While I was away on holiday last year I kept seeing embroidery EVERYWHERE. I only had one fashion exhibition in mind for the trip so it really made me smile to see it sometimes randomly. As I cut through Somerset … Continue reading
I’ve been quietly getting on with my embroidery & knitting but neglecting to share it on my blog. I’m actually blushing at how long it’s been since I last posted. Hopefully that’ll change with the return of the 100 day project.
Last year I found out about it at the last minute, I wasn’t prepared but decided to go for it anyway. I decided to embroider circles for 100 days and while it was fun I didn’t complete it.
As it was a last minute decision I hadn’t fully thought out the logistics such as how to fit it in with works and holidays. I did well but this year I’m gong to try to plan it better and complete it.
I’ve not decided what I’ll do but it’ll involve embroidery. Might just finish what I started on the back of my denim jacket or fill a sketchbook with embroidery.
I do recommend it as a way of focusing on something you love doing and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. Take a photo a day, finish all your WIPs, knit a square every day to make a blanket or write a 100 word short story every day. Whatever it is you’ll definitely feel better for making time each day to do something you enjoy & with all the practice you’ll become better at doing it.
PS If you take part don’t forget to upload to Instagram or Twitter with #the100dayproject.
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As much as I enjoy snapping away with my digital camera and phone I love taking photos with my film cameras. There’s just something magical about not knowing whether or not I’ve managed to capture anything. If I want a … Continue reading
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This weekend there’s a wee exhibition opening in Glasgow. When I say wee I mean that all the art is postcard size, as with each artist submitting up to three pieces it’s certainly not going to be small in any … Continue reading
Around this time last year Craftivist Collective along with Share Action started a positive campaign asking Marks and Spencer (M&S) to pay their staff the living wage. If you need a wee reminder here’s my blog post about it. A … Continue reading
I’d hoped to give you a weekly update of my progress with the 100 day project but work got in the way last week. I also popped over to St Andrews to see the exhibition of pieces from the Wemyss … Continue reading
I thought I’d show you my progress on the 100 day project the I mentioned in my last post. So far I’m enjoying the challenge of creating different circles every day although, as I work irregular hours, it can be … Continue reading
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Almost late to the party but thanks to the wonder of Twitter I’ve heard about this project just before it starts. The idea is to get your creative juices flowing but working on a project every day for 100 days. … Continue reading
As part of 2016: the year of fun I went to another fab Yelp night. This time we popped into the MAKlab to get a sewing lesson from Iona.
Iona’s philosophy is simple, anyone can sew and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact you can pop into her Say It Ain’t Sew workshops on Tuesday evenings and it’s completely FREE!
Tonight, as part of the Yelp event, we had the choice of making a felt cupcake, doughnut or cake slice. Iona provided all the material, equipment and templates, all we needed a bit of imagination and the ability to thread a needle 🙂
Iona was on hand to help with any stitching questions and give us quick tutorials which really helped as quite a few folk hadn’t stitched since school days.
Over the space of a few hours, through a lot of chatter, laughter and serious faces (the placing of sequins is serious business, haha) we all succeeded in creating our own felt cakes.
I’ve been to Iona’s regular Say It Ain’t Sew class(*) a few times and made everything from finger puppets to dinosaurs. She holds them in relaxed venues where you can grab a bite to eat or get some liquid refreshment 😉 I can really recommend trying it especially if you’ve a hectic life as sewing makes you slow down and relax. Making something just for the fun of it is also good fun.
Say It Ain’t Sew is on every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Get in touch with them via Twitter handle @SewScotland.
PS To keep it free she sells these lovely kits through ETSY for £5. It would make a lovely present for children as well as adults. I fancy the tenement building…or maybe the dinosaur…hmmm.
Go on, give it a try.