Monday, January 1, 2018

The New Year!

Happy New Year!

I don't make resolutions for a new year, but I do like to make 'crafting' plans - usually involving trying something new, a year long project etc. 
For 2018 the plan is to diversify my crafts. 
Lately I have heard of people calling themselves - a quilter with a capital Q, or a knitter with a capital K. I can't say that I am obsessed with one particular creative outlet, I enjoy everything that I do. So for this new year I want to try a larger variety of crafts - lots of old, but hopefully some new ones too.

This plan did start at the end of 2017 when we remodelled our storage room and I now have an area for stained glass (the boxes of glass had been packed since our last move 10 years ago!)

My first piece of stained glass in 10 years - idea from Pinterest
I used to make a lot of stained glass, it was really nice to try it again, and this is what motivated me to expand my crafting experience.

At the same time Craftsy introduced a membership plan. I have been a Craftsy fan for a long time, so signed up for the year with the thought to try as many things as I can.

This is the first project from a Craftsy class - a sampler cowl from 'See It, Crochet It: Reading Diagrams' by Charles Voth. I know how to crochet and made a lot of things when I was young, but I just made things up as I went along. Finally I learned the names of the stitches, new stitches and how to follow a pattern. Now I remember why I enjoyed crochet so much as a child. This cowl is made out of leftover silk and merino, fingering weight handspun.

This is a new project that I started today - the 'Tealeaf Sweater Knit-Along' by Bristol Ivy, another Craftsy class.

I just wanted to show something else new that I tried recently -

Soft and Stable batting to make a bucket bag. This stuff is fabulous.

The bag is lightweight and sturdy.

It is a perfect project bag.

I also tried some cross stitch again. This is a pattern by Veronique Enginger.

Another plan for the new year is to blog more regularly - I'll see how that goes!

All the best!


Chookyblue...... said...

Great bag......

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love all your projects.

Doniene said...

I’m always so impressed and inspired (and a bit intimidated lol) by your many talents and lovely projects!

Happy New Year!

Sally Hurley said...

Neat bag. I LOVE your leaf. The round diamond piece is such a neat, unexpected addition.

zenuwpees said...

Allemaal heel mooie projecten.
Happy New Year

Sue SA said...

Will look forward to seeing more lovely stain glass projects from you.

Raewyn said...

Great to see what you're up to Joanne!!Happy New Year!!

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

I love what you are doing to diversify your craffting! I’ll look forward to seeing what you do throughout the year!