eight by eight

cozy patchwork sampler for February, which can also be called good crafting therapy… by Blair
March 2, 2008, 9:16 am
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I have a story around what came out of this month’s theme. First of all, the colors of what you sent just jumped out of the box with all their vivid-ness. They were a welcome surprise (although I don’t really know what I was expecting, which I guess is part of the fun). I formed an idea of what I would do immediately. Then a h u g e project landed on the little lap of our small business, and everything was put aside. Everything. I found myself working not only while the kids were away at school each day, but at night after they were in bed, and sometimes even through dinner. I can’t say its put me in the best mood. Feeling as if I had no time for anything at all and most definitely no balance…well…yes…I was pouting a little. Anyway…

Just as I was about to go to bed the other night, I switched gears and decided to jump into my eight by eight project instead. I suddenly felt the urge to do something completely for me, and let me tell you, this was the perfect thing. Funny how sewing all these little stitches created such a total calmness in me, I immerged from my studio feeling so much better about everything, immediately calmer and just more “me”. I love having a pre-defined size and a pre-chosen set of materials to work with (that I did not choose). This month especially, it just seemed like the best kind of crafting therapy.


Looking back at the original pile of bits I got in my box, I was most interested in the felt dots and immediately called them my favorite part. They definitely fueled my initial inspiration. I found it most fun to use them as a foundation to play with different embroidery stitches. As for the fabrics themselves, they all seemed to come together as a patchwork, with the dots on top. I loved how the polka dot corduroy balanced with those round felt dots.


The wool roving you sent stumped me initially, but then I decided to pull out my needlefelting supplies and create pom poms (you can see these pom poms inspired other aspects of my crafting this month). I have wanted to do some needlefelting again for a while now, and while this is not a huge amount of work, my hands immediately remembered how theraputic the process can be (well, when I don’t get poked). I sewed these onto the corners, and this all suddenly felt very pillow-like to me. You know how I love the pillows. I added some stuffing, added a backing of red felt, and present you with a very tiny, eight by eight (actually a bit smaller) patchwork pillow.

On to March, a surprise color pairing is on its way to you!



7 Comments so far
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oh, blair, this is wonderful! i love the felted pom poms.

Comment by erin

wowsers, that’s spectacular, the colours just pop right off the screen but the fuzziness keeps them from being too jarring. I love this!! Though I’m partial to shades of brown so I keep thinking of the cuddly chocolate inspired 8×8. You guys are doing great work. I love seeing what can be created through restrictions, which might seem contrary to the creative process but I always found it can stretch the brain a bit. Figure out new uses for things etc. Ok, sorry for blabbing so much. Really fun, looking forward to next months!

Comment by TACE

oh i love it! and i totally know what you mean about working during school and then after dinner until bed. Changing gears with a different creative project is so liberating! yay!

Comment by betz

this is so great. I love the layering you did with the circles, & I definitely had some sort of felting in mind when I sent you the roving! also, pillow! 100% cozy!

Comment by daria

Cozy indeed! Nice work on both projects. This is fun to watch.

Comment by Apple Cyder

I found your blog quite by chance and now tune in regularly to see what you are up to. I love this idea of eieght by eight and I love what you have created. Wish I could be part of something like this. However, none of my friends share my passion for crafty things, so I will just keep drooling over all your lovely projects instead.

Comment by pink cupcake

this is great, so fun and festive!!!

Comment by leslie

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