A while ago, I made a sofa-arm tool kit for the Dowager.
The original tutorial can be found here. I’ve been asked to make another, for a different set of tools. The Husband’s aunt, the Dowager’s sister, is a demon tatter. Tatting (or frivolité, or occhi, depending on your country of origin) is done with fine cotton yarn, and a small shuttle, and is used to make lace. Auntie Marion wins prizes, as does her daughter, who ran away with the tatting ribbon at the Melbourne Show. Here’s an example of her work:
Now, Auntie Marion wants her own tool kit, still with a spool holder and pincushion, but also with a pocket for the shuttle, another for scissors and a third for a small crochet hook. She doesn’t watch much TV, so no TV remote pockets are needed, and it’ll be an altogether smaller item. She’s also given me a free hand with the fabric I use, and I picked out a lovely Robert Kaufman print of native Australian flowers, with a blending solid for the back and binding. It’s a fabric I bought on impulse years ago and will never use because the scale’s all wrong for my work. It’s her birthday at the end of the month, her daughter, SIL and grandchildren are coming up from Melbourne for the event, and we’re having a big gathering here (I’ve got the biggest dining table in the tribe), so I need to have it ready for then. No pressure… Still, considering the Dowager’s only took a couple of hours, it shouldn’t be too tricky.
We’re off to the Mackay Show this morning. I can inspect the hanging of my quilt and make sure they’ve put the artist statement up with it (I have my doubts about the impartiality and efficiency of the hanging and judging crew…). I’m also going to look at the preserves, baking, poultry, tatting (Auntie Marion has an entry and should carry off the ribbon) and painting sections.
The Husband is on night shift and will be asleep all afternoon, so I can sew to my heart’s content.