Sunday, 8 April 2012

The girl insists...

We had some sun this morning so we were able to enjoy a little bit of hunting for some treats out in the garden. Lucky we did as the wind and rain appeared with force in the afternoon!
We collected quite a lot of Easter art supplies
Of course she also found just a little bit of chocolate...
It seemed appropriate to have a piccie of my little girl at the start of this blog as I've been thinking about my girl and sewing quite a lot lately. I feel like I should be sewing and making lovely embroidered things for Isobel all the time only...well...I haven't really made her that many things at all. Don't get me wrong, I have made her some things, and I think about things I could make for her all the time, it's just...they don't often get completed. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but I can have a pretty good guess. Most of my available crafting time takes place on my train journeys, which really only lends itself to hand sewing: plus, my current passion (as you just might have noticed), is for embroidery, and in developing my own patterns. So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm using my precious crafting time selfishly...for me. I've been thinking about this quite a lot lately, even feeling a little guilt about it, but you know what? I think that's just fine. We all only have so many hours in the day, and my sewing time is my me time, so I'm going to try and focus on the enjoyment I get from the process for a while, and not stress too much about what I actually produce.

However, that's not to say that my two passions of sewing and my little girl don't sometimes collide. We have been trying to add some more art and things to Izzy's room as she likes to spend more time there, so I thought surely the best thing to do is to combine my current passion and a desire to provide lovely handmade things for my daughter? Well luckily that's just what I've been able to do over the last week. I've been so inspired by pics I've seen of people showing a number of embroidery hoops all displayed together, that that's what I want to do for Izzy. I finally have two hoops completed for her, and almost ready to go on her wall. A little bit of ironing, snipping and some glueing and they are done!

This is the 'Big Stompy Fox' fox design that I showed you all the sketch for in this post. I deliberately choose colours I wouldn't normally go for when I started work on it, to take me out of my comfort zone. I must admit that once I'd stitched for a while I wasn't sure about the yellow and lilac, but after I added a couple of satin stitched flowers and lots of lots of french knots (they can save almost anything) it seemed to come together.The only annoying thing is that I ran out of the blue I used on the fox so I'll need to haul a scrap of thread into a shop to match and buy one skein to finish the tail and hindfoot *SIGH*.
I love the texture the knots and satin stitch brought into the design
She's also going to get the Priscilla Pirate from here and I'm hoping to finish another hoop for her this week so I have a nice group of three hoops to display on her wall. The other good thing about hoop embroidery art is I can replace the images with more appropriate ones as she gets older. Once I finish the designs for my Priscilla Pirate story hoops and I have all three together she can have those. I'm still working on the second one with the squid, and currently it's looking like I may switch to an octopus. I'm having a cephalopod quandry!

The girl is starting to take an interest in my sewing as well. She's old enough now to know that 'mummy is sewing', and that needles are sharp, and sometime she even brings me little bits of fabric I may have left lying around saying 'Mummy...I brought your sewing. You better tidy it with your sewing' while waggling an admonishing toddler finger at me (there is nothing more amusing, and nothing you have to take more seriously than being admonished by a toddler). sometimes when she sees me trying to grab a moment or two to sew she wants to do sewing herself. I bought her one of those packs of sewing cards, and she does enjoy doing this for a while. I can't wait until I can show her the real thing! I'd rather wait a few more years before I let her loose on my stash though!
It's not so much fun to tidy up though!


1 comment:

  1. What a cute photo of your little girl! :-)
    The Easter treat hunt looks like fun! I love how you've included Easter crafty bits as well as choccies!!!
    Don't feel guilty - there are only so many hours in the day. And that big fox..... REALLY great!!!
    I used to love those sewing cards when I was little. Maybe that was a sign of things to come.....