Happy New Year!
I would like to wish you all the very best of wishes for 2019 – may you all be happy, healthy, wealthy and wise in 2019!
The beginning of a new year is the time when I like to do a little reminiscing of the previous years – the highs, the lows, and everything in-between.
2018 was, on the whole, a good year for me. I was able to combine my love of crafting, with learning new skills and techniques, and put them to (hopefully) good use!
To finish off this year of blog posts, I thought I would have a little run through of my favourite projects of the year!
1 & 2. Early in the year I started to combine my love of embroidery with my love of beads – the first project I did was this pretty beaded butterfly. A range of insects and creatures followed, including the little bee!
3. While learning bead embroidery techniques, I came across Shibori ribbon. This beautiful hand dyed ribbon used in jewellery creates the most beautiful effect – This was my first necklace, and I was super pleased when one of my gorgeous friends purchased it, and it went winging its way to the US.
4 & 5. In my Facebook group, I have a challenge post whereby group members can challenge me to design a hoop based on a theme of their choice – My two favourites this year have been the Northern Lights, and Sunset.
6. Summer saw my friend’s daughter getting married, and I was super proud to stitch this hoop to commemorate the big day. I am thinking of offering similar as a commission next year!
7. More experimentation! This time with beading! I taught myself to do Peyote stitch beading, and had sooooo much fun learning how to make these little tube pendants.
8 & 9. This is perhaps my most favourite hoop I have ever made. I love this fox design. It is so pretty, and intricate. I really wanted to push myself to work on a more detailed design, and I think I achieved it with this. I followed this up with a whitework version! I love how the same pattern looks so completely different just be taking away the colour.
10. If you follow my Facebook page, you will already be aware of my love of thread! I am a compulsive thread buyer, and I am not ashamed! Hand dyed threads are my weakness – they come in the most beautiful colours, and variations, and I think the seahorse sets these off beautifully.
11. October & November saw me making forays into the world of chainmaille! This came about following discussions in my Anglo Saxon history nightclass (have I mentioned I’m a bit of a geek!) The first weave I learnt was Byzantine, which is shown beautifully in this copper bracelet
12 & 13. Never satisfied with keeping things simple, I experimented a little more with the chainmaille after I came across these fabulous coloured rings! One of my beautiful friends promptly named the first colour range unicorn, and I absolutely could not resist making a rainbow version.
14. I have been collecting (or hoarding) lampwork glass beads for literally years now! I finally decided it was about time I got to using some! This rainbow bead came from the fabulous Sally Sutherland, and I think it paired perfectly with the Swarovski sparkles!
15. One of the new ranges I will be working on in 2019 is a botanical range – this simple, elegant leaf design is the first in the range. I envisage this on the wall in a beautiful conservatory!
16. My last hoop of 2018! I thought it was very fitting to end on a unicorn! Again, this is a much more detailed design, stitched with gorgeous threads I purchased at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate.
So there we have it! A few of my favourite makes of 2018. Throughout the year I was privileged enough to work on a number of commission pieces for people, and I attended some fantastic classes, which have really helped to expand my skills, and my confidence. I am looking forward to more in 2019!
I will be releasing some new embroidery hoop ranges, which I am very excited about, I am working on some different mixed media makes, and I am expanding my jewellery range to include more sterling silver pieces, and some new chainmaille designs. Just because I love you, here are a couple of peeks!
Well, if you made it to the end of this looooooong post – thank you!
Here’s to a fabulous 2019 – see you all soon!