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Thursday, 12 January 2012

My 2012 craft challenges

Hi Everyone,
Firstly Hello to my new followers, so pleased to have you on board and secondly don't forget the giveaway I'm running, still plenty of time to enter.
I'm going to set my self a few challenges of crafty things I'd like to achieve this coming year. I won't call them resolutions as they are not changes as such. They fall into 3 catagories:
  • Stash Reduction
  • Learning new techniques/skills
  • The Biscornu challenge
So for the stash reduction I'd like to complete 2 kits from my box and 2 charts I've got on my list. The kits are Giraffe Silhouette and Japanese Bookmark. I haven't decided on the charts yet, maybe a blackwork design. Feel free to badger me for progress reports. I'll post pics on the side of the blog for motivation too.

Giraffe Silhouette by Maia

Japanese Bookmark from the V & A collection by Anchor.

As for the New techniques, I'm hoping these will be a mix of self teaching, attending a course or two at one of my local sewing shops or being taught by someone who is in the know! I'd love to expand my repetoire of makes with the sewing machine - new handbags, maybe a bit of quilting and who knows what else. I'd like to produce a Band sampler with lots of speciallity embroidery stitches on. I've started to learn to knit and I would like to master the basics this year, maybe produce something other than a scarf. Anyway here is my first attempt. I made this a few days after Christmas.

I'm trying to set up a monthly crafternoon too at my local church. This is a project which I'm quite passionate about as my town lacks craft groups that are inexpensive. the last one I went to cost £3.50 a session and was poorly attended. I think the price put people off. It was aimed soley at stitchers and I want a group where all crafts are welcome and people enjoy themselves, share tips and get the support and encouragement from fellow crafters I feel when I blog. I think it's to chase this up a little via email.

Lastly I read a blog last year about a basket  of biscornu challenge . I'd love to create my own basket where each month you make a biscornu for the basket and at the end of the year you have 12 biscornu for yourself. Now last year I made 29 biscornu and gave away all but 5 so I'd love to have a few more of the ones I've made. I've got 6 of the patterns sorted already! I'll still be making them for presents and I've 2 in mind for the next couple of months for mum and a swap.

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing more soon.


  1. Good luck with everything dear...
    Sending you hugs xx

  2. Well done to you for setting yourself these goals. Your stitching projects look fab and it's always good to learn new techniques. Your idea of a group is fab and I agree there shouldn't be a high price for enjoying something.
    Good luck
    x catherine

  3. Sounds like some good aims for the year - good luck with them! I really should do some stash reduction too!!

  4. I love the sound of all of your challenges.Especially the biscornu one.What a lovely idea. And your little owl is brilliant! Your crafternoon group sounds fab too. I hope it all goes well.

  5. Good luck with the challenges :-) The basket of biscornu will look gorgeous! I love the little owl!!!

    Lori xx


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