Recently I used a voucher I had to get some new embroidery threads to add to my collection.
They look amazing together don't they.
Today its not pleasant outside so I have been working on my latest felt ball. # 27 that I have made. It is for Grandson # 2.
This photo shows the stage where I have sewn all 12 pentagons together and have wound the batting strip stuffing around a bottle top rattle in the middle and inserted it into the felt pentagon casing. The final seams have to be sewn on the outside . So that final stitching doesn't show and to add interest, I chain stitch around each pentagon edge before working on the 12 mofits.
Here you can see 6 coloured pentagons
Here you can see the other 6.
I hadn't used a dinosaur motif before. Here it has a red pin stuck in for it's eye. I doubt I can sew an eye to look as good but will try.
Next I did a Capital C for Grandson Christian name.
In both photos you can see the white where I have started a chicken. That is 3 of the 12 picture motifs taken care of. I try to make every ball individual to each child.so will make sure none of the motifs that appear on Grandson # 1's ball get put on this one.
I make all the balls the same size and keep cardboard patterns of all the motifs I make up. I also have a notebook that I started back at ball 1 stage, 18 plus years ago in which I have recorded the detail of each ball; what was on it, who it was for and the date.
I have just been looking at that notebook.
Balls have been made for ( mostly babies ) named :Noah; Tautahi; Amy; James; Jessica; Joshua; Nancy; Jackson; another James; Alex; Aleisha; Poppy; Chloe; George; Scott; Ella; and Lane.
3 have been made for adults named Pauline , Annie and Penny. One was given to a fund raising auction. I still have 3 here the 1st ,2nd and another for playing with at my house.
Not all balls stayed in NZ. Balls have ended up in Australia ( 2) ; UK and Alaska.
My eye sight is not nearly as good these days so the early balls were probably neater..
Right, back to the needle and thread.