Hi kids! I’ve missed you, really I have, and I’ve been thinking of most of you (well, not you lurkers since I don’t know who you are) whilst playing in my garden. I think my vegetable plot and garden have become the most cared-for of “works in progress” around the Fish household. I will share a full-on garden-nerd post soon, but this post is really about getting you caught up on a few crafts I have managed to pull off…a little sewing in between the sowing, if you will…
When last we “W.I.P.”ed together I told you about the cloth napkin I was making for Guppy which was going to double as a doudou. I’m thrilled to say that it was a success with both Guppy, who loves it and uses it for sadness-free lunches at the school cafeteria, and also with the school’s auxiliary staff who are thankful it’s so easy to recognise and has her name embroidered on it (making noon-time napkin identification much easier for them!). The pink cotton side is from one of Guppy’s receiving blankets, and the cotton canvas fabric was a gift from a good friend, so lots of great lovey-vibes went into the making of this napkin.
This was my first embroidery project that was to get so much use, and I admit I was a wee bit concerned about it initially. It’s been washed loads of times so far, however, and has stood the test of abuse just fine. The only bit that’s been wonky is the, for lack of a better word, “slishy” blue floss I used for the poodle. I don’t think I’m going to be using this floss for anything in the near future as it just keeps slishing and sliding itself untied and I end up with a few sloppy stitches after the wash, but it seems to be fixed now.
The other project of interest was these little heart pins Guppy and I made for her teachers and the staff at her school :
Guppy picked the colours for the fabric and the embroidery floss, assembled the halves, and I did the stitching. I found these adorable checked wax-paper bags in my workshop – I wish so much I could remember where they came from because I want more! – and we put a giant heart-shaped vegan sugar cookie with lemon icing and heart sprinkles in each bag, delivered with each heart pin. They were the perfect fit, and made giving a sugar cookie a little more elegant, really. I mean, sugar cookies are classy, but that just added a little touch of professionalism to the deal.
Do you have any new W.I.P.s in the works? We would love to see what you’re up to! Snap a shot of your “in progress” masterpiece and add it to the W.I.P. Wednesday Flickr Pool. Whatever your works-in-progress, have a crafty week, and don’t forget to see what the other Wipsters are working on.