When you do a tidy-up, you discover things you have forgotten. In the holiday lull, I have been tidying my sewing space and my photographs, and I discovered images of things I made in January 2017 that I had not shared.
I took part in an Instagram swap organised by Karen (@easypatchwork on Instagram or www.easypatchwork.de) to make scented sachets. I had fun digging in my scrappy hexagon box and experimenting with drawing with fabric, inspired by Minki Kim and Kristin Esser’s book Sew Illustrated.
I was the swap angel. I was not assigned a partner but was to spring into action if someone dropped the ball. Because I could not choose between two ideas, I made two little sachets in readiness, and both were sent off to new homes. We did not include scented stuffing as part of the swap because some countries (like mine) have quarantine restrictions that forbid you sending certain botanical materials into them. I made each sachet a plain calico bladder that could be stuffed with potpourri and roughly hand sewn before being tucked in through the simple envelope closure on the back.
In exchange, Karen sent me this super-cute sachet with a mini Dresden plate. For almost a year it decorated my sewing space without any scent inside. My tidy-up reminded me that I needed to fill it, so earlier this week I bought a Thurlby Herb Farm scented block, stuffed it and added a hanging ribbon, and now it decorates and perfumes my sewing space. It really perfumes the room. The scent hits you as you open the door!
I think I need to join another swap. They are fun, and it has been too long.
Also in January, I made a pincushion as a last-minute birthday gift. I used Heather Bailey’s ‘Spring Violets’ pattern. I have made this pattern before in blue-purple tones, using a Philip Jacobs print for the pincushion body, but I failed to take even one photo of that pincushion before giving it to a friend. I really like this pattern and yet I forget to take photos of what I make using it. How does that happen?