Over the years I’ve tried my hand at various other crafty hobbies, namely watercolour painting, card making and a bit of jewellery making. These days however I tend to stick to the stitching, be it knitting, sewing or crochet.
So... why do I stitch?*
For several reasons, in no particular order.
- I love being creative.
- I love wearing garments that no one else has.
- I wanted to be a fashion designer when I was little (still do actually, but realise it’s not going to happen now!) My stitching allows me to “play” fashion designer.
* I say "stitch" rather than knit, or sew, (or crochet) because it encompasses everything I might turn my hand to!
My stitching history:
Over the course of my stitching career(!) I’ve made many, many things! And like lots of us I’m sure, many of them have ended up in the bin, or been cut up or unravelled to create something new. And that something new may or may not have been successful!
I can remember sewing little sample strips of fabric that had been donated to me by my mum’s friend when I was about 7 or 8, just so I could enjoy the pretty patterns and colours together. I can also remember my Grandma teaching me to crochet - all I could do was go round in a circle – at about the same age.
Since those days hopefully the things I’ve stitched have become more useful and more professional!
Here are a couple of recent sewing projects I've completed.
Burdastyle Danielle dress. This is the first garment I’ve made since I've had Rosie my dress form, and I have to say, the fit is perfect.
Meringue skirt from the Colette Sewing Handbook (which is fabulous). The scallops are even in real life!
I've also made a couple of Sorbetto tops from the (free!) pattern on the Colette blog, but they're both in the wash at the moment.