All in Monday Makes
As some of you already know, the hand that holds the Quill also holds down a day job, at a wonderful company in Lisburn called Leckey who design, manufacture and distribute postural and mobility products for people with special needs. (here's hoping my bosses are reading this... ;) ) Last Thursday, we were offered the opportunity to join in an evening of origami, led by Donegal-based paper art company Japanese Papercraft.
Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this little hiatus, I have finally realised a long-held ambition and am currently undertaking a fabulous dressmaking course at Belfast Met! More on that later.
I received this lovely book, The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Youngs as a present a couple of years ago and have never got round to trying any of the projects - until now. I spotted a great tutorial for a fold up shopping bag made from muslin, with a border made from a patterned teatowel.
A visit to jewellery-maker Melanie Bond's pop up stall put me in the mood for some jewellery making!
I decided to take a well-needed rest from the sewing machine and explore some of the other areas of handicrafts I'm interested in. Like many other crafters, I have ever-growing - and rather gorgeous - collections of both buttons and ribbons, so I thought it was time to do something pretty with them.
Let this two-part near-descent into sewing madness be a cautionary tale to you all. That is no typo in the title because, dear reader, despite starting all over again, taking careful measurements, leaving generous seam allowances and putting in about 9 hours of work, this mess could not be worn by any human being I have ever met.
Having really enjoyed making my own skirt, I decided I would move on to making a dress. Without any tuition. Or a pattern. Or the tiniest clue what I was doing.
A more organised blogger would have worked in a summery or sunshiney theme to her weekly crafting post. Me? I let the sewing room go to wrack and ruin, and spent a couple of days taking pictures in the sun. Tenuous link to crafting: I did wear one of my latest clothing creations, my miniskirt, on these trips...
I wanted to do a Monday Makes that had nothing to do with sewing - so I homed in on my obsession with jars. I collect 'em.
I have finally begun to make my own clothes on the sewing machine! being an absolute beginner and pretty much teaching myself at this stage, I decided to start with a skirt.