April Review

Magnolia StellataCan’t quite believe we’re already a third of the way through May, so I’m a bit late with my April review, but that’s life!

There’s quite a mix of needlework in this review, embroidery, quilting, dressmaking…I’ve finally finished my home decorating so hopefully I’ll have a bit more time for dressmaking in the coming months. I’ve still two rooms to paint (one of which is the landing with long drops over the stairs!) and lots of glossing, but having decorated nine rooms since last September I’ve decided to pay someone to do the last bit, I’m all painted out!!

My biggest finish was a quilt that is going to be auctioned this Saturday to raise money for a childrens cancer support charity in Wales. It’s a pattern called Paisley Splash and I called the quilt ‘Making a Splash for Emyr’, Emyr is the young boy after whom the charity is named, Emyr Owen Latch group.

I’ve stitched three little embroideries, two of them for our travelling sketchbooks at Embroiderers Guild and one was a pretty lavender cross-stitch sachet by Faby Reilly. I’m planning to hang this on a padded coathanger for Otley show next weekend. Of course my flower ribbon embroidery is still on going, making slow but steady progress on that one.

I finally made McCalls 6696, a shirtwaister dress that’s been all over the blogging world, I think I’m the last person to make it, though I have made it my own by making it a longer length. I wore it for the first time last weekend and I love it, you know you get those outfits that just feel lovely to wear, well this is one. The fabric drapes and swishes beautifully, I’m already planning my next one!

My stash report is very slightly improved! I made my dress, so obviously that’s one down, but when I went to buy the buttons I fell for a gorgeous length of cotton to make a vogue pattern dress! Fortunately when I was making my elephant quilt I found a length of dressmaking weight batik that matched perfectly for the backing, so that’s two lengths used from my dress-making stash!

Stash Report

Stash at end of March    54 lengths.

Fabric lengths bought     1

Fabric lengths used         2

Stash at end of April       53 lengths

Not much change but it’s going in the right direction!



About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to April Review

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I really like that dress and I mean REALLY LIKE the dress.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June Dixon says:

    Love the dress

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ann Creek says:

    We are not only a third of the way through May, we are a third of the way through 2017 !!!!!!!!!!!!! xxx


  4. tinaor says:

    Lovely to see April’s activities. Can’t believe we’re talking about how fast 2017 is going – my grandmother always used to say time seemed to go quicker the older she became – I think I am turning into my grandmother! Still, she was a lovely fun lady and she crafted too. She would have loved to know of other happy crafters swapping stories.


  5. KerryCan says:

    I go through stages when I wish I could sew clothing–and after seeing your dress, I’m having one of those stages! It’s great! All your progress is really impressive–so varied!


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