Friday, April 15, 2016

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Every year I read the Stitch Bitch's March A-Different-Craft-A-Day marathon during National Craft Month.  Every year I conclude that I should expand my horizons beyond various forms of embroidery, needlepoint and conventional sewing.  And every year I move on without doing anything particularly new or different.

Not this year!  Admittedly, I procrastinated through March and finally did something in mid April.  But then April, at least here in the northern suburbs of NYC, has been rather more of a March instant replay than the first month of Spring.  So, maybe I can be excused.

In any case, I made some marking pins and stuck them in the pin cushion lid of a small tin.  Hardly rocket science, I know, just a matter if painting the upper quarter inch of some pins with craft glue and threading some beads on.  I used beads left over from a Mill Hill kit.  The pins on the right are my work.

Again, it was not my most wildly creative effort but still I made something I can use.  [Especially with my current BAP, since it has long horizontal bands over 100 stitches wide.]

Next, I tackled some ribbon crafting.  I have had the instructions  and supplies for making ribbon roses for a very long time but I finally got around to trying my hand at it.  I think I need a bit more practice but it's not terrible for a first attempt.  I have sewn the rose onto a headband and will have to figure out the directions for making the leaves and adding them.  When it's done, I'll send it off to my granddaughter who loves girly fuss and frills.

i have directions for making ribbon ladybugs and ribbon pinwheels to be affixed to barrettes as well.  I just need to get to a Michaels or AC Moore for some very fine black pipe cleaners for the lady bug antennae, though jewelery wire and some tiny black beads might work just as well.


Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

I love Nikki's March Madness posts, too! You did a great job on your pins. You've inspired me to try my hand at making them, too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your ribbon rose is gorgeous. I am sure it will be very popular.

I love the Stitch Bitch too and this year I was inspired to make an exploding book. Which I haven't finished because I ran out of black paper.

Anna van Schurman said...

Great projects! I might have to steal for next year...

Julie said...

Your rose looks great, well done