Sewist’s Name: Cynthia Brooks from Holden, Massachusetts
Type of Project: Kindle Clutch
Pattern: Jot it Down – Better Homes & Gardens
Featured Date: 1-19-23
Hi, I’m Cynthia and I am showing a project which I call my “Kindle clutch”. The pattern is for a planner called “Jot it Down” and it’s from the Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Handwork Happiness, May 2020.
The cover of my clutch is fabric salvaged from a dress which I made and embroidered when I was 18 years old. The dress was is very good condition and I repurposed the bodice for this project. The dress meant a lot to me as I embroidered the dress while my husband and I traveled on a cross country camping trip soon after we married. I have saved the dress for over 40 years!
I embellished the cover piece with more embroidery inspired by my memories of visiting the National Parks of Canada and the USA. Mountains, sunsets and fields of flowers. I used the fabric from the body of the dress in the construction of the planner and to create the interior flaps. I learned to love hand embroidery all over again. Using this piece of needlework from my youth combined with the sewing and quilting skills gained over my lifetime was very meaningful.