I’ve finally got round to finishing the third pattern I’d down-loaded from Faby Reilly’s Lavender range. I stitched the card and the lavender bag for my mum for Mother’s Day, I was planning to make the sachet, together with a padded coathanger to give to her for her birthday just a few days later, but time ran away with itself.
These designs have been lovely to stitch, there’s several different stitches in the pattern such as eyelet stitch and lots of french knots to give a bit of texture on the flowers. On the back of the sachet there is a simple pattern of eyelet stitches. It’s meant to have a few beads as well but having had a big sort out of my bead box, I couldn’t find the silvery ones I’d used before and all the others I tried just didn’t work. They may be hiding somewhere in my sewing room, if I find them in time I might try and stitch them on.
I’m still not sure how I’ve managed to accumulate such a huge collection of beads, seen as I’ve only done the occasional bead course and not particularly carried it on at home. I can only think my mum has destashed her beads to me!! Anyway, with this kind of project it comes in very useful; I added some blue/purple seed beads whilst I was whip-stitching the sides together. A bigger one was used for the corners and I found some lavender coloured beads for the hanging thread, I used a pattern of five lavender beads then one of the darker ones I’d used for the sides.
I wanted a dangly bit on the end so I payed around with a silver leaf charm and a flower bead and with the help of a few more seed beads and a pearly one, I made quite a nice dangly bit!
I stuffed it gently with a bit of toy stuffing and then added a generous amount of dried lavender.
All I’ve got to do now is make the padded coat-hanger, I’m thinking of using the ivory and silver quilting cotton to cover it.
I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been hand-stitching this week.