Thursday, August 29, 2013

Made by Hand: Mystery Project

Playing along with Made by Hand again this week... Pop over to Christina's to see more.

I've been working on a mystery project... actually, there's no real mystery, more of a I-can't-
believe-I'm-actually-making-one-of-these moments ;) 

Here is the story... 
It was my Aunt's birthday and I, with no idea what to give her, asked if there was something 
she wanted. She said that she's been looking everywhere for 'something' without luck, and 
would I be able to make her one? Of course I said yes...

She wanted it in red and grey, so I started by block printing the base layer of the design...



Then I did an overprint in the red so that it would stand out...



I sewed some layers of backing to the pieces because they'd need a bit of structural integrity 
to fullfil their purpose...



And embroidered some red around some of the motifs to give it a bit more 'pop' :)
These aren't really clues, are they? Well, I can tell you that it's rectangular 3D shape...



It also needed a little 'handle' at the top so it could be lifted off... so I guess the second clue 
is that it's purpose is to cover something...



I'm sure the excitement is just too much, so I'll confess that, yes, this week I actually made a 
toaster cover.......... you don't see them much these days ;)



I hope my Aunt likes it :)

32 comments:

  1. Brill! Now I need one of those in my kitchen!

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  2. Hahaha! That's hilarious, and very beautiful! Well done!

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    1. That's lovely of you, Dana :) I'm aiming for "useful" ;) Kx

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  4. So funny! I would have never imagined toasters to be so objectionable, but it's definitely a gorgeous cover!

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  5. Its brilliant Kylie!
    I love all the texture and depth you put into the fabric design!xxJ

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  6. Wow I never knew they even existed! Looks Gorgeous! Love it! :)

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  7. It looks like there is a little sewing machine hiding under there! Love the layers and the details. I'm sure she will love it!

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    1. Haha, yes it does, doesn't it?! Thanks Fiona :) Kx

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  8. Until a couple of moments ago I never even knew I coveted a cover for my toaster. Thank you for helping me come to this realisation.

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    1. You are funny, Jane :) Thanks for your lovely words. Kx

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  9. a toaster cover?!
    regardless, it is a thing of beauty (and would look fab over my sewing machine). i was guessing an ironing board cover at first, then a tissue box cover heh!

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    1. Haha, yes all in the same league Max. Thank you :) Kx

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  10. Kylie, you can make anything look good, even a toaster cover! It's beautiful. Such lovely design and finish. I'm sure she will love it. Her toaster will be the envy of toaster everywhere. xx

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  11. I have never needed a toaster cover. Until now. Now I want one.

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  12. It amazing, such a lovely gift idea. Stopping over via my by hand
    Clare
    http://summerhousebythesea.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Clare :) Thanks for stopping by. Kx

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  13. That's amazing Kylie, you've made a toaster cover look beautiful and sophisticated! Are you sure that such a thing existed prior to this, maybe you should patent the idea? Does it keep the toast warm, like a tea cosy? x

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    1. Hi Bec! I was just thinking about you (spooky!) I am positive it existed before - a 1950s staple of fetes and church rummage sales along with the tea cosy and crocheted pot holder ;) Unlike the tea cosy, it's actually to keep the toaster dust free while it's not in use. Thanks for visiting :) Kx

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  14. omg you are just too clever kylie! your aunt will be thrilled. what a thoughtful and beautifully made gift!

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  15. It's the best I have ever seen!

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