October 15, 2021

A Productive Thursday...

BW Embroidered Heart

I stitched into the wee hours yesterday morning, because I was so enjoying this process. I just kept threading my needles. This is a closeup to share the detail. 

The heart was machine-embroidered, but all of my embellishments were added by hand. I even added seed beads to this one, to simulate dew on the leaves.

Completed Embroidered Heart

After I completed the embroideries, I mounted the piece into a wooden embroidery frame. I backed it with a beautiful pink felt. I think my friend is going to like my treatment of the embroidered heart she mailed to me. I'm glad I found it so I could finish and return it to her, even being this late.

BW Bryn Retriever Wallet Using Black Cork

I also made another wallet for my BFF, Lee. I made the first wallet for her was when I was just dipping my toe into wallet/bag making. It was long enough ago to have been "B.C." (Before Cork). I learned a lot since making that first one. Even so, she's still using it and I have to admit, I was surprised at how good hers still looked.

Completed Bryn "Retriever" Wallet
 

By the time I turned off the lights last night, I'd completed everything except the final pressing and thread trimming. She and her husband raise and train retrievers. Their first Golden was one from our Sammy's litter. They continued her bloodline, and her ancestors are now hunting all these years after our sweet girl passed. They also raise and train Labrador retrievers, but her dogs are usually Goldens.

Interior of Brynwood Bryn "Retriever" Wallet
 

I like using lighter lining to make it easy to see the contents. I used cotton, along with cork fabric for the interior.

I'm having lunch with my BFF on Sunday, so I'll have this wallet wrapped up and ready to gift to her. I can't wait to see her face!

11 comments:

  1. That heart is so gorgeous, & the wallet is so pretty, you know she will love it!
    Marilyn

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  2. Love the embroidery flowers. The wallet touched my heart as I have a black lab.

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    1. Hi Bonnie:
      I'm going to make more of the Lab wallets for my shop and the local craft event in November. I'll post when they're available in case you're interested.
      Glad you like what I embroidered, too!
      xoxo
      Donna

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  3. Very productive day for sure! Two very perfect projects, both of which will be treasured I'm sure. I love the retrievers!

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    1. Hi MA:
      I slept like a baby Thursday night! Thanks for your kinds words.
      xoxo
      Donna

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  4. The embroidery is sweet and I like the simplicity of the finish. She will certainly love it and realize all good things come i time! Great wallet too.

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    1. Hi Charlene:
      Thanks so much. I'm sending it out to my friend today. She'll certainly be surprised! ;-)
      xoxo
      Donna

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  5. Donna Dear your exquisite work really makes me smile. Your hand stitched Roses are perfect for the middle of the heart. The finished hoop is just right. I have one of your very early fabric wallets and continue to love it. The new version for your BFF is stunning and very meaningful. She will treasure it.

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry:
      Thanks for your kind words. I'll definitely be making more of the hearts and roses, but I'll embroider the heart, too. I'm so glad that you still love your wallet. I've learned a lot since those early ones. I'm happy to see that my early ones are still in commission, too. I appreciate you telling me you're still using yours.
      Big Hugs,
      xoxo
      Donna

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