Runner ragged

Wednesday is a quiet day in the shop. It’s a quiet day pretty much in this whole industrial area. The weather is not helping either. We had a nice cool change come through this morning and now it is decidedly chilly, with thunderous looking storm clouds hanging ominously overhead.

So I decided that today was table runner day. I’ve organised a quick Christmas table runner from the lovely Isabelle range by Anna Griffin. This will be a last minute class for those looking to add some festive cheer to the table or even those looking for a nice easy handmade gift. Once I’ve finished it I will put details up on the class page. Sneak peek below.

I love black Christmas fabrics. I know that it’s not traditional but I like the black because I think it gives it a classier look than just red and green. There is also a really nice icy blue in this range so for the classes there will be plenty of options.

Australian Country Craft & Decorating magazine commissioned a project from me yesterday. A bed runner. So I’ve been sketching out some ideas and have the perfect fabrics for it. I’ve always liked bed runners, they just add that little something extra to a room. I’m trying hard with this as it is not in my usual colour scheme. There will be a bit of foundation piecing in this as well as a few 3 dimensional bits.

I’m starting to get really excited about this Sunday’s market. Even though I’ve done this market before (as my hobby) this market will be the first one as Frankenstein’s. It’s the Christmas market and is always full of people looking to buy handmade goodies for their Christmas shopping. I’ve made friends with a few of the other stall holders and we have such a great time together. We’re a like minded bunch. 🙂

I’m also doing some of my other job today – editing beading projects. I love being the editor, I get to see all the fabulous creations that people are making. It’s very inspiring and I know it has helped me improve my skills not only as a beader but also as an editor. It is really interesting seeing how people approach a project. Some people give volumes of detail, labels and drawings to help the instructions while others write lots of text to convey their notes. Both work equally well because some people learn from text and others from images. As editor I combine both, adding bits here and there, taking out some pieces, making it flow and keeping it in such a way that no project is too intimidating to a reader, whilst still keeping the accuracy and integrity of the original designer’s vision. I love my job which is why I kept doing it after I left the publishing industry and opened Frankenstein’s. I love to be busy. Am I mad? Probably but I would much rather be busy than bored.

Anyways back to the machine.

Happy quilting,