Welcome to my day of of the Tammy For All Seasons Blog Hop. I have so admired all of the wonderful Tammy Bags that I have seen being made in Blogland so I was thrilled to become a part of this hop. There were tough choices to be made first. Which season did I want to do? If you have seen the great designs by Brooke Nolan of Brookes Books Publishing you would know what I mean. Then there were the great seasonal Pinny patterns by Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs. Of course, I could always do one of each!
In the end I selected the winter design. I think the vintage "drama" of it pulled me. In my mind, I can imagine a grand New Year's Eve party in an elegant ballroom with the long black dress, angora wrap, long gloves, champagne and roses.
First to stitch the design..... I loved the beautiful metallic threads this chart called for as accents. White evenweave was not going to work with the white stole, gloves and snowflakes, but white is what I had. Could it be dyed? I wondered.
First sample was a bit too dark. Therefore, I tried to dilute the dye a bit more. My eyes are much too old to stitch on those dark fabrics anymore!
Ahhhh....this is more to my liking. Now for some relaxing stitching and sewing to create my very own Tammy Bag.
The frame was suppose to be black, but when I opened the package it was only 5" and was not going to work. The replacement has not arrived yet. Silver it is until the new one arrives.
I know that the Pinny I made is not the "winter" design, but I was thinking it could be a red cardinal. No??? Don't you love the box pleats? It reminded me of the skirts we used to make during summer vacation before school started again. We wore uniforms to school, but were allowed to wear "free dress" skirts for the first week of school.
But......could I stop there???? Of course not! Autumn was calling my name next. This one I stitched up on some DMC Monaco. Using the q-snap frame on this design kept my piece from the nasty imprint of the circles that one tends to get with the circular frames.
With this cute little Pinny I sewed a strong magnet inside from an old name tag and it holds my scissors so well. I loved how the coffee mug design coordinated with the coffee pot in the cross stitch pattern.
I must add that the first frame that I got was only 5”. I knew after making my Tammy Bag that there was no way that was going to work. Rather than waste the frame, I reduced the pattern size to 83% and made a smaller version with some machine embroidery in place of the cross stitch.
Thanks so much to Madam Samm for the charming Tammy Bag pattern and the sweet pattern minder magnet and to Mary of I Piece 2-Mary for being our fearless leader for this hop. As well, we had many wonderful sponsors for this hop and they helped to make it so successful. Thank you all, including DMC, Yarn Tree, Readers, H.A. Kidd, Snap Source and Beam and Read.
Please be sure to check out the other Tammy Bag creators today and for the remainder of the hop. I know you will not be disappointed.
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