I finally have a picture from Paul and Amy's wedding (I am on the left in purple - my nails are still purple as I don't have any nail varnish remover!) The picture is from James' phone, so it is not great, but it is the best I have :@)
I did not get my puffin done last night, but I did him this morning instead and he has been uploaded onto the website, Deviant Art, Etsy and Ebay.
I am hoping to add some new embroidery kits to the website soon. Watch this space for more details!
I finished Muffin the Puffin today and I am going to make another one today (hopefully!) to check I have written the pattern up correctly. Yesterday I was making a rabbit in the evening with a different body shape to most of the others and it seems to be coming on well. (I will put up pictures when he is ready)
I packed and sent my first Seahorse kit out today from Stitch magazine and I will post it on the way to the library.
I weighed myself today as I have been trying to lose weight for a while now. I am now stopping eating when I am satisfied (not when my plate is empty) and I now have fruit for breakfast instead of rice cakes. The current weigh in is 68.5kgs
We have been away since Wednesday for a friends wedding. James was best man and I was a bridesmaid. It was in the Otterburn Tower Hotel and it was a lovely holiday and wedding. We don't have any pictures yet but I hope to get some soon.
Today I have been doing all the jobs that crop up while you are away. I am mostly finished now, I just have to finish tidying my desk and I am almost ready to go!
I have been making a puffin. I just need to do his feet and I think he is done. I managed to get hold of more colours of yarn while we were away, so more animals are on their way!
I put a button on the website pointing to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you are welcome to have a look
Well, that was fast! I finished my stick insect already! I thought I would have a little play and here he is! I am not sure about putting a pattern up as he was so easy. I don't think it would be worth it!
If only I could buy the yarn, I would start my beaver.....
I have finished writing up the bee pattern, PDFed it and he is now uploaded on the site.
I also updated the embroiderers guild website today.
I am not sure what creature to make next, but I may have a commission coming, which will be very challenging, but it is the best way to learn. I think I would like to do a stick insect, but we shall see what happens. I would really like to do a beaver, but unfortunately the shops in Swansea that sell the yarn seem to not stock the right colours. Bother!
I am thinking of making a Facebook page. I used to have one, but I got sick of the nonsense that people were posting, but if I make one just for work, then hopefully I will not get any of that
I have finished Yoda! Putting him together took far longer than I thought, but he is finally done. Hooray! The pattern is not mine and can be found here
Yesterday I uploaded my embroidery photographs on to my main Deviant Art account. I have had lots of lovely comments about the pictures which is great.
I think I might stop for today now as I started at 6 and it is now lunchtime and I am hungry, but I will be making another bee to make sure I have written up the pattern correctly soon. I am doing the 'class' for the Embroiderers Guild tomorrow, so I will have to do some preparation later.
I spent the day putting Yoda together, I was not feeling very well, so I was a bit slower than I thought and so he will not be finished today. It is better to do him properly than rush it. I have done all the head detail which there was a great video for on Youtube, but unfortunately the body and clothes have to be done using the picture and guess work and I can't really do that today.
I went out for lunch with my mum today which was lovely, but I am coming to the conclusion that vegan food at a restaurant does not do me much good, it is not very balanced and tends to have a lot of white carbs which make me feel odd, but it was lovely to meet up with mum.
Hopefully I will get Yoda finished tomorow and I will be able to put a picture of him
I forgot to do my blog yesterday. Oops! I made myself have an afternoon and evening off from crochet animals as I couldn't sleep wondering about attaching pipe cleaners to a stick insect, then when I eventually did get to sleep, I woke up at 5 pondering the same problem. Can anyone say 'obsessing'!
Yesterday I tried to finish my bee, I did all the legs and was pleased with those, but I had to change the wings. I finished him today and the sun is out so hopefully there will be a picture up soon. I finished typing up the pattern for him too.
I spent a lot of yesterday trying to set up my own Payloadz account to sell my crochet patterns. I currently use James' account which is fine, but it means he gets the money in his account (not so fine!) It was easy enough to set up, but the features I want only come if you pay and I only wanted the free account at the moment. To cut a long story short, I signed up and they charged me for the premium account after I had uploaded all the PDFs onto the new account and changed all the buttons on my website. They have now been changed back and I am trying to get my money back :@(
I made one of the posters for the Embroiderers' Guild. We hoped to have one outside the venue to attract people in. We will see what people think!
I still have several bits of Yoda to do before he can be put together and then I can hopefully get on with a piece of canvas work for James' mum, she liked the design, but it took a long time. I volunteered to do it as a fun project. Sometimes it is nice to do as you are told in an embroidery rather than doing it all yourself.
Right, I am off to photograph a bee!
Another busy day today (I say day but I really mean morning as I tend to start work at 6.30 - 7 ish and work up until lunchtime allowing me to have the rest of the day to myself!) I finally managed to get a photo of my finished zebra, I PDFed the pattern (myself this time!) and uploaded it on the site here. He is also for sale as a toy on this site and I put him on Ebay as well. I will be trying to promote my site by sending the free PDF of the zebra to various websites soon
I sorted out 4 disks for an order of James' Dads DVDs and we posted the disks to America on the way to the library to take back 4 books on Zen and I got out Martha Stewart's book on crafts, watch out world! This afternoon I am planning to do the bits of Yoda that I didn't do yesterday. I only have the features left to do, but they might be a bit fiddly.
I updated the Swansea Embroiderers Guild website, blog, Twitter and Facebook page with some of the work members were doing yesterday afternoon. I have signed myself up to do an afternoon class on vilene flowers next week, that should be fun.
I have a couple of posters to do - have volunteered James to do for me :@)
for the Guild to promote it and get more members coming along which hopefully I will do tomorrow. I was slightly disappointed to find that I have no mid-brown yarn for the rabbit I was planning to make soon, I will have to go to the shop in Swansea and see what they have.
I had a slight blog issue on Wednesday. I wrote up everything I had done and in a rush to finish, I deleted the post. Oops! I will try to remember what I have been doing.....
On Wednesday I finished the first Seahorse kit ready for the Stitch article and added it to the website here.
I started writing up the pattern for the zebra I have been making over the last few days. I need to check it is correct by making another one which is what I have been doing today and I will take it with me this afternoon to the Embroiderers' Guild meeting to sew together. I just need to take a good picture (harder than it sounds!) and do a couple of detail pictures of techniques I used and then it can be PDFed and uploaded on to this site and others as it will be FREE!
We went to the cinema on Wednesday afternoon and had a day off yesterday as James was not feeling well. I spent the day rather obsessively making a crochet Yoda (sadly not my pattern) I will put a picture up when I have finished him.
I have come up with some designs for a rabbit and possibly a centipede; I also have a bee to finish, I need to find a way to make him look cute. I think he will be the next project when the zebra is finished.
I must remember to take some photos of the Guild meeting this afternoon as I look after their website and I need to arrange some Friday afternoon classes.
Hopefully I will get most of the pieces of Yoda finished today and then I will have to sew him together, it seems quite complicated and has its own video which I will have to watch soon in case George Lucas decides he needs to take it down!
I live in Newcastle (UK) and I have been a professional embroiderer for over 10 years.