12/14/2007

Swap Gifts

Last night was the annual LQS Christmas party, and I can tell you, it was a wonderful event, LQS owner, class teachers, shop workers all in attendance, and so much fun. There was a gift exchange, theme: pin cushion, sewing roll, or other sewing accessory. It was so much fun to see what everybody made and I wish I could have taken a picture of everything to show you. There was an exquisite Hardanger miniature needle book, a Renee Plains work apron (I had considered making an apron like this and still want to make one), the most extraordinary Primitive Doll by Barbara Barnes (I don't think she'll mind my using her name), a great large primitive crow on a candlestick who looked wonderfully ornery, a needlepunch needlework bag, and much more.

Here is what I made, a sewing roll. My idea is that it belonged to a nineteenth-century child, who sewed together two old stained samplers for the cover, and did various types of needlework for the inside sections. There is a stamped bit of beeswax for thread, a little journal for needlework planning, a pocket for tape measure, a broderie perse rose, etc.:




Now just look at what I received!! This certainly went to the right person, because this is me all over and I just adore it!!! Look at the flob and wabble (I don't have time to look up the right names for the topknot and chin thing) made out of pretty dark red beads....and the tailfeathers. And isn't the fabric perfect? Also love the holder for the spool. I said earlier in the day that I hoped I would get this person's swap gift. She was sitting next to me at dinner, picked her own number, and switched numbers with me, so I DID get hers and you will agree I was very lucky!


8 comments:

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

love your goodies!!!

May Britt said...

Oh that sewingbird is sooooo cute. Do you know if there is a pattern on that one?? And the gift you made is georgius too.

KCQuilter said...

Ohmigosh, Karen, the gift you made and the one you received are both wonderful. What a neat exchange idea!!!

Marcie said...

That is one funky chicken! I love the vintage look in the sewing kit that you made. Awesome! So much detail,

Libby said...

The flob and wabble are great *s* I love that there is someone else that just makes up words!

buttonsagain said...

karen....hi....loved meeting you the other nite.....your sewing roll was fabulous.....

do you have a photo of the saturday sampler quilt?.....one of my students was sick that day and didn't get to see it....and sadly it is not at the shop right now as it is away being quilted.....

could you possibly email me?.....

thanks...barbara barnes

Dawn said...

I can see I have been away far too long! Everything is so wonderful! And now I want to go make one of everything!

Patti said...

Comb and wattle - LOL! Thanks for the great chuckle Karen. And yes - what a perfect gift for you! For any quilter for that matter. Lucky you.