Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Crafty Update!

Figured it was about time to update the world on what I'm doing on the Crafty Front! 

Here is a closeup of my third completed page of my HAED project - It's actually Page 14 of the chart.  Beside it is a zoomed out view of what I have done so far.  I was skeptical about the use of the 'Parking' technique, but I found it was taking me an age to constantly end off and rethread with new threads.  I don't use the traditional method, I use a bit of a half half.  I park it when it suits me, and chase the color across the page when I feel like it. 

The HAED project has over 15,000 stitches completed so far.  I have to admit, I was almost feeling a bit of a moment of burn out so I did a bit of a dig around in my Craft drawers and came up with the following project:

This is a project Jacob started .. Can you guess what it's meant to be? That's right, a Rainbow Apple logo.  He's Mac crazy that man.  But it's a project I'm happy to complete.  This is what it was like when I received it. I have never stitched on black fabric so this is going to be an interesting adventure.  I'll let you know how I go :) 

I've found an awesome group of people on Facebook who are all as craft crazy as I am, probably more!   One of these lovely ladies provides us all with the opportunity to obtain some awesome hand dyed cross stitch fabrics!  She can be found over at Colour Cascade Fabrics

Tammy does what she calls "Sample Packs" of various offcut sizes of the hand dyed fabrics.  Designed so that you can get a bit of a feel for different types of fabrics as well as colours.  These packs are available for purchase for $5 + postage.  Sample Pack 1 includes 18, 20 and 22ct fabrics, and Sample Pack 2 inclues 25, 28 and 32ct.  (Don't quote me incase I've gotten the details wrong .. if in doubt.. go check out her site!) I can't wait to find some little nifty things to stitch onto these fabrics!  

In a moment of wanting to do something but not really feeling like cross stitching I dug out some of my crochet needles and wool.  Another two hours spent roaming the internet I found some inspiration for just exactly WHAT to crochet.  I found an interesting design for a blanket I am anxious to try.  Here is my progress so far.  

And last but not least, I've had it in my head to try Latch Hook for a little while now.  Another friend mentioned it to me and I was like "Oh yeah! I did that as a child!".  I have bags and bags of wool in the garage that whilst perfectly useful, the thickness kind of fluctuates a little too much to be used for knitting or crocheting.  I've been pondering for quite a while now just what exactly to do with the wool, not really wanting to just get rid of it.  Low and behold, I now have an idea! 

I will have to keep you posted on how my projects go!

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