Mini hoop

I always enjoy taking part in the swaps that Ali of veryberryhandmade organises. They are a wonderful way to try something new and help me feel connected to the community.

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My mini hoop

This swap was of mini hoops, and was primarily instagram based. The hoops have to be between 5.5 and 4 cm in diameter but after that it is upto you.

My partner gave me some great tips for what she wanted, including somethings she didn’t want. I find this really helpful and have been carefully editing my own version with each swap I do, however it is still quite vague.

I knew I wanted to try beading for this swap and as my partner said she liked a bit of sparkle, I felt ok to go ahead with it. She had also mentioned a colour scheme of green and purple so I decide to go with that. I searched my fabric stash for a background but what I actually found was a scarf that I had shrunk which contained a beautiful colour scheme of green, purple along with some yellow, teal and brown, that really inspired me.

I then went through my bead stash to find things of appropriate colours. I wanted various sizes, shapes and textures so I could really play. I also included some sequins as I had been inspired by the work of defiantembroidery on instagram.

I actually found more beads that I used but, I wanted to let the textures play so narrowed down the quantity and unincluded some that were just the wrong scale.

After that I just played. I tried to repeat some of the techniques or colour combinations in different areas as I find this helps to keep some continuity.

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I really enjoyed coming up with ideas, and seeing what they looked like. I find it quite freeing.

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I’m very pleased with the end result, I think it is pretty well balanced colour and texture wise. Hopefully my partner likes it as much as I do.

In return I received this beautiful hoop from @mudpiesandpins.

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May 2018

This one has snuck up on me. April has been an interesting month, it feels like I’ve been doing a lot of traveling and I was a bit unwell.

I’ve mostly been doing my English paper piecing and unlike predicted I haven’t started anything new. Lets see what happens in May.

  1. Quilt – no change
  2. Beaded purse – no change
  3. Peyote card case – no change
  4. Beaded handbag – no change
  5. Beaded crochet – this has grown quite a bit
  6. Jumper – no change
  7. Epp stars – I’ve joined up stars for the top section. Each section is 3 rows and is made up of 32 stars. I’ve sewn the stars into groups of 4 or 5.  I’ve also got started with the bottom section, and am getting along with it.

For finishes its been a bit scarce

  1. Pottery – all the pieces I’ve made so far are glazed and some of them are home. I will talk about the process soon.

I also need to tell you about my mini hoop and the one I received.