It’s definitely been awhile, which is not because I haven’t been busy, because I have, but as I said in my previous post I’ve been gift crafting. Over the last month I’ve been crafting for a Firefly Swap on Ravelry. Now that my spoilee has received her gifts, I can tell you about them.
I found out about the swap a while ago and had been coming up with various ideas for it, a Jayne hat inspired coin purse with chocolate coins in it, a Simon “medical kit” that included essential things any knitter needs, a few cross stitch ideas around various characters, a pink handbag for a shindig, bottle cap stitch markers for each crew member, and a few other that seem to have slipped my mind. Once I received my swapper and did some stalking, I only used two of the ideas, the pink handbag and the stitch markers and I added a little project book, an embroidered bookmark and a variation of the Jayne hat.
The handbag is, big surprise, an Amy Butler pattern; it is the Clutch Handbag with Fabric Flower from In Stitches. My version does not have the flower and I added a little fake button made out the lining fabric. It was very easy to make, the only other modification I made was with the interfacing. A lot of the patterns in In Stitches call for a very heavy interfacing called Timtex. I don’t know if they sell it in the UK, they definitely don’t sell it at my local craft shop, so I used two pieces of heavy interfacing instead. I’ve never used Timtex to compare, but the two pieces of heavy interfacing seem to have worked just fine. The only other change I would make if I made it again would be to add some little pockets to the divider for a phone, keys, lipstick, whatever a lady doesn’t want to rummage around for at the bottom of her bag. You can never have too much storage in a handbag.
The idea for a handbag came to me from Kaylee’s cupcake dress in the episode ‘Shindig.’ The fabric I chose for the lining is also a reference to Kaylee and the bright floral shirts she wears. It also has an element of Oriental style to it, which fits in perfectly with the Firefly verse. Conveniently, one of my spoilee’s favorite characters is Kaylee and her favorite episode is ‘Shindig.’
Remember when I made stitch markers a few months ago? Well, it was all part of my plan to make Firefly bottle cap stitch markers. I wanted to get the hang of jewelry making to see if it was a reasonable project to undertake. I’m not terribly good at jewelry making, but I think they turned out quite well considering. I wanted to do more with the beads to make them themed around each character a bit more, but I couldn’t afford that kind of attention to detail. However, my small stash of beads did include a little leaf for Wash and an ‘autumn’ flower for Zoe. I also tried to match up the bottle caps other people kindly donated (thank you everyone) to each character. I don’t remember all of them and didn’t get pictures of the backs, but Shepard Book got a Bishops Finger cap (Shepard Book is a preacher), Jayne got a King Fisher cap that says, “Most Thrilling Chilled,” Zoe got a brown[coat] cap from the so-called “natural” Pepsi, Wash got a cap with a flower for his Hawaiian shirts, and Mal got a cap with a cock that says, “Courage.”
I also had some little graph paper books the Mr. brought back from a conference, so I covered it in a piece of brown felt and put a picture of the crew on it to make it a little more exciting. I also made a little fabric bookmark with a quote from River, another one of my spoilee’s favorite characters.
The least original, is the Jayne hat, but my spoliee said she would like one, just not in the original colours, red, yellow and orange. Since my spoilee wanted this, and she doesn’t like chocolate and didn’t indicate any preference towards Jayne, I made the hat instead of the coin purse.
I decorated the packing box with a big picture of Serenity and the River quote, “Mid-bulk Transport. Standard Radion Accelerator core. Class code 03-K64–Firefly,” (I only had the time and skill to allude to my package being a Firefly cargo ship, but I really wanted to make my package in the shape of Serenity and make the inside a sort of diorama) and I found this great comic to add with a little note. After a month or two of crafting and watching the whole Firefly series about 3 times, plus some random episodes here and there, the Mr. decided that adding this comic was thing that made me really geeky. If only.