So you may remember I'm a member of the Stitch Tease bee. This is a great group of women and the brain child of lovely Di. A few weeks back, when I had a happy machine, I suggested a low stress Secret Santa swap and the mama and fellow bee mates agreed. We gave some helpful suggestions to our partner and one of mine was a stocking for Zaki.
My partner was the funny and very talented Katy and look what she sent...
|Photo courtesy of my mum|
My partner was lovely Danny, who hangs out in Arizona and has a totally edible 1 year old called Clara-Mae. One of Danny's requests was for a Christmas toy for Clara Mae. I decided to make her a Christmas soft book.
I used some Essex linen for the outer cover and Kona Regal for the inside lining.
I appliqued some Christmas themed pictures...
..and as I am in Morocco, there had to be one of the wise men's camels and a Christmas star. I think this one is my favourite.
As I was making this on my old machine and without a walking foot, I wasn't able to top stitch the pages or bind the book with a central seam - there was no way I could stitch 3 layers of pages together! So I had no choice to to tie the book together with some embroidery yarn.
While I like the look, this isn't ideal for a one year old and I hope Danny will cut the ties and whizz the book through her machine. I hope this book will be chewed and loved!
We leave for England tomorrow so more once we're back!