The latest swap I participated in was organised by the lovely Anorina from Samelia’s Mum. You had to be part of the Instagram community and you were to gift your secret swap partner with a needle book. You were encouraged to post a collage of images to provide your partner with ideas and inspiration. She also mentioned she had a Pinterest account so I was able to stalk her boards and gauge her interests [smocking amongst others]. This is what my partner posted.
After ‘researching’ ideas I was keen to include the weave technique – somehow. It then struck me to make a book in the shape of an ironing board – the weave would be the ironing board ‘cover’. I combined reds/burgundy’s and neutrals, cut, ironed and weaved strips of fabric. I included pockets for buttons, scissors and felt pages for needles. I also include a magnet which would catch pins mid-stitching.
the middle panel is a magnet – I painted Faye’s instagram handle @mysewbusylife
I bought a miniature iron at the recent Miniature and Dolls’ House Show which I knew I was going to add to my needle book to secure it closed. I created the cord with a macrame knot,
I made a few extras:
a mug rug, with a [hexie] spot for the cup and one for the cake
a miniature smocked dress
a felt bird
and my signature [yellow owl] notecards with upcycled [yellow flower themed] envelopes.
and purchased a few extra:
cross stitch kit
Here is the complete package – it evolved to shades reds, oranges and yellows. I recycled sewing patterns to wrap the goodies.
I heard back – that Faye loved my little package.
Stay tuned my next post – I will share what I received from my talented and very generous partner.