Good evening to you all,
January is at last drawing to a close (was that not the longest month?) and I am filling my diary with projects to get stuck into. I don’t know about you but I don’t feel as if the year truly starts until January is out the way.
Being Valentine’s Day in a few weeks time, I thought it would be appropriate to share this mini-project with you. Like many of my smaller projects, this has been one that I have had for some time and was bought for me as part of a larger kit -it feels good to have finally given myself the time to complete at least part of it! Once the two hearts were made, I simply attached each one to the end of a piece of string to create mini-bunting – I love a bit of bunting!
This is the first of the hanging hearts and the simplest out of the two. As with many items that I have made, it is not until afterwards that I look back and realise that I should have done things slightly differently. For example, I cut the two heart shapes separately rather than place the two pieces of fabric with the wrong sides together and cut through both. Having used pinking shears to cut the shapes, it was then quite tricky to match the two hearts up to sew together – we live and learn! I have discovered particularly in recent years that there is always more than one way to achieve the desired effect, with one often being far superior than the other!
Once I got over this little blip the rest of the heart was made quite quickly and I am particularly pleased with my choice of button embellishment and hanging string, which I think gives the heart a real country feel. For the stuffing I actually used the inners of an old pillow, which I first opened up for a previous project (‘A Bed fit for a Mer-cat!’) – it is suprising how much stuffing is inside a pillow!
The second heart that I made required the use of a sewing stitch that believe it or not I had not used before – the zig zag stitch. I tend to play it safe when it comes to my sewing machine and as much as I love it, I do rather stick to the stitches and settings that I am familiar with, hence why I have never used a zig zag. I had a play on a scrap piece of fabric and after a few tries I just went for it and used the stitch to applique the smaller heart onto the larger one – I don’t think my first attempt is too bad. This brings me on to my second reason for sharing this post now – National Craft Month.
National Craft Month is held every year in March and was first established in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association with the intention to encourgage the discovery of joy in crafting. It is also given as a great opportunity to try something new and embrace a new hobby. So, I have made a start by stitching my first piece of applique and using a zig zag stitch – hooray! I have often attempted to get my head around crochet so maybe I will revisit that this month.
What craft will you have a go at? Whatever it is, enjoy!
Until next time,