This stripey piece off knitting will soon look like this little fellow belonging to Alex at moonstitches . After I saw him I just had to try to make one and Alex very kindly helped me out with a pattern. She has recently finished her little " Hans " and is keen to see any versions that anyone else out there might create. Mine is ready to sew together and although there are other things I should be working on I just can't wait to see him with his face. Because he is most definitely a he ( maybe some plaits might make a "she"). While you're over at moonstitches have a look at the beautiful header - although it isn't polite to blow your own trumpet, I can't resist pointing out that I made the felt for this lovely piece. It makes me quite please and proud to see it used for such a satisfying outcome.
I cane across this book " A hint for bringing memories into shape" ISBN 4-86067-036-1 quite a few months back.
and have long wanted to create my own version of the handmade calender idea.
So beautiful and simple and I loved the way that it has just been pegged on a string.
I have really enjoyed the challenge of the nikkishell's recent handmade postcard swap - no theme , simply that it must contain a handmade element in some form. I have received collaged, stitched, lino printed and hand drawn cards ( and some were combinations of some of these methods) all so individual. I recently went back to this book and came across the calender and thought why not?......so here is my idea.
If there are enough people out there ( 4-6 would work - 12 would be better, ) then each person would make the page for one month - 12 times of course and send them out, keeping one copy for their own. At the end ( assuming it all went to plan) each person would have 12 pages, one for each month - a wonderful handmade one- of 12- limited- edition calender to give as a special present or keep for their own. It would be no more work than a postcard swap ( if you really wanted you could do copies of the page with the numbers then add the handmade touch) and able to be enjoyed for the next year.
I thought that if I organised it now , with a post by date of the end of November, that would give people plenty of time and time for the calender pages to arrive by the end of the year .
I'm hoping that some of the people that I have met through this blog and kept in contact with ( I think that they'll know who they are) will want to and have the time to join in( I know how busy everyone is.)
That way throughout the year, as I reach their page( because I would most certainly keep it for myself) it will be a welcome reminder of the amazing diverse and talented people that I have had the luck to come in contact with over the past few months. I get the feeling ( and hope) that I will stay in touch with some of them way beyond the land of craftblog, maybe even meet a few some day.
Anyway drop me a line if the calender idea appeals to you and, if I get enough of a response I'll start organising.
Oh and just a little bit of excitement ( and I guess a little more trumpet blowing but I am just so thrilled I can't help myself) - I got a berth on the Morphe II train! I have a pretty good idea of what I want to submit for the exhibition which involves a bit of feltmaking this weekend. I'm a bit nervous as this is the first time I've been involved in anything like this but I can't wait to get started......
update on numbers...as of July 4th 9.30 pm ( EST) we are at 11 people already...and such a talented bunch as well so I can't wait to see the results!