A late-ish post for the New Year due to the demise of my laptop, and a few weeks vacation in Sunny Queensland. The MOTH and I visiting the kids, grandies (6) and foster grandies (6).
Lots of info coming in this post and many pictures. Finally, I have now made a quilt for all 6 of our grandies with the littlest aged 4 receiving his on this trip. A rather plain style as I liked the nautical fabric and could not bear to cut it. So it becomes a whole cloth, with brickwork back.
Picked up our post today and a lovely ctoss stitch from Claire93 to brighten our day snd return.
Merry Christmas Everyone. Especially to our Scrap Happy Facilitators. I am in awe of Kate and Gun, who inspire and give us little nudges to add our posts for scrap happy. I seem to struggle with the little things in life and without their prompting – I would fade into oblivion.
Scrap happy this month is minimal – as most of my stitching revolved around secret items, several which have still not arrived in the snail mail, and I don’t want spoiler alert blog post, those items will be continued in January….
I have completed a few more blocks for my selvage project. Otherwise Just madly organising and reorganising – procrastination actually. yes procrasting has become a norm with me at present – and a little Bah-humbug. Yes, the family Queen of Christmas, has not even set up a tree, or placed one ornament Usually we start to decorate in Mid/last week of Decemebr. This year nothing, and most unlike us. In fact I was thinking if I never decorate again I don’t really care.
But, I digress from the point of this blog post – Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at). No new members to welcome this month, just the usual suspects – LOL plus my 3 blocks
I have been off line, time poor for tech devices. Still managed some decent craft time. Some secret stitching. It’s nearing the end of the year. Perhaps I’m tired, and working on a computer 8 hours a day. I am struggling all round, and unable to blog, unmotivated. Even the festive mood is avoiding me this year. So I have after a little soul search, decided to blog twice a month only from now on. One will be scrap happy on 15th of each month, and second at star of each month on my various craft exploits. With this post a tad late.
Here’s an update on my sashiko lessons. Which I am enjoying very much.
Sometimes Facebook pop ups are soooooo worth it. Like this 24 Day Sashiko lab. Although, I will be doing it over a longer period of time, as I have too much on and too many other projects that need my attention at the same time. Plus I LUV a freebie. How could I NOT try this lovely free Lab.
It is amazing and I enjoy the lovely relaxing slow Stitching style of Sashiko. Here I have the opportunity to learn and explore its deeper side, developing an understanding of the style and methods used. Bonus as the instructor Kazue explains the history, and nuances of this delightful ancient craft, ever so sweetly.
I decided to stray from the norm, which is not me at all. Decided to use some denim from a daggy pair of worn out jeans – and yes I could also have had this a Scrap happy project. But I have loads of them on the go already ^^ which is Japanese for LOL
For this course the style of Sashiko is called “hitomezashi” sashiko patterns, and you need to draw grid lines as a preparation. Because “hitome“ means one stitch in Japanese, and we make one stitch using one square. Interesting process, and I am not a Math girl when it comes to stitching, however understand the grid and square system, has opened up the Geometry of the stitching world to me – Bizarre as I never considered I would like to delve deeper into this.
Here are my blocks from day 1 & 2. Fortunately I had a lovely variegated sashiko thread in my stash. I do hope it lasts through all 24 blocks, if not who knows what thread I may substitute, so I can use up my massive thread stash. Not sure what these blocks will evolve into, but that will be a project for another time, as I have 22 of these beauties still to complete. My stitching is not perfect, it’s hard to get every stitch even, which is why I do not hand quilt anymore.
Another month has flown by and its Scrap Happy Day. A day to celebrate our scrap projects and organised by the fabulous Kate and Gun. If you wish to join us check out the links below. Also check out the wonderfully talented crew and their wonderful creations and exploits this month.
My progress is somewhat slow, as I potter with too many projects LOL. Is there There such a notion or thing as too many! Preping and planning my book case blocks. Using my scrumptious selvages. Not sewn, still in it’s infancy as I just play with my scraps. The shelf block sections will be 12 inch each. Thinking a 6 x 6 or 9 x 9 cube wall hanging. I also have heaps of 2.5 inch strips left over ftom the boys quilts, bonus I won’t need to cut sashing when the time finally arrives.
What do you think?
Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).
Smile, as it’s A happy happy day. Enjoying some semi secret sewing. Here are a few “bits” as a teaser. Fun project in the making. Simple sewing as I tackle my EPP and other larger complex projects. Unfortunately this is all I can show you, until gifted later this year.
EPP and its accessories fascinate me. Wonder clips, wonderfil threads etc are such simply wonderful, portable, scrumptious,incredible items. Then we have the lovely reusable adhesive hide dots, to use on hot days, or when I cannot tolerate a full thimble. I do like a good thimble.
Any Hoo, my other EPP project in greens, are a series of 6 frames. All finally assembled. Using Sue Daley pre cut Crowns and yummy fabrics from my stash. Next to tackle the floral embroidery inserts before they evolve into ??? Cushions perhaps. Time will tell.
Sewing kit tip, always keep a square of felt in your kit, its a handy little thread catcher, stops those strays running amuk if no itty bity bin is close by or when travelling.
My dainty knitting continues. Slow and steady. I have managed the heel flap, turned the heel and now into main section. Surprisingly enjoying and mastering these little circular needles. Process made easier asvit mimiced neckline collar on a vest I needed to use a separate single for this section so I could try it on. Like the fit thus far. Preferring a looser top.
After a small bout of retail therapy for a new pair of sheepskin slippers. It only seemed fitting to support the “yarn store” on the other side of this twin shop. Yes hubby and wife team, sheepskin products and beautiful wool and woollens. Sharing a lovely space in time and one of Geelong’s much loved shops and traders.
Several of my Crafting friends knit socks and I have been fascinated to try it myself. Purchasing one ball of Opal 4pky self patterning sock yarn, and a tiny pair of sock cable needles. 2.5 mm and a mere 25cm tip-tip. A lovely addition to my symgonie collection. After measuring width of my Freddie Flintstone feet, flat cast on, 2 rows of 2K x 2P band merged onto the cable and voila. Band complete and main section progressing nicely.