One of my fellow Michigan bloggers, Allie, is starting her own pattern business! Way to go, Allie! I am so excited for her! She does great hand embroidery. Check out her first design. It's super cute!
Click here to read more about her business, Allie Oops Designs, and to learn how to get a copy of her new pattern. I know she'd love the support if you're so inclined to purchase one!
I was thinking this might make a nice gift for my brother for his lake home. Or do you think it is too "sea like" to go for a lake home? I was even thinking that just doing the bottom embroidery would be kind of neat.
Speaking of embroidery:
Here's a closer shot. I thought it turned out really cute. I used my embroidery machine, which my mom gave me. It was a class at my sewing machine shop. It was a fun class. We also learned to do some heirloom stutiching as well. You probably can't see it in the photo, but there is a pretty hemstitch along the bottom of the towel. I did it with a wing needle. That was pretty fun. I think this project could have stood another row of it, to be honest, so that it would stand out a little more.
The class is fun. Once a month, the girls at the shop make a towel and teach you something new (in this case, the heirloom stitching). They also bring in four or five other ideas (finished projects) of what you could do with the designs on the embroidery CD. I'm looking forward to the Halloween one we'll do next. It will be cute.
If you look closely, it didn't turn out perfectly. I had some puckering under the hanle of the basket, and the words got shifted up to high on the sign. I'm sure that's due to the puckering and pulling. I did not stabilize it well enough. If I did it again, I'd put two layers of stabilizer underneath instead of one, and I'd add another layer on the top. When there is so much stitching in the design, it tends to pull the fabric in. The design called for a brownish red to form the checkerboard towel in the basket. I changed it up to be black so it would match my kitchen better. I think it turned out cute.
I was almost glad it didn't turn out perfect. That way, I'm not afraid to actually USE the towel! Do you ever do that? Make something and then don't use it because you don't want it to get ruined? I do it all the time. Years later, I'll think to myself, "Why didn't I just use it and enjoy it? It sits in a drawer all the time and never got used?!" So, we're using the towel.
And after one day of use, it already had two big black marks on it from hamburger grease (and the grill). Sigh.
But they came out in the wash, thankfully! ;-)
Well, I made it through the first week of school. Sigh. What a relief!
Today is Papa Pea's and my 12th wedding anniversary. We're taking a little motorcycle trip tomorrow to celebrate. I am really looking forward to it! (Sweet Pea can't figure out how it's our 12th anniversary, but she's only 7 and a half years old. We try to explain that we waited a while to have her, but it seems to confuse her! haha)
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Until next time,