The Creative Family, by Amanda Blake Soule. I thought it was a great idea, but at the time, I had no-one to make it for. Well, this year I am making 2 - yipee! My step-grandsons are now 7 and almost 5, so are the perfect age for this project - and I get to use some of my leftover tweed from the blinds I made in the Autumn.
It is basically a drawstring bag made into a backpack. I also made a pencil roll from more tweedy offcuts. In the bag, I have added a tin of beeswax crayons, a sharpener, a good drawing book, a mandala colouring book, and a book for reading. No doubt some shiny gold chocolate coins will find their way in to the bag too. Not entirely hand made, but I am pleased with it. The second one will be finished tomorrow. I have used blue for the bag, and reversed the colourway on the pencil roll.
My step-daughter, her husband and the two boys are coming over from Switzerland to stay with us on Friday for five days, so we will be having our present exchange during that time. We are all looking forward to their visit, as we haven't seen them for a year. I hope they like their gifts
Can you see the Harris Tweed label on the inside of the pencil roll? When I bought the tweed from the mill, the man asked me what I was making. Thinking he was just expressing a friendly interest I answered - 'Two blinds and a cushion' He then went behind a large counter, unlocked a metal box and carefully extracted 3 of these coveted orb labels, which he handed over to me. I felt as if I was being bestowed with a great honour, and reverently tucked them into my purse. It was so nice sewing them into the pencil rolls - I had a real sense that I was part of a great tradition.
Thank you to Tonya for the Handmade Holiday inspiration every week.