Every Stitch I Make

Every stitch I Make

not just one stitch thousands of them – – – – – – little tiny things

Every sock monkey I make is a lots of hand sewing call it the creative bit a part of me. love to hand sew takes me a while and have been known to undo the stitches if not happy. Lost count of the amount of times I pricked my finger. Trying to be careful not to get blood on my monkeys ouch!  Looking at my work and looking again is it right do them eyes look level did I do that stitch the same? You know it didn’t matter I didn’t want them the same. All my monkeys are unique and special.

So Every stitch I make is not the same. Every days not the same creative people can’t always turn on the tap of creativeness or other things get in the way. As well as the fingers the head has to be in gear to. Don’t worry I won’t cut my ear off but can be very frustrating at times. I try to make what people want put my heart and sole into what I make. crafty people will say the same every stitch or craft nearer to that perfect creation.

Some do it for the fun just because they can and love sewing. Satisfaction of making your very first item. Then you have the dedicated sewers who make the most wonderful items I bow in admiration. I love creative people   This includes anyone who can paint,draw,knit,crochet,sew etc … truly blessed with amazing talents. Done lots of things my self love to draw but except for a few doodles these day don’t do a lot only making my sock monkeys.

I always encourage people to try and make a sock monkey them selves. Often get asked how to make them. The basics are easy making it your own is another thing. When they ask I guide them to look at the many tutorials on you tube. How I learned to make one at the very beginning long time ago. Who would have thought I would make and sell them.

so many different stitches you can do !  Machine sewing has taken on a new world of sewing . Embroidery machines that do intricate patterns and words. will say I don’t like sewing machines but they do a strong stitch. So my monkeys are part made on my simple janome sewing machine . She can play up a bit but works fine most of the time.

My sewing machine

Stitch in time saves nine. Also a lot quicker on the machine hand stitching takes forever. I made sock man he had whiskers on his chin each one sewn by hand. Now I am seeing ladies sewing sequins on beautiful dresses the time that must have took or takes to do. Satisfaction when completing second to none (you missed one). That one stitch that can save many +

I read about a lady so busy sewing she swallowed a pin. ( ooooo nasty) caused no end of problems so be careful don’t put pins in your mouth. Also try keeping your back straight so you don’t stoop in later life. Don’t sew in the dark your stitches work out wonky ~~~ haha. Threading the needle can be tricky ! Why are the eye holes so small. Wearing glasses when you get older for seeing your work can be frustrating when you can’t see and realise you haven’t got them. So valuable sewing time is taken up looking for them so check you have everything before you start! Like I don’t. The amount of time I waist going up and down stairs because I forgot something when doing sewing down stairs. Then dropping them going back up when it’s bed time. Having to search for pins on the floor Leaving the scissors in bed ? isn’t a good idea ether ( guilty). Tales of people getting needle stuck in there fingers when sewing on machine frightening ( Arhhhhh). Sounds dangerous this stitching business.✂️

makeing things some don’t work out some do. Not sure how long I can carry on stitching ? But I love it 😊

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I will put some connections on to tutorials and stitchie things so please keep looking welcome to comment 😊

Heres another blog I wrote has a video of how to make an original sock monkey 😊

Making Sock Monkeys

Back to it then Sunnyteddy

Back to it then !

I have been unwell and it really crushed my motivation .But feeling better so back to the monkey business 🐵

So much I want to do these things  just get in the way ! Got some lovely orders from my monkey fans. Bit of a sale on my Folksy shop just enter code Mon20 get 20% off . So here we are all going on doesn’t take long to get back into action. Sorry this sale now ended !

I am hoping to sell my monkeys on here.So my blogs and monkeys are all together. I have made hundreds of monkeys now and I think they are the best I can make them. I try to perfect them always turn out a little different. I cut the felt eyes out by hand and the mouths embroidered on . Make it so difficult for my self sometimes with all the hand sewing but it makes my monkeys unique.

Sewing by hand

I bought a sewing machine over a year ago, I think can’t remember when it was ! A Janome before that My monkeys was all hand sewn . This week on Tuesday got back into my stride and the machine kept coming unthreaded and just wouldn’t play nice. I have neglected it for a few weeks so it’s my own fault. Went on my group on Facebook sewing in the uk and some lovely ladies was quick to give me advice on what to do phewwww . Think it needs a good clean been gathering dust, Normally it works quite well. Good job don’t think I can buy a new one at the moment having all this time off 😪 My monkey doodle was trying to help ?

Doodle trying to help

I have decided that my time is precious, must start getting organised even if it means a few hours sewing at a time . Time for cleaning ,cooking, and of corse looking after my grandson Joe. All got to fit into my day! Also have some decorating that needs attention.

I sometimes think My head will burst so many ideas ! I have to write everything down or I forget .. blonde moment haha . So best foot forward and all that !  I will make a go of this if it kills me . My hubby says we are going on holiday this year haven’t been away for a few years so something to look forward to .So best get making them monkeys thanks for reading your welcome to comment any feedback .I promise to Start telling you something interesting soon when I think of it 😊 Julie