It’s December, and therefore we’re slowly coming to the end of the year – yes, I know, there’s a while to go yet but bear with me! It comes round faster than you think! Traditionally it’s a time of looking both backwards and forwards, and today I’ll be looking backwards with these questions about your chosen craft(s):
- What did you complete this year?
- Did you learn anything new?
- Do you have any blogs, shops, podcasts, websites, books or designers you’d like to recommend to anyone else? (or tell them to avoid?!)
As for me – I’ve completed three pieces. Two large pieces are by My Big Toe designs (here and here), and one decent sized piece by Jane Greenoff. I got one of the My Big Toe designs framed up in a local framers I found last year , and need to get the other two framed up when I have the money (essentially!).
After doing several large pieces one after another, I’ve learnt that I’m pretty much cross-stitched out for the minute and need to pick something else up. First thing would be to get the sewing machine back out and running!
I bought a chart from a French company I found a few years ago on the net – of course I now cant find their address can I?. I was quite proud of myself in that I managed to complete the transaction even though the whole thing was in French. I put it down more to knowing how to buy things off the internet rather than anything more than a very old O-level (1986!) in French.
Sewandso have also upgraded their website, so that you don’t have to re-enter your details every time you place an order – you can now have an account! I find them quick, cheaper than other sites – e.g. 39x43in 16ct Aida is £18.95, whilst £20.29 on willowfabrics, who also appear to have overhauled their site recently).
I continue to listen to Craftlit, where Heather is really coming into her own. We are currently listening to Dracula, and Heather has managed to pull a few readers together that make it less of a reading and more of a dramatisation of the full book.
Craftsanity seems to have (almost) disappeared off the podcast radar, as Jennifer continues to try making a living in the craft world, and taking Craftsanity into the magazine world.
CastOn with Brenda Dayne, has been quiet for a while, but she’s back for a weekly podcast.