I started embroidering this tea towel...oh no- it was over a year ago. This was to be my rising-dough tea towel, something pretty to encourage myself to keep baking bread. And pizza crust..mostly pizza crust. The official dough-rising bowl is white with a pattern of black beautiful-but-mysterious plants, so black-on-white it was.
My parents had sent me a little money, just because, so I hopped over to Kinokuniya Books for their excellent selection of Japanese craft books. When I sew things as gifts I like to use my own designs, but if it's for myself I do not want to have to, you know, think.
book* I picked is soooo cute, but not too cute. Well, just the
amount of too-cute. Scandinavian design, by way of Japan, with tons of charming patterns and scenes. There's one of a tiny squirrel in
a scarf mailing a letter that just kills me. No! Not until this little
kitchen is done.
But here's the
thing: I don't know how to finish it. As you can see, I've already made a few changes. I don't have
a flower pot or jar of plums in my kitchen, a map would only remind
me how hopeless I am at geography, a little flag would get dusty, and I've never been drawn to
Dala horses. That leaves one empty shelf, and a big old empty spot on
the wall. What should I add? What would be fun to sew? What would be possible to sew? French press, wine glasses, teapot? Cocktail shaker and mortar & pestle? My little kitchen witches?
*I'm not sure what the title is, but the ISBN is 4-8347-2480-8!