HAED

I have been a member of cross stitching groups on facebook for awhile now. At first, it was really confusing when I read the conversation about people doing HAED. I mean, I can see that they are doing a very complicated big project, but what is HAED?

After a quick research, I found out that HAED is actually an abbreviation for Heaven and Earth Design. They have a lot of wonderful patterns — big, complicated, and extremely beautiful patterns. Most of the time, I could not afford the patterns, because I don’t have a steady income that I can rely on. But, HAED has this free pattern give away, that they change every now and then. Few months ago, I found this pattern was free to download.

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However, I knew it right there and then, that for a novice stitcher like myself, such project is near impossible. Big project like this one is not cheap — fabric, and thread will cost me a fortune.

But I really want to try to do them. So, when I was at the craft store in Indonesia, I bought a very cheap aida — 18ct, around £2 for 3 metres of the fabric. It would save so much money if I want to do a big project as so far the cheapest aida I could find online was this one from Amazon.
I also tried to find the best way to reduce the cost of the embroidery floss. I mean, for 89 colours, even with 50p a skein floss, it is still going to hurt my bank account. So I have to be slightly crafty and do my research. And I found this on Amazon (what a lovely place to shop).

This is, I think, made in China, and was very cheap replacement for DMC. The code number for this thread (it is not branded, so I am not sure what to call this), corresponds with DMC so you can use it interchangeably. Although I agree that they have different quality if you compare them side by side, I have to say that I can’t really see the difference when it is in a project.

But then again, I am a novice stitcher.

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I was quite dubious when the first time I looked at this product, but after I read the review, I though I could give it a try. I mean, even if it doesn’t work for this pattern, I might use it for other projects. And… I did. I used it for that other project — wedding gift for my sister, and the last project — flowers in the vase. So, I know that the threads are fine.

Now it is just about determination. Would I be able to make my first HAED? Well well… let’s see…

Have anyone of you do any HAED projects?

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Done… and Done!

I wish I could say that about my visa paperwork. Those pesky papers! It is impossible to have my weekend, sit comfortable in front of telly, watching Bake Off reruns, and stitch… or knit. However, we shouldn’t let those paper wins, should we? I mean… A girl have to do what a girl have to do…

And for that determination, I am proud to say that it has paid off. I managed to finish two… yes, my dear fellow bloggers… TWO finished this week.

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The first one is the cross stitch project. I really like it. I am thinking of making a little coin purse, or small cosmetic purse that I can carry inside my handbag. Maybe if I line it with some stiff fabric?

The second one is the baby cardigan. The border is crocheted. I am glad I can both knit and crochet, because this pattern requires both. I was a little bit dubious about the picot border when I started the border, but as I continue it actually looks okay.

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The pattern came with the flower accessories, but I removed it as I don’t like it. I will offer it to my sister though, if she would like some accessories for it, I would make a crocheted or knitted flower as a broach.

Now now… what’s next?

<3 Cute Little Things <3

Yes! You guess it right! They are Penguins 🙂

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The pattern for the slipper is so easy to make, and very basic too. The breakdown is pretty clear, so you could basically make the circular bit on the toe as whatever you want it to be. In this case, I made a penguin face.

That’s a finished by the way.

As for the current WIP? Well well… Remember this project? The project stalled because I thought I made a mistake, or that the pattern is wrong. The pieces seems like they don’t fit together when I try to sew them up. It went UFO for weeks or even months, I even told my SIL that I considered ripping them up altogether and start again.

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However yesterday I saw the pattern again, with a pair of fresh eyes. I just realised I made a mistake reading how to stitch them up together. No wonder it didn’t work the first time. Doh.

So I tried again, and this time they just fit. Of course it is not finished yet — the finished product would be incredibly pretty (at least that’s how it looks on the photos, and photos of other projects of people who have finished this pattern on ravelry).

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Now what I need to do is just to crochet the border 😀

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A Gentle Reminder Why I Do Crafts….

It’s been very anxious lately as my visa expiration is getting closer and closer. I don’t understand why, but unlike the last visa application, it seems like it is way more stressful than it was before — the first time I did this.

I am not sure why though… I thought for awhile is it because of the changing of the political situation in the UK? Is it because of the several unpleasant experiences I had? Or because of scary news where people were sent back against their will? To be honest, I might be fine going back to Indonesia… my family is there. I just feel guilty that I have to drag my husband — who doesn’t speak a word in Indonesian, to Indonesia.

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So in between doing the documents and feeling like crap because of it, I sit down, stitching or crocheting or knitting, and suddenly the world gets much much better.

It is incredibly therapeutic.

It reminds me why I do this. It is a wonderful distraction for when things are so tense and stressful. I can direct my energy to creative process than to worrying about stuff that I can’t do anything about.

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Oh by the way… do any of you have ever sent anything to Europe? I have a pair of cute slippers to be sent now…

*) the other pair are for my beloved niece 😀

Talking about creative process… This pattern is incredibly easy, and it actually taunted me to modify it. I mean… I’ve been thinking of different kind of slippers. So I make this:

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Guess what animal would it be?

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Little Project for Little Feet

Babies! Babies everywhere!

I have never had a plan to have one myself, but it is always delightful to hear from people who I care about that they just have babies. It is always wonderful to hear them overjoyed with the new arrival, and see them transforming… from a silly person that I know, to a responsible adult — as a parent.

It has changed my relationship to them, but it is not always a bad thing.

Even, I thought, it means more cute projects. Like this one for example.

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I have got the pattern from a lovely blog owned by a crocheter/knitter Graziela Leah, here. It is really cute, and I found it quite easy to make. The instruction is a little bit lacking, especially in the finishing part. However, this should not be a problem if you know how to read a pattern in charts instead of reading it in a written instruction.

I can’t wait to see how the finished object would look like.

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Busy Week…

I am expecting a very busy week this week…

First of all, Christmas is coming. I have been trying several recipes for cakes and biscuits that I could make as gifts for friends, and my husband’s colleagues.

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But my busy-ness is mostly caused by the visa application. It is getting closer and closer to the date. I have to start preparing the documents, printing the important form, and get everything done before booking an appointment in London — hopefully in the end of this month, or the beginning of next month at the latest.

I still managed to spare my time to get my stitching going though. I just didn’t have time to post it every day.

I have to say that these WIPs are actually what keeps me cool. It is definitely therapeutic. And — looking at the photo– it is also satisfying to see the progress. I am just not sure what I can do with these projects.

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Some people frame them and hang them in the house, but my house is not big enough for all these decorations. I am not a big fan of cushions either. Maybe I have to learn how to sew to convert these projects to something cute and useful like a purse for example…

Come to think about it… Maybe 2017 is the time for me to start learning how to sew…

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Weekend Push, and an FO

I am not sure why it is called “Weekend Push”. I mean, it is a weekend.

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Like every weekend, it is so easy for me to be lost in the project. It seems that I don’t need to really push anything to get a project going. Like the repairing project I’ve been doing for my sister in law, for example.

I was unravelling, and crocheting, and replacing the fraying bits of the blanket. And, when I finally finished the project, I just realised that it was way past midnight.

Phew.

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But anyway… I just finished a project.

I followed some of the suggestions to use the wool anyway, and it definitely work. You can’t see where I have replaced the wool, and where I have made the repairing work, can you? I mean colour-wise, it definitely blends well with the original colour. I have to say that I am quite pleased with the result.

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Now that it is done, should I just give it to my sister in law? Or should I wait until Christmas for an additional Christmas surprise for her?

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