In the lead up to Christmas I suddenly felt the need to work on my wool felt applique sewing kit case. I'd had the kit since my birthday in October, and my mum wanted me to bring it Auckland so she would have another look at it. I thought it would be silly to bring the case, the felt and pattern separately, so I set about making it in the week before Christmas.
We had a very low key Christmas at home this year, so I wasn't stressing about preparing for visitors or cooking for Christmas Day. However, there was pressure to clear my sewing off the table tennis table so my kids could actually play table tennis for once. So quilting went away and hand sewing came out.
The case is covered with wool felt, appliqued by hand, with Perle 8 thread in a range of colours. The tiny dots are French knots.
The bag is covered in fabric (not plastic) so it was quite easy to attach the finished panel with whip stitch. The green felt goes right around the back and underneath too.
Here's the inside of the bag. It's a Yazzi.com bag with 8 zippered compartments.
There's a cute handle for carrying it too.
The pattern is designed by Wendy Williams of Material Obsession in Sydney and you can find it here.
So that was project number 9 off my list of embroidery projects for 2015. I've also finished number 1 (the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery sampler), and number 2 (the beaded Mill Hill ornaments). I'm actively working on numbers 4 (Celtic Snow) and 5 (Gingerbread Etui).
Just as well I've finished some things already because I need to add this beautiful Ehrman tapestry cushion to the list.
These were my Christmas stitching presents (selected with care by me!). The Gingerbread Needlework Shop was already on my list at number 8, and the stockings will slot in with other sundry small things in number 13.
I've not done tapestry before so it will be fun. I've got a frame already and I intend to use tent stitch (petit point). I did start a long stitch tapestry piece when I was about 15, but I lost interest because the threads didn't cover the canvas well enough for my liking.
I hope you've got something nice to work on over the Christmas / New Year period.