Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Crafting up a Storm

I've spent the past couple of days tacking and sewing bits of material into skirts. Why did I volunteer myself for this, I will never know. It's for costume for our Drama performance, and as we couldn't find suitable khaki skirts in the shops, I suggested we have a go at making them.
I really do have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. When everything is working as it should, I think it is the greatest invention in the world. Then it suddenly stops working for no apparent reason and I feel like throwing it out of the window.
However, through the struggle of making five, identical khaki skirts, I have learned a lot. I have learnt to change the needle, as I snapped the first one. I have learned how to change the bobbin quickly. I have learnt how to fix it if the thread gets snagged underneath. After all this hullabaloo with the skirts, finishing cross stitch pieces should be easy!
Here's a pic of my (very messy!) workstation . . .

I will be very glad when they are all done. I hope to share a photo of us all in full costume if I can.

In other crafty news, I'm not having much luck with the knitting. I know I'm doing something wrong somewhere, but I don't quite know what it is. My stitches are too tight on the right hand needle and I'm not quite sure why? I've put that on hold for awhile whilst I focus on my upcoming Drama performance.

And finally, an update on Farmhouse, my BAP. I'm really enjoying stitching on this. It's block colour and comes together so quickly. I really do think I'll have this done by the end of the year :)

I hope you've all had a brilliant start to the week. I'm just off to go and find dinner; tuna salad with roasted red onion - yum yum!


lesli said...

I always regret volunteering for crafty projects! :) I find myself dreading the deadlines ...because I have something else I'd rather be working on!

For your knitting, is it your casting on (your first loops on the needle) that are too tight?

Sarah said...

Sounds like a bit of a mission!! It's nice that it's teaching you about using the machine though. I have days where I want to throw mine out the window too :)

Catherine said...

Good luck with your skirts! You really are ambitious to take that on!
Looks like a great start on your big project. It will be fun to watch this one grow.

Carol said...

Wow! That is a lot to take on in addition to all your school work, Bekca--good luck!! Sorry the knitting isn't working out, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it at some point (this from a non-knitter!!).

Teresa said...

Oh why do we all volunteer so easily and then regret it. I to have a love hate relationship with sewing in general.
Good luck with your knitting don't give up yet it takes time.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches