I feel like I'm coming out of a long hibernation. Our spring has been slow in coming, but things are blooming at last. The sun is stronger and that feels so good, even if it is still chilly (41F yesterday!). Today when I went to pick up some early spinach at the farm I belong to, the chickens in one of the greenhouses seemed to be dancing for joy.
And I've been stitching and sewing up a storm, filling orders for sheep and lamb sachets and project bags. I so enjoy making them—each one has its own personality and brings a smile to my face as I work.
I guess I've really got sunshine and yellow on my mind—maybe it's the forsythia and daffodils starting to bloom all over the place? Yellow's the main color in my new Sunburst project bags and lavender/chamomile sachets. They've just been added to my Etsy shop today.
There are also a few one-of-a-kind bags made with repurposed shirts and tops, fabrics from a creative reuse center, and vintage buttons (below). Unlike the sheep and sunburst designs, these improvisational, one of a kind bags won't be repeated.
If you're in western Massachusetts and would like to try your hand at some colorful embroidery techniques, join me for my Fun Stitches class May 2 at Knack, in the Eastworks building in Easthampton. You'll learn some of the stitches seen here in my sunburst—woven circles and couching—as well as other fun-to-embroider embellished stitches. All materials are provided; you can sign up here.
In knitting news: I've got a new design almost done, the second pattern in my All You Need Is One collection. It's a geometric lace scarf, in a beautiful merino/silk fingering weight from Elemental Affects. Can't wait to show it to you in May!