Monday, 9 January 2012

New Year, New Skills Part 1 - Tapestery

The start of a new year is always the perfect opportunity to set yourself so goals, so I decided 2012 will be my year to expand my craft skills. As mentioned previously I want to have a bash at embroidery, crochet and papercutting. So high on my Christmas list this year was a copy of Emily Peacock's book 'Adventures in Needlecraft'
I really love her contemporary style so thought it would be the perfect book for me to learn more about embroidery.

The book is divided into 4 chapters covering different area's of needlework. Each section has a number of projects starting with beginner and becoming more challenging as you work your way thrugh. The first section covers canvas work or tapestry and has 5 different projects, the next is applique with 3 projects, the third silk shading and the last goldwork. For me the Canvas work and the silk shading are the most appealing and there are a number of projects I want to try, so I decided to dive straight in with one of the slightly more difficult canvas work projects. I ordered my canvas from Willow Fabrics as it seemed the most reasonable I then ordered my wool from Sew Exciting, I had to wait a little while as I did order during the Christmas period, but eventually everything arrived and I could finally make a start the other day.

So after two days working on it, this is my progress so far:

Apologies it's not the right way round, it should be landscape, but the computer wasn't playing ball.
I will keep you updated on my progress :)

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Long over due update!

Well, I can't believe it's been so long since my last update, things have been quite hectic with me, hence the long delay in between updates.

Well I am pleased to announce that my husband and I are expecting our second baby in April so I will be taking some time away from CLS Creations to take maternity leave.

So the good news is, I am having a huge clearance sale to clear all the old stock, everything must go!
You can purchase my sale items either from my Etsy shop HERE, or check out the items on my Facebook page HERE and message me if you are interested in anything.

But don't panic it is not the end of CLS Creations, I am going to be making good use of my time away, in between the feeding, changing and hopefully sleeping I am going to try to learn a few new skills, mainly crochet, embroidery and papercutting. I will be blogging about my progress in the meantime so you can keep up to date with what I'm up to and then as soon as I have a little more time on my hands I will be re-opening the shop with a brand new line of products.
I'm hoping to come back with a bang, it should be bigger and better with a lot more streamlined items, there will still be some of my bestselling items such as my animal brooches but I am hoping to expand this into other products too.
So bear with me and keep reading :)