I like to have a few different projects on the go, so I've always got some hand sewing that's easy to pick up and stitch in the evenings, and Blue Butterfly Bag by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs is another one that I've prepared. This is such a super design. The pattern was included in the kit from Cross Patch in Wales, here in the UK. I managed to piece together the bag front over the weekend, and these fabrics are lovely to sew with - they are by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda. I used a Schmetz Microtex size 60 needle for the machine piecing, along with an Aurifil 50wt thread in a pale grey, shade 2610. The stitchery design has been traced using a pale brown Micron Pigma pen (my favourite is the finest nib, size 005 but all I could find in my pencil case was a size 01 nib, which is still ok, and 2 strands of embroidery thread will cover this easily. I prefer to use a pale brown colour pen as this doesn't seem to affect the colour of the embroidery thread. Weaveline, a fine lightweight fusible interfacing has been fused to the back of the stitchery fabric - I did this after the design was traced onto the right side of the fabric. You can see that I haven't drawn the shapes of the lazy daisy stitches - I refer to mark a small "dot" where the stitch will start and stop, so I don't have to worry about the loop of the stitch covering the traced line. This has been packed in my sewing bag, and I'm ready to spend the evening with some friends - lots of laughter, chatting and even some sewing!
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