This one was for Linda - she loves owls, and feathers hold a special place in her heart, so this combination was perfect! I's also the right colours! Quite lucky really as I was given the fabric, rather than picking it out with a purpose in mind!
The embroidery, which seemed to take forever, is a pattern from Urban Threads - I love pretty much everything on their website! It's hand embroidered in backstitch with the odd French knot, lazy daisy stitch and cross stitch thrown in for good measure. I used two strands of DMC stranded cotton throughout, except for eyes and beaks.
The border around the embroidery is a peeped seam. At least, I think that's what it's called. I took a strip of fabric 1" wide, pressed it in half lengthways, then basted it into the seam allowance, before attaching the feather fabric. I think it's a Robert Kaufman number, but I don't have any more on the selvage than that.
On the inside I used some Botanics, some solids and some randoms. The binding is Kona Purple, and I handstitched it down on the outside, which gives a much tidier finish than when I machine it.
And here are all three finished sew together bags together (you can't see number 1 - it's so full of my crap it won't close at the moment!).
And the insides - it's a sea of zips!
And this is another tick from the Finish Along list!