Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Remember how I said I wasn't going to do any more swaps?

Well, then this happened.

And this.

So far I've stayed strong, but man it's tough. Chances are I'll enter these swaps in an unofficial capacity- meaning I'll be crafting right along with everyone, without actually being responsible for finishing/sending anything by a certain day. But it's always nice to have a theme.

I guess they weren't kidding when they warned me they were addictive!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sugar Skull Embroidery

I'm officially finished with all my swaps, and I'm taking a break! Sent off and received for the Dia De Los Muertos swap last week, expect pictures of all that goodness to come- in the meantime have a teaser: 

random free-hand sugar skull embroidery, that was becoming an applique at this stage. 
I think he's kinda cute. 

I'm noticing a pattern in my embroidery however, and that is a lack of a pattern or template of any kind. It's laziness really. To find a pattern I like, and then to transfer it onto the fabric, and then stitch it, all the while freaking out every time a teeny smudge of the transfer disappears. It's too many extra steps. I know my pieces would improve though if I used a pattern. 

What are your preferred transfer methods for embroidery? Or, are you like me and just go for it and hope it turns out ok? So far I've tried tracing a design over transfer paper (so messy! blue smudges everywhere!) and sketching a free-hand design with a fabric pen. Haven't yet explored the world of iron-on patterns, but I'll probably explore that next. 

Life has been so busy lately, I'm not allowing myself to sign up for any more swaps until July, or until the next Hoopla swap- whichever comes first. In the meantime, I may have to be selfish and make a few things for myself. We'll see. ;) 

Go and make things- W

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

When did it become June?

So, it's June already. How did that happen? Well with June comes the beginning of summer, though its been hot enough here for months.

But June brings other things as well, including the 30 Days of Creativity Challenge.

I have to say I'm intrigued by this, and very tempted to join in on the fun. The problem is I don't always have time every time to create something, and I feel like I can only count "dinner" so many times. The challenge starts today, and its after 6pm and this is the first chance I've had to even blog, let alone craft. Guess that's why they call it a challenge. :P

Well I may be starting late. But in the meantime, I bought a yard of this fabric for $2 over the weekend, but I still don't know what I want to make with it.

I really like it. I'm thinking something beachy or summery would be good, but I still haven't decided. Any one got any suggestions?