As promised, here is the photo of my finished sweets mat from “Linen Wool Cotton” by Akiko Mano along with the beautiful authentic Japanese tea cup.
I finished all four of these yesterday and can’t wait to give them to my dear friend Amy as a belated birthday gift. I have to say the directions in Akiko Mano’s book were quite easy to follow and I love the detailed drawings, it would be a totally perfect book if she just included some actual patterns with it. There is a lovely dress and purse I would love to make but am nervous to try just using the instructions that give angles to cut curves instead of a pattern. I guess I will have to enlist DH for making the pattern myself. These mats weren’t difficult to make but were time consuming. I can’t imagine making these without a walking foot for your sewing machine. Without the accessory I would be inclined to sew the crocheted lace to the mats by hand. Now that hers are finished I will have to start on mine.
I am proud to say they are only 2 months late this year…last year she didn’t get her birthday gift until September. Don’t the sweets mats go great with the Lizzie Kate “Tea Crazy” cross stitch I gave her last year (and I even framed it myself!) that hangs in her kitchen above her dining table (I also made one for my friend Molly and me of course)? As soon as I saw the sweets mats I knew I had to make them for her. Our little girls loving going out for tea and having tea parties (as do we!) and I thought these would be perfect for hosting tea parties in her own kitchen.
With one gift down I am excited to move onto a gift for my cousins’ son! I wonder how many gifts I will make this year???