Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The backpack tote pattern will be coming soon! I'm working on it furiously (or should that be "furiously working on it"?) and hope to be ready to print it within a week. I think I'll take pre-orders so we'll have enough copies for everyone. Bear with me; writing instructions and making technical sketches is no small task, especially when you're as rusty with Illustrator as I am.
In the meantime, this doll quilt came together during a few evenings of movie watching. Recommendations? Oh, yes. Let's see: Volver, Weeds: season 1, and Soylent Green. How can it be that Todd and I had never heard of Soylent Green before? What a strange, thought-provoking film, especially for environmentally-concerned New Yorkers.
I tried to follow this quilt as closely as I could, using scraps from my stash that resembled the fabrics in the original. You can probably see that I tied it with baker's string, just for the fun of it. The embroidered S and O are counted cross stitch; I stitched the S on linen and nearly went blind trying to count the threads, so I switched to waste canvas for the O. I had never tried waste canvas before but totally loved it; you can embroider on virtually anything with it!
The scissors and the emboidered letters have a significance I'll explain sometime later. And that little sunbonnet girl? I embroidered her free hand back in grade school or junior high, and Mom recently found her and sent her to me. It made more sense to use her than store her, although she looks rather cramped in her little hexagon. The finished quilt measures about 10" x 12".
Ok, back to work on that bag pattern.