I first started on a cross stitch project in 2008. It isnt big or complicated, but I still to this day have not finished the, now 10-year-old project. Over the Christmas break during a sort out, I found 5 further projects to be done. You would think that this would all keep me occupied for a while. Well, you would, wouldnt you, until that is, Kirstie Allsopp, hit my small telly box a few years ago, also in the run-up to Christmas with Kirsties Homemade Britain. Well, it was an epiphany.
The crafts that Kirstie showcased on the programme were simply stunning and easy enough for even me to have a go at. What a good job there was a payday at the end of her series. Amazon was laughing all the way to the bank by the time I had purchased everything I needed to make: Hand-scrubs, Leather Bound Journals and Heart Garlands. The postman certainly earned his Christmas bonus delivering all my lovely materials and I have spent the following year making my first crafts which I gave away as gifts to family and friends. Little did I know at the time that I would eventually create my craft business Adventure Accessories and that the journals would become my signature Traveller’s Notebooks.
You may now have realised from reading my first blog post, A Stitch in Time, and this one that Cross-Stitch has fallen off my crafting CV. I no longer have the passion for it I once did and find it too awkward to manage now as osteoarthritis has taken hold of my hypermobility syndrome body. I also decided to not pursue the heart garlands or the hand-scrub but adored making the hand-sewn notebooks. Around the same time as finding Kirstie’s handmade items I also discovered crochet. A friend had one of these ‘Teach Yourself…’ magazines and I had fancied giving crochet ago as I had fallen out of love with cross stitch.
I borrowed the magazine and spent many hours watching youtube videos, which is still my go-to place for all things crochet and since I found the little treasure trove of a shop that I mentioned in a Stitch in Time a new independent wool shop has opened in the same town which is an Aladdin’s cave of awesomeness. I find I visit a least once a week and have gotten to know the lovely ladies that own and run the shop well. I am much happier keeping my money local and supporting another small business.
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