Creating Couture Embellishment – Book Review

This is on my wish list! ❤️

Did You Make That?

Creating Couture Embellishment Laurence King

This is a beast of a book. In fact, so big and heavy that I couldn’t resist weighing it. I recommend reading this propped up in bed, book resting against your knees, with refreshments to hand as you dream about the couture embellishment you’re going to add to your next make.

weighing a bookCreating Couture Embellishment by Ellen W Miller is not for the weak of wrist or faint of heart. This is hardcore sewing knowledge. Of course, I adored it the moment I cracked open the spine.

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Watching Yarn on Netflix

I am watching this really cool documentary about textile artists all over the world. Lately, I have been inside my head so much that I started second guessing my decisions and becoming paranoid over minute stuff. To the point, where no matter how many times I told myself to ignore these thoughts would come back. Watching these artists create yarnbombs to a net play structure made realize that I am taking myself way too seriously. I am inspired and amazed by these creations. I am officially back to my former self.

 Crochet as a cure for depression

Lately, I have had a feeling of the blues. Feelings of inadequacy, mood swings, insomnia and just tiredness. I couldn’t figure out why. After talking to some friends, I realized that these symptoms could be also be the start of menopause since I also have been experiencing body temperature rising for no apparent reason. Anyway, instead of feeding into these feelings, I told myself to snap out of it. I know I needed to do something. My family and I are at the application stage of our quest to get a home through Habitat Home for Humanity. I am just starting my marketing campaign of making my hobby into my main hustle. Once I get all of my ducks in a row,then I will announce on a post in the near future. My way of getting out of my funk was to pick up my hook and yarn. For some reason, when I start seeing a skein of yarn turn into a useful object, it lifts my spirits. Each stitch is a reminder that I have the skill to make something that can used to keep warm, lift spirits, or something that I don’t have to buy in a store. That is the power of yarn. Whether you crochet or knit, there is always something to make to add peace in your world.

Hairpin lace crochet

Only have one color of a skein you really love? Then try hairpin lace crochet strips. These strips can be made into scarves, blankets, shawls or ponchos.

Knitting as therapy

These are colors that I used to make a blanket for a troubled teen. I gave her the blanket in hopes that it will provide healing as well as joy in her life.