A little while back I made myself some pattern weights out of DIY washers.
However, after using them for a while, a) I lost one (Boo), b) I realised I could do with more.
I got the inspiration for these little lovelies from an issue of Crafty Magazine. They used pebbles in a few different ways: wet felting them for use as paperweights; crocheting around them (really want to do this, ever since I saw Susanna Bauer‘s work at the Scarlet); and painting designs on small ones and framing them to make pictures.
I collected some stones way back in October before we moved from the wonderful place that is….. Redcar.
Ahhh Redcar. Home of naff amusement arcades and the wonder that is the Lemon Top. It has to be Pacitto’s.
(Really could go for a Lemon Top right now…. must add lemon sorbet to the list of things to make with the new icecream maker!)
I picked a variety of different stones, different colours and sizes. I thought I should probably be using up my stash of stuff, rather than buying anything else (bad habit), so I used the paint that I already had:
FYI, my verdict on the paints are Martha all the way! Covered easily and in one go, vast array of different colours and finishes available, whereas the red paint took two coats, especially on the darker stones. (When I did my papier mache letters, I did do two coats though, as the finish was better with two)
I played around with a few different things, spots, chevrons, and hearts:
Next I want to have a go at felting, and a bit of crochet on the larger stones. But at least now I have some more weights ready for my next bit of pattern cutting! I bought some patterns from Colette (Peony, Juniper, and Negroni) and Grainline (Tiny Pocket Tank and Lakeside Pyjamas) in the Black Friday sale, way back in November…….
#shouldprobablygetonthat…… Although in my defense, I did only just get my machine back from it’s 2 month jaunt on the ship!