Back in February 2013 I began work on Hand Stitching Bags and Accessories for my shop. I fell particularly hard for this purple, orange and green combination and decided to keep it for my own!
It didn't take long to finish the Stitching Kit and I hung it on the door in my Expanded Sewing Room waiting for hand stitching inspiration to strike. And there it hung...
Then in June 2013 an idea for a Collapsible Craft Container began to take shape in my mind. After completing my prototype and being very happy with the result, I set about to make a Collapsible Craft Container to use as a thread catcher in my Hand Stitching Kit.
Ah...more purple, orange and green love!
Then in July I began to "doodle" on a piece of scrap paper. My "doodle" became a full fledged design that I scanned into my computer and printed onto a piece of light gray cotton. Finally! Something to hand stitch. But, could I do it?
Several years ago when my Essential Tremor became worse I gave away the last of my embroidery and cross stitch supplies. I didn't think I would EVER be able to do hand stitching again. But, I have discovered that my ability to stitch comes in tiny "steady hands" chunks of time. Five minutes here, 10 minutes there. I can't do much at any one time...maybe four inches? But I CAN still hand stitch...just differently!
I decided to use my "doodle" design as the centerpiece of a throw pillow. I went to the store and purchased the appropriately colored embroidery floss to match a charm pack of "Happy-go-lucky" fabric, which would make up the pieced portion of my pillow cover. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut out some embroidery floss cards to hold my thread.
I then found a small plastic sleeve (it once held a fold up embrella) to hold the floss inside of my Stitching Kit.
Last evening I spent a few minutes with my Stitching Kit and completed about 4 inches on my project. I have to say, the kit worked wonderfully. Everything I needed was right at my hand and it was easy to set up and get started and easy to put it all away when I finished. Hopefully today I will have another chunk of time to do a bit more stitching.
If I do, I know my Stitching Kit will be ready and waiting for me!
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