This coming weekend, I am going on my first Sewing Weekend Away with Kates Sewing Class girls.
Speaking to others who have been on the weekends before, it sounds like a lot of work but heaps of fun. We take our sewing machines and a list of supplies and Kate has organised a heap of sewing projects to make. I can't wait. Our theme this year is Halloween so for the Saturday night dinner, we need to dress up and supply a little gift that we can all swap around.
As this is my first weekend away, I was a litle unsure about the gift that had to be handmade (no food items). I thought long and hard about what to take and I decided anyone who likes to sew could always do with a Chair Caddie to hang next to them whilst watching TV and sewing.
|Chair Caddie with embroidery|
I found the shape of one from Pinterest and using plain homespun, quilted the main piece in diamonds. Then I wanted to do something special, so I downloaded some embroidery patterns from www.needlecrafters.com and shrunk them to the size I needed. My embroidery skills aren't great but I do think they came up quite nice with the matching blue edging.
Its true what they say - you learn something every day because initally I tried to bind using a normal strip of material.....big mistake - there was no way it was going to lay down flat so, thanks to google, I realised that I needed to use Bias Binding on curves and viola.....it worked :)
Hopefully the person who receives my gift will enjoy it as much as I did making it. Now I need to do one for myself!!!
|Small posy on centre pin cushion.|
|Bird on fountain|
|Bluebirds on branch|