Friday 28 February 2014

Something New

I know a lot of people have joined a lot of SALs this year but I just don't have the motivation to cross stitch only or to get things done by a certain time. But because I haven't joined any SALs I've found that I do want something to help me to achieve. So I'm going to create my own linky party there could be just me in it or there could be lots of people we shall see.

One thing I've found myself doing this year is trying new techniques particularly with finishing. Because of this I want to make a point of each month doing "something new" it could be trying a new finishing technique for cross stitch. It could just be a new sewing pattern or it could be a new yarn. Something that challenges me and that I can learn from. I get stuck in ruts I like doing the same thing again and again. But I learn so much when I do try new things and I impress myself when I do.

This year I made myself a dress on my sewing machine not entirely by myself but I made it! Post Here

I made a book cover as a new way to finish off my small cross stitches into a useful thing. It was a bit of trial and error but I got something beautiful that I'm proud of.  More info here!

I've also started my first BIG crochet blanket which is definitely new for me so we shall see how that goes.

I've done amigurumi before but the face on this guy was a bit of an experiment. I hadn't done this at all before. It's a mix of embroidery, yarn and felt. Look Here :D

Because I haven't just tried to finish what I've already done I have stepped outside the box and tried things. Now I probably would have still done this having done the WIPocalypse but personally I haven't felt tied to only cross stitch. I want to cross stitch and to sew and crochet and knit and bead and and and. ... you get the point. Oh and it's been too hot to concentrate on cross stitch! 

It doesn't have to be only crafty. I have ventured out in cooking and made my first pie and tried other recipes. Find this yummy one here. 

Anything really that is something you haven't tried it could be as simple as a new recipe that had new techniques to trying an eyelet stitch for the first time. I want to start celebrating the achievements and working outside the box. Stuck at home most of the time with no job it does feel like the same old, same old. I don't want to be boring I want to learn and be challenged. I need to feel like I'm achieving something so I don't end up in a slump! 

So here is how it's going to work 

At the end of the month in the last week I'm going to put up a something new post. This will have a Linky thing involved.... I just need to learn how to create one for next month. You can choose to post up a link to a post you have written, if you feel you've done something new that was a challenge for you. It can be anything but its about celebrating the achievements however small. I'm doing this for me but invite you to join in too :D I will create a button for it to. 

It will start next month with something specific to March not a mix of January and February like this one has become. 

If you think you'd be interested please comment so I have an idea whether anyone else likes this idea. 

Happy Stitching Everyone, 


  1. I like the idea! And I agree with you. Though I have joined some SAL's(I want to get ride of a lot of WIP's, I just can't ignore them).
    But I also want to try out new things. I have a lot of ideas in my head.
    And it will be fun to read what others might be doing and experiencing.

  2. I think this is a great idea! I'm doing lots of SALs this year but most are quite free and easy rather than being "stitch a certain design on the same day every week"

    I'll be watching out for the March Linky.


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