I am talking about the Strawberry Pincushion Swap.
We had two weeks from the time we were assigned our partners until the mail out day, which was today. I started working right away, playing around with some ideas I had been thinking about. As of Tuesday afternoon, this is what I had put together...
The redwork piece is a pattern from Bird Brain Designs. I made this same piece awhile back for Sharon. It needs to be stuffed, but it's kinda big...about 5 x 7 inches. The wool pink strawberry with the little one is a gift I received several years back. I have never used it, but it has always been on my shelf of favorite things. I thought, what is more perfect than this! Then, I used a bit of Briar Rose fabric with strawberries to make the round gathered basket. The tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar can be found here. Quick and easy to make! And, of course, strawberries...lots of strawberries.
I was thinking that this was a nice package to send my partner. But, then I began to think that this package was too 'cutsie'. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to do more than cute. Ya know?
While browsing Sharon's blog, I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. Seriously! I was so inspired by it...and this is what came of that inspiration!
The strawberry is stitched with linen floss on linen fabric, bordered top and bottom by a polka dot fabric. It measures about 2.5 x 3.5 inches. The bitty strawberry - about 1" - is made with the same polka dot fabric, has linen leaves stitched down with linen floss, topped with an antique button. It is tied to the pinkeep with linen thread.
I made something else that I think is kind of special. See the dog stitchery with the bone in the corner? She has a Corgi named Taggart...she calls him Tag. Is that fun, or what?
I am now feeling pretty good about this package I put together for my partner. And, it did get mailed today...~whew~!
Now, on to other projects that are patiently awaiting my attention.
I hope you have a great weekend.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11