Thursday, 11 November 2010
You may remember the Leaf Needlecases from a batch I made earlier in the year. They are adapted from a beautiful Japanese book called Kokoro No Te. I made my first one just after Christmas and then simplified it quite a bit to make a batch for the shop. They have sold well and were fun to make so I have made another batch of 7 and have even managed to simplify them further!
I just picked out some nice 'leafy' fabrics from my furnishing fabrics stash, and matched them with contrasting coloured felt from my bag of felt scraps. I just turned the edges of the fabric around to the wrong side and pressed them down, pinned the felt to the wrong side, and machined close to the edge all the way around, remembering to insert a folded loop of braid with the keyfob attached at the rounded end.
Here is a big tray of them. I sold my first one to a friend who visited at the weekend when I was making them, so hopefully that is a good sign they will be popular!
We are exhibiting at the Scottish Country Living Fair in Glasgow next week, and I am taking all my Bearpaw stuff and cushions. It will be a lot of work but here's hoping I need to make lots more leaves once it is over!