So, I know that my blog was neglected for a while when I was revising for my exams and writing essays but fortunately my crafting wasn’t! I have been really busy improving my sewing skills and working on several cross stitch pieces!
Before I show you those though, here is an update on my Not Your Average Crochet CAL:
Week three is done! I spent Saturday quickly finishing my Dad’s Father’s Day card ready for Sunday morning, so I had completely forgotten about the CAL. It made a really nice surprise to find it as I was browsing through my reader, so I spent Sunday evening after work busily stitching the next few rows…I’m really impressed with how quickly it is growing! I can’t wait to get the next set of instructions tomorrow.
Now, here are some of the projects that I have been working on recently:
The first sewing project that I completed was my set of three fabric baskets. One holds my pattern envelopes, one is great for my stash of fat quarters and the third holds my post supplies!
I really enjoyed sewing them and I managed to complete them all in an afternoon…although I still have to finish the ends off… I have got the supplies in to make one for my Mum for Christmas and I am going to stuff it with stitching supplies and pattern envelopes. I was inspired by a post by Pillows A-La-Mode about the Get A Clue with Nancy Drew fabric range. My Mum always loved Nancy Drew when she was younger and she shared that with me as I was growing up, so I knew that the fabric would be ideal! I got two fat quarters to make the basket and I am contemplating buying the charm pack to put in it. I just need to get some more substantial interfacing when I make one for Mum, mine aren’t as strong as I would like!
Another sewing project that I had to complete pretty quickly was the bow tie from the Great British Sewing Bee book. James decided to tell me about a week before the media awards that he wanted me to make him a bow tie…a first for me with not much time to do it around university essays… Miraculously, I managed to get it done and it turned out pretty well! (If I do say so myself!)
Here it is:
Here he is looking rather James Bond-esque in his finished bow tie!
I also completed my first quilting project! I made this quilted knitting bag from the Quilting in No Time book by Emma Hardy.
Again…ends aren’t quite finished yet…oops! Can you tell I don’t like finishing them off! I also need to get some buttons to sew onto the point where the handle joins the bag. I really enjoyed quilting and I can’t wait to try another project.
I have also sewn my maxi skirt together using the fabric that I bought from the Vintage Fair. I just have to hem it them I can share some photos with you…it will be the first item of clothing I have made!
In term of cross stitching, I finished the birthday card that I was making and I sent it to my German penpal Tobi! We have been penpals for years now and I have never made him anything but when I saw this design I knew that it was perfect! As usual, I forgot to take a photo before I sent it so here is the photo from the magazine instead.
It is from the Cross Stitcher Handmade Card Collection magazine.
I also managed to finish my cross stitch bracelet! After destroying hundreds of beading needles it was FINALLY complete! Here is is along with my End of Ball dress, which I wore with it:
I have been working on my Woodland Sampler too! I am still much further behind than I was hoping to be! I have finally finished January, February and March (the point that everyone else was at when I started) and I am desperately trying to plough my way through April, May and June so that I can start on the frames again ready for July. Because I have been so busy trying to catch up on this one, my Vintage kit it still sat without any progress.
This fabric was one of two pieces that I won in a giveaway by Katy at Creating Misericordia! It is the first time I have ever stitched on even-weave fabric and I absolutely love it! It is so much nicer than Aida and I have another two projects lined up to make on the rest of the fabric after this one! I am also looking into ordering some in pink for another project too…I don’t think I will be choosing Aida for any projects in the future! I have ordered some anti-fray spray to try and stop the edges from fraying as the fabric frays so fast…particularly when you carry it everywhere in a bag like I do!
The last project that I have been working on was the Father’s Day Card that I mentioned earlier. It came free with a copy of Cross Stitch Crazy and I fell in love with the design! My Dad was thrilled with it too!
So, as you can see, even though I haven’t been blogging I have still been keeping myself busy! Hopefully I will be as productive in the next few weeks too!