January Projects

January Projects

I’ve been trying to find ways of having a few projects on the go so I can work on them for a few minutes at a time where possible. A few months ago, I posted about a couple of felt pieces I’d made with the intention of practising stitches for the Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge. I didn’t keep up with the challenge, so had the pieces spare. I decided to add some stitching to the first piece. This is how it looked originally. I started by machine stitching around the patches of colour.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOver the next couple of days, I added some hand stitched straight stitches, first in in yellow and then added some in orange.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother project I got started on this week is a white texture felt piece. Liz from That Fuzzy Feeling blog, recently made a gorgeous piece of texture felt and it inspired me to make one. I decided to make a natural white one, so I got to play with (and smell!) my collection of wool, alpaca and mohair locks. They are mostly unwashed so my hands felt really nice afterwards.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe first day I managed to get as far as laying it out and sewing up around the edges.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere are some of the gorgeous locks I positioned around the edges:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo far, I’ve managed to add the stitches from the top to the bottom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to Ruth for encouraging us to find ways to fit in a few minutes of fibre time each day, I’ve managed to get a lot more done this week than I otherwise would have. It might not be much each day, but before long, it all adds up to finished projects I wouldn’t have had without the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

14 thoughts on “January Projects

  1. Good idea zed. You seem to be getting the hang of your machine and I ‘m looking forward to seeing the stitched up textured piece. I seem to remember Gina using this method for a textured bag and it looked really good. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Judith ๐Ÿ™‚
      I made a couple of bags using the same method, too,they turned out really nice.

  2. Those 5 minutes do add up, don’t they? The stitched piece is wonderful. Do you have plans for it or is it just for practicing stitches? Can’t wait to see the textured piece.

    1. Thanks, Ruth ๐Ÿ™‚
      No, I don’t have plans for the piece yet, I’m just happy having something to work on for now.

  3. The stitched up piece looks really good zed, it’d make a nice little purse i think, and ooo cant wait to see the unfolding of your white textured piece either, those locks look beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks, Kaz ๐Ÿ™‚
      There’s my favourite Angora locks in there that you sent me ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Looking good ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the combo of machine and hand stitching, and I cant wait to see how the white textured piece progresses, very intrigued by the process.
    It is a good challenge, making those five minutes often does lead to longer, though in my case Zed it is not finishing off projects but starting lots more! that is not a bad thing as I have been a bit creatively flat over Christmas/New Year

    1. Thanks, Jane ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yeah, I haven’t really had much chance to make much recently, either, but I’ve been tidying up and clearing out and have more space and clear surfaces for starting projects and leaving them out to work on when I can.

  5. You would not think it was the same piece of felt! The machine stitching you did is perfect.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to your textured piece.

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