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.