Matryoshka Keepsake Case Finish

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.

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

Icy Ornament, designed by Carol Storie

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.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case

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.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, outside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, outside

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.

Matryoshka Keepsake Case - opened, inside

Matryoshka Keepsake Case – opened, inside

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.


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11 Responses to Matryoshka Keepsake Case Finish

  1. Amy says:

    The ornament is very pretty, and the keepsake is adorable! What a neat finish!

  2. Rachel says:

    It’s very cute – and well done for finishing it, it looks quite a tricky piece!

  3. Justine says:

    Two great finishes! Your finishing is very neat.

  4. Kim says:

    Lovely finish. I think he’s cute….

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  6. Jo ButterZ says:

    Was the zip sewn in by hand on all sides and is there cardboard in each shape.
    That case is so cute

  7. Catherine says:

    Oh my that Matryoshka is so sweet, I love this.
    I think you did a perfect job she is adorable.
    I like the ornament the thread colors are a lovely choice.

  8. Margaret says:

    What a pretty little ornament and that little case is just the cutest thing ever. Love it.

  9. Joanne P says:

    I love your little Russian Doll! You should make a bigger one as a project bag and pop this one inside with a teeny tiny one inside.
    Like you haven’t got enough to do LOL