A friend’s birthday.
She is a sewist/knitter too.
It wasn’t easy to decide what to make for her. I filtered ideas, I poured over a few craft books, I searched through my wool and fabric stashes.
I wanted the gift to be useful rather than just decorative.
Look what I decided to make!
Liberty lawn fabric pieced together to make a beautiful needle case, then wrapped in a spare piece of lawn instead of gift wrap.
She liked it too! I love gifting a home crafted present to someone who understands the effort you put into making it, don’t you?
I can’t get enough crafting this week. If I sit and do nothing my mind whirrs and I can’t settle. I have knitted, sewn, painted, mended, scanned books for new projects, even tidied my craft room a little (hubby thinks the last bit is the best bit!)
I think it’s because I was stressed recently about an impending surgery (which has been done and was successful and now I feel fine, thank you very much). Most of my WIPS had stalled over the last few weeks due to mistakes and mishaps (possibly also partly due to the stress of the impending surgery) and also that I hand a slight hand issue which meant I started things and had to give up due to discomfort. All in all, not a good time as a crafter. The hand issue may or may not have gone away, however, so I am just enjoying the opportunities now.
So, my latest new project, started and finished in a few hours. This is a great FEAT for me. I do not yet have a good photo of this – I am on my own and can’t take a photo of myself wearing these – so they look large and slightly weird, just scattered on a surface. I can do better with photos, I will do better, don’t judge me. I just NEEDED to share NOW!
Summer cotton shorts, cute lifebelt fabric, these are going to be so easy to wear! Am I a sewist or a sewer? I reckon sewist sounds slightly better, don’t you?
Just the other day I introduced a few of the lovely WIPs from In the Loop, our weekly crafting group. This week, our final get together before Christmas, we had a Christmas card exchange – we all made one, we all received one. Lots of different styles – a felted robin picture, sashiko style stitching, zentangle, cross stitch, different paper crafts and more! I love the way we’ve all got our different styles.
There was quite a bit of knitting , here’s one wrap in progress, in might look like the finished article will be ‘coffee and cream’ but look at the rest of the ball – there’s all colours of the rainbow and sparkles too! Looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.
And a finished project – well the stitching is finished, it’s the fixing it to the travel book just to go. Absolutely beautiful work and a confession from the sewist – this was started 23 years ago on a worldwide trip. Wow! Even the oldest parts look as fresh as the new! There’s inspiration to never give up on your WIPs!
We are all looking forward to our 2018 creations – completing WIPS, starting new projects, picking up tips from each other, all in all spending time with like-minded friends and having a giggle along the way. Wishing other crafters similar inspiration and fun.
It’s hot again! 33 degrees here yesterday. I sat and sewed, staying out of the sun – making more cute things to sell. Doughnuts and cakes seem to be the thing they like in the local teashop so watch this space for more doughnutty and cakey pics. Here are just three coasters/drink mats with the theme. Apologies for the photo quality. It truly is a ‘snap’ taken in a hurry (reminiscent of those days when you took a photo, sent the film cartridge of 24 photos off to the developers then waited a week to get the pictures back, to discover out of the 24 only 4 or 5 were slightly worthy of being proud of. Anyone remember those days?!)
Today we’re hitting the 30’s again and I have the sewing machine at the ready. I know many sewists have several machines, I have just one good one at the moment. What sewing machine brands do others favour? I have a fantastic Juki HZL e80 with an automatic needle threader and I never use the foot control as it has a on/off/go/stop button as an alternative. A good friend, sewing tutor, can’t get her head around the button but she likes the automatic threader – less squinting when trying to thread the thread!
Sewing and knitting are definitely my kind of therapy and I just read yet again another article on the internet that someone new has just come to realise it too! For once in my life I am feeling slightly on trend. This week has been a little stressful, with a family funeral, the build up to it, the coming down after it. When time was free I picked up the knitting needles or fabric stash and set to. I can’t say I tidied up after myself, much to the chagrin of husband and son – but decided it was the creating I needed. I am wondering how long I can wing that one! I always say life is too short to do more than the minimum housework.
Knitting, no photo made the shortlist today – sorry! I did 10cm of a green/white cotton top, just straight stocking stitch, mindless knitting rather than row counting. I also started a new sample for the shop where I work – as the original has been stolen!!! Yes, that’s right! First I was horrified, then after a few hours decided that I must have made such a good job of it that the thief couldn’t resist. The power of positive thinking, we should all do that more! Food for thought here
Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.
I investigated my fabric stash at the weekend and discovered I have too much beautiful fabric to leave it sitting in the cupboards and not being shown off. So, I made a bag! I wouldn’t say I am a very confident sewist (I blogged on Saturday about saying ‘sewist’ or a similar word, ‘stitcher’ was a good suggestion for someone who sews too). I am not a very competent one either, however I now have something I am proud of. I won’t be showing the finishing off to too many people, “admire from a distance”, I shall say, but one project down and many more to go. I used a pattern called Sea Of Flowers in ‘Patchwork Bags’ by Search Press (their Love to Sew range of books). It has turned out kind of how I thought it would but I think the writers presume you know quite a lot about sewing already, and it’s classed as an easy project (one ‘heart’ in difficulty, rather than 2 ‘hearts’).
To the detriment of my usual hobby, I have neglected the knitting for a few days, although I did a few mini triangles in lime green and white whilst I was being driven to London on Saturday afternoon. I shall be putting them together to make something very soon. What’s the latest project?? You shall have to wait and see. I have carried my bag of knitting into work for two mornings but it just went along for an outing as I didn’t knit at work at all. I was at my ‘non’ knitting job but thought I might get in a few rows in a break. There was no break – it was all hands to the deck both days. Oh well ..