December 30, 2019
2019: My year in review
What a productive year this was for me! I thought I'd run through all the things I tried and learned this year, stitching and otherwise!
Kit: I began my first Septemberhouse calendar- Corinne creates beautiful printed fabric calendars, and it was a treat to stitch one.
Online class: I also purchased the beautiful Color Theory class by Karen Barbe on Domestika and began assembling all my materials.
Online class: As if that was not enough to keep me busy, I purchased a monthly Creativebug membership, and started filling along with Lisa Congdon's Creative Bootcamp class.
I finished my calendar, and began stitching samples for the Karen Barbe Color Theory class.
I bought a new DMC color card to help in my stitching projects and completed my collection of every shade of DMC embroidery floss!
I finished my final project for the Karen Barbe Color Theory class, and arranged all my threads in color order!
Pattern: I began the One Meaningful Word pattern by Lolli and Grace and really refined my satin stitch.
Pattern: I finished my One Meaningful Word project and began stitching 3 versions of the Lolli and Grace Beginner Rose pattern- 2 in blanket stitch and 1 in chain stitch.
Pattern: I began the Wisdom and Kindness Stitchalong with Beth Colletti.
Books: I discovered the beautiful world of Swedish embroidery and disappeared down a retro Swedish rabbithole, tracing dozens of patterns and buying books.
I finished my Beginner Roses and the Wisdom and Kindness stitchalong pattern.
Pattern: I stitched a Home pattern from the Cutesy Crafts ebook Home Sweet Home, which is filled with lovely patterns.
On a whim, I taught myself to finally use a sewing machine and learned how to quilt with hexagons.
Online class: I embraced my hexie quilt obsession, learning all I could with the Liza Lucy class on English Paper Piecing on Creativebug.
Books: I became quilt obsessed, putting together a small library of vintage quilting books, and discovering the beautiful All Points Patchwork book by Diane Gilleland.
Free patterns: I also discovered Mollie Johanson's wonderful EPP Jam A Month stitchalong, and stitched the first 6 little patterns.
I completed my first sewing project - 2 aprons upcycled from men's dress shirts!
Kit: I stitched the vintage linen kit by Linladan.
Book review: I reviewed Stunning Stitches for Crazy Quilts by Kathy Seaman Shaw and stitched some seam examples.
Online class: I discovered basic weaving with a Creativebug class.
This was a tough month for me in many ways and I took solace in quiet weaving projects.
Online class: I began the Stem Stitch class with Gimena Romero on Domestika.
I got my pattern transferred and began stitching the stem stitch project.
I became fountain pen and ink obsessed.
Stitched the stem stitch project and continued my ink and pen obsession.
Finished the stem stitch project.
Kit: I started the Owl Embroidery Kit by Jenny Blair.
Online class: Became calligraphy obsessed, thanks to the wonderful class by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls on Creativebug.
Finished the Owl Embroidery Kit by Jenny Blair.
Pattern: Finished some last minute stitching with the Noel embroidery pattern by Slow Evenings.
Completed a stumpwork monogram pattern from my unfinished archives.
Continued in my calligraphy obsession with books: The Gift of Calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa Stukuls, Mastering Modern Calligraphy by Molly Suber Thorpe and an online class with The Postman's Knock.