Friday, May 4, 2012

Secret sewing revealed and Blogger's BOM

During the last few weeks I ave been working on some gifts. Two have been finished and are now in the hands of their new owners.

The first is another Hari-Kuyo needlebook.  This time I embellished the front cover by back stitching around two of the flowers. The bird has a bead for his eye.

The book's ties are made the same way as each of the other 2 books I have made.

This time I stitched some French ribbon down the spine of the book to cover the stitches made when sewing in the pages.

The second gift was a camera pouch made with a pattern from here.

The instructions were very clear, comprehensive and easy to follow.
I made the largest size: approx 17 cm wide, 11 cm high and 9 cm deep (approx 7"  W, 4" H and 3.5" D)

For the external fabric I used a Lecien fabric by Yoko Saito from her Collection Etoffe Imprevue.  I like the subtle print and the texture created by an interesting weave.

When the front flap is opened the contents of the bag are still held securely with an extra closure secured by an elastic drawstring.

The lining is a matching grey plain cotton.

Blogger's BOM is up to month 8 and this time the block was presented by Amy Lobsiger of Mrs Schmenkman Quilts. Amy gave very clear instructions and also some ideas for different fabric colour choices to make the block look quite different.

Here are my 2 blocks:

A very dear friend of mine is facing a battle with her health. If you are so inclined, some prayers for her would be much appreciated.

Thank you.


  1. The needle book is gorgeous and the camera bag is sophisticated and a really terrific idea with the drawstring middle. Best wishes to your friend.

  2. The secret sewing has been received and very much appreciated by her brother Gordon and sister-in-law, Marion. Gordon loved the camera bag. Took the book and needle book to sewing group today and everyone loved it and was very envious, they were all wanting to put in orders.

  3. what beautiful gifts! your BOM look great. I like the colors - happy friday

  4. You are so talented! I especially love the 'broken but not forgotten'.

  5. I love what you did with the new needle book--how creative you are!! The bird is fantastic on the front with his little eye--I am going to have to try some of this fun myself. Will say prayers. Have a good weekend.

  6. The needlebook is really beautiful especially with the special touches. The camera bag turned out wonderfully, very practical and classy. Well done on the blocks as well, you put me to shame. I shall send some prayers for your friend and hope it helps.

  7. Your gifts are divine Miriam. You have such an eye for detail and your embellishments are beautiful. Love your bloggers bom blocks and yes, I will be praying for your friend. xo