The stiffness of the case comes from the heavy interfacing used.
Being an overachiever type, I thought I'd make a drawstring bag, to accessorise the needlecase of course.
I didn't have a big enough fabric piece for the outer. No problem, I think to myself, I'll just make a piece of fabric big enough. I like it! Improvisation is good but it created extra bulk I think.
I didn't want to sew a channel for the drawstring and have to cut a slit to thread it and then have to handstitch around the cut.
I made a bias strip for the casing. Now the bag won't pull up well with the cord threaded trough. Too much thickness? Type of cord? I tried several types. It's starting to not be fun, sigh.
The inner circle is sewn on in sections to create pockets. I'm making this up as I go by the way based on a common design that's out there.
Which was a hitch from half way through the *&*%#*! project.
I had just bought this low lint Aurifil thread for piecing. I had heard great things about it. I had it break in the needle so many times, I was nearly ready to throw it out but being too lazy to change threads, I persisted. I wasn't saving time I can tell you. Anyone had a similar problem with it? I had a new #10 needle in.
I nearly threw it out but decided to sleep on it. I thought I'd unpick the casing and sew the chanel in for a start, then un-pick some sewing and re-sew with my old thread. Good idea?
Onto more pleasant
things thread, this is 35wt varigated Valdani thread which is going to be used for some handquilting on a Kaffe project or two. I ordered it from here with Judy's recomendation. It is 100% cotton, I love it! La la la la la la.!
While in a stitchery mood, I finished off another Cinderberry Stitches block. Slowly but surely, they will all be done one day.
Now I did say I was an over achiever, or is it persistant? I made yet another Christmas cake. Don't worry, they freeze well. I made this mix lighter than the last and cooked it in my old tin. I wanted to make the comparison between using the tin and the cake box.
I lined the tin with cardboard and baking paper then I lined the outside with a rolled up sheet of newspaper tied around. I even put a folded square of tinfoil loosely over the top and cooked at a very low temperature.
Guess what? It burnt around the edges which surprised me. I'm going to use the cake box from now on which didn't require the lining saga and it didn't burn.
The utensil you can see in the bowl is a Danish dough whisk I got from here. It does bread dough and biscuit (cookie) mix with ease.