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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

2011 Review of the year

I saw this idea on two blogs and thought I'd share my crafting year with you too. As I only started blogging in July many of my makes I may not have shared with you so here goes...

I joined the stash reduction group on bubble to try and get through some of the charts and kits I had lurking under the bed. My first project I tackled was the half started Humphreys Corner sampler for my Daughter. I've put the finished pic below even though it took me until June to finish it. I seemed to spend the first half of the year stitching cards.

The start of the addiction!!! I made my first Biscornu or rather 3 and made this bag charm.

I made alot of cards and this is one of my favourites. Stitched for Lottie's Dedication which we celebrated that month. I also stitched this poppy picture for my Mum. It's stitched on 20 bellana, over 2, such a nice fabby to work with.

6 months after having my sewing machine, I tackled my first projects. I made a couple of envelope backed cushion covers and also this Cath Kidston handbag, from her book Sew! I also Started my Blackwork RR. Here's the completed design. stitched by from top to bottom, Me, Laura, Kayla and Debbie.

I started the Blackwork Round Robin for Laura. Mine was already doing the rounds and Laura who had orgainsed it just couldn't get into it so I decided that the 3 of us would stitch a surprise one for her, Through our numerous emails we knew what Laura wanted to go for and over about 2 months myself and fellow RR'ers produced this for Laura. I stitched the blue and green squares, Debbie the red and Kayla the bronze.
Blackwork featured quite heavily in May as well as having the RR on the go, I stitched this Art Nouveau Window.

I set myself a little challenge to stitch all of the cover kits from cross stitcher that I hadn't gotten round to doing. I challenged myself to do it in 3 weeks, but managed them all in 16 days I think it was.
I also made another CK handbag for my friend Sarah's birthday too.

It was Laura's birthday so I made her this little set of a notebook and biscornu along with a card. The Notebook was a Joan Elliot design from one of the mags and I adapted the design to make the biscornu. The card was also from a mag too.

was the month of the big biscornu jewellery make! I had the idea to make small biscornu measuing less than an inch each. I made 5 pairs of earrings with matching necklaces for my friend Ann. I was very lucky that she sent me a huge fabric parcel in return as a thank you.
We also had a few days away in Durham visiting some very dear friends. I made them a lovely sack with a stitched coffee pot on with a matching tag. I made a little Dog themed biscornu for my Son
and I also stitched a card and Horseshoe for Laura's wedding too.

I really wanted to do something for me for a change. I had the Hydrangea chart from a very old Cross Stitcher and decided to stitch that for me. I loved doing it and it stitched up very quickly too. I'm a bit ashamed to say it is still rolled up in the draw waiting to be framed. I also made my first ATC's and I do enjoy stitching them and it's fun to do the swaps on Bubble.

I  stitched my biggest biscornu to date for my lovely friend Rachel's birthday. Rach was flying in from Germany so we could go to the NEC Hobbycrafts show in November. I wanted to make her a lovely birthday present as it was her 30th. I made this set for her. It was the first time I'd made a pouch for Scissors. I adapted the biscornu design to fit the front of it. Rach was very good and even though I gave her the present on the 5th of November, She waited until her actual birthday over 3 weeks later to open it. Not sure I would have had the willpower!

My Birthday - Yay!!! I recieved this lovely Giraffe themed set from Laura. I love Giraffes and the 5ft wooden ones in my lounge kind of echo that! I also won the Ladybird giveaway on Laura's blog and a knitted bag from MsStitcher. Lucky me!!! November was the Christmas Fayre marathon, exhausting just thinking about it again!

I think my favourite must have been the humbug I stitched for the Bubble Ornament exchange. Beautiful design and I plan to stitch one for my tree this year. The design was from Kincavel Krosses. Every year I try and learn a new craft. 2011 was the year of the sewing machine. 2012 will be the year of the knitting needle!!!

Thanks for Reading my blog in 2011 and I'm excited to be able to share with you in 2012. Don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY too.


  1. great idea, loving the humphreys corner sampler!

  2. wow they all so sweet...i love them so much.
    hugs cucki xxx

  3. You made lots of lovely things. Hope you manage your stash reduction challenge
    x catherine

  4. What a lot of lovely stuff, I couldn't do this as I can't remember when I made most of my things, rubbish memory! I love the set for your friend Rach, that's stunning. I do have a thing for variegated thread/wool :-)
    love Lori xx

  5. What a lovely crafty year, so many beautiful makes.Your biscornu bag charm is amazing, so beautiful.


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