We think it likely that many people associate handmade felted, knitted or woven items with providing warmth in the darker months, so the ‘Personal Items’ challenge for this quarter is to make something that you could use in sunny weather.
It can be as simple or as complicated as you choose but most importantly it’s a challenge so perhaps try new colours or designs or something just a little different from your usual style.
Don’t take this too seriously though – it’s meant to be fun!
The first thing we all do at this time of year is to try to find our sunglasses so that we can read outside in the garden or on holiday.
This Kindle and these sunglasses could do with handmade cases to protect them and make them pretty and a textile bookmark would be very useful for the paperback.
Hmmm, how about a lightweight sleeveless top or a delicate shoulder wrap and of course a sunhat is essential.
Annie said she wanted a new sunhat – one that would make a statement – so I made her one. I don’t think it’s quite what she had in mind though.
It would be good to have a pretty tote bag for all those things too wouldn’t it? A bag could be made from scratch or a simple jute bag could be purchased then embellished with textile panels or hand embroidery.
In January 2013 I embellished a plain jute tote bag with fabric scraps from an old skirt and a bit of rough machining. The bag is still in use – it’s a bit grubby now but still pretty.
So whatever your skill level please enjoy this challenge and post your photos on the forum for us all to enjoy!