I’m not a natural crafter. Perhaps that’s a bit unfair. I can knit reasonably well and I’ve experimented with crochet in the past. I occasionally do a little needlework, but I can’t cope with electric sewing machines. At school I was a needlework disaster: the blouse I made literally fell apart on its first wear. I gave up anything practical like art or craft as soon as I possibly could. I don’t tend to do crafting for fun.
Hillarys Blinds tempted me though with their promise of tea and biscuits with fellow bloggers. And at the weekend I found myself at a crafting event at the Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham. Now I hadn’t really associated Hillarys Blinds with fabrics before, I guess I’ve always thought about wooden slat blinds and the like, but they have their own range of fabrics. We got to choose from the current range. For my first project, I picked out a lovely yellowy print to make myself a sunny notebook cover.
It was great to have someone demonstrate how to make the notebook cover, with all those little tips that make it easy. Within just a few minutes I had a notebook cover. A few minutes more and I’d braved the glue gun to add a ribbon trim and some buttons for decoration.
Next up was making a stuffed bird. This was a bit trickier, but I managed it too. I even had time to add some button eyes. My bird was very popular when I got home too, but it turns out I wasn’t making a bird at all. H says it’s a pokemon.