Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind, and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
~W.B. Yeats

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams...

~W.B. Yeats

Monday, October 31, 2011

the gift...

I signed up with my guild to make a Christmas gift for someone. Of course, my luck drew the name of THE most challenging, talented, knowledgeable woman in the group...of course.
So I knew I must make something extra wonderful.

I thought and thought and thought and thought some more!

OK. I'll make a tote bag. Everyone loves tote bags!
And they are USEFUL. I like things that serve a purpose.
(Its my practical nature)

I went to the fabric store and chose the fabric. Its so lovely.

Then I snapped a photo of the fabric, put it in my designers program and then spent many, many hours redoing my picture. Because of course, it PIXELED it. And I was not about to stitch "confetti."

I found some red Lugana 25 ct. to match the background of the fabric and stitched my design on it. I liked how it turned out.

Then I finally had to put the tote bag together.
Oh dear...

I've never stitched one of them before.
So I procrastinated until nearly the last minute.

It was a lined one, to make matters even worse (and it did not say "EASY" on the pattern. Plus I changed the shape of it, too.

Now, I'm NOT a very experienced seamstress.
Fact, I should have really had someone else do it.

But I did it.
Definitely learned some things while doing it.
(not how to avoid having a pucker here or there, though) sigh lol
I wonder if I should place an apology note in the bottom of it....

But its finished!


Milly~ said...

It's gorgeous Narita!! Look forward to seeing you soon.

Unknown said...

So I am the humble receipent of this beautiful tote bag. I am wowed by Norita's work and I will treasure my tote bag forever. I am currently using it as my computer bag, but I will also use it as a project tote.

RIA said...

You don't have to apologize to anyone for that tote bag, Narita! We all thought it was one of the best presents in the group, and E. loves it. I cannot imagine putting in all those hours to get the pattern matched to the fabric. (Well, yes I guess I can, having done something similar on past projects.) I'm thrilled that you're spreading your wings, desig-nwise. Keep up the good work...

Hopscotch said...

I would be so thrilled to receive such a beautiful gift. Well done!