Last year was one of flood and drought, when it came to creating and craft. Mostly that was because I also had intensive periods of work and travel that left little time for crafting, then relaxed stretches where I could dedicate weekends and evenings to creativity.
The year started with Bagapalooza, a big bag review and refashion project.
I also made a whole lot of plans to sort out my photo collection… and that’s as far as that went.
The AKL got a bit of action, as I wove up a few things out of oddments of yarn:
And snuck in a little forbidden knitting with rocket needles and velvet fabric cut into a long strip:
And whipped up some jewellery:
Time to dust off the Bond Sweater Machine:
After picking up a free old Bond machine I made The Mega Bond:
Until I had to clear the table for some sewing:
I made map coasters:
And tried out a few more methods in the inkle book:
And tried some embroidery:
And started the Fast Diet.
The beginning of a new obsession, perhaps:
I made an envelope clutch for a themed party:
I dabbled in cross-stitch:
But for most of July I was in the crafty doldrums.
Got my act together. Started tackling the problem of the back of the house falling off. Solution: better engineered verandah. Bonus shade panels and new balustrade. (Completed in November.)
I finished a portrait:
And decided to tackle six to-do list categories over six weekends, and some projects I could do while watching tv.
I started with jewellery:
Moved on to tackle accessories and clothing refasions:
Some simple quilting:
I made a bag out of a painting and another out of an upholstery sample:
I tried solar dyeing, and made gifts to take overseas:
I finished weaving a scarf and wove another, and did more inkling:
It was also the month for learning I had a small heart condition, osteopenia and confirmation I’ve reached menopause. Or peri-menopause. Whatever. But I’d lost 4kg on the Fast Diet, so I was feeling pretty healthy.
I spent most of October overseas.
Craft Day on the first weekend back kick-started my crafty brain.
I made a necklace:
And framed some cats I’d stitched over the winter:
I got the cards done early:
Though we only used a few, as we didn’t find the time for the write & mail part.
I ended the year stitching:
I also went camping and painted ‘in plein air’:
I made a cover for the day bed:
And made a door mat for Dad:
And I finally finished weaving the paua shell ruanna after a year and a half on the loom:
I stitched a heart, and a pair of eyes:
Then we went to Japan!
All in all a good creative year. The craft category challenge proved very effective, so I might do that again in future. Half of the garments I made on the Bond I’ve decided need frogging or adjustment, however, and it wasn’t a great year for weaving. But I seem to have found a replacement for knitting with embroidery. I’m not as obsessed, though. Yet.