Sunday, December 30, 2007
A new set of winter stitchettes showed up to join their friends. I'm not sure which one I like best - the ice skater (who has teeny marshmallows in her cocoa) or the little shopper (her bag is a bit hidden). These were sewn near the beginning of the year, back when I was still trying to keep myself from being overwhelmed this Christmas. A plan like that only works if you stick to it. Oh well.
The perfect lap quilt for a little girl who's learning to read.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Next up is a chef's apron to match the two I made for Chris. There's a large patch pocket on the front with a loop for a kitchen towel. The fabric is a heavy twill.
What can you embroider for a ten year old boy? An alien, of course. Just a little reminder of Halloween this year. The pillow cover was bought at the thrift store for $.50. I drew an alien's head on it with a chalk pencil and split stitched away. The eyes are black, wool felt blanket stitched in place.
He seemed pretty happy with it all. It's kind of hard to compete with Santa when he brings a Wii for the family, though.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
And to round out the gift - Ellie sewed a pair of sachets to tuck into some beautiful shoes at the end of a long day.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Proof that I got the girls' lap quilts done in time to open on the big day and to use for movie watching that night:
More on the gifts we made in the coming days.
Friday, December 21, 2007
I also started to cut into the pile of wool sweaters that I thrifted ages ago. It's about time - sweaters take up an ENORMOUS amount of space. They went straight from the thrift shop into the washer and dryer on hot. Pretty cool how they come out so thick and felted. The mittens below are the sleeves of one of them. They make a cute decoration, but I need some serious work on my pattern drafting for these if I intend to make a pair that can actually be worn by someone other than lobsterboy. There's no room for the palm of the hand before you hit the wrist portion.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I edgestitched all of the pieces for him(I'll let him touch just about any tool other than my machine - not ready for that just yet) He fit them over the pipe cleaner and glued it all in place. Trixie's little, 2 year-old hand gives some good size perspective.
There are sketches for a whole series of these...
Monday, December 17, 2007
The vintage button is out of my stash. All of the wool felt is from the shop. Because the recipient just turned one, I blanket stitched the belt all the way around and the button has been sewn on more securely than I've ever sewn anything in my life. The pattern has some very cute goggles, but I skipped those. I have a feeling they'd be taken off and flung on the floor at every opportunity by a kid that young.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The Happy Pair(7x10)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
This has nothing to do with organization, it's just to make Angie smile after oral surgery. It's my go-to outfit for all holiday parties this year. I have to make sure I'm fashionably late though, so everyone can see the coat in all it's glory before I have to remove it. It belonged to my grandmother and has awesomely huge buttons covered in the same velvet. The collar is like a scarf that runs though a beautiful bound buttonhole on one side. The 3/4 sleeves show off C's grandmother's long black gloves. And to top the whole outfit - my new sequined Vera Bradley anniversary edition bag.
My face is not in the picture because I forgot to make sure my son was standing on a chair when taking the picture. Upward angle = many chins.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sorry about blinding you with the next photo. It's a detail of the stitching holding the strap on the back of the bag.
Go rub your eyes now.
This one was created to hold a learning toy of Ellie's that's forever laying out because it doesn't fit nicely in anything. The fabric is from the Building Blocks collection and I've now lost track of how many things I've sewn with these prints.
Yep, more twill tape on the front dividing the prints with some rubber stamping to embellish it. This was another use what I have project - right down to the interfacing which would not have been my first choice. It's a bit on the stiff side, but I didn't relish the idea of quilting a bag that might get trashed. A little too much effort for something that was intended to be a quick fix.