CHSI2017

CHSI2017

Mild Monday saw me catching the 7.19am train from Wakefield to the NEC, Birmingham. Stuffed full with important looking business people all tap, tap, tapping away on their lap tops, I sat amongst them with my crochet.img_6440
I arrived nice and early and had a quick look around this largest of craft trade fairs, until the allotted time of 10.45am when us craft bloggers were to congregate for our ‘blogger’s breakfast’.
And what a breakfast. We heard that breakfast for 60 had been delivered in lieu of the ordered breakfast for 30!


I sat next to Julie of sumoftheirstories. Previously unacquainted, we had been following each other on instagram. It’s always lovely to add a voice to the blog. Read the rest of this entry

Lovely weekend ahead

Lovely weekend ahead

Oh! I have a lovely weekend ahead.

Firstly, it is 3 days long, instead of the usual 2!

Saturday morning will see me at the Yorkshire Spoolettes Dewsbury meet-up, organised by the wonderful Ali, AKA Thimberlina. I’ve heard there are over 3o expected and so will have to split into groups to avoid swamping the fabric shops at the same time, en masse. Last year’s was a blast.

 

I’m going for a coffee and a chat and a catch up, more than anything. Read the rest of this entry

Red tree

Red tree

One of the things I really enjoy about my current love of embroidery is the really quick turn around of satisfying projects, each completely different from the last.

Last week’s project even saw me dusting off my sewing machine for the first time in months, so that’s got to be a good thing.

I choose a pattern out of my Zakka Embroidery book

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Zakka Embroidery by Yumiko Higuchi

This one in fact. Read the rest of this entry

Complete!

Complete!

So I’ve been busy on an evening, stitching away. This stand has been a great buy.

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You sit on the base, sat on the sofa is fine, with the pole between  (oh dear, depends what you are wearing!) or to one side of your legs. It leaves both hands free.
A hand above and a hand below the frame really speeds the stitching along. Read the rest of this entry

The 9 Month Mandala

The 9 Month Mandala

One of the very last posts I wrote before my impromptu blog break was this one which recorded the start of my Mandala Madness project.

The Mandala Madness CAL  run by Helen of Crystals and Crochet  was an 18 week CAL. It took me double that time. Goodness knows how others managed it, but they did.

Helen actually made 3 in different colourways and gauges throughout the CAL.

I watched Helen’s Mandalas grow. And soon mine began to grow too. Read the rest of this entry

Embroidery on my mind.

Embroidery on my mind.

There’s a feeling you get when you’ve rediscovered a craft or hobby you’ve not touched for ages, maybe years.

Suddenly you can loose hours (again) on Pinterest, pinning all the things you want to make (copy).

You start filling an unreasonably large basket on Amazon/Hobbycraft without much thought as to exactly how many spare hours you have at your disposal.

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So I took a little break

So I took a little break

The break from the blog wasn’t intentional. There were no big dramas or family issues. No natural disaster or man-made terror, although 2016 featured plenty of them. Just a case of a few days turning into a week, turning into a month, turning into a ten month break from the blog.

Back in April 2016 a frozen shoulder, not helped by crochet overload, a renewed zest for the 9 to 5 job (strange but true) and lighter evenings calling me outside, mostly cycling, led to a mostly craft free summer.

But now, I’m back! (I think!). After a month stalking you all from the sidelines I’m dipping my toe back into the blog. Read the rest of this entry