Finished stuff

I’ve been dabbling with monochrome for a commission. As soon as my customer suggested a black and white theme for three matching pouches, I hoped it was my chance to get my hands on some Summersville! I’ve used it with some black Essex linen, which I’ve quilted here and there for a bit of added texture. The down side is that it’s pretty tough to get a good picture of quilted black fabric, but I think this matching set of pouches looks pretty classy, even though you don’t quite get the full effect.

Summersville pouches

Needless to say the Summersville is fabulous to work with. I would love to do something like this next time I work with it. Who doesn’t love colouring?!

Another customer asked me for a wrap to keep her earrings safe (and untangled!) when she is travelling. This has proved to be a tricky little commission involving several experiments. I wanted to keep the pockets see through and make sure there was absolutely no chance of earrings slipping out of the pockets. This meant working with organza and velcro…..


You know they always warn actors not to work with children or animals? Well the same thing should definitely apply to sewists and organza and velcro…! ¬†But I am pleased with the finished result and am planning to write the whole thing up for a tutorial – I reckon it could be easily adapted for any jewellery travel storage. Here’s the inside (excuse rather shadowy picture):

Earring travel wrap (inside)

and here it is all folded up, with earrings safe and sound:

Earring travel wrap (outside)

Fingers crossed it meets my customer’s requirements! And that’s it for commissions for a while – it’s good to have guaranteed money coming in, but I need to give my creativity a bit of self-indulgent exercise…


Don’t forget my Flea Market Fancy giveaway in conjunction with Seamstar …


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15 responses to “Finished stuff

  1. So, so gorgeous Ali – they look amazing. Organza and velcro *gulps* I would’ve been a sobbing wreck!

  2. pukalu

    Wow! I love the jewellery holder. Can’t wait for the tute.

  3. You can’t beat black and white for elegant simplicity. Those pouches look fabulous Ali, well done. I know what you mean about working with organza. One of my bag designs has an organza and glass nugget embellishment across the front. Needless to say I don’t do it very often! But adding velcro to the mix? You are one crazy lady!!!

  4. Kay

    Great little pouches, I particularly love the way you have done the front one.

  5. Woah, velcro AND organza? You’re a brave woman ;) But I’d say the results are worth it, because the organiser looks lovely!

    Hope you get some time to play soon!

  6. Beautiful work, I love how all of the precious items are kept safe.

  7. Love those projects!

  8. The earring carrier is brilliant! I love that you can see them all easily.
    Teresa x

  9. Tara Blackwell

    These look great Ali! Prefer my wallet though, I would though wouldn’t I?! :D xx

  10. Jane Whalley

    Wowser Ali, absolutely gorgeous work – love both commissions and how fab is the embroidery on the summersville – brilliant. xx

  11. Helen

    They are beautiful, both!

  12. Wynne

    As the soon-to-be recipient of this earring holder (and a matching wallet) I am very excited to see the finished product when it gets to me. Thanks, Ali, for your creativity. Wynne

  13. marg

    Have to agree with Katy, very brave to use velcro and organza but both projects look great

  14. Bev

    Wow, both great projects, can’t decide which one I like best!

  15. Loving the monochromatic, but organza and velcro, that’s brave!

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