Have you taken up a new hobby?

Hobby Month

So did you know that January is Hobby month?

So you may have thought about taking up a new interest or even committing to it as part of your New Year resolutions?. Years ago – when I was a young girl, the most likely hobby was swimming or whatever activity was available at your local village hall, community centre or Youth club…yes I am that old.

The definition of the word Hobby according to Wikipedia is: “a regular activity during your spare time for enjoyment”. However if you search around the internet you will find references to a hobby as far back as 1676 from a Sir Matthew Hale, and this is connected to the term Hobby Horse which was a childhood favourite for many.

In this modern world where we have flexible working but also a lot of technology there is a wide range of activities that you could select to fill your spare time. What is also recognised these days is the psychological benefits of a hobby, giving people the opportunity to switch of from the trials and tribulations of modern day life.

Over the years my hobbies have remained constant with the textile themes of sewing, patch work and latterly felting. I have tried the swimming, running, keep fit, Zumba etc but somehow I always navigate back to activities that I am using my hands and I can see a tangible output.

So What Next?

In November I signed up for an evening class in Botanical Drawing and Watercolours. I never really understood art at school and did not have an interest in it but I am enjoying learning about colour theory and sketching and I think it is a new hobby that I will drift in and out of but can bring some learning to my other crafts.

So most of my free time is booked up, I have left a few hours in the week to do the housework…but I am lucky enough to have a husband who loves a good clean on a Saturday morning so I might just get some extra painting practise in…

So whatever hobby you have or plan to take up make sure you enjoy it and if possible dedicate some time to it regulary.

December again

Whirlwind of activity…..

So we near the end of the year and DECEMBER as usual has been a very busy month and a whirlwind of activity trying to catch up with loved ones, organise workshops and shopping for that unusual gift.

We have met some fabulous people over that last year either through our workshops or events that we have attended, all bound together by the love of craft and wanting to learn or share ideas. We are just planning our workshops dates for 2020 and they will be on the website soon.

What shall I do next?

As much I like to plan – be it at work or home, the question of what shall I do next? is never far a way. Each year I like to set myself a challenge. In September I joined a botanical painting class, I can doodle but in recent years have only drawn or painted with my son when he was small (usually Power Rangers and Star Wars).

My challenge for this year is to incorporate some of the techniques and understanding of colour theory into my felting as it is never to late to learn and hopefully I will then be able to pass some of this on through my workshops.

Whatever you challenge yourself too in 2020 I wish you every success…..

Early morning lights

So the clocks have gone back an hour as we come to the end of British Summer Time. This last week has been great with some early morning light shining through as the sun rises but not so great in the evening and dark on the way home from work.

With the darker evenings I find I want to change up my crafts, partially because I struggle with the light but also I feel a cosier craft is required as we move into the end of Autumn and into early winter.

I love needle felting and although it is time to start on the Snowmen and Christmas elves I find myself veering towards making a cover for a hot water bottle. When I was young we had a traditional stone bottle but then we progressed to the modern oblong rubber shape

Have you ever wondered why we do not have a variety of shapes? – I have managed to find a Heart Shaped bottle so this week I will be felting a cover to keep me extra warm ver the next few weeks as the temperature drops.