My husband encouraged me to start writing down my ideas. I have a bad habit of telling myself I lack creativity. I decided to start a mini blog to collect some ideas, mainly for projects of a crafty nature but I might put other things up as well. While perusing etsy, one of my favorite places for inspiration, a seller named PaperFish caught my eye with her felt needle books held together with a book ring. They are super cute and I felt the need to make a little book for Anna just like some of hers.
I decided to make a little book of animals. I’m still not sure how many pages my book will have or even any of the details of the final result. But I’m starting small by a little bit of embroidery and applique (when I can squeeze it in between feedings and cuddle time with my newborn).
I’m so grateful for Jacob who encourages me in all my creative endeavors. I probably would not have run out and bought my very first set of felt sheets without him. I bought about $4 worth of felt and set out to make my own patterns for the animals. I also invested in a new thread organization system for my collection. My plastic baggie was just not cutting it. I love the ring, and how compact yet accessible my collection is and especially the fact that I don’t loose the second piece of 3 strands to a tangled mess but can just put it back on the spool.
Plus, it looks quite pretty, eh? Anna and I had a good time designing some cartoony animals and stitching them down. I think it will be so much fun to have a little book of animals. I’m really enjoying the simplicity of working with felt, no seam allowances and the fabric is very forgiving for aplique. However, a pretty running stitch has eluded my work as the thickness prevents multiple stitches to be made a once. Maybe with practice I will gain the confidence to use contrasting thread colors, who knows.