Are you like me? You come across some neat craft project that is a make a part each month for a few months or even for a whole year, and are like me, you just have to sign up and get started. Well this year I have started three of them (so far), even as I am finishing up one I started last year that I didn’t get finished. Oh well what can I say I just love making stuff.
This year I am working along with a group to use up stash yarn and make a pair of sock each month. I am also making wool appliqué ornanment each month and lastly I came across a quilt block a month through Buttermilk Basin designs. Now here is the crazy part. I don’t quilt. I really don’t want to quilt so why in the heck would I start the quilt block of the month? Because it’s cute, right! It’s got a sheep on it and everything.
Because I really don’t have an interest in making a quilt I decided that I would make each block into a mini wall hanging. Which means I needed some type of hanger. Which was a good thing as I asked my hubby who likes to blacksmith as his hobby to see if he could make up some kind of hanger for me.
I am so please with what he came up with from my simple pencil drawing.
Now you might remember back a few days ago I talked about punch needle embroidery and why I can’t do traditional embroidery anymore. I have an allergy to steel. I can’t use steel needles because they will cause my fingers to split and bleed if I touch them for any amount of time. And let’s face it who what to work on a project for just 15 minutes or so. Yes I don’t use steel knitting needles either. Luckily there are several types of needles being made today, wood bamboo to just name a few. I however really like working with vintage Boye or Susan Bates nylon needles if I can find them.
So you might be asking yourself if you have this allergy why are you making wool appliqué items. Well I have found out that if I use vintage English embroidery needles they don’t seem to hurt my fingers as much. So I can usually get a small project completed before my fingers really start to hurt, thus why all my wool projects are small ones. I also wait at least a week between projects to help my fingers heal up. I think I would pay for it if I worked on wool appliqué every day. Which does work well for these once a month projects