Wednesday 27 January 2016

Small Project Challenge

In January 2015 I set myself the task of completing one small craft project (separate to my textile jewellery) a month, as a way to combat my growing list of unfinished projects- I called it "The Small Project Challenge." Sadly, I didn't manage to complete one project each month like I intended- life got very busy, but I'm pleased to say I completed six projects and I'd like to share them with you today. Although I didn't complete the challenge as I wanted to, the projects that I did make reminded me that it's nice to make things for myself and to keep trying new things. So, here is what I made...

I wanted to try knitting in the round on a circular needle as this was something I hadn't tried before. I was really pleased with my first attempt and this hat is still keeping my ears warm now! I love the pom pom too

I was searching for craft kits to try and I discovered the Flo-Jo Knicker Making Kit! These were so much fun to make and a lot simpler than I thought they would be. I really must make time to make some more, I really enjoyed making them

I really don't like waste and so the fact that I was using disposable cotton wool pads for applying my cleanser and toner didn't feel right to me. That's how I came up with the idea to make these crochet face pads, which I could throw in the wash and re-use, plus also giving me the opportunity to practice my crochet skills (I'm still learning). 

I was chuffed to discover these vintage suitcases and set myself the challenge to line them to use to display my brooches

I'd been wanting to with Crystal Clay for some time, so when I spotted some in a bead shop I knew that would be my next Small Project Challenge! In the end, I wasn't really happy with the ring I made, but I was pleased I tried the Crystal Clay and I'd definitely like to experiment with it more

Having taught myself Fair Isle knitting for my jewellery making, I wanted to practice Fair Isle on a larger scale, so I made this little slouchy baby hat for a friend who had a baby boy in November. This was a great project for practicing Fair Isle on a larger scale, although I had SO MANY ends to sew in! 

I won't be trying to complete a project for the Small Project Challenge every month in 2016, but I will still continue to share my "non-work" projects.

Have you set yourself a similar challenge and how did you get on? I'd love to hear about it! Share in the comments below

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