So I had scraps leftover from making the skirt and I made a matching purse. It is a prototype. I'll make a better one when I get back, but it is not bad for making the pattern in my head, it even has a pocket.
The vertical blinds were too frustrating for me to use, old and sticky. So, Mike and I picked out this fabric and got to work. After a bit of fussing and folding and calling Stacey we have our new curtains. Just right for our living room.
I bought these great fabrics at Crafty Planet and embroidered the panels after I pinned them. Between prepping the fabric, cutting, embroidering and understanding the pattern language it took me one week. Not too bad.
I just love the spider and the bird and I had so much fun embroidering accents on them. I got this pattern and my limited sewing nohow from this great book, S.E.W. Sew Everything Workshop, it has 10 patterns, 25 designs, and is written like a dummy guide, telling me everything I needed to know in order to read patterns, pick the right fabric, and and cut patterns, things I am supposed to remember from 1 term of family & consumer science class in 7th grade.
I couldn't have done it without Stacy explaining fabric 101 to me and Mike for his ability to read a pattern and see it in his mind. You guyz rock!
Next up on my list is a matching purse made with the fabric I made the waistband with and some rocking curtains for our front windows. After that it is time to paint the house and hit the garden for a bit. 51 academic days till I break!