Crewel Daisychain Sampler
About two years ago, I ordered a Dasiychain Sampler kit from Alicia Paulson (before you ask, it’s no longer available as a kit but you can buy the printed fabric, wool and needles on here site). I opened it, all excited, and promptly set it aside before I even began. I’m not sure exactly why, but the idea how time consuming it would be overwhelmed me.
A few weeks ago we did an exercise at work which involved watching an excerpt of a class, and it was an embroidery excerpt. It was fun, relaxing, and easy to do. I remembered my kit, and started it that weekend (June 1st). I’ve been stitching like mad ever since, with NBA playoffs and The Wire to entertain me. I made the last stitch on the last letter, V, Sunday night. All in all, it probably took about 30 hours– still kind of overwhelming, to think of all at once, but each letter felt like a victory, a completion of sorts.
I really enjoyed working on this kit. One big plus was that I didn’t have to make any decisions. I make a lot of decisions in my everyday life and you know what? I don’t need to design everything. It’s nice to just *make* too. I enjoyed this so much that I’m on the lookout for more fun crewel kits (though they seem few and far between– please point me in the right direction!). I also want to get back into some of the other crafts that fell by the wayside over the last couple of years, like sewing and quilting. Of course, that requires cleaning the craft room, so I’ll probably stick to the yarn crafts for now. I’ve been itching to crochet, even though it is crazy hot outside.
The next step is to frame it– you can already see above what a big difference pressing made. I’ll press again and use Alicia’s framing tutorial. But you know how it goes– it can take me 2 weeks to “finish” a project and another 2 years to actually finish it!
For those of you still reading, I’ll be at TNNA this weekend in the Craftsy booth. Come say hi, I’m looking forward to reuniting with all of my yarny friends!