I finished another custom crochet hook wrap last week. My customer was really keen to use this gorgeous floral from the Freebird collection by Momo for Moda:
I think she was so right! It’s a lovely fabric from a great collection, and still available at The Eternal Maker, but you wont find much anywhere else. The fabrics I used inside the wrap all came from my stash:
I’ve also made another Runaround bag from the brilliant pattern by Noodlehead. I was a bit unsure about the Retro Ladies from Ruby Star Rising (I am sadly conventional in my fabric choices!), but my friend Lynda was very keen, and I am SO pleased with how this turned out. There are many hard things about taking commissions (I find them quite stressful, worrying about whether they will live up to expectations) but one of the upsides is that you get to use fabric that you might otherwise have been too intimidated by.
You can get the ladies from Celtic Fusion Fabrics. The lining is Hugs and Kisses again (such a useful fabric!), and the binding is a pink linen blend. I love the finished bag, I think the fabric works perfectly with the style.
The pattern for this bag involves gathering the edges of the sides to fit the base – I find it really tricky to get nice, even gathers, especially when working with this linen blend fabric. I’ve been searching round for tips and techniques for making better gathers and came across this video on You Tube, which demonstrates a method of creating gathers by zig-zagging over a fixed length of thread. I’m definitely going to have a go with this next time I’m gathering, but if you have any other tips, do share!