There are so many gorgeous patterns out there, places like Pinterest and your blogs offer so many fantastic creative ideas, I have two large A4 ring binders stuffed with patterns I would like to make someday and a ridiculous amount of Pinterest boards with at least five dedicated solely to crochet!
So as you can see I have no shortage of things to make but then I read a couple of posts over recent weeks by the lovely Bekki of Creativity Cauldron.
In the first post that got me thinking Bekki looked back over her first six months of Blogging and what she had learnt. Now I instantly pricked my ears up at this as I too had just reached 6 months of blogging. There were two of Bekki’s ten points that particularly resonated with me the first was…
I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
and the second …
To take a more experimental approach to my work.
I was being so inspired by everyone ‘around’ me in this online creative community that I was forgetting to be creative myself so then and there I resolved to be more creative. Not a lot happened on this front over the hols other than a little stitchery but then this post by Bekki about experimenting and these points in particular really got me thinking about it again. (If you have a minute I would really recommend going over and reading these posts).
- I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
- I can take things far too seriously.
- I need to take a more experimental approach.
I am loving this creative process so much, I am still getting so much inspiration from your blogs and patterns but I am trying to take these in my own direction and add my own individual touch to them. I do find it takes a
bit lot longer as I am having to do all the hard background work myself but there is such a sense of achievement at the end. So here are my first two ‘experiments’.
The first was a stitchery inspired by the work of Jenny over at Elephanz. I fell in love with her stitcheries some time ago and when I realised that my eldest niece was about to turn 21 I wanted to embroider her a verse from the Bible as a special extra gift and hopefully start a little tradition among my nieces and nephews (that will keep me busy over the coming years – my sister has 9 and my brother has just had number five, six weeks early while on holiday in Wales in their holiday cottage, they had to spend an extra two weeks down there as baby was in special care but home now and mother and baby doing well 🙂 ). Anyway, back to where I was about to embroider a verse for niece! I looked at Jenny’s lovely patterns, she has some lovely free stitcheries with bible verses on but I felt I would like to use a verse that I felt I was to do just for her and I also remembered my resolution to be more creative and designed my own.
The verse I chose was ‘I will trust and not be afraid’. The writing was the easy part as I taught myself calligraphy as a teen and love doing any fancy writing. Then there was the inspiration for the border. This came from a box Hubby got out when having a rummage our loft (that is about all you can do in our loft, with four of us in little two bedroom and me being a bit of a hoarder our loft is jam packed full)!! It was a box with all those ‘sentimental’ bits from childhood in and among was this design I did when I was about 13.
I took inspiration from this design and interpreted it in a style similar to Jenny’s and the result was this.
It is worked mostly in back stitch with the occasional french knot.
I spent a lot of time working on it while we were on our ‘holiday at home’!
She was thrilled with it and I was so glad I had taken the time to make something special for her, she is such a dear kind and thoughtful girl.
My second creative attempt was for one of my cousins’ children, her youngest (well over 40 of them in all and counting, most of them local so we see a lot of them!). I digress again, sorry!!! Anyway, this little treasure has just gone into her own bedroom and it is all pretty and pink so I decided to crochet her some butterfly bunting. I did my usual peruse of Pinterest but nothing really grabbed my attention, then remembering again my creativity endeavour (not sure where on earth all the big words are coming from today, not the usual me ;-)), I decided that I ought to just make up my own pattern and this is the result!
and close up.
I love it, I spent a lot of time going over the pattern and reworking it so they are all very slightly different but eventually I was satisfied and I was really pleased with the result. I backed them onto felt to stiffen them, added some brads I had by to add a bit of interest and used doubled up yarn to join them together, what do you think?
I hope I haven’t bored you too much with all my waffling on! What inspires you? Do you like to design your own or use a pattern?
I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the sunshine if you have it in your little part of the world at the moment 🙂
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