Well it turned out that I want all enough to go back to work yesterday. The only reason is been feeling ok was that I’d been sitting or lying still for the vast majority of the day. When I actually started doing stuff I couldn’t handle it. So I was off work yesterday and today as well. 🙁
Yesterday I thought I’d have a go at needle felting from a Badger kit I got ages ago (before I ever even started this blog)from Lincolnshire fenn crafts. It turns out that although I wasn’t moving my head, watching a moving needle was making my dizziness worse. So I’ve got the head and body of a Badger started but requiring more work at some point when my dizziness has cleared up.
So then I got out a project I’d started a long time ago, where I’d cut out the pieces for a sprocket pillow, and tacked them onto paper but hadn’t got round to sewing them. I began have sewing the pieces together, this time remembering to sew them into pairs and then join the pairs together so the orientation stays accurate.
What I forgot to do was to press the seams into place before joining the pairs! But, I did it later and it seemed OK
And today, I had the excitement of unpacking and using my first ever sewing machine. My lovely husband bought it for me for Christmas but as it just arrived in its box in the post, with no extra packaging the surprise was not going to work on Christmas day. Given that I’d seen it he told me I could start using it whenever I wanted! Today was that day!
I buried my head in the user manual, following each part step by step. I Learnt how to wind the bobbin (and I had to sing the song while doing it!) and how to thread it properly and then I tested whether I’d really done it right by joining a scrap of material to itself.
I was somewhat amazed to find it worked perfectly!
Then I decided to start a new project that only involved straight sewing rather than going straight in to seeing the edge piece onto the round sprocket cushion!
I had this gorgeous flamingo fabric, and a bag that my sister had given me years ago and decided to make a similar style bag for my niece.
Here it is…
I hand sewed the handles on as I thought they would be too small and fiddly to do by machine, so that bit took as long if not let than doing all the rest of it!
I was really pleased with how it turned out so I braved the cushion. It’s not turned out perfectly but it was so much easier to use the machine than to try to sew the edge on by hand, and I’m happy enough with the outcome to consider giving it as a present to someone
So that’s my crafting for the last couple of days… Phew!