It’s the new year.
It’s probably crazy.
It’s definitely a lot of work.
But I’m not waiting around any longer to be a badass crafter. I’ve been spending a lot of time crafting in the break, and the more I do it, the more positive I feel. I want this to be a year when I achieve something really spectacular. So it’s time to challenge myself- and if you want, you’re welcome to join me. I therefore present to you:
What’s that when it’s at home?
It’s simple. I am going to try to take on, and complete, 15 big craft projects in 2015. Some of them are ones that have been started, and are even a fair way along, but are sitting around unfinished. Well, it’s time to actually get them f***ing well DONE and being used and enjoyed. Some of them are for me, some are for other people. All of them require a significant amount of work- some of them because they are big pieces I’ll be using a machine for, some of them because they will need a lot of handstitching, and some include new techniques for me, or ones I want to master.
But the main constant is this: these aren’t things that can be whipped up in a couple of hours (though hopefully I’ll be able to fit a few of those in too. Like I said, probably crazy).
My 15 in 2015:
1) The First T-Shirt Quilt (which has been languishing unfinished for THREE YEARS)
2) The Ladygarden Quilt
3) The Second T-Shirt Quilt
4) The Second Ever Wedding Quilt
5) The Flamingo Dress (seriously, I’ve taken the fabric and pattern with me at least three times intending to start it, and it’s still not done. And I’ve had the fabric for over a year.)
6) A Parfait.
7) An Oolong (bias cut- in other words, asking for trouble…)
8) The Beekeepers Quilt (which I started FOUR YEARS AGO and still haven’t finished- I’ve made 266 hexipuffs out of the 365 I want to make)
9) Mystic Roses shawl (I’ve said this will be the year I master lace knitting. I meant it.)
10: 5 x Misheard Song Lyrics cross stitches (and creating and selling the patterns for them)
11: The Cryptozoology Quilt (incorporating these dot-to-dot embroidery pieces)
12: The Perfect Christmas Jumper (not necessarily for Christmas, but it’s in thin yarn and small needles)
13: The Wheel of the Year quilt (using these embroidery designs from Urban Threads)
14: The Travelling Blanket (languishing since my parents last came out to visit 2 years ago)
15: My first Zine (no I’m not telling you the topic…yet)
This is big, people. This is the most adventurous craft challenge I think I’ve ever set myself and I have no idea if I’ll do it. But I wanted to be accountable, so I’ll be updating you on how the projects are going each week.
How about you? Do you feel like joining me? It doesn’t have to be projects this big, it can be things that feel a little bit big to you. This project feels big to me, it’ll definitely stretch me and require me to be disciplined about making time to craft each and every day. And that has GOT to be a good thing for a punk rock crafter.
I dare you to give it a try with me. Let me know your 15 in the comments, and we can cheer each other on!