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CHALLENGE - 14 Craft Projects in 2014

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BloominNora Sat 04-Jan-14 21:34:58

<Blatantly nicked from another forum but thought it was a great idea>

<And partially inspired by this thread What are your crafty plans for 2014 >

I thought it may be a good idea to have a challenge of 14 craft projects in 2014 - anyone care to join?

The challenge is simple - list 14 projects that you want to complete in 2014 and use this thread to talk about progress / issues / share finished results. Projects can be anything - small, large, WIPs that you've had hanging round for ages, any type of craft.

I'll set a sister thread up in Arts and craft pictures for finished projects.

BloominNora Sat 04-Jan-14 21:36:11

Finished picture thread here

BloominNora Sat 04-Jan-14 21:41:33

My project list so far is:

1. Harris Tweed Quilted Blanket as a late Christmas present for my brother.
2. Pair of quilted cushions to match
3. Finish the applique'd alphabet for my nephew
4. Oil cloth book bag for my SIL
5. Quilted table mats for MIL
6. Matching pot holder for MIL
7. Baby scrap books for DN, DD1 and DD2
8. Wedding Album for me and DH (about time - we've only been married for 10 years)

Still haven't decided on my final 6 but am constantly on the look out for ideas.

bemusedisnottheword Sat 04-Jan-14 23:31:46

I like this!

1.learn different crochet techniques and then make dd 3 a hat
2. Make dd2 a hat and gloves
3. Make dd1 a stripy hat
4. finish my huge blanket
5 . start a huge family wall collage
6. Make lots of pom poms with the girls.
7. finish knitting my friends scarf
8. start a granny stripe blanket
9. Make a cushion

that's it so far, I've already done one and two. I learnt how to crochet a hat and made a tiny baby one and then made dd 3 who is 3 a beanie hat in deep purple with little pink hearts on the front with little buttons on them. I am ridiculously proud. first thing I have ever made for the dc.

roguepixie Sun 05-Jan-14 10:46:46

I'm in:

1. Knit at least one pair of socks a month, a'la CookieA. Anniversary pair for DH already done.
2. Knit the 'Victory Beret' from Tasha at ByGumByGolly.
3. Knit Mary Jane Mucklestone's 'Fairisle Vest'.
4. Knit Kate Davies' 'OWLS' jumper.
5. Knit Ysolda's 'Blank Canvas' jumper.
6. Knitted wrap for my DMum's birthday.
7. Thrummed hat for my DDad's birthday.
8. Knitted mustache and viking hat for DS (!!) - Don't ask me why, he just wants them confused.
9. Learn to crochet.
10. Crochet a ripple blanket.
11. Knit lots of squares for the WoollyHugs blankets.
12. Start to make my own clothes. I have got some practice at making clothes but I want to get better at it.
13. Knit cushion covers.
14.Make presents this year, rather than buy.

Wow!! That's quite a list...will probably have another 14 to add to it tomorrow confused.

BloominNora Sun 05-Jan-14 11:44:09

Wow Bemused - I'm impressed you've already completed two of yours.

It would be great to see pics.

I contrast, I've got as far as cutting out the squares for my bro's blanket and laying them out, so they are all in little numbered bundles waiting for me to sew them together. I am not back at work until the 13th, so am hoping to get a good few hours sewing in when the kids are back at school / nursery

That's an ambitous list roguepixie - actually I should probably add learn to knit and crochet to my list. I really want to concentrate on doing more sewing, but also want something I can do while sat in front of the TV when I'm too knackered it is too late to get the sewing machine out!

roguepixie Sun 05-Jan-14 11:52:30

Ambition is my middle name Bloomin grin ... actually getting it all done is a completely different matter gringringrin.

Tbh, DH is off on a business trip tomorrow and will be away until the beginning of the following week so <<<bad wife emoticon>>> I am looking forward to lots of knitting time smile blush

daisychicken Sun 05-Jan-14 11:58:33

I'll join in.... just writing my list!

daisychicken Sun 05-Jan-14 12:19:54


1. Finishing sewing knickers (did a course, have about 5 pairs cut out to sew)
2. Finish bag (fabric cut, ready to sew)
3. Journal52
4. The Documented Life (3&4 are combined into one journal)
5. Finish journal pages for meet-up in April
6. Make crayon/art kit for dn for Christmas
7. Plan and make Christmas/b'day gifts
8. Sew some clothes - I've made small items but not progressed to larger items & would like some tunic tops
9. Make wristwarmers from fleece lined fabric

Far as I've got so far and my list is in my journal so I can tick it off as I go!

RetroHippy Sun 05-Jan-14 12:36:14

I need to hang out on here more, I think it would inspire me a little more than chat hmm

Ok, here goes...

1. Knit two teeny hats for friends 4lb6 baby
2. Finish blanket for other friends baby born in August blush
3. Make a pinafore dress for work from the wool fabric I've had for yonks.
4. Finish sewing up the bunting I cut out in October.
5. Finish knitting cardi for other friends baby (now 14 months). See a pattern here?!
6. Make and finish a gift for ^ that friends next baby, due May.
7. Make cushions for MIL's caravan. Have fabric, have stuffing. Lacking in motivation.
8. Spray paint bedroom mirror frame.
9. Spray paint wicker chair a nice shade of antiquey cream.
10. Make new Cath Kidston-esque cover for above chair.
11. Make over piano stool found in skip.
12. Finish pleated skirt that may or may not look utterly ridiculous on.
13. Make a patchwork chessboard.
14. Do something with the gorgeous VW print fabric from the market.

RetroHippy Sun 05-Jan-14 12:38:59

roguepixie you've just reminded me, mum hinted very heavily at a knitted Santa beard and attached hat for DH and DB for Christmas...

It didn't appear so I guess she's as good at finishing things as me grin

focuson Sun 05-Jan-14 14:43:27

I love a list so can I join to

1. Crochet hook holder for friend.. Done
2. Cushion for my corner
3. Commission for 8 cushion pads
4. Quilt and finish ds African inspired quilt
5. Make at least 50 appliqué cards to sell for charity.. Design and plan
6. Learn how to hand dye fabric
7. Learn and make fabric lampshade for my sewing corner
8. Make tula pink 100 block quilt in year (my major project)

Will add to the list over the next week.. This year plan to make majority of presents

Kveta Sun 05-Jan-14 14:57:56

this sounds like a good idea - not sure I have 14 ideas yet, but certainly worth a try!

So mine will be:
1. crochet infinity scarf for myself
2. crochet hand warmers/fingerless mitts for DH
3. crochet hat for self
4. crochet butterflies for a friend
5. linocut birthday cards for parents' 60th birthdays!
6. finish stripy crochet blanket
7. finish crochet cushion cover #1
8. crochet cushion cover in bright colours for lounge
9. start squares for a granny square blanket

infinity scarf, stripy blanket, and 1 cushion cover are WIPs, and I have yarn for the others.

need to come up with some designs for cards for mum and dad though!

daisychicken Sun 05-Jan-14 19:02:44

All these lovely knitted and crochet plans! I can knit.. just but struggle if I make a mistake and I can't crochet, I tried to teach myself but it caused so much pain in my hands that I gave up.. I've been looking at the round looms and wonder if that would be my knit/crochet alternative and if it would be kinder on my hands... has anyone tried one?

Stitchthis Sun 05-Jan-14 19:48:54

Ooooo - Can I join in please...I am an inveterate starter and a terrible finisher. This is just what I need. Here's my plans thus far.

1) crochet handwarmers - I'm halfway through these
2) keyrings for my etsy shop - the idea is there, the prototype is setting now
3) journal52 art folder link here
4) upcycling a vintage quilt top I have into a proper, finished quilt
5) upcycling an old chair for my craft room/office
6) do an oil painting I can hang in my house
7) draw/write a comic
8) knit a shrug from a Rowan pattern I have just bought
9) make a gingerbread house
10) learn life drawing
11) Learn how to spin yarn
12) weave my own fabric
13) print my own fabric
14) learn Lino printing

I will stick this on my blog too if no one minds. It's been a funny old year so a fresh start in 2014 is much needed.

Inkspellme Sun 05-Jan-14 19:54:31

ok I'm in!
list at the min is:

1. Ribbed scarf for me or dd.
2. Quilt for dd's bed
3. Slouchy hat
4. wristwarmers.
5. tea cup candles.
6. around the town quilt.

rest to be decided!

WillieWagglingRoundTheXmasTree Sun 05-Jan-14 20:02:55

Excellent thread

Right. Looking at my list rather a lot are big projects (blankets etc), so this is probably very optimistic.

1, 2 and 3 are in progress and need to be finished (number 1 asap as it's for a birthday at the beginning of march)

1. knitted sleeveless jumper (deadline end february)
2. knitted shawl
3. knitted lace shawl
4. crochet viking helmet (deadline end february)
5. knitted laceweight cardigan for me
6. knitted wedding blanket (deadline end august for friends who are getting married in september)
7. crochet giant granny square blanket (i happen to have a lot of handspun alpaca in its natural colour and would like to try dyeing it)
8. knitted oversized jumper for me
9. knitted alpaca lap blanket
10. jelly roll patchwork quilt
11. knitted stranded mittens for DP's mum
12. 15 x knitted cotton washcloths for 2014 christmas presents
13. knitted socks for me
14. crochet stars for christmas decorations 2014

WillieWagglingRoundTheXmasTree Sun 05-Jan-14 20:07:59

i actually have a spreadsheet with deadlines and notes of what i need to buy and estimated costs (i know, i know...)

daisychicken Sun 05-Jan-14 20:20:20

Those of you who Lino print... do you use Lino or soft carving blocks? I know the basics but would like to do more so I'll add that to my list!


1. Finishing sewing knickers (did a course, have about 5 pairs cut out to sew)
2. Finish bag (fabric cut, ready to sew)
3. Journal52
4. The Documented Life (3&4 are combined into one journal)
5. Finish journal pages for meet-up in April
6. Make crayon/art kit for dn for Christmas
7. Plan and make Christmas/b'day gifts
8. Sew some clothes - I've made small items but not progressed to larger items & would like some tunic tops
9. Make wristwarmers from fleece lined fabric
10. Practise Lino prints and soft rubber block prints - use to make cards/fabric prints
11. Look into loom knitting

BloominNora Sun 05-Jan-14 22:30:19

Excellent - lots of new challengees grin

A lot of people seem to have sewing knickers on their lists. That one seems to have passed me by. Is it a new trend?

daisychicken Sun 05-Jan-14 23:31:48

Just me I think! I've wanted to sew my own knickers for a long time (weirdly!!) and finally took a one day course in November... I now have lots of WIPS (work in progresses) to finish!

BloominNora Mon 06-Jan-14 08:05:39

Ahhhh Daisy - it's because you updated your list. I knew I'd read it twice - just not picked up that it was you both times. Probably read it on the Crafty Plans thread as well (that'll teach me to read user names properly) blush

So are they posh lingerie knickers or plain ones? Is it fiddly trying to do the elastic?

Gullygirl Mon 06-Jan-14 08:22:30

Oh can I join?
I am terrible at finishing projects, so my list has a few UFOs.
1.Finish x stitch of London scene.(1/4 done)
2.Finish knitting Estonian Lace stole.(1/2 done)
3.Finish knitting aran weight cardigan
4.Finish knitting DK cardigan.
5.Knit scarves x 4.
6.Learn to crochet.
7.Paint a large canvas for my lounge.
8.Knit an Afghan.
9.Make Christmas decorations from felt.
10.Turn an accidentally felted Cardigan into a bag.


Gullygirl Mon 06-Jan-14 08:23:41

Oops, am still in 2010...
Will need to think about 11 to 14.

RetroHippy Mon 06-Jan-14 08:26:22

Gully, a lot of my craft projects feel like they're from 2010!

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