Welcome to Bristol Idea Craft.  My name is Wendy Morri and the items on this site are hand made by me.  I will make craft to order or you will find me every Friday at 10:30 at Westbury-on-Trym Country Market

Gift Ideas - Handmade Craft including Miniature Teddy Bears & Boxes

Give me a theme and I will make a uniquely crafted item for you.  Whether it's a gift for someone else or something for yourself these items will be treasured.

My main lines are miniature teddy bears and boxes but I also make jewellery, love pyrography and will make anything that is fabric based.

 

Demonstrations and Workshops

If you would like to learn something new then invite me into your group.  I have classes that can fit into an hour, half day, full day or something that will run over several days.  My most popular courses are Box making, Christmas Tree Decorations, Jewellery and Miniature Teddy Bears.

2017 Events

 Every Friday
10:30 - 11:30
 Westbury on Trym Methodist Church Hall, Bristol
Craft Sale
  WoT Country Market

Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd June 2017

Badminton School, Durdham Downs Bristol
Textile Exhibition and Sale
  Bristol Quilters
 Monday 11th September 2017

 Westbury Park Quilters
Badminton School

 Christmas Decorations Workshop  Westbury Park Quilters
 10:30 - 16:00
Saturday 11th November 2016
 Bristol Grammar School
University Road
Bristol
BS8 1SR
Christmas Market 
 In aid of St Peter's Hospice 

Completing UFOs!!!! 

I'm sure that all crafters have a pile of unfinished craft projects.  I'm no different and as I love to learn something new the pile of unfinished craft can grow faster than the completed ones.  I try now to only start something new once I've completed one from the UFO pile - i.e. one in one out.  Otherwise I have to complete anything new I start and not add another one to the pile of part made items.  I've just finished a cross stitch (just need to frame it now) and I'm working on a crazy patchwork cushion cover that has been on the pile since 2008 which will go into the Tombola at the Bristol Quilter Exhibition in June and I'm finishing off a Single Quilt to show at the same ehibition.   

Here are a few completed items :-

 

 September 2016

I bought this Blackwork Kit in Edinburgh at least 3 years ago.  I knew once I started it I wouldn't be able to put it down.  I completed it over the Winter and entered it into the Westbury on Trym Village show http://www.wotvs.co.uk

Much to my delight it got a First.

May 2016

I've made 2 quilts that are destined for the Bristol Neo-natal unit.  These little quilts are used to brighten up the cots of these tiny new babies.

The first quilt are a mother and baby polar bear on an ice flow.  The colours of the sky are meant to represent the northern lights.  The quilting highlights the bears and there are wavy lines in the sky and ice.

Helen lent me a book that inspired both quilts.

 
 

 

The quilts 2 layers of cotton material that will allow them to be hot washed and have no wadding,   The corners are rounded. There is minimal machine quilting - just enough to hold them together. Both quilts are bagged through.

I reversed the penguin pattern so that they would face eachother.  Fabric choice was important and this fabric looks like bubbles in the water with snow falling.

March 2016

My first attempt at bobbin lace making.

New skills keep tempting me.  The latest is lace making - started thanks to a course run by Bristol Lacemakers and a lucky find of a lace making cushion and bobbins in a charity shop.

 

 
 

 I bought the kit to make the 3 bears house at the quilt festival in Birmingham in 2013.  I thought it would be straight forward and I'd have it done by Christmas.  How wrong could I be.  I eventually completed it in January 2016.  I hope to enter it into this years WOT Village Show

This a a cross stitch of John Wayne that I  stitched in sepia for my older sister's birthday. It took me 3 years to complete.

He now greets you as you come in through the front door in her hall.

I completed a second one this year in black and white of Cliff for my younger sister's birthday.  A lovely picture of a young Cliff in Summer Holiday.

 
   This little bird is hand embroidered and made of silk

I finished this cushion kit I bought in New Zealand in 2011.  It is appliqued and hand quilted.  I've pulled the kit out a number of times and then put it to one side again.  However, once I got started I couldn't put it down and finished it in 3 days.

It was displayed at the Bristol QuiltFest in May 2014.


 
At Centre Parks in Longleat in November 2014. I attended a Silk Painting Workshop run by Jennifer Douglas.  What a lovely lady and a thoroughly enjoyable and well run course.  You can see that by how successful my resulting peacock looks.  Very inspiring and a craft that I would like to do again.

I've completed this double sampler quilt that had been in progress for 5 years.  It charts my progress in patchwork and quilting from my very first work.  I have my Mum, Gladys Jones, to thank for helping me throughout the making of this quilt.  It is hand quilted and when I began to run out of steam my Mum also quilted some of the panels for me.

It is a 'quilt as you go' project and contains a number of traditional panels as well as some I designed myself.  Some panels are hand pieced and others are machine pieced.

 

Sample Costs

 Hand sewn miniature teddy bears (in Mohair, Cashmere and Ultrasuede)  £20 - £40
 Hand made boxes  £2.50-£20

Updated by the webmaster Wendy Morri on 15th February 2017