I’ve been working on some secret projects recently, and I am glad that I can finally reveal with a small fanfare (feel free to do your own sound effects…). First up is this storage pouch I’ve made for a swap with my online friend Helen of Hollie-in-Bloom. I know Helen likes bright colours and funky patterns so I decided to use this very cute Michael Miller fabric called Lovebirds to make her a useful (I hope) storage pouch for some of her sewing stuff.
Although it’s a slightly manic combination, I do like the way these colours work together – it’s lined with a tiny white on red polkadot fabric, which makes it even more crazy – sorry I didn’t get a photograph of that for you. I’d like to make some more of these in different fabrics for the shop, now I’ve had my first go – I loved doing the pleated insert. Please excuse the slightly crumpled look – I’ve decided I really need to buy a new iron…
On an utterly different note, I’ve also been making a small gift for a friend of mine who is being ordained as an Anglican priest this weekend. So tough to know what to make, but I wanted to send him a bit more than a card. Here’s what I came up with:
I crocheted the motif with embroidery cotton, then sewed it onto a piece of Kaffe Fassett shot cotton, and, as you can see, on the back I’ve embroidered the ordination date. The finished ‘thing’ (I’ve no idea what to call it…) is about the size of a coaster so he can use it for his clerical sherry glass/cup of tea or maybe as a place-marker in a worthy & uplifting book…
Finally, I need to ask for your help. I’ve been working on this little purse. I was really keen to make it in this shape – influenced a bit by old-fashioned drawstring pouches, and also to really draw attention to the crocheted trim. But now I am not so sure – what do you think of the shape? Does it just look dumpy??
and do you think it could do with a bit more embellishment?
And if so, WHAT? I think it looks too bare myself and was wondering about quilting round the squares, or just making a little embroidered motif somewhere… but just can’t decide what would look best. Would love to hear your thoughts before I start attacking it with my needle again…
Have a great weekend… I’ll be back tomorrow with a recipe for gooseberry curd (one of the most delicious preserves you will ever try – guaranteed) and then some fabric news on Sunday, Meanwhile, don’t forget the Fancy Moon giveaway… a huge thank you to everyone who has entered so far – you all have great taste in fabrics!