I had bought the "non-Christmas" book by the same author at the Quilt Festival a few months back. Now they can be friends!
I attempted to make the slippers from the first book and they were so small (despite apparently being for up to size 41 feet and I am a 39/40) I actually only made one! Anyone know any one-footed dwarves out there? Now this made me cross because I had cut into a gorgeous new piece of Pop Garden fabric to make them, too.
The books are by Tone Finnegar, I think she is Norwegian, and are part of the very popular "Tilda" range, cute items made in cute Tilda fabrics/papers/ribbons. There is a whole group on Flickr devoted to Tilda if you fancy a look. The projects in the books are sorted into categories by room, ie. hobby room, children's room, kitchen. These books make fantastic eye candy...
So, yesterday, I decided to have a go at a project out of the Christmas Homestyle book because a lot of the projects are not actually dedicated to Christmas. First up, this babushka...
Hmm, quite pleased with the babushka, a fun little project that didn't take very long and which can be made from scraps. If I have a spare ten minutes, I might pretty her up a bit more with some beads on her flower. The Munchkin thinks she's very cool and wants to make one. It is of course, a completely useless object!
Next, on a roll, I decided to try the bag from the Christmas Homestyle book. Aaaarrggghhh!!! Big mistake. The instructions were dreadful and the pattern pieces (which you have to trace from the back of the book) didn't seem to meet up very well. The box corners did not meet at all and when I turned the bag through, the lining was far too big and all baggy inside. So, after much fiddling, I completed it and I have to say, I am really pleased with the way it has turned out but it was not an enjoyable project and will need lots of tinkering with the pattern before I contemplate making it again.
I added a vintage brooch, one of my faves, which my mum found for me. Clever girl!
Today, I must have been feeling brave because I decided to tackle another project, this time from the original "Sew Pretty Homestyle" book. Again, the instructions were not brilliant (maybe I'm just thick!), perhaps something gets lost in translation, but it was a pretty easy project once I sussed them out. Tomorrow, I start my new adult education course and so I thought I could use this bag to take my supplies with me. The handles are vintage; I found three old bags with similar wooden handles in a charity shop in Bridport and this is the first project for which I've used them. These were originally paired with hideous fabric but I am loving this new Cath K take on it. Can you guess what I'll be doing?
I'm very excited about it! More of that tomorrow...