Although I have continued to be buried in law school fallout (read: BAR EXAM PREP!), I did manage to pull my head up and make some gifts for winter. This was quite an accomplishment for me because law school kinda killed my sewing/crafty mojo and it’s been a hard fight to bring it back!
First I made 2 little toiletries bags: One is lined in hot pink silk charmeuse for a very chic friend, the other in a math equation cotton print for an engineer friend. The outside fabric is the same on both, a Japanese fabric called ‘inden’ – an ancient technique of raised dots of lacquer, traditionally on doeskin for Samurai armor, now on a special kind of velvet. (All of the fabrics from BeautifulTextiles.com )
Then I made a nurses waist bag for a nurse friend: I love this! It features 8 pockets on the outside and a roll clip, inside is a zippered pocket lined with bandaid fabric. I got annoyed with the custom bags for sale online that all feature girly florals or childish prints, but nothing for mature adults, so I chose a Japanese duck cloth (from Beautiful Textiles!) for the front that was a more sophisticated design that will go with anything, hide stains and blood, and be very sturdy and long-wearing. The back of the bag is a charcoal gray brushed canvas. It fastens around the waist like a fanny pack.
Then I made some paintings, all of these feature a papercut of the city skyline I cut first and used as a mask and then painted the ground. I’m not thrilled with the writing and the gold in ‘Yerevan’ should be darker, but my liquid gold pen died and it was on the holiday so the surviving gold marker got the job 😉
Neither last nor least, I made this large picnic blanket of cotton velvet (the colors are darker and more complementary in real life), backed with an irridescent rainbow shower curtain so your butt won’t get wet while sitting on a wet lawn, and the whole is quilted with large kitty cats stretching, sitting, laying, and posing (can’t really see in the photo). I also made a bag to carry it in…
All but one gift was well received and appreciated by the recipient. Did you make any holiday gifts? What was the response?