Blimey, what a year 2012 was! In hindsight, setting up a new fabric business, whilst trying to maintain all my other sewing, crochet and recipe experiments, exploring the possibility of becoming a foster parent AND taking only 5 days holiday was a bit of a mistake. Yep, this was definitely the year I learnt that your mental health doesn’t just look after itself…
I’d almost decided not to do a round-up of 2012 makes – I was feeling so down during November and December I felt that I’d achieved not much at all in 2012. I’d forgotten the good stuff. That’s why a post like this is so important to do
even most importantly when your self-confidence has taken a bash. Here are some of my favourites from 2012.
The Mix Tape bag was definitely the highlight, up there in the top right and bottom left corners. But I’d forgotten how much fun it was to make the super-cool Noodlehead Runaround bag using that gorgeous Melody Miller vintage lady fabric.
Zippy Pouches 2012
I appear to have gone a bit linen crazy this year! I also finally mastered really smart zip endings and became a little bit obsessed with wonky quilt-as-you-go log cabin blocks as the basis for purses… I think my favourite here is the linen pouch using circles and Anna Maria Horner fabrics that I made for the first Mouthy Stitches swap. Just realised how much the Mouthy Stitches gang have inspired me in 2012 – hope there are more challenges to come from them in 2013!
Clippy Purses 2012
Another thing I mastered in 2012 was the sew-in clip frame purse (gluing frames was not quite so successful!).The hexie clip frame is probably the second favourite thing I’ve made this year.
2012 was definitely the year of the wallet, which might be why I stopped making them some time in autumn, I just couldn’t take it any more…! I owe a huge debt of thanks to Liz who wrote this wonderful wallet pattern. I have adapted it in various different ways, but the basic foundation always comes from her tutorial. Maybe in 2013 I will make some more…
Had to include this category because the favourite thing I’ve made all year is the Liberty pincushion with crochet edging. It was one of those projects that just took shape as I went along, and came together with ease, and I was super-pleased with the results.
Not so shabby after all… onwards and upwards
All the best to all our lovely readers for 2013.