Sondra's progress on her tote

Sondra Ives sent me some pictures of her progress on her Fanciful Flower tote so far. I was so excited about her creativity, that I asked her if I could post a couple of the pictures even though it is not finished yet. She kindly agreed.

Here is a photo of the whole tote top. Notice how she sewed a piece of linen foundation fabric in the center instead of four wool fabric blocks, so that she could hook the toad from Mr. Toad's Garden. She then appliqued by hand a lily pad under him. She used unusual fabrics for the dragon fly's wings, and embellished the sunflower with a bee button.

But the neatest feature I think is her needle-felted cattails. Wow. She needle-felted them directly on the top. I saw them in person on Thursday at the Stash Sisters meeting, and they are beautifully done.

Needle-felting is new to me. Five years ago, when I took my leave from rug hooking because I had a new baby, I don't recall anything about it. I am hoping to learn how to do it from one of the women in the guild since several are very good felters.

As the women finish up their totes, I hope to get their permission to post pictures of their work here. It is impressive indeed.