Monday, October 14, 2013

She's Boooo tiful!

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
~William Blake
As I think of the blessings in my life, near the very top of the list are my precious friends.  Some of you follow my little blog, and if you are reading this you probably know how dear you are to me. I cannot imagine this life without you.
                            My granddaughters are certainly up there on my list of blessings, and 2 of them are getting this T-shirt that tells the world that they are Bootiful.  This particular shirt was a little bit of a struggle;  I ran out of orange thread while stitching the chevron B, but thankfully had a very close spool to substitute.  I neglected to change the satin stitch to a step stitch when I enlarged the design, and the top of the L struggled to get stitched out.  I used a fusible woven interfacing behind the B to keep the black from showing through to the white, but  should have used a stabilizer with a fusible backing on such a large applique.  But the end result is acceptable, and I know the little girlies will enjoy wearing them. 
The design is from last year, but I believe it is from Embroitique.


These next little boy t-shirts are done by my friend that I miss so much.  The spider webs are from Embrotique, and her applique fonts are from Five Star Fonts.  She does the cutest little zipper bags for her grandchildren, and I like to think about the treasures that will be zipped into them through the years.  I have got to get busy and do some for the girls! 
    So the next time I see a spider web (and they seem to be plentiful this fall) I will not back away!  I am going to see it as a home, I will try to think of Charlotte,  I will try to appreciate its beauty, and I will think of my friends!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Have a SEW HAPPY Birthday!

She watched and taught the girls
 that sang at their embroidery frames
 while the great silk flowers
 grew from their needles. 
         ~Louise Jordan Miln,
         The Feast of Lanterns

Perhaps the little girls weren't exactly
singing at their sewing machines, 
but we did have a really 
good time sewing together!

Little Lauren's grandmother called the store asking
about a sewing party.  It sounded like fun to me, so 
agreed to do a little project for 7 girls who were 11
years old.  
I enlisted Issa's help with the project.  She had no difficulty sewing together the little owl wristlet.  After drawing out an owl, I cut the various parts in colorful felt, then step by step had them assemble it.  Issa had no difficulty at 8 years old, but then, as she informed me, she is an "experienced sewer". 

So now little Lauren is 11; 6 of her favorite friends have matching owl wristlets that can hold change, hand sanitizer. a key or a special treasure, and a good time was had by all!