Happy New Year everyone!
Following on from yesterday’s post looking back at the highlights of the Stitching Sheep’s first year, I thought it would be fitting to celebrate it’s anniversary today and look ahead at the things 2018 will hopefully have in store for the Stitching Sheep.
I have actually started writing this post enjoying the last day of the Christmas break before going back to work tomorrow having a relaxing and lazy day and currently enjoying the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna. We used to always watch it at my Grandma’s during our New Year’s day visit but after she sadly passed away at the end of 2016 I am carrying on the tradition at home.
Since I am not a fortune teller I don’t know everything that 2018 will have in store for the Stitching Sheep but as some things do require planning I know I can already start to look forward to some things.
In February I’ll be back at the Royal School of Needlework for the last three lessons of the RSN certificate Jacobean Crewelwork module. I am hoping to be able to do some finishing touches and my mounting during these days so I will be able to hand in my work when I am there hoping it can be assessed during the Easter assessment-session. I am actually quite scared about it. Even though I am actually quite happy with my design at the moment, there are probably a lot of flaws that I am not seeing but that the professionals easily pick up on. I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see. Just keeping fingers crossed that I pass!
Straight after my visit to the RSN, Catherine from Hillview Embroidery and I will be off to Paris for an embroidery trip to Paris! I am so much looking forward to it! I had mentioned to her that I was planning to visit the Aiguille en Fete show and she said she quite fancied it too, so the idea was born to have a trip together. On Saturday we will be visiting the show and on Friday we hopefully will be visiting some embroidery shops (Sajou, Bonheur des Dames etc.) before La Nuit de la Broderie at Au ver à Soie. We might even be able to fit in a workshop by Jenny Adin-Christie who will be at Au ver à Soie that weekend!
In April I will be back at the RSN for a long weekend. Strangely not to do any embroidery at all but to do a lot of drawing and colouring-in. I have signed up for a drawing and design course they are having especially for certificate and diploma students. I am really excited about it as a really would like to learn more about design as I would like to be able to sell my own kits in future.
My next trip to the RSN will be in July when I will be doing the summer intensive in Canvaswork. It will be 8 days of tuition within 11 days so it will be lots of hard work to get it done in time. I am hoping to get a head start in February by getting the brief and talking to the tutors about the design, framing up and drawing it on and choosing my threads.
I have not completely decided on what I will be stitching but I know it will definitely be a historic building. At the moment I am thinking about stitching Haddon Hall (near Bakewell in Derbyshire) but I will need to find the perfect viewpoint and picture to make it work.
You will have noticed that 2018 will be a very busy embroidery year. However, I am still planning to do a bit of crochet too, as that is a great thing to do when on the go, and do some more Ed’s animals but I would also like to do some homeware items. I am also want to get back into knitting (I received the Toft Loch hat kit for Christmas) and teach myself Tunisian crochet and make the Almond Blossom scarf from the latest Scheepjes Yarn bookazine. The details on it are embroidered so that should be fun.
I am also going to be doing some smaller embroidery projects, like to get some more goldwork and silk shading practise under my belt before doing those certificate courses.
On the Stitching Sheep, I will, of course, be writing about all of the above but I will also be doing some book reviews and some how-to’s and craft-organisation posts as I really like those and you seem to like them to.
The most exciting plan for next year is that I would also like to get a Stitching Sheep’s online shop started! I even already have my first item!
The Stitching Sheep’s needle-minder! They are made from wood and laser-cut by Creative use of Technology in Breda. They measure 30 mm by 22 mm and 6 mm thick. Before I start selling them though I am looking for three road testers. The needle-minders are made up of very strong magnets so I want to make sure that they put through some testing before being sold to ensure they are sturdy enough. I have already sent a couple of minders to Catherine of Hillview embroidery and I am hoping she will review them on her blog or in the comments below.
If you would like to be one of the three other road testers, please comment below with the reason why you would be the perfect for the ‘job’. The competition is open to my blog readers all over the world. You will have until the 15th of January to comment after which I will choose the 3 best answers and I will announce the winners as a comment to this post and on Facebook and Instagram. I will post the needle-minders out to you totally free of charge and the only thing you have to do is use it and tell me what you think of them! Easy!
Once the needle-minders have been ‘quality approved’ they will be on sale on my website and from me personally at €6,- each (plus postage & packing at cost).
Please let me know what you think about them, and which other items you would like to see in my shop in the future!
Have a very crafty year everyone and hope to hear from you soon!