I love a challenge & like to find time for projects - most often just for the sake of them, many do not have a specific use.
My Elective Home Education students have been released from lessons now for our long summer holidays. It is always a time to step out of my routine & to do some of the creative things that I have contemplated.
I saw mention on Instagram of The Hundred Day Stitch Book and it appealled to me.
The challenge is sewing twenty fabric pages over 100 days - 15 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Each page is 7 x 5.5 inches big - a very manageable size to work on.
I decided it will have a bit of an African theme & colours - something that I have been thinking about.
I cut all 20 pages in colours I think go together - & then decided to iron some interfacing on them as they are too flimsy to work on.
I put stickers on with the numbers that will go together & if it was a tab or a slot page (for assembly later on as they will be handstitched once they are inserted.)
I decided to do some free motion embroidery as I really need to practice that technique. The feed dogs do not drop on my basic sewing machine, but it has a plate that covers them. I do not do enough sewing to justify another machine. Fortunately I had the special open darning / free motion foot from a previous attempt.
It is a lot harder than it looks & the results are ok.
I had a night sky thought after watching the new James Webb space telescope in action - so I cut an additional piece of fabric, interfaced it & took it with in the car while waiting for hubby at the dentist. I just scribbled an idea of a large moon against the dark fabric & the sewn lines of various blue threads just happened from there.
Looking at it, it reminded me of the vast African sky on the farm I grew up on & so a little farm house & some greenery appeared. I wanted the sky to be the dominant feature & so it is. The hand stitching on this one just developed because there is something very calming about just going with the idea. It needed a few stars, some darker lines hinting at the horizon & some other detail on the farmhouse.
The cover has a map of Africa & it has some hand stitching on but more details will happen.
The other two pages have large patterned containers / vases on that I loved on my last trip with my Dad, they are just the start of each page ....
These rock shapes remind me of the Matopas hills in the Zimbabwean landscape & again, hand stitching features heavily.
I don't know what each page will have, it will be something I am inspired by.
That is my holiday project, pop back for updates over my summer. Thank you for stopping by, I am always thankful for your visit