March has been a craft month devoted to crochet again. After February’s play with shell crochet stitch didn’t yield the results I’d hoped for, I spent most of March deep in granny stitch to finish the baby blanket I was making for a friend.
I threw in a few different stitches to make it a bit more interesting and I was pretty happy with the result. Not your ordinary set of baby colours in this blanket! The mum-to-be has decorated the nursery with red and grey, in a very stylish and Danish design kind of way. So naturally, this little baby girl will need a sophisticated blanket to match. The colours remind me of lipstick, pearls and sprinkles – all the makings of a great dress-ups tea party, don’t you think?
When I popped this little number in the post last week, I though I should spend the rest of March tackling my patchwork quilt project.
Isn’t the fabric entirely gorgeous?
Well, there is one thing standing in the way of my plans to run up row after row of Gypsy Caravan patches.
You guessed it, my sewing machine.
She is a baby machine. The entry-level Singer. The perfect machine for someone like me – a sewing novice. Plus, she weighs a lot less than most sewing machines – so in theory, she was perfect to take on the road.
Unfortunately, the only stitch this machine has given me on the road has been thread nests.
It seems that the culprit lies somewhere in here or here:
I’ve pulled the machine apart and put it back together and I can’t, for the life of me, work out what is wrong with her!
I would be ever so grateful if the more experienced sewers out there could tell me what I am doing wrong, or what my little machine wants from me? I’ve tried various tensions and nothing seems to help. I’m quite tempted to throw her out in frustration. Then I look at that beautiful fabric again and I want to try to make her work for me. Hand-stitching such a large blanket seems beyond my patience.
In the meantime, a friend has put me on to this wonderful Stitch and Embroidery Picture Dictionary by Sarah’s Hand Embroidery Tutorials and I’m inspired to experiment with embroidery for April.
This post is part of Lola Nova’s Stitched Journal project. You can see other bloggers’ March journal pages on Lola Nova’s blog as they are uploaded, if you click here. There are some super talented and creative people joined up to this project.Did you like this?