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Delicate Lace…eventually

A couple of evenings ago I excitedly took out my new Folk It! kits and tried to decide which design I would attempt.  I always practice first, even if it’s a technique I have become comfortable and familiar with only instead of bits of loose card (which in our home can easily be mislaid) I have started an artwork scrapbook.  I’m glad I did because it gives me a place to try out my own variations on the shapes and designs using the techniques and ideas I’m learning through the Folk It kits.  This was a recent one which I’m sure I will use and, at some point, even improve on.

750925BE-1FCF-4590-A85A-DC925B284B1ABack to the other evening I chose to try the beautiful rosebud design using a new (to me) brushstroke technique, as well as a new style brush, the flat brush.  I was so looking forward to mastering this because I want to use it for a very specific gift.  You can see for yourself how lovely it is on this image from the Folk It site.


I am a little way off  and will need to master the new strokes before my buds look this neat.  To be fair, Carol does say in her instruction DVD that she would expect pages of practising the buds and leaves before embarking on a project but, me being me, I was determined to crack it in an evening.  No. That simply wasn’t going to happen.  In fact the more frustrated I got with myself, the worse my strokes were 😔

I need to have patience and…

Stop.  Slow down.  Breathe.  Watch.  Listen.  Learn.

In the meantime…

I have practised, and although not mastered – because we all get better and better the more we  practise don’t we?, I have completed what I think is a lovely gift box for a friend of mine (she doesn’t know yet but there’s a little surprise inside too, shhh…😊)

Although it took me a little while to get here, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at my latest efforts.

Here’s wishing you a colourful and creative weekend.  God bless 😊


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Machine Appliqué

I am very new to appliqué and my first proper attempt was under instruction during a workshop at the Handmade Fair in Warwickshire earlier this year.  Needless to say, like most crafts I’m trying lately I loved it!

This cute bunny bag is the result of that workshop

The HOPE cushion below is the product of a training course I attended (also earlier this year) which just happened to be an appliqué task.  I was training as a facilitator so that I can deliver a course called Peaeced Together , I will run our first one in September as part of an initiative by a local charity, Helping Hands Community Project.  You can find out more about these Organisations by clicking their names.  More on both will also be posted during September.

And this one was part of an activity from a pilot drop group called Esther Days (another vision by Helping Hands) which will also begin this September.

You will be able to follow the story of the courses on my other blog Simple Joys but the crafts we do will be posted here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday wherever you are 😊