Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wedding Gifts, Onesies, and One Really Cool Craft Book

I've been promising for some time now a peek at some gifts I made. Unfortunately, when it came down to it, I didn't get good pics since I was in a hurry to wrap the gifts and send them on their way.

First up is the wedding stitchery I hinted at a while ago. It's not traditional in any sense of the word when it comes to weddings. I did not do a sampler or anything even close to it. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that I was telling you that this was given as a wedding gift, there would be absolutely no indicator of it being marriage-related. ;)



I am admittedly not a Star Wars fan in any way, shape, or form, but my brother and his bride are. It was odd for me, the girl who loves to stitch cuteness, to stitch up Yoda stuff, but it was fun nonetheless. I found the Yoda pattern here, and made the phrasing up myself, using as a guide a letter chart from an old craft book I found in the used book store earlier this year. It's a cool book, and was a total bargain at six bucks.



 Seriously, this book is awesome. Inside the pages is 50 years worth of crafting goodness, with patterns dating from 1926 to 1976. Check out some of these projects:



I'd love to make these someday! And maybe someday I will. But for now, I have a lot on my stitchy to-do list, and it doesn't include any of these projects. I can, however, scratch off one thing my list: onesies. My brother and his wife (not the aforementioned Yoda recipients) recently had their second daughter, so I, of course, had to stitch up a couple onesies!

Pattern by Sublime Stitching

Ok, let me tell you something about these onesies. I loathed them. Not the design, not the colors, no, but rather the onesies themselves. I couldn't find my preferred choice--Gerber Organic--here in town, so I settled for non-organic. MISTAKE. They were such a pain to work with! So stretchy! So prone to rips, tears, and holes! The organic onesies stitch up like a dream, and I've been spoiled by that. I suppose if I had used stabilizer with these I would have had an easier time, but honestly, I am not a big fan of the stuff.

So, there are the stitchy gifts I promised to show you. I am currently working on a couple different things (as always!), including the Halloween Fairy I showed you recently. I would have finished it last week except I ran out of floss for the wings. Grrrrr. It was a kit,  so I was especially mad because a kit should come with a sufficient amount of floss! When I went to my LNS to get more floss for the wing (I suppose I could have written the company who made the kits and asked for another skein, but I was too impatient to wait for the floss), I saw a kit there and what do you know? It had TWO skeins of the wing color. Gah. I got the necessary floss to complete the project but since it's an overdyed floss from a different dye lot than what I have (after all, I bought my kit when it was first released five years ago), it's not the same shade. Gah again. In fact, there is hardly any variegation to it at all. I will be doing my best to remedy that by pouncing my skein with a wet tea bag. Wish me luck!

9 comments:

Mollie. said...

Oh my goodness. The little girl is tooooo cute!

msmcporkchop said...

omg! SO CUTE!!!

I need to find neat old books like that! So smart of you!

UGH! That floss thing makes me so grumpy!!! I'm voting you email them and tell them you were shorted! That's so not cool!

Julie said...

It all looks wonderful!

That book looks awesome. I love old craft books like that.

besomom said...

Hey, I might have some of that wing thread left over from mine. I recently purged the pattern, so you'll need to tell me what color you need, and I'll check my stash. I bought the kit at least 4 years ago, maybe longer, so it might be similar to what you started with.

besomom said...

Oh, and I also have that Frances Clapp sampler in one of my craft books (not the same book as yours), and I started to stitch it, um, 15 years ago, but never finished. Alas. I really liked the little phrase: May learning, science, useful art...

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Love the Star Wars stitches!! Yoda!!

Kristi said...

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. :):)

besomom, that would ROCK!! I need Dandelion Stem. Oh my goodness, thank you!!!

Kristi said...

besomom--I just sent you a flickrmail. :)

Becky said...

Love your stitchings!