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 …

15 thoughts on “Finished stuff

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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

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