Monday, 27 May 2019

May 2019 WIPocalypse Check In

I can't believe the end of the month is here already - although I am pretty sure I am not alone in saying that every month.

Considering I have a new job with more time in the evenings, I thought I would be more productive with my sewing. However, I haven't really had the sewing bug and have taken up running. Something I thought I would never do! Currently working through the Couch 2 5k, which is a 9 week programme that eases you into running. Pretty sure 2 weeks in it is more walking than running, but it is good.

Anyway, I digress. The aim of this stitch-a-long, hosted by the lovely Measi's Musings, is to work on projects we would like to complete before the end of the world. Looking back at my list from January, I appear to have added to this list rather than done anything with it!

I have been working on my cross-stitch. I am currently working through threads in the order they are on the cards; I tend to go colour by colour but randomly select/pick the colours with the largest amount of stitches. This has varied it up a bit, and I think is working better. I really enjoyed the dark purple I was using yesterday - the pattern has a lot of grey, green and brown so it's always fun to use more colour.

I have also started going to a sewing course again (more about that in a separate post). Which means I am working on some clothes sewing. But nothing on my list! This time is a pair of trousers, as I wanted to learn how to fit them with a bit of guidance. Like last course, I am not managing to sew between classes so it's going slowly, but I aim to do a bit of sewing today.

Each check-in, we have a question to discuss. This month's is:
Where do you love to shop for stash?
I must admit, I tend to use a couple of places but could possibly do with branching out. There aren't too many shops local to me, but one I use a lot is Cambridge Fabric Company. A lovely independent sewing shop that has a nice selection of fabrics. It doesn't have the hugest range, so I do go online. I have tended to use Empress Mills or The Village Haberdashery.
I do also use Hobbycraft, as it does have a good selection and is so close by. This has been the source of a lot of my wool for my crochet doll.
If it counts, I also love to shop at the Festival of Quilts - I never fail to add to my stash from the many, many stalls there!

Have a lovely June!

Friday, 3 May 2019

April WIPocalypse Late Check In

Uh oh. I've not been doing very well keeping up with my check-ins and so on. Hopefully that shall now improve. My excuse is, of course, work. However, it's because I have been changing jobs. I now work 'behind the scenes', and instead of teaching I am working with an exam board. 2 weeks in, it is very very different to what I am used to but I am enjoying it.

Here you can have a shameless selfie of me on my first day!

But now, to the case in hand.

The WIPocalypse is hosted by Measi's Musings and the aim is to share (and ideally complete) projects we wish to finish before the End of the World.

Talk to us about your longest-running WIP or UFO
Unusually for me, my longest WIP is not a cross-stitch. It is my lovely crochet doll. I started it at least 4 years ago, and it is still going strong. I did make the doll and then stop for a few years. There has been a lot more progress in the past 6 months than in 4 years.

I am generally following patterns in the book My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessedjian. However, my friend requested that the doll not be a white doll (just so her children have a little more variety). So I made up a pattern to make a sari. I used a some of a top pattern and some of a dress pattern from the book, and then fudged the sash! Really love the wool for it though.

My problem is that I keep just having ideas of more and more outfits to make. And I get my tensions a bit funny, so I can't just give the doll and make more outfits. I started the doll when my friend's daughter was 3 and a bit. She is now 7 and has a little brother who is about 3 and a half - on the brightside, both of them will now get a lot of enjoyment out of the doll - if I finish it.

I am actually aiming to finish it as part of WIPocalypse - but we shall see...

And Continuing the Rainbow Theme...

One of my best friends is expecting a baby, which means only one thing - time for a baby quilt! This one was easy to pick fabric for - I h...