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.


Quilt Kitty said...

That is a wonderful idea & so pretty too. Talk about making the best of a bad situation. Good luck to you & hubby through his treatment. Tracee xx

Ramona said...

This is precious and brilliant. (I saw this posted on Facebook by Aurifill.)
May God bless you and your husband in the coming months.

sherry said...

a very cool idea to help you survive a very difficult situation...hope my for the the upcoming chemo that it goes well..

Anonymous said...

What a pretty, and practical, sewing tool. I hope using it will bring some comfort to you during the next few months. Best wishes for a good outcome for yoor husband.

moollin said...

That is just wonderful and what a great Idea.
It's just sooo sweet.
Best wishes to you and your husband.

Diana and LaDonna said...

You've made something beautiful that will help ease your time with your husband. Not only pleasing to the eye, but extremely functionable. It will probably start a lot of conversations which will also help pass the waiting time. Thoughts and prayers to you and your husband.


Sharon B said...

SEW BEAUTIFUL - did you make your own pattern?

Sylvia said...

No pattern yet but there will be one.