Monthly sewing update October 2018

Another month has passed, time is going so quickly! Here is an update of all the creative things I’ve done.  Not a lot this time, because I’ve been very busy with my research.

First of: I won a thing!

It is true! I participated in a contest on Deviantart run by the project educate group where the aim was to pitch a new community project. Here is the link to the contest description: pitch a project contest. My plan was for a big mental health community project and my pitch will explain best what the aim of the project is:

The name of this project is ‘colours in life mental health community project’. That name is chosen because it aims to bring more colours and cheer into people’s life by sharing colourfull art. For me, creating very colourfull art always helps to make me feel better so I want to share that trick with as many other people as possible. Participants will add their works in a new journal which will hopefully result in many different side streams of this project. In this way, this project becomes a grand share-a-long which will bring cheer in people’s life. Participants can talk about their struggles with mental health but don’t have to. 

The price is assistance to make the project work. I am overjoyed to have won it because I believe in this project and I want to make it work, but don’t know where to start If anybody reading this is also on Deviantart I would encourage you to participate! Here is a link to the project:

There’s a hashtag involved as well for both Deviantart and Instagram: #Coloursinlifeart. I’ll see if I can make this work on Instagram as well.

  • Does anybody have tips on how to do that?

The Kenyan quilt

This one is going great! It is going so great that I’ll be posting a big update next week. For now, it will suffice to show you pictures of the blocks I’ve finished so far:

I am not sure yet if they will be in the quilt in this form and with these fabrics though. I haven’t settled on a final design yet. However,  I am pleased with how the blocks are turning out so far.

Cross stitch hot air balloons

This is my cross stitch project for relaxing when I want nothing else on my mind except floss and colours. Have to admit that I don’t like it so far. The colours do not seem to match at all! But maybe it will look better when a bigger part is finished.

Hot air balloon cross stitch WIP
Hot air balloon cross stitch WIP

Kenya update

My research is going very well. I’ve spent the past weeks analysing the data I’ve gathered so far and assessing where the gaps in my data are. It turns out that I have to change the focus of my research from wildlife to livelihoods in conservation. It is very normal in this kind of fieldwork that you have to change your focus halfway through your study though, so I am not mad about that. The reality is never what you expect it will be from almost 10.000-kilometre distance. Now I have to keep working on my data and to hunt down new people to interview.

One of the people I've interviewed
One of the people I’ve interviewed

While doing my research there are also a lot of other projects I hope to find time and opportunities for. Such as making bags out of Kenyan fabrics, writing stories, give understandable recommendations based on scientific literature, give a guest lecture, some advocacy, getting to know Kenyans and Kenya and of course my own quilt. So there’s enough to do here. It is true that a new surrounding can give one new energy.

Although it is also tough to be in new surroundings. At times it is a struggle to get used to a new country and new ways of doing things without losing my good cheer. Everything is so different here from what I’ve used to. It makes me alternately super excited and happy because of all the new experiences, but it also makes me feel isolated sometimes because I don’t know what to do. That’s all part of the going abroad experience where it becomes very clear that the mind is a slow thing that struggles with anything that’s new. But if you give it time all will be well. I feel so much more home and on my feet here than a few weeks ago, so that is a good sign for the rest of my stay here. And luckily, most people are willing to help if I remember to ask them.

Which posts have I missed this month?

See my DeviantArt or Instagram (username: for more artwork and WIPs. You can also follow my blog by clicking on the button on the left or by filling in your email address. There will be a monthly update at the end of every month and a new blogpost every Sunday or Monday.


    1. Thank you for both! Also really loving where my creativity goes with the Kenyan quilt so far 😊. I have a plan to get good fabric and get all excited thinking about all the things I will be able to do with it!

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  1. Congrats on the win as well, it sounds like a great project! And wow, that cross stitch looks huge, I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished. Kenya sounds amazing and challenging, and I wish you all the good luck with your research project!

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