Feb 12, 2017

Sack it to me

Greetings stitch buds.  Hope all is well.
I must drive you crazy with these ponies, because that is the way they affect me.  First it was a bag, then a frame, then a pillow, then a box, and now back to sack.  Why?  The box lid was perfect.  Reason #1, Hobby Lobby did not have the round box I needed and it's not carried elsewhere except in a five box set (neither did they have the hearts). Reason #2, where the heck would I put such a large box?  It would take up a lot of space on an end table, bench, anywhere and I am trying to minimize clutter.  So I've decided to go with the bag since it can be hung on a door (how many times have I told you how I love those iron hooks on them?), window trim, cupboard, anywhere.  The problem is, how do I make it? 
I did my Sampler Sack (a large flop but I do thank the eleven people that purchased it) but the ponies are different.  Not really primitive, not sure of strap material, a little too large.  But I'll give it a go because these poor horses have been thrown around for a few years and they need to show themselves proudly.  Finding a cotton print backing that is suitable in color would be a PITA but I remembered the boxes of wool in the closet.  Couldn't believe it.  Look at this match!
But brown wool is still an option and provides more choices for the strap (leaning toward brown leather).  My inept finishing will make the determination - sack or pillow. 
Now for little Rosanna.  Definitely a sack.  I absolutely love this 35/36 count Mink from R&R.  Stiff enough to hold its own.  I may use a light fusible or just muslin lining.  Either way, I am going to attempt my first finish using a blanket stitch or something similar to attach linen to a wool back.  I have my Crazy Quilt Stitches book and others for reference.  To test how stable the sack would hang, I just pinned to the wool back and a thin leather strap, it passed the test.  Between the thick wool and the stiffer linen, no help required.  This is the felted wool piece that comes in a roll at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, most craft stores.

I think this will be a great finish for
her, my concern is for the ponies.  If this doesn't work, they may live forever in a drawer.
Have a good one!
Thanks for visiting.


diamondc said...

Marly: You do have an eye for the perfect color combinations of fabric and designs, I love seeing what you are doing and what you have up your sleeve.
I have never used leather for a backing of any of the pieces I have stitched, you truly inspire me.
I love the Rosanna bag so pretty and again using wool what a great idea.
I love Hobby Lobby, we have what is called Crafts Direct about 20 miles from me, if you donate a dollar to the Charity of the month you get 40% percent off and points on an awards card, I get so much stuff for so little.
Again I missed another one of your for sales, I must check daily, I would love to own a box done by Marly, so I could brag.


Winnie said...

Marly, I love to hear you talk about all of the details you consider in completing any project. You have such an artist's eye! I love that sneak peek of the ponies as I happen to love, love all things horse and pony. The colors of red in your photo is vibrant and I bet the piece is a show stopper. Can't wait to see what you figure out for the finish!

Barb said...

Good luck with the bags. I am such a coward I sent the piece I wanted to be a bag to a lady who finishes things.

Kristen said...

I love those ponies, Marly. Always happy to see them. They definitely don't deserve to be shut away in a drawer!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
I always love to see how you finish a piece and do hope it all works out for you!!
I agree with Kristen and hope those ponies are relegated to living in a drawer!! The blue wool is beautiful with them and a brown leather strap would really set it off wonderfully!!!
Looking forward to seeing your finish!!
Enjoy your week!
Heart Hugs~

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I'm looking forward to seeing them done - you always come up with great ideas!

Rugs and Pugs said...

I love Rosanna!!!
Happy Valentine's Day :)

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