Learning to Draw 2019 – 3 months in

It’s been three months since I decided to learn to draw in order to be able to do more with free motion embroidery. As many of you spotted, once I started learning to draw the embroidery got rather left to the side. I haven’t forgotten it, but for now I’m happy to work on learning about and improving my drawing and, as it’s the close of the year, I’ve had a look back at  my progress.

I started by simply working on drawing what I saw rather than what I thought I saw. I drew this Fuschia in the first couple of weeks and it’s still one of my favourites.

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Next I focused on light and shadow. At this stage I was drawing a lot of leaves.

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Next I learned about vanishing points and one point and two point perspective. Although I recognised their importance I found working on it rather tedious, this showed when I looked back; I’d finished almost none of the pictures I’d started. 20191118_12205800

Moving on I had a short flirtation with faces…

Then I worked on drawing people; getting proportions right in different posses…

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I also intermittently worked on various texture exercises, attempting to draw better trees, rocks etc

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It’s been 96 days since I started learning to draw and I set myself the goal of sketching every day. I didn’t draw on about a week’s worth of days before Christmas and I took a week off over Christmas – all occasions were because I chose to put family first, which IMO is getting my priorities right. In that 96 days I’ve drawn 101 sketches or groups of sketches, which averages at more than 1 a day – so very happy with that.

Until next year!

Bekki x

Sunday Sevens 2019 Best Bits

At the end of every year I like to revisit my Sunday Seven’s photos. Here’s my favourites from 2019…

January – Harry came to live with us as his forever home…

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February – Harry’s first snow with us…

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March – Friends from up north visiting for the weekend…

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April – friends teaching us to dance in Clumber Park…

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May – a visit from our great nephew…

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 June – Our holiday on the west coast of Scotland. Not only blessed with gorgeous weather while the rest of the UK was under flood warnings, but there were genuinely three breath taking moments amongst many many many wonderful ones…

The view from the top of the hill above Inverary…

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Alone with Harry on the edge of Loch Fyne at 6am…

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Sanna Bay…

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July – Harry on Rock Beach…

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August – Broom Hill Hotel sculpture park…

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September – Perranporth beach with our niece, great niece and her husband…

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October – Visiting Lovely Eldest in Utrecht…

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November – Harry and Baxter on Perranporth beach…

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December – Christmas!

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All in all 2019 has been a good year for LH and me, but I know this last year hasn’t treated all my friends and family so kindly. My love and best wishes go out to them for a much better 2020 and here’s to a happy, healthy 2020 for everyone.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Taking Stock of 2019 – Stash, Scrap or New

As the year closes I’m looking back and reflecting on my achievements and my learnings for 2019. As some of you know, for a while now I’ve been trying to work on projects that recycle and use up scraps and stash items, whilst keeping purchases of new materials to a minimum.

In total I’ve completed 24 projects and I’m very pleased to say only 4 have been made new from materials bought for that project: the baby sweater, floral quilt, my K6 sweater and the elephant quilt. Unfortunately no pics of the K6 sweater, but it is finished, I promise.

I’ve made 8 projects from stash yarn and fabric:

Flower Valley shawl, Heartfelt cardigan and a teapot sweater

The pinwheel baby quilt – which did include some scrap fabric too…

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My PJ bottoms and ticking shorts...

The yet to be named mitts and mittens

13 From scraps:

Chamomile Stump work embroidery and new home cross stitch

Ratty and Baby Beanie Hat...

Santa Sacks, Christmas Fairy and Christmas cards

Dog Bandanas, summer top and Christmas stocking

Free motion embroidery cards and key rings

And the Angry Bird golf club cover

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All in all I’m pretty pleased with the balance of scraps/stash vs new materials used. Completing 24 projects averages out at 2 a month – given some are far more time consuming than others and that I’ve been focus on drawing too for the last 3 months – I’m also pretty pleased with that.

Hope you’ve found plenty of time for you creativity this year.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Another Mitts Ta Da!

Before the year ends I’d better finish posting the projects I’ve completed this year, so here’s a quick couple of pics of the mitts I’ve just finished.

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They’re the same pattern as I knitted for the mittens I haven’t named yet, but the pattern looks so different in a lighter colour way…

Haven’t got round to writing the pattern up, but I will.

Until next time,

Bekki x

My Only Knitted Christmas Gift

Hello,

I do hope everyone’s festive season is going well, whether you celebrate this time of year or not.

Most years I make several knitted Christmas gifts. However this year my Christmas crafting has mostly been confined to non – gift items…

Crackers and gifts to put in them...

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Patchwork stockings

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Knitted Santa sacks for gifts…

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and a knitted Christmas fairy…

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But I did knit one Christmas gift; an angry bird golf club cover for LH…

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Okay that was a very long winded way of telling you that, but I also thought you might like a recap of my Christmas makes.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Scrap Happy Christmas – December Part 2 – Patchwork Christmas Stocking

The great thing about these patchwork Christmas stockings is that you can make them work for whatever size pieces of scrap fabric you have.

Start by drawing a template of the stocking you want to make – you can do this freehand or by drawing around a Christmas stocking you already have.

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Gather together your Christmas fabric scraps and decide on the combination of fabrics you would like to use.

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Cut your template into pieces so that each piece is the size you would like and that will fit on the fabric you have with a 1/2″ seam allowance around their edges.

Sew the patchwork pieces together – using half inch seams…

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Press the seams toward the darkest fabric…

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Use the completed patchwork as a template to cut out a piece of wadding…

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(My wadding was from part of the piece left over from making my floral quit.)

Also use the patchwork as a template to cut a back and two pieces for the lining. These all need to be exactly the same size as the patchwork.

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(The red fabric was left over from my pinwheel baby quilt and the cream some left over curtain lining from my kitchen curtains I made six years ago.)

Apply the wadding to the back of the patchwork and stitch in the ditch along the seams.

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If you’ve added a plain panel at the top for a name, embroider it on…

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With right sides facing, sew the back and front of the stocking together and the lining pieces together, leaving the top of each unseamed.

 

Clip the front curve of both stocking and lining …

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Turn stocking (only) out the right way and press then slip the lining inside.

 

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I used a piece of scrap felt to bind the raw edges. If you’ve more stamina than me, you might want to use binding.20191214_18183000I also inserted a scrap piece of ribbon beneath the binding before I sewed it on to make a hanging loop…

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Once the binding was secure, I sewed the edge down using the same stitch I had sewn in the ditch of the patchwork…

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All I need now is for Santa to put some gifts in it…

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If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Scrap Happy Christmas – Cracker Gifts

Spoiler Alert: If you’re coming to our house for Christmas dinner this year, this post will show you the gift you’ll get in your Christmas cracker.

I do love Christmas crackers, but I hate that they are a pretty eco-unfriendly – with every bit of them usually ending up in the bin straight after the meal. I therefore do like to make my crackers from as much recycled and recyclable items as possible. Hopefully I’ll find time to post making my Christmas crackers this year, but for now I’m just going to share the gifts for this years crackers as my scrap happy make this month…

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Hopefully this picture explains all you need to know if you want to make any of these.

Pretty fiddly to make, but very little scrap fabric and ribbon needed.

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun (first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Until next time,

Bekki x