I hope some of you checked out my extra posts this past week about Japan. I have one more photo of stuff I bought which didn't fit in the previous posts:
These are all paper items. Six cards of classic Japanese woodblock prints which I am having framed into two sets of three. Two sets of woodblock coasters, two reels of pretty printed washi tape (good for decorating envelopes etc) and a pack of indigo printed washi paper which I'm sure I'll find a use for. I got more coasters and more washi paper as gifts for my bobbin lace ladies as we seem to have gotten into the habit of bringing each other gifts from our holidays.
Catching up a bit, just before we left for Japan I managed to hotwire my broken overlocker footpedal and finish off my One-Hour top, a free online pattern from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I wore it to work after I got back. I don't normally like dolman sleeves but the fabric is so drapey that the excess under the arms didn't bother me, and I quite like this £2/m fabric I got off the market in Birmingham.
This week I've done some more work on the applique houses tea cosy I started before we went to Japan. (You may be wondering why I need so many tea cosies, lol. I just like making them.). I've now moved on to embellishing the fusible applique with free motion stitching in black thread. It's a good refresher on free motion quilting. This is the first side embellished and I'm working on the second side currently. Then the background of both sides gets quilted in toning thread to create a textured effect before making it up into a cosy with a padded lining.