Welcome to this month's New to Me link party, where we celebrate the trials and triumphs of having a go at something new.
This month all of my New to Me's are animal related, I am not quite sure why it certainly wasn't planned :)
a New to Me pattern, Whiskers the Fox, from Ann's Orchard Needlework
and finally Denis the Dinosaur!
Bustle and Sew magazine I thought it would be a great project for my first attempt at toy making, but didn't do anything about it. Then I got an email telling me that kits for the Dinosaur Softie were going on offer for a short period, so I decided to dive right in and order one straight away.
Despite the kit being advertised as suitable for a child, it wasn't all plain sailing I can tell you. I ran out of the green thread/floss and had to use a substitute to finish off the second leg and attach the legs and arms. The kit also came supplied with beads for the eyes, but I decided to stitch colonial knots instead, which meant that I also ran out of the black thread too!
The instructions for attaching the legs and arms were just that - "stitch into place". Having never attempted anything like this before I could have done with a bit more guidance.
We got there in the end and I am sure that it will look good on the gorgeous grandson's bedroom shelf, but it wasn't quite as easy as I had anticipated.
I bought a kit and a pattern for two more soft toys when I was at the Knitting and Stitching show. Fingers crossed that they are more fulsome in their instructions and their supplies :)
So, that's my New to Me's this month now it is your turn. Link up and celebrate the trials and tribulations of
trying something new and, of course, encourage and support your fellow
bloggers who have moved out of their comfort zones this month too. As
ever the link party will remain open until 23.59 GMT on May 31st, so
if you are thinking of trying something new this month but haven't yet
here is the nudge that you need. Grab the link party button and take the
plunge! Check out the linkers and give them some blogger support for
their endeavours too.