It’s time to make some changes… Sewing has become a source of overwhelming stress for me recently, which is hardly the point is it? I had to make a change from the treadmill of taking on far too much, and committing myself to projects that were just sapping all my strength and causing me so much anxiety that I started to lose sleep and dreaded switching on the sewing machine.
I took a break, and whilst we were away for a few days, I had time to think it all through, and realised I was getting myself into such a state. So, decision taken – it’s time for Project: Have Some Fun.
Here’s my first fun project. I love to hand sew and I am loving the new experience of making framed purses (thanks to Nicky and the In the Frame Purse Swap), so it seemed like the obvious place to start:
I have had a lovely time working on this over the last few days. I love to do felt applique, and working with this gorgeous wool felt has been a real pleasure. I sketched the design first, then traced it in sections onto some bondaweb, ironed the bondaweb onto the felt, then the felt onto the Moda cross weave fabric. Then I stitched it all in place whilst watching Team GB win a whole sackful of medals – I’ve got to say that this week, I am definitely Having Some Fun..
I’ve also signed up to join Julia (owner of the wonderful fabric store Gone to Earth) in doing a bit of Free Motion Quilting sewalong (there’s a Facebook group too), using Angela Walter’s book as a guide. I expect this will be a bit stressful (I get twitchy when I think of FMQ…), but I will be doing it for me, with no deadlines and with a real desire to learn a skill, so I am looking forward to my book arriving!
Sorry for the me, me, me post, and hope that you are having fun this weekend, whatever you are up to.