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Try Something New Every Month – A 2 Year Creative Challenge

Two Years of Trying Something New Every Month - TSNEM

In the winter of 2014, an idea popped into my head, to actually use some of the craft supplies I’d bought and try some of the techniques and crafts that I’d always thought about. I came up with a title, drummed up some interest with fellow bloggers, and dove in! That whole year I just picked things as I went, and a few other people joined in each month. For the next year, 2016, I decided to co-host with Rebecca at Hugs are Fun and we set up some general themes for each month, started a Facebook group, and created a link-up for people to share their work. It has been a fun two years, I’ve used up so many of my things and experimented with a lot of different crafts, and now I’m looking back at 24 different “try something new every month” projects!

If you’re wondering, I do not plan on actively pursuing a third TSNEM year in 2017. I love the project but I think I’d be dragging my heels to come up with something each month that was truly new. My heart wasn’t in it and excited, so I decided to take a break!

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DIY Chenille Cutter Tool – Try Something New Every Month

olfa-chenille-cutter-tool

Another month, another project! I’m sharing my last Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) project for 2016- this month didn’t have a theme, it was just a “choose your own adventure”. You can see more about the year-long adventure and what else I’ve tried in this post.

I tried making faux chenille, with this special gadget I bought almost 3 years ago and never used. I am so embarrassed that I bought this forever ago and it has just sat in a drawer. I waited until the very last day of the month to try it (holidays & an umbilical hernia repair threw me off!) and I didn’t realize that flannel was advised, so I just did a rough experiment with quilting cotton. I am plotting a real project to use it on with the proper supplies, later in 2017.

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Stumpwork Beetle – Try Something New Every Month

A stumpwork embroidery beetle with bead eyes.

Another month, another project! I’m sharing my Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) project- this month’s ‘theme’ was needlework. You can see more about the year-long adventure and what else I’ve tried in this post. I tried my hand at “stumpwork” which basically means raised embroidery. I went with the simplest type, adding felt padding for a 3-d effect, but more advanced techniques include wire. I first heard about stumpwork when Rebecca tried it last year, making a planet.

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