All my PIFs have arrived so now I can reveal what I did. Big decisions first as to what I should stitch as there were seven to do, so quite a bit of stitching. Previously I have made needle cases for PIF pressies and for a blogoversary pressie I stitched a complete set of a needle case, scissor pocket and scissor fob which were all Blue Ribbon designs..so I had to think of something just as nice but perhaps a little simpler.
The design I chose came out of Gift of Stitching, the online cross stitch magazine. I knew I’d use it one day!! Actually I have used one other little cross stitch design out of the 18 magazines I now have, all in their own folder in my documents! I used some hand dyed 28C even weave fabbie out of my stash for five and two were a nice pink 28C even weave and DMC threads.
Although I am trying to rotate stitching, when its only smalls I like to complete an item totally. So I did all the cross stitching first on each little scissor pocket, then stitched them up and then lined each one in felt. I loved making the beaded scissor fobs, thanks to the tutorial
Focus on Finishing (Beaded scissor fob)
I found a firm on line that didn’t charge for postage for the scissors, (I expect it was included in the cost of the pairs of scissors but I thought I was getting a bargain! ) and they are rather nice and very sharp.
I stitched the initial of each recipient on the back of each pocket and the simple Quaker Tree design on the front. For Anne known as Strawberry Jam Anne I included a little strawberry as well as her initial! I got such a buzz each time each pocket was finished.
I do hope all my PIFs pressies were liked and that now the recipients will carry on the tradition of passing a gift forward to three other people.
It is such a lovely thought and one that is fostered in the blogging world, which is so nice to know we have such wonderful caring and thinking sisters and some brothers too I do believe. LOL