The ME fabric is from Walmart and the teapot is a coaster design from the hardback ME book "Cross Stitch For All Seasons." Instead of cording I used a nifty pompom trim for the drawstring. Functionally it isn't as smooth as cording would be, but I love the look. If I had it to do over again I would put in a lining. The ME fabric is so bright, you can see shadows through the white fabric. If you're looking for a bourse "how to" you should check Anne D's blog here and Joanie's blog here. I intended to make my own photo tutorial for this but I was so intent on doing it correctly that I completely forgot to stop and take pictures along the way. Maybe next time.
Edited to add - thanks Joy for your sisterly and stitcherly words of wisdom regarding this project!
From the "Comments" section:
- Welcome to new readers! I appreciate your comments, and thanks for reading my blog. I'll be visiting your blog soon if I haven't already.
- Regarding my relative weirdness, it's nice to know I'm not alone. It seems the fear of knives is pretty common. As it should be. Monique, I'll be happy to demonstrate at the stitch-in...just don't ask me to watch you cut anything. I'm beggin'.
- Thanks for the kind words regarding my Spring Snapperland with the whopping big error. I love CJ's idea to give the project away to someone who won't see the error and will simply enjoy it. How smart is that? I'll be giving it some more thought, that's for sure.
- I hope everyone is having fun painting pins. This was my first attempt, and if you take a close look at the pin heads you can see that some quality control issues exist. I'm sure someone will come up with a better technique than mine. I just grabbed the pointy end of the pin and dunked the head straight into the bottle. A little twirling of the pin, a few circles around the neck of the bottle to take off some excess paint and plunk into the pin cushion. I would have preferred floral foam (in case of drips) but couldn't find it and the little tomato was handy. Because the paint is thick, it took a long time for the pins to dry. Longer than the 30 minutes mentioned on the bottle. Overnight should do the trick. Michele asked what project these are for...and the honest answer is that I don't have a pinkeep in the works. I bought the supplies months ago and never got around to trying it. Last night Amy asked about pins over at Friends Gather so I was inspired to give it a go. I guess now I need to stitch something to go with the pins, huh?
Edited 60-11 times to try to sort out the paragraph spacing in this post, and all I can say is UNCLE!