I thinks it’s far enough past Christmas that I can show some of the gifts I’ve made for friends and family this year. Of course, there are a few people who’ve been away that I haven’t been able to get together with so some pictures will have to wait. In the meantime, here are two.
I made this pillow for my mother in law. They love Christmas at their house and I thought a nice pillow would fit in well.
I found the pattern free on line and I believe it was a Crabapple Hill pattern but I can’t find my source. The ornament was embroidered first and then appliqued to the background. And then the background was embroidered. The pattern called for the rickrack and it makes the pillow, don’t you think?!
I was really in the mood to embroider after both of my surgeries this fall so this was the perfect project. I also embroidered a pillow for my sister, but I forgot to take a picture and will try and get her to take one.
For Vivienne this Christmas, I decided to make the Dumpling Bag. This was a free pattern from Knitting Daily. I like Knitting Daily but they have evolved from mostly informational daily emails to just trying to sell you stuff. Occasionally they offer a good tutorial and a free pattern or two. This was one of them.
This is a felted bag and I used Cascade wool. I bought the yarn up at Close Knit on Alberta and they were very helpful. They had made the bag as a store sample and found that if you embroidered it before felting it like the pattern called for, the embroidery didn’t show up very well. They recommended waiting until afterwards so you could really see the embroidery. I went with their suggestion and was happy with the results. It’s a funny little bag and I know with felting you have to take what you get, but I wish the opening had been a bit bigger. I think it will be good for holding a yarn project or maybe going out somewhere special. Loved the variegated brown yarn.
More to come……………….