Things to come

So the past week has been an interesting one, I managed to come down with tonsillitis last Wednesday and have very much slept the week away (sigh). The upside to being home sick is the dreaming up of creative tasks (mostly sewing ones) for the future. One thing I am quite excited to announce is that over the next month (and a bit) I will be dedicating my posts to the many indie pattern designers I admire and the creations I have made and have planned (gosh, so many planned). Hopefully this will open you to a new world (if not one already experienced) and give you an insight into the past year of my relaxation time of sewing.

 

Dreams

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Dreams Road Sign

Dreams, its funny to think at some point in my life I stopped dreaming, or at least ambitiously dreaming. I am learning, even the overly ambitious, and somewhat unrealistic dreams are healthy, motivating and good for the soul, without them (especially the ambitious ones) I don’t really know if I am challenging myself to my full potential, as who said dreams were impossible, they are only impossible if we allow them to be.

So here I am about to embark on a new phase in my life, leaving home for the first time, moving cities, embarking on studies (again) and becoming engrossed in a sport which pushes me mentally, physically and emotionally. And with all these things, I have learnt to dream, to be ambitious and not look at the impossible but the possible.

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? – Robert Kennedy

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt 

DIY Needlework Artwork

This is a very simple and effective gift, or something to display in the home for very little  money, enjoy…

What you need
– Stretched canvas
– Paint
– Paint brush
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Wool
– Wool needle
– Material puncher, or something to press a hole in the canvas, a large needle works well

1. Paint your canvas the desired colour

2. Plan what you want to draw, this is easiest by drawing up a grid of your canvas area and creating your desired object. I chose letters with a grid square of 2cm x 2cm (as my canvas were 20cm x 20cm this worked out quite nicely)

3. Draw up your puncher marks on your canvas using a ruler and a pencil to dot the puncher marks

4. Punch holes in desired places

5. Start cross stitching,  remember, good needlework practice is that you should always have the thread (wool in this case) going in the same direction on the top and bottom stitches. If your wool is thin you can double up

6. Tie off your wool at the end, step back and enjoy your creation

My first curtains!

I made new curtains for my room!! I have been dreaming of this day for over a year. My lovely curtains (if you call them that, a piece of thin yellow material covered in a decorative voile, yip I thought it was cool at the time) had passed there used by date. In winter my room was a ice box, the breeze outside would lift them up, even with the windows closed. Our lovely fat cat Misty, as a kitten used to swing on them so the rips mixed with age have been getting progressively worse. My mum made the originals for me when we re-painted me room over 13 years ago, my mum, super women, could make any curtain, and would be asked regularly to make curtains for our friends (my old church, St Georges actually has some Pam Jones curtains hanging in their vicars house), so naturally, with anything sewing, if mum could do it, so can I (so far I have not been proven wrong).

So after many months of convincing dad to let me buy some new material (“if you want new curtains you need to pay for them yourself”), the left hand side pull snapped, the morning I had to leave for the Christmas regatta (my second weekend back home), good bye light. As dad is getting ready to sell the house, he was a little more willing to buy some material (well he was happy for me to live the next two months at home with broken curtains, but had some flip 180 one morning and got excited about buying me material). So I sent dad on the hunt.

The first thing he did… open two trunks full of material, dad seriously, you have been holding out on me. Yes two full trunks of glorious (and hideous) material of my mothers, and going through the sort, did anything get ditched, nope, nothing (I had to inform dad that you cannot ditch material  even if its ugly as anything, someone will love it), did we find a curtain replacement, close but sadly not enough material (and I am also a little picky).

Dad spent the week taking measurements and popping down to our local furnishing store (I sent him to the less expensive one), and he found a beautiful double sided material of cream and gold with a reversible floral print (and for $20/m dad was sold). This same material if you look closely around our house is actually on the lounge cushions, mum made, seems my mum and dad both have similar taste. The fabric was purchased, yet to find time to sit at my machine didn’t happen until after Christmas (and this was my first sit down since coming home, nearly a month with no sewing, two if you count Nepal).

I cheated and copied what mum did (don’t fix it if it works), the material was narrower but I managed…

Say hello to my new curtains (excuse the terrible iPhone photos, my camera is failing to live up to expectation)

Getting my sew on

All wound up

Hanging down (and yes it is sunny outside)