I went to visit a friend the other day and wanted to make her a quick gift. This little pillow is the result based on a design by Ellen Chester of With My Needle from page 7 November 2007 The Gift of Stitching Magazine with some changes and using own choice of threads.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
It is March 2021. Where has the time gone. We are in our second year of living with Covid. Life has changed but our need and desire to do what we love and to make what we love is ever present, maybe even more so.
I have found myself unexpectedly unemployed at the present time and I am taking a few weeks’ break before I start looking for employment, which at 57 and living in a small rural town will not be easy to find. I finished work at the end of January so one month has already vanished.
My 18 year old daughter has also left school having completed Year 13 and has also finished as a dance student which has also freed up time, so I suddenly find myself in a position where I have some spare time to be creative.
I have sorted out my craft room and have taken stock of what I have – so many UFOs (unfinished objects) and a huge wish list of things I would like to do.
My dolls house miniatures are still packed in boxes out in the shed (we moved to our current address in May last year) and I have yet to decide how much they will play a part in my creative future, although I anticipate wanting to do dolls house miniatures in the form of quilting, embroidery etc so my Myrtle Manor blog will hopefully still get some love at times. I also love hunting out vintage dolls house items.
So what am I ‘making’ in 2021. Last year I made the mistake of trying a little cross stitch project and discovered Flosstube (part of YouTube dedicated to cross stitch). I have fallen hard. I now have quite a collection of WIPs (works in progress). I did try a little bit of cross stitch in my late teens but it wasn’t my thing at the time. I can’t believe how far it has come in the last few decades and just what is available now as far as designs, fabric and floss and the great on-line cross stitch community.
Some cross stitch projects I have completed:
I am also keen to get back into bookmaking, specifically to create a journal to put small cross stitch items into like a scrapbook. The cardinal etching above will go into that.
I also do a bit of quilting/sewing. My interest is mostly in art quilting and I look forward to experimenting with some different techniques including paint, dyeing, stitch, beading etc. I also enjoy English paper piecing and want to have a go at making some bags.
A small (almost finished) art quilt ‘Tribute to Clarice Cliff’:
I saw someone using a large cotton reel recently as a scissor holder on a flosstube video so I had to copy. Isn’t this the cutest thing:
I am also quite keen to look at using recycling items to make things, especially denim jeans and old doilies etc. I am currently working on a snippet roll which I will fill with stitching, embroidery and different embellishments over time. The base is made from denim jeans and small bits of hand dyed lace findings.
I will introduce other works in progress as we go along. So watch this space, let’s see where this bit of free time and my creative experimentations will take me.
I have a bit of time up my sleeve to think about my health and weight and make these things a priority which will hopefully also give me more creative energy.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
- Create a craft journal system to keep a record of my craft projects.
- Keep a brief daily record of what creative things I have done, seen, heard about etc.
- Finish/or make a quilt to completion (including free motion or hand quilting).
- Keep working on my knitting skills and do something in some form of colourwork.
- Learn to draw and experiment with designing craft projects.
- Make Christmas gifts throughout the year.
- Make myself some clothes – sewing and knitting.
- Set up miniature scenes and photograph them for Myrtle Manor Miniatures blog.
- Work on photography skills and set up an area to take indoor close up photographs.
- Make post entries in my 12Create and Myrtle Manor Miniatures blogs.
- Make the most of having a year’s subscription to Craftsy Unlimited.
- Learn to crochet.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Saturday, December 30, 2017
As part of my Christmas present this year my husband Pete and daughter Jamie selected 20 fabrics which they thought I would like (William Morris type fabrics) and had them cut into 2 1/2 inch strips. Such a special gift. I am looking forward to creating something with them - possibly a bag or a table centre.
Well it is time to be creative now. I will be back in the New Year hopefully with some show and tell.
If you want to have a look at my dolls house miniatures blog Myrtle Manor Miniatures (not currently active) you can follow this link:
When I told my husband I had finally finished the camel he said it was a wonder it hadn't collapsed with shock.