my heels meant I had a pressure ulcer forming. They are very painful and if you cannot move around you are in trouble. I have worked within orthopaedic areas and was well aware of what can happen. I tried numerous methods and none were satisfactory for me. 
So late one night I had a Eureka moment and decided to make myself something. This simple but effective foot cushion was the accumulation of numerous prototypes and I have now been using it for over a year. It gets used in bed every night, if I am sitting of an evening with my feet up and has even travelled in my suitcase with me. 
It is ideal for the elderly in a home situation.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Footers Launch Day

Today is a very exciting day as this is the launch of a long term project of mine.
After a spell of illness where I found I could only sleep on my back which resulted in the beginnings of a painful pressure ulcer.

Having worked within the Orthopaedic environment I was aware of various techniques to reduce pressure, but somehow these didn't seem to work for me then one night I had a Eureka moment and decided to make
various prototypes until I came up with what I wanted.
After further research I submitted my design to the Intellectual Property Office and in  March 2016 I was granted a Certificate of Design for my Foot Cushion.
I use mine daily - it does not cure pressure ulcers, but alleviates the pressure allowing me a good nights sleep.

My Footer is simple to use and hand washable.


or please contact me for further details.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Happy Lincolnshire Day

Lincolnshire Day is celebrated every year on October 1st
and marks the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising,
a revolt by Catholics against the establishment of the 
Church of England by Henry VIII in 1536.

Lincolnshire home of the Yellowbelly, Lincolnshire Sausage, Lincolnshire Poacher cheese Batemans Brewery, the Red Arrows, Lincoln Cathedral, the Magna Carta, Sir Isaac Newyon, Sir Alfred  Tennyson, Baroness Thatcher, Mathew Flinders, Sir Joseph Banks, Jim Broadbent, Tony Jacklin

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Apple Day

Come and visit the beautiful Gunby Hall on 
Apple Day Sunday 9th October.
I will be there along with other wonderful Lincolnshire crafts.

Blue Skies of Lincolnshire

What better inspiration for these two pale blue linen tote bags than our beautiful blue Lincolnshire skies.

Each with two free motion embroidery panel.
Unique gifts from Katrina Krafts

Thank you for looking.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Three Months to Christmas

Time for Christmas Trees

Three months to Christmas my father used to say as he celebrated his birthday.

So I am adding these handmade robin and appliqued Christmas tree decorations 
to my shop.

Below is a smaller version of my padded wall hanging Christmas trees.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Pincushions Galore

New things have been coming out of the Katrina Kraft stable just lately - from a beautiful pear pincushion to an emergency kit.

If you sew yourself or want a nifty gift there are a several to choose from #newonfolksy

Why not drop by and take a look.

Friday, 16 September 2016

100 days to go...!

Dare I say it but it is 100 days to Christmas.
Instead of the last minute frantic rush 
why not drop by in your time and check out my shop.

Hoping you find something you like..............

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Free Motion

I love crafting and love to try things new but sometimes you always go back to what you originally loved to do.
For me it is always embroidery. That started years ago when I was a young Girl Guide and our troop was going to be disbanded due to the lack of a leader. The Mother Superior from St. Margaret's Convent in East Grinstead offered to take over and we joined forces with the convent guide troop. 

One evening we had a tour around the embroidery rooms where the nuns stitched the huge altar cloths etc. The frames were enormous and the nuns stood to sew them from above and below. Their work was exquisite and that began my love of embroidery.
I saw a fabulous exhibition of the Bayeux Tapestry in 1966 at Hastings for the celebration of the 'Battle of Hastings' in 1066. 
I also saw the beautiful 'Quaker Tapestry' in Kendal.                      
So I had a look on You Tube for tutorials on Free Motion Embroidery. It appeared that my machine could do this     - I just needed a different foot. So I rang the sewing machine centre in Lincoln for advice. 
Twenty five poorer I had purchased an open toed pressure foot and some embroidery needles. So my journey had begun.
The tutorial suggested I needed to strap the inner ring of my embroidery ring with strips of fabric to prevent slipping.

I had a brain wave and used a cotton bandage in my first aid box.
Bandage on and fabric and ring fitted I had a good drum sound when I tapped it.
I fitted the foot and drew the bottom thread up through the fabric to prevent knotting and I was ready to play. The bag below is one of my first attempts. There are so many ideas buzzing around in my head I don't know where to start.

I thank you for reading this and hope that you will come back check out what else I get up to with my new foot.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hi Folks

It has been a while since my last blog. Lincolnshire has been basking in a short hot summer and life goes on - 
our Granddaughter came to stay, we visited the Anderby Creek Scarecrow Festival, been busy in the garden and I have begun making some stock for my my shop and Christmas Fairs.

I have recently got myself some lovely new fabrics and enjoying creating.

The garden has been a little disappointing this year. The flowers have been beautiful, but the plums have been sparse, my chillis are making up for them and the tomatoes have suffered with blight in the little greenhouse, though the polytunnel is producing a generous crop.

There are also some very exciting things going on in the background that I am keen to tell you about, but I shall keep you guessing for a bit longer.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Tea & Tents 2016

I have just come back from an amazing weekend in 
Sherwood Forest camping with another 500+ WI Members from across the country. 

I went with my WI twin and she made a detour to take me to see the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. It is enormous! With a girth of 33 ft and an estimated age of 1500 years.

We set up camp and went off to meet old and new friends.
 The weather was glorious and Saturday breakfast time we sat out taking in the warmth. Sadie is our Institute mascot and had enjoyed herself last year. So was eager to come again.

 People assume that we are a group of old ladies that just make Jam and sing Jerusalem. This cannot be further from the truth.
Ages go from 18 to 80+ and our weekend activities catered for all
from Axe Throwing to Flower Crowns, from Poetry to Henna painting, from Star Gazing to Zumba. Everyone could be as active or relaxed a they wished.

 My Institute twin won the Bunting Competition and received a lovely sewing bundle for her prize. I won a bottle of Elderflower Cordial in the big raffle. Over 1300 tickets were sold and all the money raised was being divided equally between Rape Crisis England & Wales, RICE: the Research for Care of Older People and our own Denman College.
The Yarm Bombing this year was a 1940's Allotment. There were some stunning things made and put together produced a fabulous sight. After T&T's it was swept away to be reassembled in several places raing money for charity.

All in all it was a fabulous weekend.
Now for a pile of dirty washing and a good nights sleep.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

1940's weekend

Today we went to Woodhall Spa to see the 1940's weekend.  
The main road had been closed off to traffic and a large variety of 1940's vehicles were parked in the High Street.  
An abundance of military and civilian personnel  milled about all in 1940's costume. Music drifted out of the cafe's as people sat out side drinking iced drinks in the heat of the sun. You were never quite sure who you were going to bump into......
even Churchill!
There was a large 1940's outdoor market where you could buy anything from dud hand grenades to hair nets. And to top it all the BBMF Lancaster 'Thumper' flew over us. It was wonderful to see her again in the sky , after a long period of repairs.

This group of Black Watch soldiers told
 me that the Germans called them the
'Devils in Skirts'.

Friday, 15 July 2016


It was such a privilege to sit and watch this beautiful bird this morning. It was by sheer chace we spotted him sitting on a post.
We had taken our dog for a walk down Freiston Shore and on our way back to the car  we caught sight of a flash of blue. Quietly we stood and watched while he managed to catch two small fish before moving on.