Tuesday, February 24, 2015

crafting confession #2 february

This post almost didn't make it online because at just month #2 I already have doubts about this whole crafting confession series. I liked the idea of it when I envisioned beautiful completed projects that I could share here on my blog. I had not really thought through what I would do on those months when my end results fall short of my expectations. But - the point was to have fun and try new things and I promise I am continuing with that mission.

This month I took on some basic beadwork. I was so excited about this one. What ended up happening though, was that I would end the month in frustration and my seven year old would end the month with a new favorite thing to do. I had not intended this to be a mother-son venture but once he saw me working with the beads he wanted to give it a go as well. The projects on the left are his and the ones on the right are mine. He started with perler beads and embroidery floss which worked beautifully for someone his age. We set up an embroidery hoop 'loom' found here - which again, worked great for him.

I used a really simple bead loom which also worked fine for me as a beginner. Somehow though, I was not happy with anything I made. I actually had another completed project but when I tried to put some jewelry findings on it to turn it into a bracelet the whole thing ended up falling apart. (grumble grumble). So I am left with just some practice pieces that may never turn into anything. Adam doesn't know what to do with his either. He just liked the process but didn't care what became of them (maybe I should take a lesson from him).

Please know that I am not saying that there is anything wrong with beadweaving. Just do a quick search online to see what amazing things can be done with it. My main problem (I think) was that I bought the wrong materials. They worked but with better beads and beading thread my odds of making something I could be happy with would be much greater. First there was a lot of sifting through information online about what to use (do you know how many different sizes beads, thread and needles come in?? good grief!). Then I assumed I could just hop down to my local craft store and pick those things up and well, I couldn't. So I got the next best things in the interest of time and the results reflected that. I would definitely do this again but I would purchase the right tools for the job.

So, there's my crafting confession for this month. I am glad to be sweeping up the last of the beads for now at least and moving onto next month's adventure - one that I confess, I am very intimidated by.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

a happy hello with Hoop-La

hand embroidered journal tutorial by SeptemberHouse for Hoop-La magazine

Yesterday I found a treasure in my mailbox... the latest issue of Hoop-La! Magazine all the way from across the pond. It's a thrill for me to say that SeptemberHouse is nestled in the beautiful pages of this publication! Inside you will find a project tutorial I put together and also a mention of the sampler magnets from my shop.

hand embroidered notebook tutorial by SeptemberHouse for Hoop-La magazine

If you are a fan of hand embroidery you will LOVE Hoop-La! Not only is is gorgeous to look at, the information and articles are interesting, informative and inspiring. There are so many wonderful artists featured here, I was truly amazed by it. If you would like to take a peek for yourself (which I recommend!) You can find it available here. You can also follow Hoop-La! on Twitter and Facebook.

One more quick thing to add - how cool is it that the headline for my notebook tutorial evokes none other than the Ramones? Thanks Hoop-La! I think you just increased my cool factor!