Although we haven't had much snow this winter, we can't drive all the way to our cabin. We have a parking area just off the paved road where everything is transferred to a sled pulled behind a snowmobile. Mickey, our Springer Spaniel is quite nervous so we put a hard-sided crate in the sled for him and Juno, the adventurous Border Collie rode on my husband's lap. It only takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the cabin, then we get busy turning on the water and making a fire in the stove.
On Saturday we went for a ride with our friends and then enjoyed the afternoon sun.
I brought a book and 2 sewing projects to work on. Here it is Monday, and I haven't lifted a needle yet. The sewing projects travelled in my new sewing kit that I purchased from Material Obsessions, another great design by Wendy Williams.
The kit included this handy bag and felt to embellish the outside. I'm not a huge fan of felt, preferring to work with felted wool. But the felt costs less and since I'm going to use this bag everyday, I thought the felt would be fine - which it is. Using my regular applique method, I cut out all the applique pieces and sewed them in place with my Aurifil wool threads using a whip stitch. All of the embellishment was done with pearl cottons, both Valdani and Painter's Threads in size 8. I kept the embellishment simple with straight stitches and lots of colonial knots. When the embellishment was finished I used a Painter's Thread to whip stitch the felt to the bag.
I probably paid too much for the kit but you know how it is when you want something. This idea would work on any bag with either felt or felted wool. I don't know what kind of felt it is but it feels like a higher quality than what I've seen in craft stores. Some of my local quilt stores have felt that may be better. So even if the kit costs too much, I didn't have to search for just the right bag or buy more than I need of all the right colors of felt. Yep, that's my justification story and I'm sticking to it! At least I already had the embellishment threads.
We had planned to go back home today but this sunrise brought the promise of another beautiful day. I think today will include a walk, finish the book and get started on a new project.