A girl for all seasons, always perfectly dressed to the nines, with the right accessories. Who? Tammy, of course.
Thanks for coming by to visit my Tammy bag creation with Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and our fearless cheerleader Mary of 1 Piece 2 Mary. My vision was that of an elegant winter dress, glittering with crystals. I started with Aida in black, and changed the dress colours to blues and greys. My champagne is pink, of course. I used a lot of blending filament throughout the piece to give it extra sparkle, and added the seed beads to the dress.
My stitching tools are this embroidery frame, to which I attach my fabric, my selection of embroidery flosses, and my reading glasses made to my prescription including astigmatism. Ah, the perks of getting older.
For the Tammy bag, I used a polyester moire satin, which shimmers with blue and gold. Quite challenging to work with, because as soon as it was cut, it did this:
But some lightweight interfacing on the lining, and the fusible fleece on the outer, kept it in place nicely. When the cross stitch turned out to be shorter than the pattern piece, I used the snowflake stitch on my machine to topstitch it to the satin, and the same for the topstitching on the pocket.
I had ordered the wrong size handle initially, so 2 days after Christmas I frantically emailed Madame Samm who graciously sold me a handle. However, for some reason Canada Post cannot deliver a package a mere 200 km in 8 business days. Fortunately I had also researched on Etsy and ordered the gorgeous handle you see from MeiMei Supplies in Ohio. Yes, that’s right, it’s faster to ship from Ohio, USA to Ontario, Canada than within Ontario. It arrived nicely wrapped with a thank you card in plenty of time to finish the bag and take photos during the weekend daylight hours, so I can recommend their customer service.
With the option of adding a strap, I used nylon beading line and strung up a few blue crystal and pearl beads, and my stitching supplies and reading glasses will fit nicely inside. Perhaps some friends will come to join Tammy. If you haven’t seen the movie Frozen, why not? The music is fabulous and it’s a great chick flick. The line in the title of my post is my favourite from the song Let It Go.
The bird on the pinny became a cardinal, like the one which visits our backyard feeder, keeping me company by stitching up a snowflake. He’s machine appliqued, because I was pretty tired of hand work by the time I made him. I added a layer of super stiff interfacing to the inside. The pocket and needle keeper on the back will come in handy.
Before you continue hopping to the other participants for today, I’m sure you’re wondering about the giveaway I promised. As much as I enjoy cross-stitch, I found the effort on my wrists was just too much, so I don’t think I’ll be making any big pieces like this again. I purchased this gorgeous pattern of Titania, Queen of the Fairies (by Nora Corbett, Mirabilia Designs, 11″x18″) in 1998, but I have never made it, or even opened the pattern, so I would like it to go to someone who will appreciate it. Please leave me a comment with your favourite Disney (or Broadway) song, and why, and I will pick a winner randomly on January 21, and I will ship anywhere in the world.
Here are my colleagues for today: