New Craft

I posted this photo on my instagram feed yesterday

I thought I might explain a little bit about how I came across this new to me craft.

I actually ordered this kit back at the beginning of December from Amazon, I had actually been searching for a book on 3D embroidery stitches when a item describing itself as 5D embroidery popped up, well at £2.50 and free postage I couldn’t resist seeing what it was and added it to my order and didn’t think any more about it.

Well it arrived a couple of days ago and to be honest it couldn’t have been better timed, I’ve been struggling to knit or crochet without a sofa, I find it quite hard without good back support for any length of time so my fingers were starting to be really itchy but my brain was a bit to foggy to do anything complicated but felt I just needed to do something so I opened the parcel.

You get a printed canvas, it looks a bit like a cross stitch pattern which is covered in small squares and different symbols.

It is covered in adhesive and in this case a clear plastic coating you can peel off (some have a paper covering) also on the side it has a colour chart showing you which symbol matches which colour.

Also enclosed are the stick tool, a tray, a small chunk of wax and all the different coloured faceted resin pieces.

These aren’t quite how they came, when they arrive they are a strip of sealed packages, I have transferred them into little resealable bags. In this case I have fourteen colours. From what I understand you can get different types of these kits and this is quite a good one to start with as the resins are round so you have a little lea way in placing them where as if I had got the square resins you have to be a lot more accurate, you can also choose between kits where you have to cover the whole canvas with resins (I think if I order another one this is the type I would choose) or there are kits like mine where you only have part of the canvas to cover.

The tool is very nifty, you just take a small amount of wax into the metal end and this is enough for the resins to stick enough for you to pick them up.

And the tray is clever, it has little ridges in the bottom so if you gently tap it they all turn the right way up.

After watching a few you tube videos, some people seem to finish one colour before starting another but that means exposing all the glue so I have gone for working from one corner. The glue is very sticky so it’s definitely a hair back situation.

And it’s as simple as picking up the resin and finding its matching symbol and pressing it down into the canvas.

It’s a bit like a mix between a cross stitch but with the speed of a jigsaw, I must confess it’s like one of the reviewers on Amazon said, it’s probably not something I would hang on my wall (just not my personal taste) but it’s all about the doing, I found it a really good way to zone out and even vent a little anger, saying that I don’t recommend stabbing at the resins in the tray too hard as I found out as a number of other resin jumped out. It’s also one of the few crafts that Lb wanted to actually try and in fact spent twenty minutes doing one of the flowers and unfortunately in a house full of craft materials he has little interest in most crafts so it was nice to find something he wanted to try, he is far more involved in making music.

In this photo I have placed a penny just to show the scale.

My progress may slow down as my sofas actually arrived today, so tomorrow my knitting and crochet are coming out and I am treating myself to a day on the sofa.

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Can’t wait till tomorrow

Thank you everyone for your kind and supportive words after my last post, I am honestly not quite as forlorn as I may have sounded, I am sure that I will learn to love this place as much as the last.

What will help is that our sofa’s arrive tomorrow.

They are new to us and a lovely grey suede so at least when I put a throw on them it won’t slide. Now fingers crossed they fit, I got a rough measurement but unfortunately I hadn’t gone prepared and the only measuring tape our local British Heart Foundation shop had was a cloth tape which didn’t make things easy, especially as I was by myself so fingers crossed, that also goes for the wardrobe I found too.

The sofas though will make a huge difference, we’ve been sitting on dining chairs since the 30th, our last sofa wouldn’t have fitted in the new place, and I have found that I can’t really sit in them for longer than two hours, or knit or crochet and what is even worse is that on nights like these where the insomnia gets the better of me I can’t really get up and watch some stupid TV and unwind. So tomorrow is going to be a great day and have already booked myself a whole day of sofa sitting and knitting on Wednesday, and then maybe all will feel right with the world once again.

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So a New Year in our new flat, now it is a nice flat and I am in love with our new flooring

But I am finding it hard when people come in and say oh isn’t it so much better than the last place, now cosmetically it is and yes it has double glazing which will help with the bills but I didn’t want to move from our last place. It was old and shabby but it was almost double the size of this place and the windows were huge and I could lay in bed and watch the clouds sail by and witness amazing sunsets.

I am very grateful to have a roof over my head as I know many haven’t and I will make it a home but please if you visit remember we were forced to leave our last home due to the council deciding to pull the blocks down rather than us looking for somewhere different so I am still in mourning for our old home.

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11 years

Warning, this post is knitting and crochet free so you may wish to skip it, normal service will resume soon.

Dear Andy

11 years today I finally met my you face to face, we had spent a week talking almost 24 hours a day on the phone before this moment( I have the bills to prove it).And little did I know at that moment at the oh so romantic Barking Station, would change my life forever, 11 years later I cannot imagine my life without you.

Here we are 6 months later at Greenbelt festival, maybe a little unwashed but happy.

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Also a few less grey hairs then.

We have  had our moments which could have torn us apart, but with a lot of tears we survived.

We also are lucky to have brought together the most amazing group of friends and family, who made our dreams come true by helping us stage this great day in 2012.

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Photo thanks to Jane Lithgow

Yes you married your bearded bride with our perfect pirate as ring bearer who is the greatest present you ever gave me.

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Photo thanks to Danillo Cooper

Who although talks endlessly about Pokemon to me, my life wouldn’t be the same.

I know we once again our heading towards challenging times, not only in the wider world but also our smaller little world but I know I will be ok because I have you by my side.

 

 

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And another Year ends

And another year ends, unfortunately another turbulent one for a lot of people either on the bigger scale or on a more personal level, I am included in that number, I am sorry I have been silent for a while but I haven’t felt able to share for a while.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that we are moving again, not through choice, but it shouldn’t be like last time and if all goes as promised the transition should be fairly smooth, the main problem is that we will probably move at quite short notice, I mean if the property we are offered has no work to be done on it we could be talking as little as a week to move which means just as we got to the point of beginning to unpack properly as we decided to no longer wait for the proposed building work, we are now packing things back into boxes (or at least not unpacking anymore) which makes planning anything very difficult.

It also for me has left me feeling quite anxious and very unsettled so sleep is a bit erratic and going out and being with people is not great but as ever my friends, family and my crafting keep me going.

So I have decided that I am not even going to attempt to make any resolutions as I don’t thinking any more pressure on myself at the moment would be sensible. Saying that I am hoping to carry on the reading habit that I have got back in to, I did achieve my 12 in 12 (not a lot for most people I know but since having Lb for me that is a great leap forward) in fact I think I read more than that.

I also want to carry on doing more sewing, I don’t think that I can commit to everyday but these look like they could be fun projects to do

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One Year of stitches

I am going to try and stitch at least a little a week.

I do have to knit some more socks for Lb, just after finishing these ones

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We found out that on the month it had taken me to knit them his feet had grown by half an inch, he has a tendency to grow in spurts, so they no longer fitted him, nor did any of his other hand knitted socks. I have managed to finish a pair for him just before the New Year from some lovely yarn given to us from Probably Jane left over from a pair of adult socks, which was just enough with the edition from yarn from my scrap box for a pair of toe up fan toe socks, with my first ever Fish Lip Heels, the pattern of which I can say is worth the whole £1 it cost and there will be more in my future.

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Well here’s to a good New Year for everyone.

 

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Project Bike

Its been a  busy week here, but I had a really proud mum moment this week, Lb learnt to ride a bike, now for some people this may not seem like big thing what some people may not know is that they believe has slight dyspraxia which means balance and coordination isn’t the best and me and his dad having been trying to help him learn for over two years but he didn’t seem to be able to co-rdinate pedalling and looking where he was going but this week in school they did Bikeability and the guys were amazing, by Tuesday Pete was happily riding with so much confidence, he passed level one but they weren’t quite happy for him to move onto part 2 as that involves the students being taken out onto the road and they felt his confidence wasn’t quite at that level yet but he is first on the list for next year. I am  so proud of him as I have to confess that I had been starting to think that maybe it was something he may never be able to do, I feel really terrible saying that as he has proven time and time again that he can do anything .

There was second problem, he has once again had a growth spurt over the summer and is on the verge of growing out of his bike and now that he has come this far he wants to ride his bike all the time so with that in mind I have tweaked a pattern I wrote for one of my Belsey Bridge workshops and Hope to release it on Ravelry and all money I raise from it will go into Lb’s bike fund. I am just looking for a couple of test crocheters, I know the basic pattern works as several of the ladies achieved the finished product whilst we were away I just need to test that my basic instructions are workable.

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I am looking for a couple of people who can do basic crochet stitches but haven’t worked corner to corner, the instructions are fully written with support charts, if anyone can help please let me know, it should really only take a little over an hour of your time. Many thanks in advance.

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Finally Lb is safely back at school, aren’t those last few days mad, all those things you have intended to do all summer end up squashed in to the last few days, and I confess I still have Lb’s cubs badges, that he was awarded at the end of last term, to sew on before Tuesday.

Enough of that I finally have time to share with you the great time I had at the East London Crochet Groups residential at the end of August. This was my eighth year of attending and teaching a couple of the workshops, I will save my workshops for another post as they will have quite a lot of photos to go with them.

I should explain a bit about the 4 day residential, we are based on the Suffolk/Norfolk border at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, we moved here a few years ago after the previous location closed and although its a bit further for us to travel it is so worth it, we now have ensuite single bedrooms and the most fantastic hall to use, it has great light and its own kitchen so we can make tea and coffee at will.

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This is the hall, which is in a completely separate wing so we are never disturbed where as in the previous location we have had to share with some very loud groups who maybe didn’t respect other groups space so we had to think about locking rooms where as here even when we share with other groups we rarely get visitors unless we have invited them.

I should also mention the food, there is so much, we have three cooked meals a day plus tea and coffee break that involve cakes and biscuits, all really good and they try and use local products and they cope really well with all our different dietary requirements.

We really do work hard over the week, we fit twelve workshops in from our arrival on Tuesday evening  to our departure in the afternoon on Friday, we do schedule get a break in the afternoon but as you can see from this photo a lot of people work through catching up on some of the workshops or getting a little extra help if its needed.

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You can also see in the photo that we each have our own table for the week so we can leave what ever we need out and carry on working on things with out having to pack everything up, I know sometimes this feels a bit funny to first timers but I love the fact that I don’t have to pack up after every workshop, although unusually for me I keep a very tidy table.

This year we tackled as normal a wide variety of workshops, I will confess that not all my crochet is finished but I have a good excuse, some of us are placed as helpers so some of the workshop times I am actually helping others although I did quite well this year.

These are just four of the workshops samples I am working on, one of the ones I am most pleased with this year is this mitten.

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Kindly modelled by Lucy, this was a pattern written in double Filet by Lesley with the most amazing start at the tip of the fingers, I won’t spoil it any further as I am hoping she will release the pattern.

I also loved Sheila’s follow up to her two by two patterns from last year,2016-09-10-12-46-44

although this small sample doesn’t look much, it has such possibilities and was a good challenge to even the most experienced of us.

What I haven’t managed to photograph is the lacy hat in Broomstick crochet that Hilary brought to challenge us, I will when it is finished as at the moment the photos just look like a big pile of tangled wool.

I just wanted to Barbara, Mary, Michael, Lesley, Hilary, Anne, Sheila, Margerat, Jane and Laura for bringing their expertise and spending their time sharing their skills with us.

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