Friday, March 23, 2007

Tiny Cakes

Inspired by Bella Dia's sumptous new spring pincushions, I decided to try my hand at a couple last night. Et voila! Two tiny felted cakes. The little pink cake is about 1.5 inches by 1 inch and the larger purple cake is 2.5 inches by 2.5. Were I to make some more (and I think I shall), I'd add flowers to the side of the large cake. You can also see my miss cavendish label peeking out from the folds.

I found these cakes surprisingly easy to make--they just take sharp embroidery scissors, colored floss, wool felt, some lentils for stuffing, and your imagination. The purple cake shows french knots at the center of flat flowers; the pink cake has gathered flowers with both french knots and a mini rosebud center made of rolled felt. If I can dream up different kinds of flowers, I'll be sure to plant them in future cakes. So what's for dessert?

Monday, March 19, 2007

Jewel Bags

Here are some tiny jewel bags I made this weekend, using fabric from Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, and Amy Butler. The "tree" photo is supposed to give you a peek inside, to see the contrasting lining.

These tiny bags would be terrific for holding some special jewelry or, as a stylish friend pointed out, your cell phone (which actually fits inside nicely!).

I've also included a "before" photos of all the fabric (enough for 19 bags) all stitched and ironed flat. Then with more careful stitching, lots of turning inside out and back, a little hand embroidery, and beribboning, they're ready!