Right now I am really frustrated; my arm is painful again so I’m going to see a friend who will hopefully be able to sort it for me. However, it means that I’m on a self imposed knitting and crochet ban to give it a rest and hopefully not make it worse. I’ve found this really tricky as there are projects I need to finish, however I’ve tried to see it as an opportunity to try different crafts that are less repetitive.
First of all, I decided to try out a honeycomb papercraft bauble. I used a mixture of several different online tutorials as i watched a few before trying it so I knew what to do and then just got on with it. I had some double sided festive papers in my stash and had just enough to make 12 circles using a medium sized die. The tutorials called for glue dots, but the only ones I had were the size of a 1p coin so not really suited to a smaller and delicate project. I tried double sided tape, which worked ok, and also wet glue. The only downside of wet glue was the drying time, but I pegged the bauble together to hold the glued pieces in place whilst they dried and it also worked well. I think smaller glue dots would be a good investment if I were to make more as the tiny pieces of double sided tape were a pain to repeat 24 times and the wet glue had the potential to leave a clumsy finish where the excess squeezed out. I used organza ribbon to make the hanging loop and included a jingle bell too, just for fun (and also because I didn’t have any fancy beads like the people who made the tutorial videos!)
I had also been getting itchy fingers when it came to sewing; a lot of my sewing is purely practical (and really dull, like shortening curtains, hence why it never makes it to my blog!) I quite fancied making a WIP bag using some fabrics from my stash, and I knew there must be a tutorial out there. (I’m being really hopeful here that my arm will get better and that there will be more WIPs!) I used this tutorial and honestly it was superb. The instructions were amazingly clear, and there were so many tips along the way that I managed to do it all with no unpicking at all. It’s even reversible! The only thing I’m disappointed with is that I pinned the seams in line but managed to mess up the sewing (not enough to make me want to rip the seams out!) and they aren’t perfect. I enjoyed working on the topstitching too, even though it’s a bit wobbly in places. It was an enjoyable project for a sewing amateur like me, and has a drawstring closure so I didn’t have to learn about bag construction and zips all in one go. I went for a pink grosgrain ribbon for the drawstring as I thought it made a lovely contrast with the black, and was grippy enough to hold the bag closed unlike a satin ribbon.
It’s bigger than it looks inside-I think the drawstring being closed makes it look shorter. It’s the perfect size for a single ball/skein project, fingers crossed that my arm is better soon and that I get to use it. (I am genuinely worried, but have every faith in my friend and her skills.)
Are there any crafts you like to do as a change from your ‘usual’ one? Which crafts would you like to learn?