2019 round up

So back at the beginning of the year, I had three things I wanted to do in 2019:
  1. Finish the snowdrop epp quilt. I can see the quilt top being done but I will then need to make a conscious effort to do the quilting (or get someone else to do it if that’s the best option)

  2. Keep making pots and maybe make slightly better pots. I have improved lots but would like to keep improving

  3. Go to my beading group regularly. I love going but with everything I have going on, I need to make a conscious effort to keep those days free.

What actually happened was:
  1. The top was finished and all the stuff is bought to make the quilt. I’ve decided to hand quilt it so it will take awhile

  2. I think my pots have got better. I’ve definitely tried several new techniques this year
  3. I went pretty regularly for the first 6 months but I’ve not made it for a while.
So pretty mixed as always.
I also said some other things:
  1. More complex knitting. I think I wrote this before starting my colour work scarf but other than that all I’ve knitted is dishcloths
  2. Beading – I finished a lot of projects, took part in the summer beadalong and made my peacock bauble.

  3. Use my sewing machine more. I made a couple of quilt blocks but I wouldn’t say I used my machine more
  4. Finish these long term projects: sampler quilt – some more blocks made, beaded purse- beading is done and beaded card case – beading is done. I guess really need to get my machine out in 2020 and properly finish these items.

    Overall I think I made 29 things in 2019, which is quite impressive. Five were dishcloths, 5 more were gifts, 4 sets of cards and a lot of necklaces this year.

    Looking back I’m quite impressed with myself, especially as I was so focused on the quilt that it didn’t feel like I’d made anything else this year.

    So know I have to think about what to do next year.

Pottery update

I’ve still been going to pottery, even if I haven’t been taking pictures. I’ve actually been going much more regularly this year and so tried a few different techniques and ways of doing things.
I have obviously been doing some more slab building. Mostly I made planters.

And then I made small decorative items. Mostly I wanted to practice things and invent new shapes.

Obviously I didn’t make all of these things

And then I tried to make tapered vases. This has been tricky. I’ve focused on small vases while I practice. The shape is basically impossible to do while slab building, so I’ve used pinching and coiling. Pinching did not give me the results I had hoped for, I couldn’t get it smooth enough.

And then I tried coiling, and it works. I’m in need of some practice but I’m starting to get the shapes I want.

In general, I really love going to pottery, for the freedom it gives me in being creative, all the ideas and inspiration I get from being around other people and seeing their work.

December 2019

I’ve been properly feeling the Christmas spirit this year. I got a very big project finished and have since then been playing around with some smaller bits and pieces. It’s been quite fun and I’m feeling quite positive about the year as a whole.

  1. Sample quilt – no change
  2. Snowdrop quilt – it’s a top. I have finished all the handquilting and ironed the top. I will do the quilting after Christmas.
  3. Chainmaille necklace – I made one link
  4. Handquilting – I did some more
  5. Rag rug – Its still growing
  6. Banner panel – this is part of an art club project to make a banner for the local climate action group
  7. Beaded peacock ornament – this was another craft fair kit, this one from spell bound beads

If you’ve been paying attention that’s a shorter list than last time and I have some things that never even made it on the list

  1. Embroidery, it’s framed and everything
  2. Dishcloth
  3. Beaded star and 3 more in different colours and sizes
  4. Christmas ornaments – these are being gifted hence the vagueness
  5. The boxes have been turned into useful objects
  6. Christmas cards, they are all ready to go
  7. Some jewelry – again these are to be gifted
  8. A Christmas wreath, I went on a lovely course with some friends and brought home a very pretty wreath.

I have no solid plans for the rest of the year. I’ll keep beading and hopefully start some interesting knitting over the holiday period.

Pottery has been busy, I bought home my vases and soap dishes and have been working on Christmas ornaments and plant pots.

My feature image is of my wreath