My project list grows daily, so much so that I am finding it hard knocking everything off my to-do list. The number of new things I want to try is quickly over taking the projects I have some skill in. I love trying new things. I blame Stumbleupon. I set it to stumble ‘crafts’ and can spend hours just browsing other people’s amazing projects and ideas. It really helps me get the creative juices flowing.
Currently on my plate are three different endeavors that each want equal time. Embroidery is a new passion of mine. I’ve been slowly collecting a hefty stock of supplies to pursue my interest. Embroidery floss has come in handy for so many other projects (thanks to it I was able to finish a gift for my two best friends that was supposed to be completed at Christmas and was instead done in May) not to mention there are so many amazing techniques and types of thread you can use that the possibilities seem endless.
I really enjoy embroidery that uses wool instead of embroidery floss or thread. Using wool adds a dimension of the piece that you can’t get with other threads. I’m all about texture. Plus this means I can use the endless piles of yarn I have stockpiled.
Here are some books I recommend checking out if you are interested in embroidery:
1. Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
2. New Crewel: The Motif Collection: More Exquisite Designs in Modern Embroidery
3. Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Woolly Embroidery: Crewelwork, Stump Work, Canvas Work, and More!
4. Sterling Publishing Lark Books: Doodle Stitching
5. Sterling Publishing Lark Books: Doodle Stitching
In addition to embroidery, macrame has made its way to my category of new interests. I’ve discovered something about myself in the last several years; I enjoy working with my hands. I easily pick up projects that involve dexterity and handwork: embroidery, macrame, crocheting, sewing (though this one is taking some practice), and painting. I find the movements cathartic.
The project that sits at the top of my to-do list is to practice my sewing abilities; both hand and machine sewing. So many neat ideas I have need the use of a sewing machine, so I think it would truly benefit me to have one mastered. Or, at the very least, have passable skills in its use. What inspired this current sewing project was this adorable jewelry bag I received as a gift for my birthday many years ago. I have no idea where the person got it but my friends have admired it for some time.
One day, while shopping at Hancock Fabrics, I spotted a pattern for something that looked very similar. I bought it and it has been sitting in my fabric drawer waiting for the day I was brave enough to try it. Yesterday was that day. The first attempt left much to be desired, but after inspecting what I had done wrong (and after a few stressful vents to my friends) I made some modifications and started the next one. I had better results with my second and third attempt. There are still a few modifications I plan to make on the pattern to improve it but I’m pleased that I found this pattern and can make my friends dreams of owning a similar jewelry bag come true.
Up next on my to-do list is a few little DIY projects that I plan on sharing here. The first being an easy guide to dressing up old pillows with fabric, stencils and paint. The second being how to make felt flowers for embellishment on anything from gift wrapping to sweaters or headbands. The third will be a much more intensive woodworking project that will likely span several entries. Stay tuned and craft on!