BEEN MAKING STUFF

I do have something to show for all the time I haven’t been blogging. It just isn’t easy for me to get on the computer and start writing. It looks like I left off with the Anne Brooke Tag Challenge a year ago, and at times, that certainly was a challenge. But I got a lot out of it and really enjoyed slow stitching. Since then, I’ve done other challenges for fun, travelled a bit, continued knitting and I’m always enjoying time with friends and my expanding family.

I think I’ll work backwards, beginning with the most recent pieces. I can’t seem to get enough of collaging, making little books, journals, tags and such. Too bad I’m not a writer for all the journals I’ve accumulated! These are some of the tags I’ve been making from old book pages, vintage bits of ephemera, images from old garden catalogues and books, photographs, sheet music, labels. Pretty much anything that has to do with paper I will glue down.

Tags-Victorian Ladies
Postcards
The little notebook on the left tucks into its own envelope

I’ll be back with more in the next few days.

TAGS

Just to catch up to where we are in the challenge…past the half-way mark in the year already! Sometimes it took a couple of tries before I felt I got it right. That was the case with Weaving; it took three versions before I sort of liked the results.

ABOVE: A. Seed Stitch, B. Pistil Stitch, C. Daisy Chain Stitch, D. Fly Stitch, E. Couching with Cross Stitch, F. French Knots, G. Tatting, H. Blanket Stitch, and I. Bullion Stitch.

Anne asked the group to re-do one of the previous tags and send it off to her so she can post them on a map to show where everyone is from. I think she’s going to be overwhelmed with tags! I thought it would be fun to make a Stitch Sampler highlighting what I have learned so far. Some stitches, like bullion and pistil, I thought I would NEVER use again, but they’ve become two of my favorites now. On Instagram, Anne is @hannemadebyanne and her website is annebrooke.co.uk, if you’d like to check out her work.

 

STILL STITCHING

Having a project like the #52tagshannemade to work on has become such an enjoyable habit this year. Each week, on Friday, we get a prompt and demonstration from Anne for the next week’s challenge. Anne Brooke is an artist and teacher living in West Yorkshire, England who posts on YouTube. I don’t remember now how I found out about her, but I’m happy I did!