art, craft, crochet, knitting, sewing, Uncategorized, yarn

30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 28

Nearly there!

Day 28: Do you do any other crafts besides knitting? What are they, and did learning to knit come before or after learning these other crafts?

I have always been a crafter, it’s in my blood!  My Mum is very inspirational and we have always made things together.  Here she is with some of her hand stitched and pieced quilts for Project Linus, made for children and teenagers who are sick or traumatised.

Mum and I have done craft activities together for many years, from simple childhood crafts, to things that we have created together and sold at craft fairs.

We started off with dried flowers (this was the 1980s!) and I also at the same time learnt cross stitch – I had many commissions and made some lovely pieces for Mum and Dad, but never made anything for myself…

We moved on to decoupage (what is now known as Victorian Decoupage) and my very talented elderly uncle made some wonderful wooden objects which we painted, covered with paper and varnished, often cracking them and rubbing in raw umber or occasionally using gold or silver leaf.

Unfortunately, no photographic evidence of this exists, but we enjoyed making things together and it was only my moving to London that stopped us doing so much crafting together.

I then had a quiet few years (well, not in my social life!) where I did little crafting.  When I moved down to Wiltshire I took up firstly knitting and then crochet, and I haven’t looked back since…

I would like to feel a bit more confident with my knitting and would like more experience in using a sewing machine, but Mum always says that my hand stitching is probably the neatest she has ever seen.

If I had the time (and resources!) I would love to devote more time to craft as it gives a sense of wellbeing and mindfulness that I rarely get elsewhere in life…

Standard
crochet, sewing, Uncategorized

Cheeky Presents for Funny People

I had great fun this weekend, giving some cheeky little presents which I had made, to my lovely friends, Kerry, Des and Tilly, who I haven’t seen for ages…

I decided to be quite adventurous and make Des a crocheted Death Star – that evil Star Wars space station – thanks to the amazing pattern from Pops de Milk – I was quite pleased how well it came out, and I may just have enough yarn to make myself one as well.  I didn’t half get some funny looks on the train when I was finishing the stitching!

 

Next up is Kerry – who, not exclusively within their household, has an unnatural love of trumping (farting, blowing-off, passing wind, whatever you wish to call it!)

I found an old book of cross-stitch alphabets and decided to use one of the most pretty designs with one of the rudest sentiments.  A nice juxtaposition…

IMG_20160312_140923

Finally, Tilly is apparently obsessed by Adventure Time – an animation series I have never seen, and she particularly likes two characters, Jake and Finn.  I meant to make both figures but Jake took so long I had to stop there!  Perhaps on my next visit she will have a matching pair…

You would not believe how difficult it is to make a figure which you are unfamiliar with, especially when he has a surprising number of ‘parts’ (not being rude there, for once!).

All of the prezzies were happily received and gave me the chance to practice some skills I haven’t used for many years, I may have to make some more subversive pieces for my own amusement…  Or maybe even on my Etsy shop.

What phrases (cheeky or not!) would you like to see hanging on your walls?

Standard