Getting Hooked

I’ve spent my afternoon getting re-acquainted with my dress-makers dummy. I love this thing – I honestly don’t know how I ever made clothes or cosplay without it! I’ve pinned, cut and re-cut my lining fabric for that dress, so I’m happy enough now to order the main fabric and see if I can make it look as good as it does in my head.

I did some crocheting too, for one of the many Christmas gifts I’m preparing (beware: if you know me, there’s a very good chance your Christmas gift is crochet this year). It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn and kinda danced around it for years, but a few years ago a friend gave me a kit to make Christmas owls and in January this year, I finally decided to give it a try.

I made several non-festive mushrooms in my first few attempts, but finally managed to produce something that looked like the picture on the box.

I made six and by the time I was done, I was hooked (pun absolutely intended). Since then I’ve learned a whole bunch of new techniques, made rather a lot of things, almost crippled my fingers and sworn never to make *insert name here* ever again. One of these was a Dalek.

I found the pattern online (link at end of post), if you ever fancy given this little bugger a go. It turned out brilliant and the person I made it for loved it, which is pretty much the point, but never, ever again. I think I unravelled it about six times due to my mistakes- my husband now swears never to attached to anything I’m part way through making, as I inevitably undo it at some point. I managed to make it inside out to start with, which would be fine on a basic piece, but the final look for this depends on it being done right. It took me two weeks, some swearing and sore hands, but I did it.

I do like it and the pattern is brilliant – it’s purely the maker’s fault for all the mistakes and frustration. Thankfully I’ve become a lot more patient with myself in recent years, when it comes to crafting, so I’ll stick at whatever I’m doing till it’s done and done properly. Being stubborn helps too.

If you want to give this a go too, you can find the pattern here and thanks to Lucy Ravenscar for making this available for free!

Written by: Lulu

I’m best described as a jack of all trades type - I have a lot of interests and tend to bounce sporadically from one to another, picking up new ones on the way. Predominantly I make things and read. I do play console games (I think at present I own three four consoles that fight for space), but even then I wouldn’t say I play one type of game more than any other. I’m a big final fantasy fan, but I also like puzzle games and FPS. There are plenty more console games enthusiasts on here though, so I’ll be sticking to reviewing tabletop games. I grew up with a culture of playing board games with my family frequently, especially Hero Quest with my dad. Whenever we have a social gathering, which is usually every other weekend, we inevitably play at least one board game. Then there’s the making of things. My current list of enthusiasms includes crochet, embroidery, clothes making and cosplay, bags, leather work, some jewellry, plushies of all shapes and sizes and some other random bits and pieces. You can read all about my nerd-craft in my blog and if you’re interested and willing to part with some cash, I do take commissions on certain things. If you can think it, I can probably make it out of something - just ask!

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