Sunday, August 30, 2015

More small things; August 2015

Last weekend I made a pincushion from a couple of leftover friendship star blocks, a needlebook from some Laurel Burch cat fabric and a mug bag from a pretty lavender print. Time to get back to the bigger projects soon though. Ive had a good bit of fun putting these small things together.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Needlebooks using Vintage Doileys; August 2015

I've had a lot of fun making these sweet little needlebooks as gifts for my lovely friends. I used old and stained doileys and cut out clean embroidered bits, using them on the front of the needlebook. The hand-crocheted edgings were too beautiful to waste so I stitched them across the front of the embroidery. I chose a tiny taupe print for Loretta's (at the top), knowing she likes those little flower prints. As the white background did not really go with the taupe, I tea-dyed the  embroidery and I think it worked well. I enjoyed doing these so much I'm going to do some more.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More Mugbags: August 2015

Recently The Yarnspinners asked me to workshop the little mugbags that I use so frequently as gifts. To do this I prepared each step in progression to demonstrate how to proceed. This involved cutting out 4 mugbags which would later need sewing up. So...........last week after the workshop I sewed all the mugbags up! We can't have them hanging about unfinished can we? And a pretty little bunch they turned out to be. I love doing them because they are very quick and easy and you can use those pretty little pieces you have left over from other projects. It's fun making the lining coordinate and more fun choosing fabric to match the mugs you have. Here is the latest batch.

That red one has no mug or drawstring yet but the fabric was a beautiful oriental that I had left over from some other project.