This week saw me at home quite a bit, but somehow that didn't translate into much crafting. I did do some crocheting on my chevron blanket, but I'll take another picture when it's further along.
For some reason, this week I was inspired to give a whole new craft a try. Jenny at Elephantz makes beautifully sweet embroidery patterns that I've admired for a while now, but this week she linked to a new challenge that just started up called 52 Tags hosted by Anne Brooke, a Textile Artist in the UK. You can see more links at Jenny's blog above (and see her first tag), but I found this Youtube video that explains the challenge.
The stitching that will go into these is called "slow stitching". Having watched a few videos I confess, I don't know how or why these are considered any "slower" than any other type of stitching or embroidery. Shrug. I suppose I'll learn more as I go along. The real appeal of this challenge is that none of these tags are meant to take very long to make. Truth be told, though, they can be as simple or complicated as a person wants to make them.
Friday evening I made some tag bases from scrapbook papers that I have in my stash (using a brown craft paper for the back and pretty papers for the fronts):
Just making these was kind of fun.
Many people use pre-purchased tags, but I have so much decorative paper stashed, I couldn't see buying tags, and it was easy and fun enough to make my own. It's actually interesting to see what some people are using as the tag base. Some people have dye-cut machines they're cutting shapes out with. I've seen hang tags from purchased clothing used. One person is transforming a deck of playing cards into tags. People are so creative...
At first I didn't think I'd manage to finish one to show today, but these were so quick to make, I actually finished two yesterday:
Tag 1 (the theme was "White"):
And Tag 2 (which I think was themed "Heart"):
If you're interested in just seeing a bunch of finished tags, the Instagram link is: #52tagshannemade
We'll see if I actually manage to make a tag a week. If I end up petering out, then the worst thing will be is that I'm left with a bunch pretty and fun paper tags to use for other purposes. 😊 It seems like a pretty low-risk investment on my part.