Hillarys Blinds Country Crafts Competition

Hillarys Blinds have been running a Country Crafts Competition which challenged designers to use one of four Hillarys fabrics to create a piece of craft design.

I chose their “Patina” houndstooth fabric, a very sumptuous fabric with a slight sheen to it. Well-suited for cushions, furniture covers or upholstery, its pattern is quite a large-scale dogtooth design and it’s a heavy-weight strong and sturdy fabric.

At first I sketched a few ideas in my notebook to figure out what kind of item I’d like to create. I looked through plenty of photos of cute dachshunds (more commonly known as sausage dogs) for inspiration. The name of this breed comes from the German language meaning “badger dog”.

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After admiring all the cute dogs I made a few full-scale drawings on a piece of paper to establish the final shape and proportions.

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I then placed the cut out drawing on top of the fabric to use it as a template.

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I had to account for the fullness when the dog is stuffed with washable polyester fibres, so I kept adding extra allowances around the initial silhouette to achieve the desired result. When I was happy with the shape I set about cutting out the 2 pieces to create the body of the dog and a couple of ears too.

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I decided to line the ears with contrasting fabric, so I used a nice red and white organic cotton gingham fabric to add a highlight to my creation. Using an overlocking stitch I secured the edges of the fabric to stop them from fraying and carried on.

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So, having stitched 2 main pieces of fabric, I left an opening for turning it inside out and for adding padding too.

Then I stitched the ear details together – Hillarys “Patina” fabric and the gingham fabric – face to face, leaving an opening to turn them inside out. The shape of the ears was free-sketched as I went along to suit the shape of the dog.

After that I stitched the nose and the eyes of the dog using a strong woollen black embroidery thread. I added some polyester fibres inside the dog’s ears for volume and using a ladder-stitch I finished the ears and then attached them to the sides of the head of the dog. Then it was a case of stuffing the rest of the dog’s body with filling with a help of a tailor’s awl that I was given for Christmas (thank you Morag!), a very useful tool to have for reaching narrow places like the nose and the tail of the dog or for turning the corners inside out.

Using a ladder-stitch again, which helps to stitch the opening almost without any visible traces, if you are accurate of course, it’s not magic, I finished my piece and decorated it with a gingham bow on the neck. I hope you like my creation and it will now be sitting on my sofa. :)

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Yana K Crafts products are now available in Japan

I’m proud to announce that a selection of Yana K Crafts products are now available to buy from Mango Green in Japan.

These include Harris Tweed flap cases which fit iPhones, smartphones and iPods, plus Harris Tweed book covers, both of which you can see below.

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If you are located in Japan, please visit their website to view the products:

MANGO GREEN The World Zakka Store

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Yana K Phone case is featured in the blog “Moment in Tweed”

One of my iPhone cases has been featured in a blog by Helen Limbrick called “Moments in Tweed“, which showcases some beautiful Tweed creations found on Folksy!

And my Tweed case is also amongst them.

This model is also available to buy from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone case reviewed on App4Phone.fr

One of my iPhone cases has been reviewed on the French website App4Phone.fr, and I’m happy to say it was given a score of 4 stars out of 5!

The case that they reviewed is the slim case in black and grey herringbone-patterned fabric with light pink lining, which can be bought from my shop here.

You can read an approximate translation of the review here using the magic of GoogleTranslate.

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Yana K iPhone case featured in 5LetterDesign’s Treasury on Etsy

Another of my iPhone cases has been featured in an Etsy Treasury. My slim case in charcoal grey Tweed with light pink lining is featured in 5LetterDesign’s pink & {grey} {gray} treasury, a lovely mix of greys and pinks!

This model is available to buy from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone cases featured in four more Etsy Treasuries

I’ve been lucky enough to have four more of my iPhone cases featured in Etsy Treasuries over the past few days.

First my slim case in houndstooth-patterned Harris Tweed with black lining was featured in aandboriginals’ vintage-inspired Treasury called It’s Complicated.

slim case in houndstooth-patterned Harris Tweed with black lining

This model can be bought from my shop here.

Then my slim case in green and pink Tartan with black lining was featured in NangijalaJewelry’s appropriately-named Pizaz Treasury.

slim case in green and pink Tartan with black lining

This model can be bought from my shop here.

My slim case in herringbone-patterned Tweed with bright pink felt lining was then featured in lunahoo’s Essential Home & Her Treasury, another one inspired by a vintage look.

slim case in herringbone-patterned Tweed with bright pink felt lining

This model can be bought from Etsy here.

And finally, my slim case in charcoal grey Tweed with purple lining was featured in PeshtemalShop’s purpley Jacaranda Treasury.

slim case in charcoal grey Tweed with purple lining

This model can be bought from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone cases featured in three new Etsy Treasuries

Three of my iPhone cases have been featured in Etsy Treasuries recently.

My slim case in light green herringbone Tweed with purple lining is featured in riorita’s Saturday’s favorites Treasury, a collection of pastel-coloured products.

slim case in light green herringbone Tweed with purple lining

This model is available to buy from my shop here.

Then my slim case in dark purple flecked Tweed with black lining is featured in wintergarden’s Tha gaol agam ort Treasury (Scottish Gaelic for “I love you”), and obviously it’s purple that she loves!

slim case in dark purple flecked Tweed with black lining

This model is available to buy from my shop here.

Finally my slim case in red flecked Tweed with black lining is featured in EllaJewelry’s Fun February Treasury, a brightly-coloured selection of products.

slim case in red flecked Tweed with black lining

This model is available to buy from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone case featured in PatriciaGallucci’s Treasury on Etsy

Another of my iPhone cases has been featured in an Etsy Treasury. This time it’s my slim case in charcoal grey Tweed with blue-grey lining which is featured in PatriciaGallucci’s The joy of choosing grey, proving that grey can be interesting!

slim case in charcoal grey Tweed with blue-grey lining

This model is available to buy from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone case featured in ellierosedesigns’ Treasury on Etsy

Banish those winter blues with ellierosedesigns’ holiday-inspired I still really need a vacation. . . Treasury on Etsy!

Along with the various chic holiday products my black and grey herringbone iPhone case with black lining is featured.

slim case in black and grey herringbone fabric with black lining

This case is available to buy from my shop here.

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Yana K iPhone case featured in ToletallyPainted’s Treasury on Etsy

My shop is now open again after a break over Christmas and New Year, and my bright tartan iPhone case with black lining has been featured in ToletallyPainted’s tartan Treasury on Etsy, a collection of handmade tartan products called Mad For Plaid.

bright tartan iPhone case with black lining

This model is available to buy from my shop with black lining, purple lining or red lining.

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