There was a special reason I used this pretty strawberry fabric for my biographical embroidery/quilt project.
(By the way, a few of you asked about this fabric - it's Lecien's Old/New 30's collection from last year. It's hard to find, but this Japanese fabric is similar and equally adorable.)
I didn't choose it just because it's pretty and it suited the quilt.
The main reason is this ...
... a scissor keep I made for myself 12 years ago.
The kit was a gift from one of my oldest and dearest friends who thought of me when she saw it while on a British holiday. She found it in the gift shop of a castle.
Now, I wouldn't call myself a royal watcher or anything, but I do enjoy British history ... especially when it's spoon fed to me in the form of terrific movies like this one. And I've only ever been across the pond once - 10 memorable days in London, England (in 1994). Plus I can boast British lineage (surnames such as Ferguson and Bowes are found in my family tree). So I was particularly attracted to the story behind this pretty design.
I want to visit the Museum of London ...
just to see the slippers for myself.
It's on my bucket list.
PS: I learned how to make tassels from my macrame days in 8th Grade with Miss Moody ... the scariest teacher ever ... think Robert De Niro at his most intimidating - but as a very short woman with horn-rimmed glasses, no makeup and the most sensible haircut one could have without being in the army. And she always made a point of bringing her prized Doberman Pinchers to school during the first week to set the tone in her classroom. Like that kind of scary ... the kind of scary that made even the worst kids keep silent as church mice when she left the room for 10 minutes to soothe her nicotine craving.
But I digress (again). My point is that Miss Moody taught me how to macrame and it was - hands down - my favorite school option of all time! I made some impressive plant hangers back in the day and finishing them off with a tassel was the best part.
PPS: Please notice how I'm already making good use of my recent Ikea score ...
I'm usually not very good at this sort of thing so I'm feeling particularly smug today. ;)