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Try Something New Every Month 2016 – Join Us!

For 2015, I took on a year-long project to motivate myself to stretch my creative boundaries and actually use the supplies I’d bought in the past, instead of letting them sit on my shelf. I casually invited other bloggers to join me and was thrilled when three folks stuck through the entire year – Kristy & Rebecca! I’ll be sharing my overall thoughts and round-up of the year in a separate post, but you can see them all listed out here.

Rebecca and I decided that we both had at least another 12 things to try on our list, so we are co-hosting another round of Try Something New Every Month (TSNEM) for 2016 and hoping that in addition to any other bloggers, readers will join in too!

Anyone can join in, at any time, simply by trying something new to them for that month. BUT even better would be sharing it! Each month, we will announce/remind readers of the monthly theme and share what we tried. Either Rebecca or I will host a link-up on the post that is open all month, allowing anyone to add a picture and share what they tried. We will also have a Facebook Group for chatter, goals, questions, sharing, etc. Using the hashtag #TSNEM on Instagram is the easiest and fastest way to get connected as well!

We decided not to do any monthly incentives – if you join in, it’s simply for the love of creativity and craft. Each month will have an overarching theme that is very broad – even if you’ve been quilting for years, maybe there is a technique or shape or block you haven’t tried, as an example.

The themes will be:

January – Quilting (I tried bias tape applique)

February- Tactile Craft; paper mache, clay, soap, candlemaking (I tried paper mache)

March- Painting (I tried oil pastels)

April- Edible Crafts (I tried making food-based fabric dye)

May – Hand Sewing (I tried visible mending)

June- Heavy Craft; leather, wood burning, glass etching (I tried metal stamping labels)

July- Yarn Craft; knitting, crochet, weaving (I tried making pom poms)

August- Printmaking; fabric or paper (I tried screen printing)

September – Machine Sewing (I went off script and tried pressed flower art)

October- Needlework; embroidery, cross-stitch, crewel, needlepoint (I tried stumpwork embroidery)

November- Papercraft; origami, scrapbook, calligraphy (I tried papercutting)

December- Choose your own! (I tried making faux chenille)

How exciting is that! Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter (it goes out every Friday) so you don’t miss monthly announcements!

You can see a round-up of 2015’s projects in the collage below, or read more with them all listed out here.

Try Something New Every Month 2015

Try Something New Every Month - TSNEM 2016. Join in at any time - a yearly challenge to try something new every month of 2016.



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  1. I’m so in! I already have a long list of new things I want to try. They’ve been patiently waiting their turn. English paper piecing, wood refinishing, screen printing, hand embroidery, pottery… It’s gonna be a fun year!

  2. The themes look very interesting. Some of them I have never tried but wanted too, such as paper mache.

    I look forward to joining every month.

  3. I’m in, though some of my projects may be a major stretch of the chosen medium. I’m sure I’ve got supplies that fit nearly every category.

  4. I’d love to participate. I’m not a blogger, nor have my own website, just an ordinary person who, enjoys crafting in many forms. I deal with a disibility, can no longer work and I want to motivate myself in 2016 in a crafting commitment.

  5. I am not a blogger but am interested to find out what you are doing and try out new things with you this year. I have been crafting since a young girl and went back to University and got my Bachelor’s degree at 56 years. Some classes I took were Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Experimental Textile, Apparel and Design, Furniture Design and Decorative Finishes, Interior Architecture, etc. I am a full-time seamstress so have lots of materials but not enough challenges to just play around with different ideas. Now, I will attempt to stick with you for this 12 month challenge and increase my skills with your help! I have 2 new grandsons so there is incentive! TLOduor

    1. Hey Teresa! You absolutely do not need to be a blogger- you can add to the linkup with a link to a photo from anywhere; facebook, flickr, or you can email me and I’ll add it for you ( swoodsonsays at gmail dot com ). WOW those classes sound cool!! Can’t wait to see what you make!

  6. I just finished my project for this month! I’m excited to link up and see what everyone else has been working on. I just asked to join the Facebook group too. =)

  7. […] Yeah, I can’t do all the things (like blog with any sort of regularity), but since this is really only one thing per month, I have a fighting chance. It’s called Try Something New Every Month or TSNEM. There’s a Facebook Group and everything guys! Here’s a bit of background on the challenge from Swoodson Says. […]

  8. […] It is Try Something New Every Month time! This month’s theme was painting – I initially wanted to play with watercolors but bumped into this clearance set of oil pastels and opened them up. I don’t remember using oil pastels before, in art class or at home, but I had aspirations of dreamy, blended colors. You can see more details about TSNEM 2016, and join in with us, in this post. […]

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