Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stitched by Hand

Hi Knitters,
I always laugh about the things I didn't think of before having four kids. Things like trying to keep groceries in the house, massive amounts of laundry, the number of forms you will be filling out (especially at the beginning of the school year) and the number of basic appointments you will be in charge of making, keeping track of and then taking the kids to. In the past few weeks I have had about a half-dozen doctor appointments and five dentist appointments.

All of this pain and suffering is far outweighed by everything positive having a larger family brings to our life. But still. I know this is magnified by the fact that I am not good at keeping a calendar. I'm just not. I try my best. I only messed up on one appointment this summer by showing up a little late and that's not too bad for me.

The point of this silly saga is that I started the hand-stitched head scarf kit from Purl to have a tiny project to tote along with me to some of these appointments last week. The instructions are in here: Alabama Stitch Book. I had so much fun with this little project that I am thinking about ordering this bag kit. I want it to have longer handles though. What do you think?
The knots are part of the design which I love. I always enjoy that handmade, not so perfect, element to anything I make or that someone else makes. The knots add such a richness and element of whimsy. After I stitched around the stenciled on pattern I had to start cutting away. This made me hesitate a little. Cutting is so permanent.
Guess what? I loved the cutting out part. I know it isn't perfect but who cares. I really got into it and discovered that this is one addicting project. I didn't want it to end and immediately started to think about what else I could make using the reverse applique technique.
I am sure you have already guessed who is now the owner of the head scarf. Um, yeah. I cut out the last applique and there she stood ready to put it on. Fantastic.

(We are making something for TC's fairy garden. We saved a stump from our tree removal last year. She is going to mosaic the top of the stump to make a little and colorful seat to place in her garden area. She sanded and primed the seat. Next she will place the tiles with mastic, then grout and seal. I'll keep you posted. TC is into it!)
TC absolutely LOVES the Alabama Stitch bandana. I mean truly loves.
Take it away little one. It's yours.
best, susie

14 comments:

paws said...

That turned out really cute!

Judi A. said...

I love the White/Black bag and that touch of red around the edges is perfect, but, yes, the straps definitely need to be longer. I always like to be able to put it up on my shoulder and still be able to reach inside without digging into my armpit! The scarf is neat and the smile of pleasure on the face of TC is priceless! :-)

Kekumukula said...

You posted such great, thoughts. I laughed at the "school forms," part. I'm a public school teacher by trade and now as one, I know how parents feel when it comes to that stuff.
Love how TC grabs whatever projects of yours to claim. Too cute. She's beautiful.

Julie said...

That scarf is lovely, as is the model! I'd definitely go with longer handles on the bag. What a neat technique!

Andrea said...

Very cute! And I agree with you. As much as I want my handmade items to look perfect, I also want them to still retain the handmade quality. Especially when I'll be giving it as a gift, I want the recipient to know that there was love put into every stitch.

Nickycarp said...

That scarf turned out so cute! I love hearing about TC's fairy garden...we did a little temporary one a few years ago...my DD2 would probably love such a project. Good luck to TC and can't wait to see the pics of the finished stool. (momofffour)

Suze said...

Oh wow. I might need to own that book now!

And I just LOVE how TC shares your creativity and wants to wear the things you make. I hope my children (they're 2 and 4 now) share the same things with me.

Anonymous said...

I purchased both bag kits from Purl and have no regrets. There is also a lovely book cover kit on Alabama Chanin's site that I have made and love. Go for it. The hand stitching is so easy and relaxing after a busy day.

Patricia said...

Love this technique and I have this book! I didn't even know you could order kits, too bad they are out of my price range! :( I'll have to figure out substitutions, the book has the patterns so it shouldn't be hard. I LOVE that skirt too! AHHH! So pretty!

RosalĂ­a said...

It's really pretty!

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

Oh, boy! I will have even MORE forms to fill out?!?! Right now I feel overwhelmed with all the forms for two very little ones, but more are to come . . . Ugh.

And, yes, definitely longer handles to the shopper bag. It simply must be able to hang over the shoulder.

Renae said...

I love your scarf. I have gotten both Alabama Chanin books and love every thing in them. Made a couple of dresses, couple of tops and working on an apron that I am brave enough to design myself.

Jenn said...

I love this project. I'm looking for cool gift ideas and this is certainly a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

Ally Johnston said...

It is lovely. I am so with you on keeping track of everyone's appointments. I did train mine to write things on a wall chart which worked so long as I remembered to look at it.