Thursday, May 26, 2016

May Smalls SAL

This month's small is a completely finished and gifted project...and it could not have made my heart happier.  You see, I have a friend who has had a lot happen over the past few years.  The music of Dave Matthews got him through a lot of tough times, and a while back he mentioned that Dave would be playing an acoustic set with Tim Reynolds somewhat locally this summer.  Although he would love to attend, it simply wasn't realistic given his budget.
But I am a sneaky friend.
And then I saw Bent Creek's "Catch the Day" pattern in a giveaway pile at Celebrations, and it occurred to me that the design was about the same dimensions as a concert ticket.  And my friend is also a fisherman.
So....

 This little pouch was perfect.  I stitched the design over-one on 28-ct. and swapped out the hand-dyed flosses for stuff I had.  Also, I did not make the little fish on the right-hand side yellow because who fishes for goldfish???  I tried to make it look a bit trout-like.  The funky backing fabric reminded me of fish and water, and you see all those buttons?  I ended up buying a giant pack of wooden buttons in order to find the one that I ended up using!  LOL  But I do love buttons, so I'm optimistic that I'll find uses for some more of them with time.  I do have to admit that my buttonhole isn't great.  I tried a true buttonhole stitch, but failed miserably, so I ended up putting some fusible interfacing between the fabric layers and just backstitching around the hole.

10 comments:

Amy said...

What a great gift! That's so thoughtful! And a very cute pattern!

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

Super!

Terri said...

That is an awesome gift! I'm sure he will love it! Great job!

Pamela said...

What a great idea and amazing gift!

Melinda said...

This is a great gift - and perfect too. Love the fabric and I too love lots of buttons

Elfie said...

That is such a lovely gift. Very creative too.

KimM said...

What a perfect gift. Well done.
xxx

ANGIE said...

Hi Erin, it's so nice! Happy stitching!

Michele Stravato said...

What a great friend you are, not to mention terrific stitcher!

Kaisievic said...

Fabulous gift, Erin, I bet he was pleased, with both the tickets and the ticket "wallet".