Did you think I'd ever get this posted? I didn't either. But here it is: my first inspiration of the Once Upon a Thread Series!
I know there are a lot of versions of this story, but I adore this particular version of Stone Soup, set in China with three monks and a quaint little village. Just take a look at the cover, with the little girl peering into the huge pot.
blouse, and the bubble skirt [aka the pot] was my own pattern.
My large button love surfaced again on this project :)
The fabric for the overalls and the fabric I used for the bubble skirt lining came from fabric.com.
Here are the detail photos of the buttonholes. I did the top two button holes horizontal and the rest vertical, with the last one sewn with contrasting red thread and small, spherical milk glass buttons. Very pleased with how it turned out.
Here's a peak at the lining of the bubble skirt: carrots!!
After supping on stone soup, the traditional entertainment of shadow puppets amuses the masses.
and the villagers learn that happiness comes from giving of themselves.
And I had to incorporate the stones, right? At first I attempted to drill my own buttons. I bought my stone drill bit and had my stones ready, my goggles on...and I drilled and drilled and drilled all for a little dent. I even called a friend whose husband is a stone expert, and then my dad just for a second opinion. Slow and add water was the consensus. As I exasperatedly put my drill down and walked out of the room, Ryan asked what I was going to do. I told him I would find something on Etsy, you can find anything on Etsy, right? And I did! I fell in love with this set of drilled stones found at Allybean's shop. She has some pretty amazing stones that she gathers and drills herself. And! she sent an extra set with the ones I purchased for one of you! I'll choose one of the comments left and even engrave some words of your choice. What would you put on your three stones?
Some of you have asked if Once Upon a Thread will be an annual event. I enjoyed it so much that, yes! I think it will! I'm even considering do a bi-annual Once Upon a Thread for two weeks instead of the whole month. It was suggested I even do a separate blog...which I have also mind mulled, but right now I'm leaning toward keeping it here, on no big dill.