Sunday, 22 January 2012

Works In Progress

Before I start todays post, I was very, very excited to be nominated for a Liebster blog award by Crafted by Carly! Her blog is full of very lovely things, you should definitely check it out! Here is how this award works: It's designed to allow people to choose and showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Upon accepting the award the recipient must then pass it on to five more blogs of note.
Here are the rules:
1- Choose FIVE up and coming blogs to award the Liebster to. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
2- Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3- Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites.
Here are my choices for the Liebster Blog Award.  I read many, many blogs, and I love each and every one of them in different ways. However, I've decided to pick 5 that inspire me: either in what they do and say or how they do it, so here goes.
1. Suz at Sewpony. I've been following her blog for a while, and she makes the most lovely children's clothes. Now she has her own kids clothes label, and her hard work is inspiring me to work harder and try more things!
2. Chloe at Slightly Triangle. Her blog just gives the impression that she makes what she really wants to make. That may seem simple, but I love the way her stuff seems to come directly from that impulse.
3. Kate at Lilipopo. Just squeezing in at under 200 followers, I was glad I could include this! her embroidery is just lovely, and following her work is really inspiring me to think about developing my own embroidery patterns.
4. Melissa at Clothwork. Every time I read her blog I think 'Ooo I never even thought of doing anything like that!' So yeah, inspirational (still drooling over those tea towels).
5. Jenevieve at Buttons, Ribbons and Other Things. Jenevieve makes lovely things, and even better frequently shares her inspirations with her readers. 
If you have a few minutes today, please check out these blogs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do!

So on to my post...
In an attempt to plan my 2012 sewing and be a little bit more organised this year, I thought I would first shame myself by highlighting my many, many WORKS IN PROGRESS. When I tidied up my sewing area, I decided to dedicate a small area to WIPS. Well, the other day when I blasted past to grab some thread, I realised that this area had well, exploded might be the best term. There were patterns and bits of fabric and plastic folders of half-finished projects EVERYWHERE. What on earth could be in this pile? Surely these are projects that I'm just not interested in anymore? Well, I sat down and thought that surely a quick five-minute look and I could re-absorb some of the fabric and forget about some of the projects that I started? Hmmm....well no. I actually decided that I wanted to finished them all. So here I am, ready to shame myself with all the projects I never completed last year. This year, I hope not to carry quite so many WIPS over. I think that's a pretty decent sewing resolution. So how about you? Do you have some WIPS left over from last year? Come on, stand up and be shamed like me!...and then do something positive about it of course :)

Pretty much all of these projects requires machine work, and as I think I've said before, I'm really favouring embroidery and hand sewing just now. However, I also now attend a little local craft group once a week, called 'Stitch', and we meet up for two hours in our village community hall and just get on with whatever we want to while we chat and drink tea. I haul my machine there and work away on things. It really gives me machine time that I can't distract myself from with hand embroidery, chores, or books. So I've decided to spend this time working on my WIPs. With any luck, I should have some progress to report soon! Here's the list of what I'll be working on over the next few months.
 This is the worst one. I started work on this log cabin hand-quilted cushion cover when I was pregnant, thinking it would go well in the nursery. Well, I now have a 2 1/2 year old, and no finished cushion. I still really like it, and my little girl LOVES dinosaurs so really...I must get it finished.
 A toddler sized fox hat. I mean really, all this needs is top-stitched to hold the lining in better, and it'll be done. This will be first on my list!
 Another toddler-sized fox hat at a less advanced stage. I'll pick this up further down the line I think.
 Another Frenetic fox notebook cover - all hand stitched and waiting to be turned into...well...a notebook cover.
 I posted a while ago about the lovely wooden bed Grandad made for my little girl. She loves using it for her animals, but we have no blankets to fit. This will be a little patchwork quilt. This is high up on my list.
 Started this and blogged about it AGES ago. It's meant to be a lined drawstring bag for my daughters farm animals. MUST...FINISH...
 Two little cat keyrings. Should be a quick, simple job?
Ah the beanbag. I started this beanbag for my toddler, and just never got any further. I should really finish it before she grows out of it!

I've also been working on a few other things things since last time. At the end of the week I finished a badger embroidery that I had slaved over for weeks. I hope to see used as part of a very exciting project linked to my work. Hopefully more to report next month but I'll give you a little taster, here's a piccie of the badger in progress. In this pic I'm just starting to lay down some background colours.
I've also been working on a set of three woodland animals embroidery patterns which I'd like to work up into pdf's, and which I also might use in a few other projects that might be on the go this year. I've finished the fox design, and I have sketched the badger and hedgehog versions. More to report next time!



  1. Thanks Jules , i feel very flattered to be amongst such good company!

    I just adore those little fox hats - too cute!


  2. Aw, thank you so much! That's very kind, I'm glad that you enjoy my blog :) x

  3. Hi Jules,
    Thank you very much for mentioning me, and saying such nice things about my blog! :-)
    I'm off to check out the ones you've passed the award on to. They're all new to me - and it's so nice to discover new crafty blogs!

  4. Thanks very much Jules - that's lovely to hear. Your needlework is great! Suz

  5. thank you so much for including my blog in your post. I have only just got back so I've only just seen it but I will do a proper post later in the week.

    Kate xx