So here is my second half of the Christmas crafting creations!
First, for my nephew who is constantly carting around an armload of books, DS, games and other stuff where ever he goes, I sewed him a Avatar: The Last Airbender themed messenger bag. The back has a pocket with embroidered patches of the 4 element symbols.
Here is the front flap with the arrow.
And I lined it with a wonderful wool-feeling fabric. Not sure what it really is, I picked it up at a thrift store, but it’s very soft. I was prepared for it to be a “eh, cool.” but not really interesting to an 11 yr old, so I was rather delighted when he actually took his other gifts and stuffed them inside. He *used* it, so that was close enough to liking it in my book! Especially since I was up until 2 AM Christmas morning finishing it! (I ended up having to use my sister’s sewing machine, I flat ran out of time and some of the seams would have been too thick to reasonably hand sew.)
Of course, now my mom wants one, too! And I’ll likely end up making one for my sister as well, and I really want one myself! So I have several more projects pending, and nope, not burnt out on them yet!
For my sister and her hubby’s new house, I made them a Dream Catcher as a house warming/Christmas present. I snipped some branches from their new willow tree and steamed them on the stove until they were nice and pliable, then wound a few into hoops. Picking the one I liked best, I used my yarn and wove the center pattern, adding a couple of beads, then a tuft of kitty fur (one of my cats is half brother to hers.)
I also snuck out to her horses and got some of Cayenne’s mane, then bound both it and some turkey feathers with leather strips. Added a few more beads, some shells, and a bit of bison fleece and was able to present them with this. They were both delighted which of course made me delighted as well!
For my sister and brother-in-law’s individual gifts, I wove hand-spun yarn into bracelets and added a shell as clasp, and their two shells are halves of the same, so they fit together as a pair. This one is his, and it’s laying on his gift bag, which he loved. He asked if I’d make some more bags for him, their tribe gifts them to certain people at ceremonies or for doing a favor for the family or some such thing. So I’m going to make several for him, and embroider a Lummi eagle onto each one, or some other notable Lummi animal art figure (like a frog or whale or some such).
Here is my sister’s, again the shell is the mate to the above, but I made her colors a little brighter, though there are many of the same colors in both, her base warp was white yarn, and his was a blueish gray.
All in all, everyone loved their gifts and I’m so glad I had a chance to do hand-made this year!