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Bye bye crafty 2013

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And hello crafty 2014! I hope I will learn as much in 2014 than in 2013. Last year I listed the new skills I had acquired and wished to acquire. Here is this year update.

What I managed:

  • Letterpress printing: I got the loveliest introduction thanks to the workshops organised by the National Print Museum.
  • Block printing fabric: I did some, especially for this pair of curtains, but still hope to do more. I adore the process of craving the lino to make my own stamp.
  • Picture editing with Photoshop: work in progress. I improved a lot but image editing is such a vast topic! I am still looking at hundreds of tutorials each day 🙂
  • Traditional embroidery stitches: here again I got a lovely introduction by artist Maria Tapper. I just wish I add more time to turn all my ideas into reality!
  • Patchwork and quilting: there will be more of this in my house this year. I took a patchwork course and made my first (sort of) quilt in 2013. But I still have to replace all our dull blankets with proper home made quilts! There are so many techniques to try, this is beyond exciting.

What I couldn’t find time for:

  • Ceramic – I would love to make my own cereal bowls and large tea cups. This one is still high on my wish list ;
  • Drawing: funnily enough this one should be first on the list because drawing is the thing I need to do when designing a product. Last year I tried some self teaching but I am now at a stage I will need some serious help, maybe a short course over the summer?

My obsessions for the new year is woodwork. It is not new and comes back to haunt me now and then. But I came across so many DIY project involving wood lately that I have a feeling learning more about wood and its behaviour will be my next crafty stop. Palette furniture making anyone?

Anyway I wish you all to have a year full of crafts of all kinds and the time to play with your creativity.

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