Well I finished Michaela’s library bag, and am quite proud of myself. As I planned, I finished the applique by stitching (twice) around each shape about 1/8″ or so from each edge.
This time I challenged myself, and did all of the sewing free-motion (as in, feed dogs down). It’s tricky, but another one of those skills, where the only way to get better, is to actually do it. The letters of Michaela’s name were the hardest, but luckily they are really dark, so the mistakes don’t stand out.
Did you notice who sneaked her way into that first picture?
Lotta the Moodle, who is the fluffiest she has ever been! Here you can see her just after a bath, a blow-dry and a brush. Unfortunately, I have to have her clipped, as she is starting to get matted, especially on her underside. Once her fur is this long, she is very hard to keep snarl-free, and I think wearing her coat at night has contributed to the matting. She is going to be wearing the coat a whole lot more after her trim!
Meanwhile, on the weekend, Luke picked up a new friend, while mowing the lawn – a Stick Insect (or phasmid). We were all fascinated, so we had a good look, and then gently popped her (as far as I can tell, the male phasmids have wings, and the females do not) back onto one of the bushes in the backyard.
The sun is shining today,and I think Winter is starting to lighten up, or perhaps that is just hope talking. How is Winter (or High Summer) treating you?