|Inspiration photo, Purl Bee blog.|
Hmmm, well the $98 would have been a bargain! It included the backing, beads, sequins, felt, embroidery floss, everything! By the time I scoured both JoAnn's and Pacific Fabrics today, I am out more than that. Little G did get to have a great time swinging the dowel around like a club as I wandered the aisles of JoAnn's, but I don't think that made up for the $$ I spent. This is going to be a fantastically amazing advent when I get it done. What made it so pricey? I separate packages for all the different sequin colors, more wool felt, duck cloth for the backing ($11.99/yd) and for the tree, multiple colors of embroidery floss, and even a few Swaravski crystals for the star on top. I've been alternately printing and hand-drawing all my shapes, then I'll cut them out of double-layers of felt. I am thinking I am going to blanket stitch the edges together. The 2 layers should give the shapes a little body so they don't just flop around.
We'll see. Here's to a VERY pricey advent calendar. Hopefully to become a family heirloom for decades to come. Since so much of it is wool I plan on storing it in a large Ziploc each year. The backing and pockets are going to be duck cloth, natural for the background and pockets, and some shade of green for a tree. I have two colors of green...we'll see which I end up using.
|Templates: some via the internet and some drawn by hand. Actually only the snowman and angel are from the internet.|
|Inspiration pieces from Purl Bee blog.|
|Felt bundles purchased from Purl Soho.|