I’m still struggling to believe it is the end of December and the end of 2015. This year has been full on, to be honest I had to read back through all my posts to see all that has happened this year.
At the start of the year I vowed to use my craft gadgets more. Confession I haven’t used my Scan N Cut, binding machine or strip cutter but they are on my list for 2016. I did use my embroidery machine to make a set of gifts this year and have learnt how to use a few more of the features on in it.
I did a few quilting classes this year learning the basics and free motion. Books and YouTube are a great way to learn new techniques but I think there is no better way to learn than to physically watch a teacher, try it yourself and have them watch you. You get instant feedback as to if you are doing it right and gain valuable tips along the way. Quilting is something I would love to do more in the future.
This year I was involved in a lot of craft swaps on Facebook and Instagram. Some swaps were easy to do as they only involved raiding my scraps stash or going shopping for a parcel of items, other swaps involved a lot of sewing and knitting so took a bit of time. I really enjoyed the challenge of making items that fitted the brief my swap partner had given. I loved all the items I received in swaps. Looking at all the handmade items I was receiving in the mail knowing how much time and effort went into making them for me.
Earlier this year I was going through a sewing slump where my interest in sewing waned a little. In May I decided to take part in the Australian Sewing Guild Instagram photo challenge. For 31 days I had to take different photos relating to sewing. It broke sewing down into all the individual elements and made me think about the different aspects of sewing. Sewing isn’t just about hours at the sewing machine trying to get seams to match. By the end of the month my Sewjo was back. It was a lot of fun.
Bag making was something I had wanted to try since I started sewing. They always looked complicated. This year I had the confidence to try making them. After making my first one I discovered they aren’t hard to do. If you use a good pattern, read all instructions, follow all instructions and take your time you can do it. I’m now running around with a bag that I made. My friends have bags and wristlets that I have made them.
One of the best decisions I made this year was so to sign up to Sew Box Subscriptions. To be honest when I joined I didn’t know if I would get much use out of them or not. I was presently surprised after my first box, now I’m stalking my letter box each month when I know the box is due. They are good value for money, the patterns, the fabrics, the notions you get in each box is great. The products are so interchangeable between the boxes that you can mix and match things from different months to come up with ideas. Nearly all my Christmas gifts this year were made from patterns or fabrics I received in the Sew Boxes.
At the start of the year I decided to wanted to “Sew My Stash” and use where possible items and fabrics from within my existing stash first before buying new items. This was something I managed to do fairly well this year. When making all my toys and gifts I looked in my stash and where possible my scrap stash first. This was something I had done in previous years but really focussed on it this year more. I enjoyed the challenge of using the resources I had, going through my scrap stash to see if the pattern pieces fitted the scraps I had. As my scrap stash is located within my sewing area I found it quicker to find the fabrics as I could just dive into it anytime time I wanted to, the rest of my fabric stash is stored in my garage.
This year hasn’t just been about sewing I joined the Knitters Guild. I wanted to develop my knitting and crochet skills so what better way to do it than by surrounding yourself with others who do it. This year I made my first blanket following a pattern. It is called Cosy Blanket and it is cosy. It has been my go to blanket all year. It lives on top of my lounge within easy reach. Actually even at this very moment it is wrapped around my legs on this cool December morning.
The Gem scarf I made this year on a whim ended up being another useful item. I didn’t follow a pattern but just played around with 3 balls of yarn I brought. All winter I lived out of that scarf. If it is rolled up it makes a great mini pillow which came in very handy at times.
It has been a very crafty year in which I have had so much fun. I wish to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by this year and has read a post or two. I love sharing my adventures in craft with you all and reading any comments you leave. For those of you who craft I hope you had a creative and crafty year.