I have two projects on the go currently, one that I'm loving and one that I'm not, and I feel like I need to shake it all up a bit. It's getting boring.
I am loving every stitch I sew on my sampler, to the point where I need to slow it down so it's not over too quickly. I was supposed to be saving this project for our summer holiday in August, but I already I've completed the N, O, S, T and X motifs. I love making samplers so much - just the right amount of stitching, each section so pleasingly achievable - but I feel like this will probably be the last one I make for some time. Completed, I like to frame them and then, once framed (which ain't cheap), they need to hang somewhere. And I wonder how many more framed cross stitch samplers I want in our house. So I am conflicted about my love of cross stitch; I want to stitch and stitch, but I don't want my house full of cross stitch, if that makes sense. Yes, I can make gifts, but sometimes you just want to make something for yourself, don't you? I know you fellow crafters understand. John says: if it makes you happy then sew all the samplers you want, and just have them out on rotation, you don't need to see all the stuff all of the time. Sensible man. But you can see why I don't want this lovely project to end.
My other project is the granny stripe blanket I am working on for Angus. I love the colours but I do not love the pattern at the moment. It's really boring. I know that once it stops looking like a scarf and starts looking like a blanket - which will hopefully coincide with the onset of autumn - I'll be full of love for it, but right now it's a duty WIP.
I love to sew and crochet so much but i'm really wondering what to make at the moment. I want projects that inspire me, that make me think "I want to make that!" and get all excited about ordering yarn. But I don't want to crochet any more cushions or blankets or scarves. What can I crochet? I'm thinking perhaps a lightweight cotton sweater, or a bag. A bag for my yoga mat perhaps? But it's got to be the right kind of pattern. (No flowers.) And sewing - what can I sew? I could dust off my neglected sewing machine and take a deep breath and try to make some clothes... But it's hand stitching I really love to do, whether it's embroidery or cross stitch. I might do something with my huge stash of fabric and make some hexies. I recently came across this blog and this quilt and it was the first thing I'd seen in a long time which made me feel inspired and excited. English paper piecing appeals as so much of it, from the making of the hexies to the quilting, can be done by hand rather than on a machine.
Help me, lovely blogging friends. You all know what you are talking about. What can I make? What can you recommend for both quick and long term projects for crochet and embroidery? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.