A sort of ‘new year’s resolution’ style of thought here only more fun and indulgent- a list of all the things I’d like to try and make this year!
1. Felting! I still have the two gigantic bags of sheep’s wool in the woodshed, in need of cleaning, carding and felting. Unknown territory for me and a bit of an outlay in terms of carders, which separate the wool fibres into long usable strands, although I am told spiky dog brushes are a good substitute!
With my hopefully thick, even and beautiful felt I want to make some mittens to embroider with tapestry wool and decorate with pom poms. I also want to make some slippers, starting with these baby slippers from Clare Youngs’ book Scandinavian Needlecraft. I’ve blogged about this book before and it’s so inspirational. The slippers look fairly simple and are so easily customised with different embroidery designs. I think the rabbit on my tea cosy might look quite cute.
2. Christmas a go go (again)- I have a commission in the pipeline for an advent calendar and I want to make four more to sell at the Christmas Craft fair this year. As I highly doubt I will be doing much sewing after early June (newborn plus toddler=low crafty productivity levels) I want to get all of my stock done now and in the spring. I also have a commission for a tea cosy with a badger on it which I am only too pleased to create!
3. Quilting- I must finish this new baby quilt I am working on and although I highly doubt I’ll be able to time-wise, I would like to try out some of Margaret Rolfe’s foundation piece quilting- you sew geometric bits of fabric onto each other and onto a piece of interfacing and turn them out and voila! A hummingbird! There is a lovely bear one which I really like:
4. Knitting. This is always on the list and never happens. I would like to knit myself some legwarmers, a cosy ski headband, and Sol a jumper. I caress the cashmere yarns in shops and look longingly at the alpaca and rare breed sheep’s wool at the local farmers market… but I have my doubts!
5. Dabble with clothing- nothing drastic, but I have a pattern for a girl’s smock top or dress and the cutest little retro 70s apron, also for a child. And I bought a maternity skirt recently that just does not look hard to make. And I’d love to use up a big length of the Liberty fabric I have rather than little bits here and there in quilts.
I’m sure there’s more; just not enough hours!