Friday, August 1, 2008

Labour of Love

There's something very special about a group of friends with similar interests stitching a project together.

Usually when Janelle flys over from Perth we get together with our other partner in crime craft Katherine and find a project we can do in a few nights together.

These are a few examples we've worked on over the past few years

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These gorgeous girls by Amanda Brooke are from a Homespun Magazine back in 2005. They were a lot of fun to make and my wee girl loves hers.

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Then some quick and fun headbands by Heather Bailey.

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Janelle led Katherine and I through how to make a small bag from one of her own designs. This was so much fun that Katherine and I have gone on to make a few more bags since then.


This last visit we set ourselves a big challenge. Katherine was given a gorgeous hand made sewing box by her boss when she was living in the UK, we've all admired it and thought how lovely it would be to make one each for our daughters and fill it with lot's of sewing bits and pieces.

We located some Etui sewing box kits by Dilys Fronks on a website in the UK Cotton Patch. It came with all the cardboard pieces to create the fabric covered box. Little did we know what we were letting ourselves in for. Fabric was chosen out of the stash and we began......what seems like litres of PVA glue, head scratching instructions, very sore fingers from all the tiny hand stitching.......I am finished.

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Boy oh boy, I won't be doing that again in a hurry! It does look gorgeous and I hope the little princess will treasure it always, there was a lot of blood, sweat and sticky fingers that went into making it.

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Until next time here's a little sneak peek at what I'm working on at the moment....

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6 comments:

Janellybelly said...

Hi smiley
Great blog post, I must learn how to centre my photos! The sewing box is beautiful, its lovely to see all the things we have made (or are still UFO's for me!) together in one place.
Luv Ya
Janelly

elliebelle said...

That sewing box is gorgeous! I'm impressed!

Tania - Jet Designs said...

Hi girls - Congrats on your blog - looks great ,and what a wonderful and well excuted sewing box!!

Nikki said...

Wow, that sewing box is a project and a half, isn't it??!! Impressed that you stuck with it!!!

Lovely to see friends crafting together... even if you live on opposite ends of the continent!!!

Anonymous said...

OK, you've inspired me to get out and work on the sewing box despite the thumbs... it will bw worth it. Must finish those dolls some time...

lerthomas said...

Wow that soing box is certainly inspirational. Keep up the great work
luv jen