I was e-mailed details of my swap buddy who lives in Australia - Shelley - who is an awesome sewer and bike-lover. She has a brilliant blog called Bartacks and Singletrack and her instagram account is lightningmcstitch. I did a little bit of research / cyber-stalking before deciding what to make.
I knew from the start that I wanted to use primarily stash fabric, so when I discovered Shelley liked muted browns, greys and muddy colours (her words as written in the application form for SVE) I knew I would only have a limited range of stash fabric to choose from.
This was my potential starting point from my stash:
I selected my fabric - the tree fabric called Glimma by Lotta Jansdotter from Windham Fabrics which I bought from Ray Stitch in 2013. It was a quick decision that I was going to make two tea-towels and two quilted pot-holders! I thought something for the kitchen would be a practical but nice gift to receive.
|Mitred corners for the tea-towels|
|Organic cross-grain tape for hangers|
|Quilting wadding between two layers of the cotton|
|Close up of the pot-holder quilting|
|Bias binding and cross-grain tape for a hanger|
|The finished pot-holders and tea-towels before there long journey to Australia!|
|All the gifts wrapped up ready for my Secret Valentine Exchange|
So that was first part of the SVE, the second aspect is receiving a secret gift from a fellow crafter!
I was extremely happy to receive my parcel on the 12th February and waited about half an hour before I carefully revealed the contents!
My SVE buddy was fantastic. The wonderful Marilla Walker (pattern-maker and crafter-extraordinaire) sent me such an awesome gift!
|Exciting package in the post!|
|Fab tissue packaging with hand-printed stickers!|
|A lovely hand-screen printed bag and screen-printed card with a beautiful hand-embroidered necklace inside!|
|The back of the necklace - pretty neat huh!?|
|Free-style hand embroidery including seed stitch, back stitch and cross-stitch with hand-tatting to connect the felt pieces|
Marilla made me a beautiful hand-embroidered felt necklace with a tatted and plaited tie. It is so pretty! Thanks Marilla! I will definitely sign up for the SVE 2017! How about you?