I used to have a rule about the Creativ Festival: I needed to finish all the previous year’s classes before I could sign up for the next year’s classes. A few years back, that rule was forgotten as the number of classes I took got greater and greater. But, seeing my huge backlog of projects, I decided that I would work hard to finish my class projects from the 2015 fall festival.
Last year I actually managed to finish several of the projects from the 2015 festival, like the ornament above. But, I still have a few more to go. So, while still feeling brave after finishing the Just Nan Needle Flutter – Lady, I decided to try finishing the most difficult project I had left, Matryoshka Keepsake Case designed by Michelle Cheong.
My little guy has a certain… charm. For some reason his face opening ended up much larger than it should be, and it is a little off centre. I also didn’t do a great job with the needle turn applique. When I make another one I will most likely make the face out of felt and applique it on top of the body fabric, rather than underneath like this one is.
Otherwise, I’m very happy with how it turned out. I love the shape of the case, and the lovely heavy zipper that fits just right. It is such a cute idea.
The little pear-shaped pieces that this little case is built around are apparently only available in Japan. I’ve tried to find an online source for them, but I haven’t had any luck. If you’d like to learn more about how these case are made, you can check out Summer 2014 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread magazine.