Monday 2 January 2012

Happy New Year

I hope you all have a wonderful healthy and happy  New Year. Made any resolutions? I've decided that I am going to make time to stitch, knit, or otherwise create every day this year. I could do with loosing another couple of stone as well, so I'm planning to continue with the 2011 healthy eating plan, (which has just had a fairly disastrous two week break) this year.
As promised last time, an update on The Travelling Pattern. I'd hoped to have it finished and sent on before the end of the year, but Christmas kind of  happened. This is where I'd got to yesterday, I'm a bit further on now, so hopefully by next week I'll be ready to choose the next stitcher.

And some of the crafty stuff I've been up to lately:-
Infinity scarves. I made a few of these as Christmas gifts, which is why I couldn't show them sooner, and making them is quite addictive.
Take 1/2 m of jersey fabric, fold in half, right sides together (raw edge to raw edge not selvedge to selvedge), and machine down long edge to make a tube.
Turn right sides out, starting at the seam, pin and machine selvedges together as far as you can go, then ladder stitch the gap closed by hand. You can put a twist in before you join the ends if you want to make a Moebius loop.
Ta da! Wear and enjoy.

I found a tutorial on Flamingo Toes (a great site for craft inspiration, with loads of fantastic tutorials) for a multi stranded bead, chain and fabric necklace, and this is my version, using freshwater pearls, bronze coloured chains, tiny pinecone charms and a piece of vintage lace. I'm linking this up to the Think Pink link party on the Flamingo Toes site.

and finally, I've been seeing these hex nut bracelets all over the internet lately. This is my prototype, it isn't quite how I planned, I wanted the nuts to go further round, but I ran out, still I'm quite pleased with it for a first attempt. Anyway once I've braved the sales at Trago  (hard to explain Trago, it's a Cornish thing, kind of a DIY shop crossed with an outlet store and it heaves on sales days) and got some more nuts I'll have another go and if I remember to take progress pictures I'll put a tutorial up.


Nicola said...

I love the necklace. I can't cope with Trago on sales days but on other days it is worth it for the bargains you can pick up.

I think we have a storm coming Leslie, what is it like over your side?

Linda said...

I like the infinity scarf. I have some silk and other fine fabric remnants that I have picked up on vacations. They would make wonderful infinity scarves, so much less work than hand rolling hems. You have a lot of nice projects. Trago seems like something you cannot quite explain; it must be experienced. Instead of narcissus, you could try amaryllis; as far as I know, they are scentless.

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

I love your necklace!!! It turned out soooo pretty!! Your other gifts are great too - those infinity scarves are so fun!!
Thanks so much for the link!

cucki said...

wow beautiful stitching on your TP..looking so cute..i hope you can chose me for this..i so much wanted to stitch it..
beautiful necklace..all your gifts are so lovely..and lovely scarves..
lots of love for you..
hugs cucki xx

Kate said...

Happy new year Christine.
Lovely update on what you have been up to, love the scarf.

Ranae said...

Love the different things you have created. It's always fun to mix things up
Happy 2012

Heidi said...

Love the jewelry and scarf. Now we can get back to the busy-ness of the new year. I am thinking of the goals I want to accomplish in 2012 too.

Happy New Year and may you have real happiness and a creative year!

Hugs from Holland ~

Julie said...

You've been busy creating and crafting, great goodies.
The travelling pattern is growing nicely.
Happy 2012!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I find it really helps my sanity and mental clarity if I stitch for even just a few minutes each day. I hope you can find time daily to craft.

What neat creations Christine!!

Carol said...

Creating anything is such a stress reliever, isn't it! Love your traveling pattern progress :)

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