I have been taking a much needed break from my crafty life, and focusing instead on meditation. Of late I have been looking inwards to understand how I can contribute to the good of the world...then I found this- www.motherbearproject.org
People from around the world knit and crochet bears from the same pattern, and then donate them to the project. I ordered a pattern and immediately went to work stitching up some bears. They are a mix of yarns, some wool, some cotton and acrylic. Lots of texture and color. They were knitted in the round with 4 dpl in size 7. I enjoyed making them so very much.
If you are looking for a simple way to give some of your heart to a child, this is a great option. They have patterns for a knitted flat, knitted in the round or crochet bear. Each bear is given to a child affected by AIDS in Africa, Haiti and other places.
Crewel embroidery is done using wool yarn rather than embroidery floss. It was a big-time craft in the 60's and 70's. It's very rare to find a crewel kit anymore unless you are a vintage craft kit hunter...like me! I decided to create my own crewel kits and this is the first of three that I am working on.
This project has been such a learning experience. First designing it, then editing it on the computer, printing it on fabric, stitching it up, making instructions, and finally packaging it up.
I have just completed my first crewel embroidery kit! This lovely pair is scissors is done entirely using the couching stitch with a few French knots for added detail. This, along with several other kits will be available soon in my etsy shop...stay tuned!