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Here's a new batch of pincushions and tuffets that I'll be adding to the shop in the next few days. As you can see, I've had mosaics and quilting on my mind so I guess that's where the inspiration came from :D
This is a close-up of the one that started this theme; I'm really liking the square shape for a change. The red leaves are from two Autumn Blaze maples in our front yard that are just gorgeous right now - they are very appropriately named!
I'll be donating 50% of all sales from my shop through October 10th to Noah's Wish a non-profit organization that is helping to rescue and take care of the many animals and pets that were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I can't imagine being separated from any of our sweet animals in such a disaster so hopefully we'll be able to bring a little furry sunshine back into someone's life. I'll be adding some more pincushions soon too :)
I've been wanting to tackle this bag for quite awhile now. It was inspired by a picture in a Japanese craft book (of course!). My variation is crocheted, not knitted, and the construction is my design as I didn't feel like figuring out the Japanese. It's about 10" tall and 8" wide and completely lined. I wove ribbon through the body of the crocheted part of the bag; it's the same ribbon used for the loops. I received the great floral fabric in a trade with Katey and I absolutely love it!
My sweet girl is modeling it here for me so you can get an idea of the size. I had intended to do an enclosed drawstring but got too far ahead of myself in the sewing and had to make a change at the last minute. Sometimes that kind of thing works out for the best and I think I like it better this way :) This bag is my test run - I'm hoping to get some similar bags in the shop for Christmas.
This is the book and picture that was my inspiration. (ISBN4-579-10981-3) I'm in the process of scanning all my Japanese craft books and will put them in an album over at Flickr.
Well, it's finally happened! I put up some new pincushions in the shop :) My eyes are sore today. I've noticed that I need to wear my reading glasses more and more lately. I'd like to put it off to eye strain but I have a feeling that it's my age showing.
For lack of a better name, I call this one Baubles. The little puffs are covered in opalescent seed beads.
This is Middle Earth. I had a lot of fun with this style. You can see a close-up of the embroidery on the side in the shop.
This is a variation on the Rings one I did before. The color is so pretty, kind of a dusty pale red, I call it watermelon.
Here is another Bed of Roses but in a yellow version.
Middle Earth version 2. The embroidery around the side are the tree roots. Again, there's a close-up of the stitching in the shop.
Rings version with a variety of different colored dots.
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