back in the (sewing) saddle again

My sewing machine's intimidation factor has officially diminished. After picking some neutral brown fabric for placemats several months ago and cutting strips in infrequent bursts of energy, tonight I dug my sewing machine out of the garage and set it up on the dining room table. I happily discovered that the needle was still threaded correctly, and tentatively began sewing strips. And when it came time to wind a new bobbin, I stayed cool, refreshed myself on the steps to follow with my owner's manual, and wound a new one--no sweat! Hoorah!! These little successes are so exciting that I'm already dreaming of sewing projects to start after these placemats! But first things first--sew the back side of these placemats (I'm making them double-sided) and then figure out how to bind them.... there's that intimidation factor creeping back in again.
The colors for the yet-to-be-sewn reverse side:

fitting isn't it?

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it's been awhile

There's no denying it. What hatched as an exciting idea in February has remained dormant for way too long. I haven't forgotten about this little blog, but engaged in a loooong planning phase. I've spent so much time reading other amazing blogs and getting inspired! This has become my "summer of craft," as I have a long and ambitious list of crafting goals this summer:
  1. Learn how to use my sewing machine. (My mom taught me the basics, but my lack of experience leaves me intimidated. The plan is to start small, with simple projects like placemats and tote bags, and graduate to my first skirt!)
  2. Perfect my felted tote design and construction, complete with linings and zippers (the latter part of this goal hinges on my mastering my sewing machine).
  3. Get proficient at needle felting (so as to adorn my felted totes....).
  4. Knit another felted animal.
  5. Knit my first sweater--a soft cardigan, preferably.
  6. Maintain an inspiring craft blog!
  7. Develop a stock of crafts I can sell at an upcoming craft fair (gulp!).
  8. Design something I could submit to Knitty! (okay, so that's dreaming big)

Wow. This list is impossibly long. Even if I can only complete a fraction of it, I'd be proud! It's going to be a busy summer ... and July is nearly here!

2021 year in review

  Who would have thought that the second year of a pandemic would be worst than the first, in terms of crafting mojo? Not I. But this chart ...