I am just loving this new City and guilds course I am doing in design and patchwork. The tutor is online which means I get to plan my own schedule but she is there if I need her. She gives me the impression this first part of the course is one that most students detest but I am rather enjoying it. I get to play with all sorts of mediums which I also just happen to have. If you are a crafter you will be familiar with the phrase when shopping ” I will buy this as I may need it sometime” well the time has come for many of my purchases and now that my craft room is reasonably well organise I can find just what I want.

HVing my desk set up for my course makes it so much easier as I can walk out close the door and it won’t move before I get back!

I still have lots of time for my crochet and patchwork as well as working on the big sock.

Finished this little guy next week for a gift but already u der pressure. To produce one for the Easter raffle. Will I or won’t I?

This little piece of patchwork will turn into a bag to go along with another crochet creature for another gift

Coffee,craft and coursework

This week I have really felt the hip of Winter and so glad to be indoors.My best friend has been poorly with ear infections so she has also opted to be indoors getting plenty of cuddles.

I started into my new City and Guilds course in design and patchwork and thoroughly enjoying it. Still continuing with my Friday morning patchwork class and attended my first patchwork guild.

Although never liked the theory much in my art class it has really come in handy.

Working on the N.Ireland Big Sock and had some ladies round to join in.

Also managed to catch up on some family history and whilst having the Lambeg craft club round for an update on Kiwoko, I had a relative drop in from Glasgow whom I hadn’t met before. I found her uncle a few years back after telephoning around the Austins from the phone book as I had came to a standstill so was lovely to meet her in person.

 Hopefully Jeanette will get to visit again when over from Scotland.

Smudge just loves visitors as that means even more attention than usual.

This week I plan to finish clearing the attic and completing the re organisation of my craft room. Presently all furniture is in position and I made a sewing corner with two new shelves.There is now walking space through the room but the clutter is now deposited on the bed so will take a while to sort that.

Today we managed a walk in Mountstewart and it was lovely when the sunshine but I the shade it felt so icy. We had only arrived home when there was a short snow flurry. It’s been a relaxing day starting the week as I mean to go on. Completed my daily crochet row for my sky blanket and working on a birthday pressie due end of month. Lovely dinner and plenty of cuddles from Smudge.

Northern Ireland Big Sock- a sense of wellbeing

I have been involved in many crafts for as long as I can remember. There is such joy and satisfaction when completing a project. There is also a sense of well being found in the process. The world we live in is getting faster and faster bringing with it stress for those employed or unemployed. Through craft we can relax and achieve without expense, so why not take part in helping us achieve a world record together for Northern Ireland as a community

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NI Big Sock
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sewNorthern Ireland is famed for its linen production and shirt making, yet today children leave school without ever learning how to sew. As a way of revitalising this traditional and valuable skill, Dr Pamela Emerson, who loves to upcycle scraps of fabric and create patchwork cushions and quilts, is co-ordinating a community sewing effort affectionately called ‘NI Big Sock’.  
Currently the largest Christmas stocking recorded by Guinness World Records measures 51 m 35 cm long by 21 m 63 cm wide (from heel to toe)which was set in 2011 in Italy. As a way of reclaiming a creative sewing reputation for Northern Ireland we need to surpass this by creating a huge stocking using 3” hexagons. Achieving this record by December 2016 will mean that NI has made a mark on the world stage on its journey to become creative capital of Europe by 2030.
hexagonaTo complete this challenge the people, voluntary and community groups and businesses of NI are asked to contribute in the following ways:
To donate fabric (preferably red and green) either from scraps from sewing projects, sample books or items such as duvet covers, pillow cases, shirts etc that are suitable weight for hand sewing.
To donate calendars, old cards, flyers or other stiff paper (90 gms +) that would otherwise go in the recycling bin as this can be used for making paper templates
To donate sewing accessories such as needles, scissors and thread for use at public events (to encourage passers-by to make a hexagon to add to the project).
To act as collection points (in various places around NI) so as people can leave above donations
People to cut out the fabric hexagons – draw around a template and cut out. Templates will be provided
People to  hand sew the fabric on to the paper templates – folding and tacking are the only skills required
People to hand sew the hexagons together using whip stitch
Help in publicising this record breaking effort – producing flyers, taking photographs, articles / features in the media or generating interest via social networks.
Invitations to feature the patchwork sections at community events – eg fetes, exhibitions, conferences where people could spend a few minutes cutting out or sewing a hexagon and thus contribute to the project.
Workspace to join the various sections together (towards the end of the year)
Small hand crafted gifts to put into the completed stocking
Why not get involved in something BIG this year and help NI become a more creative place.
If you are able to assist in any of the above ways please see the dedicated facebook page for NI Big Sock or email  pamelaemerson5@hotmail.com
Thank you in anticipation
you can also contact me on jlmcc@sky.com
Jayne McClenaghan