Hello! What does Craftster mean to me? It means a LOT of things - which I have tried to represent in this challenge.
Firstly and mainly Craftster means learning and improving skills and techniques, challenge yourself to get ever better, looking at a project and thinking 'I've never done this - but I'll darn well give it a go!" or if starting from scratch to think 'that's something i've always wanted to do - so I'll jolly well do it"
With that in mind on my recent honey moon (beginning of July) I saw a kit for a sock monkey, and having wanted to learn how to make one for ages - I decided to give it a go. This was the result
Having made him I wasn't at all happy with him - I'd followed the instructions completely - but along the way found things I personally would do differently.
A large part of Craftster for me is also swaps - the majority of my posts will be found there - I love crafting for others and making new friends. Because I knew I could improve on the first monkey - and learn as I went on, but knowing I would not perservere in making them unless there was a purpose to them - I decided to join up to the Sweat Shoppe Swap and make a further six to send out - of course I'd do them as best as I could - and hopefully they would be liked by their recipients - but I also would gain a massive amount from it - by having time to perfect them!
So - here is the first I did with my own pattern - he is a lot bigger than my kit one and whilst I was pleased with him - I saw many improvements that could be made for my next one - the main part I did not like were his ears, or how scruffy it looked where he'd been sewn together - also his tail was not great, I liked it being thinner than the original - but I went TOO thin! and then there is the one leg being longer than the other......
Monkey number three had improvements on his ears and tail - but I couldnt work out what to do to make the sewing on of the piece neater (his ears look much closer to being the same size IRL!) I still wasn't 100% happy with the ears - but the good news is that whilst I was sewing him - I had a brainwave - why not make a hem on the parts of his limbs that will attach to his body - that way the will not be all the straggly ends where i'd cut the sock - I have no idea why I didn't think of it sooner! DUH! BUT his legs are at least the same size!!!
Finally monkey number four was sewn today - with the limbs hemmed as worked out last night - and he is definitely my best by far - he is the main 'entry' to the competition as he is a culmination of what I said earlier I liked about Craftster, challenge, learning, and improving - I much prefer the neatness of his limbs, his ears were done in a totally different way - I used different buttons for his eyes! I know I need to do his mouth again - but it was 12:30am my partner has to be up at 4:30 and was waiting up with me - so I was kind of hurried - I doubt I'll be able to get them up tomorrow hence doing it now (where it is now 2am - am posting in the dark sat in bed with my OH snoring!)
hmm sorry about weird colour - the others show much better colour!
his eyes are the same colours - stupid flash - this shows that a bit better
Another part of Craftster to me is the internationality (is that a word - it is now!) with so much war, hate and prejudice in the world it is amazing to find a corner where there is none - everybody is treated differently - no matter where they live or where they come from! There's not many places like that anymore
With that in mind I decided to make all my monkeys different - both in colour and in features - they are all individuals just like we all are - but they are friends with each other and accept each other for who they are - as this picture shows:
So yes - I think that about sums up what Craftster means to me!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND A MASSIVE THANK YOU CRAFTSTER! XXX
(I do have some work in progress shots - but I think this is image heavy enough! I might make a tutorial at some stage if anyone is interested)