I can’t believe how well my twiddle muff post has been received. I’m so pleased that It is helping so many people to create twiddle muffs of their own for friends and family or to donate to local hospitals and nursing homes. Thank you all so much for your comments, pins, likes and shares, both on here and on my various social media platforms. It really means a lot to me, so thank you. 🙂
Since my last post I have been super busy working on custom twiddle muffs and adding to my sensory range. I have ventured into the world of fidget blankets and twiddle cushions. I have also created my vey own twiddle cuffs, which are mini twiddle muffs that can be worn on the wrist for people who are more mobile.
Large or small, the one thing all twiddle/fidget items have in common is their twiddles. As more custom orders have rolled in through my Etsy store I have needed to become more creative with my twiddles. I thought I’d share some of them with you today.
Cloth and Pocket
I am very active on Instagram. I love to share what I have been up to and get instant feedback form my followers. I was scratching my head one day as to what to do next when one of my lovely followers pointed out that her Mum likes to fold things. She told me how her Mum and her friends will sit at a table in their care home and fold cloths with the staff. This got me thinking. How could I incorporate a cloth into my next design. As I mentioned in my previous post. I am no seamstress but every year when “Sewing Bee” come on the telly I manage to convince myself that I’m some kind of haberdashery goddess. I have numerous fat quarters (that I simply had to have because they’re so pretty) stashed around the house so I whipped the sewing machine out and set to cutting and hemming a large square.
If i can get away with crocheting instead of sewing then (as a fully signed up member of crochet addicts anonymous 😉 ), thats what I’m going to do. I quickly whipped up rectangle of double crochet (US single) material and attached it with a slip stitch to my pice of work (in this case, the cushion pictured above). All that I needed to do then was find a way to attach the cloth to my cushion so that it wouldn’t get lost. Once again, I reached for my trusty crochet hook, this time using a nice large hook and 3 different colours of yarn at the same time I formed a slip knot and fed it under one of the stitches in my cushion pocket and back up the other side. I then inserted my hook and made a chain that was long enough to be able to comfortably fold the cloth without the cushion getting in the way. I knotted the end of my chain and sewed my cloth to the knot. I was so pleased with how it turned out that I have used little pockets and cloths again and again.
Tassels, Ribbons, Plats and Knots.
I love to make my twiddle muffs look pretty and inviting but I always have to keep in mind that their main function is to have inviting, functional, long lasting twiddles. Tassels, ribbons, plats and knots can be both pretty and functional.
I get away without sewing by threading my yarns through the stitches of my base cloth (you can find my cloth pattern here). I then knot them at the top and either plat them or leave them as a tassel.
I weave ribbons through my stitches too, either leaving the long with knots at the ends to add texture, weaving them in and out to make pull-able loops or feeding a button on to the ribbon that can be moved along it. In the pictures above you can see various uses of ribbons, yarn and string in order to create interesting twiddles.
Beads and Buttons are Brilliant!
What more can I say?? Beads and buttons are brilliant!! I love using them, they come in such a wide variety of shapes, textures and colours. They’re so bright and cheerful I can’t resist touching them so, on they go. Either clumped together, threaded on ribbons or string, you’ll always find buttons and beads on my work. I could spend hours sat on the floor puzzling out what to do next and (unfortunately for my other half) my bead addiction is developing very nicely along side my addiction to buying yarn (i’m going to sell it love…honest).
As I mentioned earlier in my post I’ve been super busy making custom Twiddle Muffs. I thought I’d share a few photos with you. I always chat with my clients about their loved ones lives and loves. Everything is made with them in mind I love being part of something so very personal.
I hope you like the pictures and that they give you a few ideas for your own creations.
If you would like to order one of my custom made twiddle muffs here is the link Custom Made Twiddle Muff.
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