Catching up and moving on

Hey, friends! I’m so happy to be back and to catch up with things. To catch up with you. I’ve been making some big changes lately! I redesigned the website and blog, and I LOVE it! It’s tedious work, but totally worth it. I’ve also been in the process of rebranding my business. I started out a couple of years ago with a different vision, and it’s taken me a while to realize that it’s totally okay to change your mind and allow your interests and ambitions to evolve. Once I stopped feeling weird about it and started feeling great about it, it was easy to make some big decisions. I shut down my old webshop, which was surprisingly and enormously liberating, and for now, I’m focusing on this blog and my Etsy shop. I hope that, toward springtime, I’ll be able to also realize some fresh ideas and new workshops for my local Groningen friends.

My first weaving project! Frame and fiber kit from Wild Woven.

In an effort to remain true to the purpose of this blog, I want to get back to considering that which motivates makers to make, and the ways in which we benefit through our practice. Speaking for myself, when I started this blog last summer, I was going through something really difficult. Handcraeft was born from my desire to channel my thoughts and feelings into something meaningful, useful, and personal. I’m immensely proud of it. And at the end of the year, after the death of my husband’s grandfather and then my own father, I found myself once again looking for healthy, meaningful ways to process my feelings and channel my energy into something healing and good.

Sometimes, most times really, I enjoy sitting still with a cup of tea, stitching meditatively on whatever it is I’m working on. Lately, though, I’ve spent time working on short projects and trying new things. Like milk painting! I didn’t even know this was a thing. I follow Rebecca Desnos on Instagram, who has a stunning and inspiring feed, and upon checking out her blog, I discovered her great tutorials about simple and easy natural dyeing techniques. How generous to share her knowledge and insight! I also ordered her book Botanical Dyeing at your Fingertips. If you are even a little bit interested in trying your hand at natural dyeing, pick up this book. It’s easy to read and follow with gorgeous photo illustrations. The photos you see above show pieces of cotton muslin painted with a soy milk and water combination, later dyed in a mix of rooibos and black tea.

I started a stitch-a-day project at the beginning of year. It’s a nice way to start or end the day.

I’m planning to send out my first monthly newsletter on Valentine’s Day. Would you like to receive it? I’ll include odds & ends, things not included in the blog, new + interesting product info, & upcoming workshops. Sign up here!

I also wanted to share with you my brand new needle tins! Just posted in the shop today! I like these tins so much! Included are six Chenille embroidery needles, sizes 18-24. I really like to attach meaning to things, and give things a personal touch. These needles are tucked into a swatch of burlap cut from table runners from my wedding. The burlap is backed with a piece of hand dyed cotton batting. I also include threader and a piece of an upcycled rubber shelf liner (really!) to help encourage your needle through thicker layers of fabric.

Chenille needles for embroidery in storage tin
New Chenille Embroidery Needle Tins in the Etsy shop!

I am working on finishing up a story or two and will soon get back to regular posts about amazing makers. Thanks for reading, friends. 🖤

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