January 2019

I’m going to start with my plans for 2019. They are pretty vague. Because of life happenings, I keep saying I will start things in April because I know how busy I am until then.

That said there are three key things I want 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.

As for things I’d like to do, there are a million and one things, but I’m especially enjoying knitting at the moment, and would like to try some more complex projects. I haven’t done much new beading projects recently so maybe time to pull out some magazines/books and find some inspiration. And as always, I want to use my sewing machine a little more.

Oh and I’m going to keep cracking on at those longer projects, and turn them into finished objects. These are the sampler quilt, beaded purse and beaded card case. The first two are over two years old, they left London with me.

Here are the things I’m taking into the next year. December was not as productive as I’d imagined mostly because I was very ambitious.

    1. Sampler Quilt – no change
    2. Beaded purse – no change
    3. Peyote card case – no change
    4. Jumper – all the pieces are knitted, they just need sewing together
    5. Epp stars – I’ve sewn together all the side panels. The top and bottom are levelled but not the sides. I have also cut out all the pieces for the central plans.
    6. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
    7. Cards – no change
    8. Baby knitting – some more has been done

Completed projects are:

  1. Herriot hat, this was a fun quick project with some pretty wool from Vienna that goes with the coat and scarf I’m wearing this winter.
  2. Coin purse, my traveling coin purse went missing so I made a new one
  3. Shopping bag. I used my mothers sewing machine while visiting to make a useful thing.
  4. Netted bauble. Its on the tree, so it is technically complete but I’m not so happy with it so it might go back on the list.

Pottery finishes are:

  1. Soap dishes
  2. Nativity
  3. Ornaments

And on the go is:

  1. House dish
  2. Drip tray

Lets see what happens in January and 2019.

The featured image is from llyn elsi, where we had our final day trip of the year.

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2018 roundup

As I actually wrote down some things I’d like to do this year back in January, I thought it might be worth looking back at what I’ve achieved.

Personally this is what I hoped for:

I’m looking forward to less change

I think that might be true, 2018 was a little more settled than 2017, even if we did move house.

This is what I thought would happen crafting wise:

For 2018, I really want to knit a garment, but my blanket takes precedence. I’m trying to learn brioche knitting. I would also like to get my sewing machine up and running again, but let’s see what happens.

Less of this happened. My blanket did take precedence and was completed. The brioche knitting was abandoned for being too difficult. I did start with brioche in the round so maybe I’ll try it flat first one day. I’ve mostly completed a garment but not quite. The sewing machine was used but only in December so I’m not sure that was achieved.

I also made the following claim:

English paper piecing, resin casting, knitting with beads and bead crochet. I haven’t really taken to the resin casting but all the others I will be carrying on with.

I have carried on with the English paper piecing, in both sampler quilt blocks and snowdrop quilt. The bead crochet, I did complete the second piece and have no intention of ever doing it again. Somethings aren’t for everyone. The bead knitting I didn’t do any of but only as I have knitted other things and I would use beads in my knitting again.

In 2017 I had the following stats:

I finished approximately 21 different projects, learnt 4 new skills and have only carried 5 projects through the year.

In 2018, I have also finished 21 projects. I was actually really surprised by this as it didn’t feel like I’d finished that many things. I’ve tried two new things, pottery and spoon whittling. One I love, the other will be a one off. And of the 10 projects I bought into 2018, only 4 are still ongoing and all have changed since then. I’m expecting to finish at least three of them in 2019.

The 4 still ongoing are:

  1. Sampler quilt
  2. Epp snowdrop quilt
  3. Beaded purse
  4. Beaded card case

I’m not going to list every thing I’ve finished, but some of the highlights of the year are:

All in all, its been a pretty good year and I’m pleased with my progress.

December 2018

November has been tough. The cold weather and some winter bugs have left me knackered and a little unmotivated. I’m struggling a bit to do things in the evenings but I did have a long weekend away so I got a fair bit done that weekend.

    1. Quilt – the two panels I had prepped are now complete
    2. Beaded purse – no change
    3. Peyote card case – no change
    4. Jumper – I’ve started the second body panel
    5. Epp stars – I’ve sewn together all the stars I’ve cut so far and started sewing together panels. I’m going to focus on sewing together what I have already over Christmas.
    6. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
    7. Cards – no change
    8. Netted bauble – the netting is complete. I’m planning on some embellishment before it is finished.
    9. Baby knitting – some more has been done

Finishes this month are:

  1. Hexie quilt block
  2. Needleturn applique block

Pottery on the go is:

  1. Soap dishes
  2. Nativity pieces
  3. Christmas ornaments

Pottery finishes are:

  1. Two plant pots
  2. Drip tray
  3. Ornament

I have many plans for over the Christmas period but I also know I need to rest so lets see what actually happens.

My feature image is from the long weekend I had away, where we visited my partners parents new house in France.

Spoon whittling

Me and my partner had been talking about making things and how he wanted to get involved occasionally. So when I saw that the Wiltshire wildlife trust ran courses on spoon whittling, we signed up.

It was a day course, out on one of their reserves and fortunately we had pretty good weather that day.

The teacher was fab, really helpful and inclusive but this is never going to be something I take up. My partner enjoyed it far more than I did though.

We started with cutting down a branch of a hazel tree, cutting a section off, splitting and drawing a spoon. I was very unadventerous with my spoon.

You then use an axe to take off larger bits of wood and then a knife. Aces are really heavy and wood is hard – who knew. Basically my arms and hands where hurting pretty quickly.

I did however finish my spoon on the day and am pretty pleased with it. It was an enjoyable day out and we cam home with two lovely spoons

These are all the spoons made that day. My spoon is the tiny one and my partners is the one with the hook.

November 2018

It has gotten cold, really quickly here. Its been an hard month, so my crafting has been unfocused. However I did have a fabulous day out at a craft show with a friend so I have some new kits to try out over the coming months. I’ve also started some Christmas cards and am about halfway through what I need.

Heres my list (its grown again)

  1. Quilt – no change
  2. Beaded purse – no change
  3. Peyote card case – no change
  4. Jumper – one body panel is complete
  5. Epp stars – I’ve sewn another row into panels and started making more star
  6. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
  7. Cards – no change
  8. Netted bauble – halfway complete
  9. Baby knitting – I can’t say too much but it has started

Finishes this month are:

  1. Milanese hat – its delightful and has been worn quite a bit
  2. A beaded bauble – I had a really productive beading group this month

Pottery on the go is

  1. Plant pot
  2. Plant pot
  3. Flat dish
  4. Bauble

Finishes

  1. Jewellery box
  2. Diva
  3. Two parts of a nativity set

I’m super busy in November with a lot of traveling so I have no idea what I’ll get done. I’m hoping to do a little Christmas beading and as long as I get cards done this month all will be well.

My feature image is of all the spoons whittled on my day of spoon whittling. Mine is the tiny one.

October 2018

I’m sure I say this a lot, but gosh September went quick. Its starting to feel like winter both weather wise and I’ve been struck with the first cold of the season. I’ve been trying to make a start on some of the longer term projects on my list but I’ve also started a few things so it has grown again.

  1. Quilt – I’ve finished 1 block, half finished one and not started the other
  2. Beaded purse – I have started working on this again and have done a few more bits
  3. Peyote card case – no change but I have decided how much to do
  4. Jumper – no change
  5. Epp stars – I have cut and basted some pieces. I have begun sewing together some of the panels so I can reuse some of the papers as I was starting to feel guilty about the amount of printing I was doing.
  6. Beaded chain mail necklace – no change
  7. Card – holes have been punched but no sewing started
  8. Milanese hat – I started a hat, it will match a scarf I made previously

My finish this month was my beaded daisy bauble. I even wrote it up. After months of no posts you’ve had several this month, I’ll probably be going back to normal schedule of less posts but I do have a couple more things to tell you about.

Pottery on the go is

  1. Pot plant
  2. Plant dish
  3. Diva
  4. Ring dish

Finished pottery

  1. Door sign
  2. Decorative tile
  3. 6 divas

I’m not sure what will happen in October, work is busy but I’m not traveling too much. There’s plenty on the go but I’m itching to start some other stuff so who knows how long the list will be.

The feature image this month comes from Shaldon in Devon. I had a lovely weekend there visiting a friend.

Pottery

This is going to be a picture post of my recent pottery finishes.

I made a mug. Its beautiful but unfortunately not waterproof. When I first got it home I washed it and the based wasn’t fully sealed so water seeped in and cracked the glaze. I’ve since sealed the base but liquid can still seep through the glaze. I’m not yet sure what I will do with it.

I have made a variety of small dishes and statuettes. These were done over a few months and the petal bowl is one of my favourite pieces.

These were tiled pieces. I was really trying to make smooth pieces with good edges. In general this worked well, although the painting of the door sign wasn’t what I wanted.

Divali is in November and I wanted to make some divas in time. I’m pretty pleased with these especially the bigger two.