Today was the first full day of the Creativ Festival. Classes began at 9am and went all the way until 8pm. It takes a lot more energy than you would think to stitch, bead, sew, and craft all day. But this early into the festival we all mostly still have a lot of energy. 😉 Add to that game 5 in the Blue Jays/Rangers series, and it was an exciting day. (The baseball stadium is literally next door to the convention centre, and I can see it out my hotel room window. Also: yay!!!!!! Let’s go, Blue Jays!)
My first class of the day was Geisha Clutch with Edith Kauffeldt of Sew Have Fun. The project was a lovely little clutch/wallet that worked up much more quickly than I expected. I left out the id pocket because I didn’t want to stitch on vinyl with the terrible sewing machines we had, and I also don’t really like id pockets. I’m still super pleased with the final result, and I can see myself making more of these, perhaps with a few minor variations.
Edith taught us a little tip for adding zippers to items where the zipper could be visible on the side. She wraps the end of the zipper, like you do when the ends are left loose, and then sews it into the side seam as per usual. It makes for a much nicer look on the side of bag. That tip was worth the price of the class. 😉
My evening class was Icy Ornament with Carol Storie of Heartfelt Designs. It has a centre snowflake worked in #8 braid, surrounded by a bargello border worked in DMC Color Variations #8 perle cotton. The fabric is a super sparkly congress cloth. The whole piece is just lovely, and it will shine so nicely on my Christmas tree. It might even end up there is year since I managed to finish my piece in class.
Speaking of finishing things, I’m 3 for 3. I had a bit free time this afternoon, so I finished up yesterday’s Precious Jewel piece. Check out my Twitter feed for pictures.
Tomorrow is yet another full day: broomstick crochet in the morning, a needlecase in the afternoon, and a biscornu in the evening.