As part of my attempt to organize my various craft activities, I found a bag of finished cross stitched items from my many years of addiction to that activity. Rediscovering these two birds, I knew just who I should give them to.
The bottom panel denim fabric (Robert Kaufman) as well as the interior (Cloud 9) came from a newly discovered store, Pintuck & Purl in Exeter NH where there might have been some more impulse fabric acquisitions that I will share in another post! I had a lovely chat with Maggie and look forward to visiting often.
This is the first time I have applied leather straps to a bag. I love the look and the leather was quite easy to sew through. Also this is the first time using Annie's Soft and Stable as a stabilizer. I was a little nervous when the package arrived as to whether it would be difficult to work with but it turned out to be uneventful (even despite the fact I forgot to change the needle size on the sewing machine) and the sturdiness it gives the bag is amazing.
She was surprised to get this "just because" gift. It's only a bag but it is filled with love for this very special woman. Love you Ann Marie!
Absolutely geourgeous work!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful bag, and a labor of love. I love Soft and Stable and wouldn't make a bag without it. I know your SIL will love and cherish this work of art!ReplyDelete
These "just because" gifts are a true gift from the heart. You have done a wonderful job!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful gift, You SIL is going to cherish this bag. Love the cross stitch birds on the side...such a special touch.ReplyDelete
What a great way to use these cross stitch pieces. (I have a few of these myself!) They work perfectly here. I know your SIL will cherish this bag.ReplyDelete
That's a gorgeous bag, very special!ReplyDelete
I love how you incorporated your older projects into this beautiful finish.ReplyDelete
OH I love Maggie! Where did you get the leather, it looks very soft.ReplyDelete
Kathy - the bag is beautiful - I'm sure Ann Marie loves it!ReplyDelete