This time of year is a favourite of mine, as the leaves start to turn into those autumnal colours we all know and love. It’s a time for getting wrapped up in cosy jumpers and scarves, going on bright, blustery autumnal walks and, my favourite bit, trying out new autumn craft projects. Here are some crafting projects I’m going to try my hand at this year.
There are so many lovely cosy knits you can make, from colourful socks to snuggly cushions and blankets, to soft snoods and bobble hats. Something I’m working on now is a huge knitted blanket using leftover balls of yarn from previous projects. I’m keeping it simple by knitting 15cm x 15cm square in stocking stitch. I’ll join all the squares up with a bright contrasting thread.
Doodling and #Inktober
Last year I could not stop doodling in the evenings, filling up two drawing pads over the autumn season. I found it such a calming activity to do at the end of the day, curled up by the fire with a hot cup of tea and my ink and pad in hand. This year I’m going to be joining in with #Inktober, a month-long drawing challenge running throughout October. Each day there will be a prompt to draw and I’m hoping this will help improve my drawing skills.
Something I love about those autumn days when it’s just too cold or wet to go outside, is the fact that I don’t feel guilty staying indoors crafting, making and generally being creative. One such craft, which relies on a dry environment and a table, is printing. There are so many printing techniques you can try, starting with the simple potato to the more advanced silk printing but my all-time favourite is screen printing, especially on to fabric. I love the fact you can make it totally personalised using your favourite colours and designing the image you want. To expand my printing skills though, I’m going on a lino printing course this year and I can’t wait!
Homemade pyjama bottoms
Did you know that pyjama bottoms are one of the easiest items of clothing to sew? All you need is a little bit of sewing practice, some super cosy fabric, such as flannel or jersey, and half a day to sew them. You can either trace around your current pyjama bottoms on to baking parchment or buy a pattern. You’ll want to make loads after you’ve finished your first pair and snuggling up in your very own homemade pyjamas is the best feeling ever.
Are you starting any new craft projects this autumn?