Friday, November 5, 2010

In Time for TUSAL and an early Christmas gift finish

Here is my T.U.S.A.L. for November 2010.  Please note the abundance of fluro yellow thread - that was all unpicked from Halloween stitching.  There is lots of red and black, as well as white, and I hope to have lots of christmas colours next month.  
Are you still filling your TUSAL jar?   
Do you use your orts for something at the end of the year?

Now for something hot off the needle - I saw this little fabric box in the November 2009 issue of Handmade - Special Country Christmas Crafts edition.  Budget Beater it said......use up your scraps it said.
Simple enough - surely I could follow this pattern by Judith Tetley. 
Page from Nov 2009 Homemade Christmas Edition - Judith Tetley's Challenge Piece
I cut up the pieces as required and started making the patchwork panel.  It was fine up to a point, but the directions got all muddy in the book and didn't quite make sense.  I also had to add a 1" strip to the lining to achieve the folded over edge as shown in the magazine.  I also muddled my way through the construction, completing it differently than the instructions.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but it was a bit of a challenge, that was not going to get to me.
I've also been working on a tablerunner for a present for a workmate - I've got to get some backing fabric, then I can finish this one off.  I've also been busy making sullfolk puffs for another small Christmas Project, but nothing to show right now.


Vonna said...

I love the little fabric basket, not to meniton the sweet table runner!

Cindy's Stitching said...

how pretty. The mummy on the stick is so cute. Never saw one of those before.

Denise said...

The fabric basket is adorable! I would place bulbs in it and put it on the dining room table for the holidays!

There is an LNS near by that takes their orts and donates them to someone for a bird sanctuary. Mine - I roll into balls and place into a glass container and onto a shelf. By rolling them - I get at least 5 years per jar. I am working on jar two and have another 3 waiting in the wings!

Have a great weekend! Smiles - Denise

Kay said...

What a lovely container, despite your frustration! I think your ideas for this gift
are great, could be handy either application.
I have a set of very old, glass, shop lollie containers & I use one for the off cuts for patchwork fabric, one for the off cuts from cross stitch linens & the third for Orts.
Suitable decorating whimsy, for a stitcher.

Daffycat said...

Lovely TUSAL update, Bronny!