This is the week of ‘First Times’ for me.
For the first time ever, I have committed myself to cross stitching during IHSW – starting today! I am so excited because I have been waiting to join since last month.
However, I am not sure how much cross stitching I will be able to do as I have also planned to rearrange our living room tomorrow, so I would surely be very, very tired the next day. Luckily, the IHSW rules allow us to “stitch as much or as little as your time permits, on whatever you like, and however you like“.
And also for the first time, since 2008, I finally re-acquaint myself with my Janome Harmony 2049 sewing machine. Thankfully, I remember to send it for servicing at Pusat Kraftangan Epal (a crafts learning centre), Wawasan Plaza, a few months back. I bought the machine there and learned a few sewing projects. I paid RM30 for the service. Quite cheap considering the fact that it has never been serviced since I bought it in 2006.
Like my Mummy, I have a love-hate relationship with sewing machines. But my Daddy is a natural. When Mummy’s stitches become tangled, Daddy would come to the rescue, without fail. Somehow, he has magic hands. Maybe that’s a man thing – you know, handling machinery. Those were sweet memories.
It took me quite a while to recall how to insert the thread using the little thingy. Then, when I started stitching, all hell broke loose! The threads came out like crazy. So I tried adjusting the tension, hunted for my old notes, and finally suspected that I had not placed the bobbin correctly.
So, the next day, I searched through the internet for ‘tips & tricks’ on bobbins but I couldn’t find any tips on how to place the bobbin for Harmony 2049. You can’t imagine how I sweated that day. Too stressed to pursue the matter, I left the machine for 2 days before I dared to try again. Maybe the time-off helped because I found out my mistake, my stitches improved, and I was immediately inspired to embark on a sewing adventure – without any pattern nor any design. I just rummaged through my stash of felt, fabric scraps, etc, and made something for my girls.
It’s a little bag… or purse… well, I don’t know what to call it actually. It’s for my girls’ ‘My Little Pony‘ collection. They are ardent fans of the MLP and have been collecting MLPs for about 3 years. Their affection for Barbie have been transferred to the adorable ponies, though they do update their collection of Barbie movies (which I have also watched with them. Btw, has anyone watched the new Barbie Swan Princess Christmas?). These are their current MLP collection, minus 2 MIA:
Most of these MLPs travel with them almost everywhere they go (except to school, when they would leave the MLP Team in the car). Even when we go visiting relatives, they would line the Team up on any available space, preferably near a window, I guess to let the Team enjoy the view. Sometimes, that makes me feel like the MLP are living creatures!:D They really love their MLP. So this ‘bag’ would be their MLP accessories (such as the crown, hairband, skirts,etc) carrier.
It took me the whole day to finish it. The inside lining is a patchwork that consists of fabric scraps and I used interfacing. A bit crumpled, as you can see.:D
I bought these cotton scraps from Snazzy & Such about 1½ years ago, aren’t they sweet? 😀
The outer part are made from felt and I hand-stitched all around.
As I had only one soft pink felt, so I chose this hot pink for the other side.
Overall, I am glad that I have started using my Janome Harmony 2049 and that my stash is diminishing, a bit. I am aching to replenish my stash with new colours! But not quite yet…
Happy IHSW everyone!:D
– Precious Crafts