When planning for this blog hop I asked myself a question. Is a winter project one that is themed around winter or one you work on during the winter period. This may sound a silly question but it was important to me and what I chose to make. My family tell me that the type of needle craft I like to do varies with the changing seasons. In the winter I'm more likely to knit, especially projects using thicker wool such as aran styles. I also tend to do more dress making. This is usually new skirts to cheer me up through the cold weather or a summer dress in anticipation of the warmer weather. So my decision for 'A fresh snow' was a project I would make in the winter.
This winter I wanted to make a bright and cheerful jacket. The fabric I chose is boiled wool. It feels very soft and certainly suits my love of bright fabrics. It has the advantage that it can also be washed rather than needing to be dry cleaned. I cut this out last year but didn't get round to making it up and so I rescheduled to make it this winter. This fitted perfectly with the blog hop.
I also needed some lining fabric so a trip to my local fabric store was in order. In the end I had to put an order in to get the right colour. The lining arrived on Saturday so I can now complete the project. I'm please with how it has gone together so far. The jacket is collarless and the fronts match perfectly. It also fits perfectly and I wanted to show you a picture of me modeling it but husband and son were not around when I wanted the photo done.
The other important part of making clothes is to press the seams very carefully so just like quilting you wear a trail between the sewing machine and the ironing board. I really want to get the lining put in and the jacket fully finished so I can start wearing it. It's definitely going to brighten up my work wardrobe and generally make me feel cheerful.
My other project I'd been looking forward to starting is the bag ladies embroideries. These are from an american company Chickadee Hollow Designs. They were ordered well before Christmas and finally arrived last week. The patterns I ordered are pre printed and pre-coloured on natural muslin. I already have a good range of embroidery floss and so was able to get started immediately. I generally use DMC or Anchor threads.
The first bag lady I'm working on is Ernestine and I made a start on her on Sunday.
The patterns come with a paper backing so you have to remove this before you can start work. This needs to be done very carefully so the fabric doesn't start to fray.
The instruction say to use stem stitch or back stitch to do the outlining. I chose to do it in back stitch. Although the pattern tells you which thread to use I chose to use a lighter green to the one specified so that it matched the colour of her coat. I'm going to use a darker green to stitch the buttons.
This is a great winter project as Scamp can still curl up on my lap in comfort while I stitch whilst watch some television. There are always some new programmes or new seasons to watch at this time of year.
So no snow on my projects but they are definitely the types of projects I love to work on during the winter. The choice of winter projects is a bit like my choice of food - I want things that will make me happy and lift my spirits.
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Good luck in the give away. It's been great to have you visit and I hope you'll visit again soon.