Thursday, August 11, 2016

My Crafting Moment

I always have a passion for craft. I remembered when I was in a third grade, my first project was making roses from a tissue box. I used all my mum's tissue supplies and decorated every corner of her house with tissue roses. Since then I like to make myself busy making crafty things and I've never felt bored at home anymore. 

I stopped crafting when my daughter was born and we need to live overseas. It took some time for us to adjust our life in a new place so I decided to become a full-time mum. Five years later we moved to Japan and finally I had a chance started crafting again. Luckily our place is near to my favourite craft shop, it took about 15 minutes by bicycle. I was so excited because that place has many choices of craft tools, materials, books and even many small workshops were held there. It took me days to explore the place, it feels like heaven for a crafter like me.

After I tried crochet, paper cutting, miniature, hand embroidery and clay making, I felt hand embroidery that suits me best because I found the stitching process was so relaxing. I could feel the excitement every time I start to hold the embroidery hoop, enjoy every moment when the needle slips through the fabric, filling the design with colourful threads, the whole process feels like a meditation for me. 

Whenever anxiety hits me, I grab my embroidery tool then stitching with slower mode and listening to my favourite music. It really helps me to calm down and make me happier ;).         

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Craft Swap Experienced

Have you ever heard about craft swap before ? Honestly, I've never heard about it until I experienced it. A craft swap is an exchange of handmade items or craft supplies between strangers who has an interest in beautiful handcrafted things. You can find craft swaps event online, among members of crafter group , friends or strangers.

These darling handcrafted items I got it from an Indonesian crafter friend who currently living in Australia. We'd met on Instagram and we love to discuss about our passion for handcrafted goods and anything related.

Last year CYLcollective and makers movement hosted swap event on Instagram using hashtag #wearethemakersswap. Every people who participated need to register on their website and each of us submitted a photo an item that we would like to send and share the image on Instagram. The hosts choose who would be my partner to swap.
On that event, I was paired with Rose Newton, a very talented illustrator from New Zealand. I'm so lucky to have her beautiful works at home.

In return, I made by myself several hand embroidery items and send it to them.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doily Dreamcatcher

On Friday morning, I've got a surprise gift from my Japanese teacher. It was a beautiful golden brown yarn twisted with sparkling gold thread. It looks very classy and elegant. She told me that it was from her friend who has a weaving studio in Mie perfecture, Japan. She has plenty of yarn and wanted me to have one. Whoaa...this is really amazing, received a thoughtful gift from someone whom I never met,  I don't even know her name :p. I'm pretty sure that my teacher told her something about me (hopefully it was a good thing) :D. 

I should make something for their kindness to show my gratitue. And I want to use the yarn that she gave me. Crochet coin purse was the first thing came in my mind, but nay... I had made it several times before. Then I decided to make doily dreamcatcher.

My first step on this project was looking for doily pattern which has smaller size than the hoop size. I prefer to tie it with string because I want to see the whole crochet pattern inside the hoop.  
Next I covered the embroidery hoop with yarn and glue it at some part. Then I set the doily to hoop and tied it with string. Last, I made the tassels and crochet balls as an ornament. It's done!

I let my teacher to choose first, and she liked the white one. 

I also made a small letter with watercolor on the background and tried to write it in Japanese. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Cat Fabric Doll with Embroidered Detail

Happy New Year 2015!!! May it brings gifts of joy and good health to you.

Lately I was looking for an inspiring people who made a beautiful handmade fabric doll. And put it on my dreams list that one day I could make one too. After long hours of blog walking, pinning, and stumbled upon on instagram, looking for a sewing techniques, pattern, fabric, details...etc because I know nothing about making fabric doll. 
I really really want to thank them(and off course hug them if I had a chance ;D) who has kindly shared their ideas, experience, tips and ispiration on social media <3. 
With their tutorials, finally I made this doll for my daughter's birthday present *wink.

My first step was creating the character, and then made a pattern from it. Before I cutting it, I embroidered her head and arms.

My daughter named her Rosie

Flowers are everywhere...even on Rosie's feet.

What do you think about her?