Friday, June 29, 2012

Humming Birdie Pattern

I am so excited! The pattern for The Humming Birdie is now ready to order! Traci Marvel and David Boggs just finished designing the cover and I can't believe how much I love it!

Humming Birdie is the last of the Birdie Table series. Woolin Rouge created one for each season. Seeing how others use our patterns is always so exciting. If you have made any of the Woolin Rouge Designs please send me pictures. I will put them up on the Blog and Bigfork Bay Cotton Co will put them up on their Blog and Facebook as well.

Creating this design with Traci was so much fun. This is Traci's favorite so far. I just can't pick a favorite!.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Wool Chatelaine

I have been spending a lot of time sitting in uncomfortable chairs, with no place to put anything, lately because of my husbands cancer. One of the most irritating aspects of my uncomfortable surrounds it that it is so difficult to sew. I have no place to set my things like scissors, thread, thread scraps, pin cushion..... SO.... I have racked my brain for a way to make my next six months of supporting my husband more comfortable on my part. I came up with this Chatelaine.
The little envelope on the right is for my thread snips. The two bags are for Aurifil thread (tall bag) or Vandani thread (short bag). The round tool at the top is for pins, which are inserted around the outside between two sides. Needles are nestled inside the tiny book. The scissor holder is the one with the flap. The three piece tool opens when pinched on the two points for things like thimbles, and the odd tool at the top is a bobbin to hold thread.

Each piece can be easily removed if not needed. Some are held on by magnetic clasps and others with lobster claws.
I rarely use more than one kind of thread at a time so I will probably only have one thread pouch on at a time.

When making these I had no idea what I was doing. The first thing I did was cut circles out of tiny scraps of wool I had left over from other projects. No need to draw, just cut. Same with the leaves. When I had a large enough pile of "flowers" I started sewing them on. Each tool was designed as I thought of what I needed. Plastic circles from lids were used for stability in anything round.

Although I am not excited at all about the next Chemo treatment, I am excited that for 4 to 6 hours I will have all I need to be content right at my fingertips.