Sunday, October 30, 2011

Santa Bag In Progress

Two years ago, I made my daughter a SantaBag.  I had all the "ingredients" to make two-one for her, and one for myself.  As things go, I didn't get mine made that year.  I have started mine, finally, and will have it finished by Thanksgiving. (which, by the way, is coming up shortly)!  Can you believe it?  I misplaced September and October.

The SantaBag doesn't have a pattern.  It's just a box type bag with a zip top.  I've quilted red satin for the body, and it will be lined in red satin, also.  I have red and white candy-cane looking handles, and a couple pieces of  rhinestone bling for zipper pulls and key fobs.  It will be trimmed around the top with white fur, and will have white fur balls hanging from a satin ribbon, just like Santa's hat.  And, I have a tree ornament to hang on it also, which is my initial, done in silver and red, with rhinestones.  Today, I got the pieces quilted, and interfaced with Peltex.  I stacked three red buttons to use for feet, and have those sewn on.  I'll work it again tomorrow.  I'm thinking of Bunny as I'm sewing, because she makes some beautiful bags, and I think she's going to making some for holiday gifts this year.


Of course, I can't pass up a pattern on sale at Jos.  I was there a few days ago, and got a few Vogue patterns, and one McCall.  I have plans for V8624, a cute cocoon type jacket.  I bought a black/white rayon print for it.



A couple of weeks ago, I took a workshop at Needlework & Textile Guild of Michigan.  There's a workshop every month, and I attend all that I possibly can.  This workshop was "Nuno Felting" a silk scarf.  Basically, you layer wool roving, and ribbons, sequins, silk bits, etc. onto a silk scarf.  Cover with a thin gauze, wet with water and soap solution, make a jelly roll of it with bubble wrap, and roll the entire thing back and forth, felting the wool into the silk.  Fiber artists out there will know exactly how this process is done.  Here's my finished scarf.  It was laborious to say the least!



Knitting.  I finished this ruffley scarf.  It's made from Sashay by RedHeart.  The yarn is a mesh-type fiber, with silver metallic on the edge.  It's a no-brainer to knit-a good project to take along to knit when you're waiting for whatever.  Or whomever.  I have about 6 more skeins of this stuff to knit.



There was a big hoo-hah in the knitting community over KateMiddleton's knitted shawl that she was spotted wearing while grocery shopping.  It was all over Ravelry.  I downloaded a few patterns, and did some samples of the stitches used.  Then, Claire posted about the Kate shawl she was making, called "Ubiquitous Kate".  I found that free pattern at Ravelry also, and made a swatch of the stitch pattern.  Decided I liked it and ordered yarn from KnitPicks.  I'm using Gloss fingering yarn, in scarlet.  Gotta say I'm totally enjoying knitting this shawl.

I think that catches up what I'm doing creatively.  This week is not so busy for me as the last two, so I hope to get my SantaBag finished and maybe start on a jacket.  To those of you who got the surprise snow, I hope you had yourselves a nice sewing snow day!

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Bunny said...

Wow, you've been one busy woman! Love everything you've show here, particularly the scarves. The nano felting is fabulous. I've always wanted to try that. That mesh scarf is quite special as well. And one more thing, your quilting on the red satin is just perfection. This bag will be so cute. I like the idea of your three button feet.

Sharon said...

Wow, have you ever been busy! I love that Nuno Felting scarf! Way too time consuming for me, but absolutely gorgeous! Funny thing, I seem to have misplaced September and October also :-)

Lori said...

You have been busy, I love the two scarves, just gorgeous.

Irene said...

Can't wait to see your Santa bag! Looks intriguing. I went gaga over those ruffly knitted scarves at the Creative Festival in Toronto. My sister does knit, so I bought her a skein (is that what you call it?) of something similar to yours. That'll be her Christmas present. She'll have to work to make it wearable!

Anna Christina said...

So excited about your Santa Bag. Can't wait to see the finished product!

shams said...

You have been very busy, Gwen! I'm glad to hear it! :) I very well remember the Santa bag you made for your daughter. In fact, I was so inspired that I tracked down the same handles for myself. They sit in a box, but one day I will make my own Santa purse. :D

Karin said...

What a lot of projects! I am looking forward to seeing your Santa Bag and your Kate shawl.

MushyWear said...

Both scarves are beautiful. Your Santa bag is going to be so cute and fun to have for the holidays. You've been busy. Can't wait to see your shawl.

sewing spots said...

Your "nuno felting" scarf is lovely and worth the effort! I love the other one, too. What is a Santa bag though? It sounds intriguing.

Linda T said...

I remember the Santa bag. Soooo cute! I'm lovin those scarves. You have been a busy lady!

vernonfashionstudio said...

I love the scarves! I too remember the Santa Bag from a couple years ago and look forward to seeing this one. I was just thinking about American Thanksgiving today. I usually have a big dinner with my Canadian family at some point during the Thanksgiving weekend but not so sure it will happen this year. Short on time and money.

Linda T

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