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Getting A Few Things Finished - Finally

Sometimes when I start a project I don't see a clear ending. These projects just get set aside until it's clear to me how they need to be completed. Here are 3 of those projects. The little brown tapestry bag here started out fine till I discovered I didn't have enough fabric to make the handle match. I was just sure I had 2 of these remnants. I didn't think I wanted a different fabric for the handle so I set it aside. Later I remembered this leather "look" fabric I had and wondered if it would make a good handle. I think it worked out well.



This jean jacket embellishment started out with the fabric pinned to the jacket and hung out on the dress form for about a month. Then I decided I wanted to do the front part all by hand. Crazy me I hate hand work. But it just seemed it needed to be done that way. I make my patterns for cutting my fabric with tracing paper. I place it over the garment and draw the shape and then refine when cutting the pattern out. It works real well. Since I plan on making several of these jackets I just tuck the tracing paper pattern away and can use it again.



This close up shows the stitching I did in the light blue area that is a "stab" at sashiko stitching. I also added some bead work to her hair.


Now this little bag had been on hold for almost a year. I started it with good intentions and just lost my momentum. It's all hand done. The ribbon and fringe beads were sewn on bit by bit and the fabric on the back of the purse is one section. The sides were hand dyed to match the ribbon. I like the way it turned out. It did take a long time, but worth the effort.


Now that all these ghosts are finished I can move on to my next fun thing. I've also finished my swaps for this month and will get those in the mail today. The themes were Christmas which were so much fun to do. It's not like I've completed all my UFOs I still have a quilt with no binding lurking up in the play room. Closing in on the UFOs is an never ending process. I'm going to try to start 2010 with the grand plan of only working on 2 large projects at a time. We'll see how that works out...

Still awaiting the Baby Lock Sashiko machine. They are on back order. Sure hope it gets here by the Holidays - what a present that will be. Gee Baby Lock how could you think that machine wouldn't be popular?

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