Friday, 30 December 2016

Crafting Resolutions 2017

I don't usually do a review of the previous year, I like to look forward to the next year but I had quite a lot of success with my pledges so I thought I would round up and swiftly move on. My 2016 pledges were:
  1. To learn how to Sew a bra:

Lots of success here. I have made three: one in stretch cotton, one in jersey and one in tricot which is a specific underwear fabric. They have all been worn week in week out over the year. I have a new pattern for this year which includes lace so I hope to improve my skills more.
  1. To Crochet something beautiful to wear

A success for a while and then I washed it by hand however as I held it up out of the bath it just grew and grew! I now wear it as a tunic with leggings in the Spring and Autumn. Every cloud and all that...
  1. To complete another quilt

I actually maxed out and made two this year. The rainbow quilt in squares and the hand sewn eight pointed star quilt. I have loved these as much for the process and using up of stash bits as the final results. They are now stowed away as 18th Birthday presents for the coming years.
  1. To learn to knit stranded Nordic style

Mini success here. I had a go, enjoyed it but was unable to practise more due to a dodgy shoulder this year but I can always come back to it again another time.

My pledges for 2017 are:

1. To find the perfect knicker pattern I have been trying and I have not found one I can just cut, sew and wear without making modifications that still result in imperfect knickers.

2. Make a another quilt. Because I can, it is relaxing and has no fit issues!

3. To use up as much craft stash as I can and limit buying new. I have a sponsor with Minerva and a few other companies so I should get a steady flow but I have some stuff starting to build up behind the sofa and in my nice sewing cupboard. It needs to be used not hoarded. Note the word 'limit' here not a total ban!


I already have fat quarters won as prizes, strange notions I have collected over time, plenty of books for patterns and inspiration...

I have a yarn stash to get through, a box of patchwork pieces, underwear notions and fabrics and a box of knitting bits and bobs like:bag handles, my pom pom maker and some weaving sticks.

My current fabric stash is looking quite wintery but needs to be made into useful clothes for us all over the next few months.

Not to mention I had some nice crafty Christmas presents to keep me going - a tassel maker, who knew? So all in all some 'thinking out of the cupboard required in 2017' I think.

 Here's hoping you will continue to support, clap, cheer and giggle along with me in 2017. I am always amazed that so many people hop over here and always have such happy things to say. I love that. Thank you for being one of those people.

Happy New Year!

Jo xx


  1. Happy New Year to you my friend! When you find that knicker pattern, please let us know. Looking forward to all your new makes, always an inspiration. x

  2. Wow! Congratulations on your 2016 successes! I'm impressed how specific your goals were and how wonderfully everything worked out. Very inspiring! Wishing you a super fun, creative, and wonderful 2017!

  3. Congratulations on your makes...Wow, your quilts are gorgeous and well done on your bra it. Happy New Year..xx

  4. A lovely end to the year. All the best with your 2017 sewlutions!

  5. Good luck with the (limit) bit of your new pledge for 2017, although I gave to say you are so much better than me at that. I'm looking forward to the new makes in 2017 especially what you do with the tassel maker. I'm intrigued.

  6. I love reading your posts ~ happy new year, Jo ☺

  7. Love reading your posts. Happy New Year and I hope your shoulder gets better soon.

  8. Wonderful list of achievements and another of goals to score. It has never occurred to me to make underwear even after seeing your makes. In all honesty I have so much that it will be a few years before I really need to have any new. I will be watching as you go through the new year of knitting, sewing and crochet.

  9. learning to sew lingerie is something I'd like to try. Your bra looks great, I love the fabric. I'm looking forward to seeing what you achieve this year.

  10. I love being on the ride with you Jo. Wonderful goals met this year. Here is to 2017!

  11. I am always in awe of how much you create and to such a high standard. Wishing you every success for your new goals for 2017. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  12. happy new year! some lovely ideas for 'thinking out of the cupboard'. I plan to do just the same :)

  13. Those quilts are real works of art. I haven't even begun to think of pledges for this year but I think I'll have to join you on the 'use the stash' idea. It can get out of hand so easily and use is better than hoard any day.

  14. An amazing year and rightly proud if your achievements , hope you can limit any additions to your stash , it's a common thread for new years crafters resolutions to use what we already have ! Here's hoping !

  15. Stunning quilts, you've made some awesome stuff. I love the crochet top, I'm quite new to crochet but have a couple blankets, hats and squares under my belt and love the idea of top.

  16. I liked seeing what you made - your star quilt is a thing of beauty, it really is. You're very talented, do you realise that?