Hi there. It’s been a while since I last blogged but I have actually been doing craft (but no crochet). After the hard work of catching up with the spirits of life CAL I suddenly panicked about the fact that I had signed up for one advent craft swap organised by fionnuala and two Christmas swaps through sewchet’ s stitching santa. So I didn’t want to post photos of the things I’ve been making as I don’t want to spoil their surprises. I know the recipients don’t know I’m sending them things, but I figure it’s just safer not to put stuff on here until after they’ve received and opened their parcels.
But, I will tell you that in making things for them I’ve been drawing things, and also doing some embroidery (never thought I’d be saying that!) and quilting. I really enjoyed the embroidery and would like to do more, but I didn’t enjoy stitching things together, and am beginning to wonder if I should invest in a sewing machine so that I can finish things off neater and quicker and can spend sewing time making things look pretty? I did actually use a friend’s sewing machine to make a sheet decorated by the children in the reception classes into a cushion cover. And I found it surprisingly easy given that I was previously scared of sewing machines!
The pictures are of their drawings and some of them have sounded out and written words, or copied writing from the books they were using to decorate our reading cushion. I assume you can tell when an adult has written something for them instead, as the children are 4 and 5 years old and have only been learning to write for a short while! It was such a fun project, and really lovely to turn their art work into something they can use every day.
Sewing things together by hand (through 2 layers of wadding plus material plus bias binding left me wondering if my crafts were looking a bit amateur, but it’s funny how once things are finished off you see them as a whole and they look a lot better than when you are focusing on individual stitches. Having gone through a feeling of guilt that my gifts would be substandard, now that I’ve put them together with lots of craft things and other goodies I’m suddenly feeling more confident about them and am excited about sending them and at some point finding out their reactions to their gifts. I love giving and receiving gifts, but i always want the gifts I give to be wanted and loved and it’s a bit scary sending to people I don’t really know.
But, I think it’s all cool now! And…. I get the excitement of knowing that 3 crafty gifts will be winging their way towards me during the coming month… Yippee!!