Fearful symmetry!

I’ve been cutting and snipping, measuring and aligning… and produced this crazily symmetrical wallet:

Tangerine Trees Wallet

When my customer chose this amazing print – Nouveau Trees from Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern collection – for her commission wallet, I knew that only totally accurate positioning and cutting would do. It was a challenge, let me tell you…

The scary symmetry is on the inside too:

Tangerine Trees wallet inside

Can you tell how proud I am…?! With many thanks, as usual, for this wonderful wallet tutorial from Confessions of a Fabricaholic.

I have to say that Midwest Modern is probably still my favourite Amy Butler collection, it was quite nice to discover I could still get hold of bits of it at The Cotton Patch. Are you an Amy Butler fan? I find some of her patterns tough to work with, but they can be very rewarding.

25 years ago today…

My brother phoned me up earlier to remind me (thanks bro!) that exactly 25 years ago today we were at Wembley Stadium (the old one!) seeing U2 on the Joshua Tree tour. What were you doing 25 years ago I wonder? I find it amazing that I can remember 13 June 1987 so clearly (even down to what we had for our picnic lunch and the clothes I was wearing), but can barely remember what I had for dinner yesterday..

What the 17 year old me (oops, given my age away..) would have made of what I’ve been up to today, I have no idea. ‘Making wallets – really? Why am I bothering to work so hard on these A-Levels then?’ would probably have been the reaction.

In fact, I am up to my eyes in wallets. I have four done/almost done, and 2 still to make.. Then I am taking a break from them for a while…! But I am feeling a minor sense of triumph today because I have finally finally finished tweaking my pattern for a small pocket-sized wallet.

Wallet outside again

I’ve managed to squeeze in three small credit card pockets and 2 large slip pockets:

Wallet - pockets sorted

and a larger coin section:
Wallet - finalised!

and it all folds up into a 5″ (or thereabouts) square.

Wallet outside

I LOVE this fabric collection (Miscellany by Julia Rothman for Cloud 9) – I know my 17 year old self, with my obsession with black, would definitely have approved.. I’m planning to put this one in my Folksy shop, which has been much neglected lately.

Catching up with my finishes..

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break. I managed to resist chocolate, but have eaten my fill of Easter biscuits and Simnel Cake (marzipan – yum, my favourite…). We’ve had a lovely time, but now we are looking forward to everyone going back to school so we can have the parks and walks to ourselves  again.

Work-wise it’s a bit same old, same old for me at the moment – I’ve had lots of commissions to complete, and it’s been those favourite old perennials, crochet hook wraps, wallets and booties that I’ve been asked to make… But in spite of being on well trodden sewing paths, I’ve been able to use some lovely fabrics, and the pleasure of putting different fabrics together has its own rewards.

So first up is this Folklore Forest wallet. I wish I had bought loads of this fabric (by Lecien I seem to remember) – so many people have asked me to make them something with it… I only bought half a metre, on impulse, in a sale. So you see, never resist the impulse to buy fabric…

Folklore Forest Wallet

The pink binding is the lovely Four Square by  Denyse Schmidt (available at Gone to Earth). Regular readers and many of my customers will know that this is one of my favourite prints in the world – it’s such a workhorse! The tiny polka dot fabric is becoming another go-to fabric for me – it’s a lovely, very useable linen, that comes in a variety of colours from My Fabric House. The wallet itself is my own half-size version of Liz’s wallet tutorial, which I used to make this bigger version:

Farmdale Blossom Wallet

Wallet on the inside

The fabric here is Farmdale Blossom – another hard to find print now, but also one of my favourites, and I’ve used more of that polka dot linen from MFH. So, look at all that money – that’s what I call photo props! And a little insight into my life and interests- my library card, my Campaign for Real Ale membership card, and my Camping and Caravanning Club membership card. Yes, I am a middle-aged bloke – fooled you!

My latest crochet hook wrap (in spite of having made so many) was an absolute nightmare because I just couldn’t get it all to line up properly – then I realised that I cut the fastening strip 1″ to short. Too much Easter sherry maybe?

Crochet hook wrap

This is yet another set of fabrics from My Fabric House, requested by my customer, who clearly has sophisticated tastes.

I have had these booties sitting round in my ‘to be completed’ box (actually, I have several of these boxes, and bags, and cupboards…), when someone serendipitously got in touch to ask me for a pair of booties for a little girl. All I needed was a little motivation…

Matryoshka booties

I got the lovely Matryoshka doll linen mix from Celtic Fusion Fabrics. I’m really pleased I remembered how to make them, I was all bootie-d out after Christmas.

But while I was in the bootie-zone (as it were) I also finished these, which will actually be going into my shops…

Patchwork booties

I am so delighted with this photo, this is just the look I am aiming for. I finally feel like I am getting somewhere with my camera (famous last words!).

What an epic! Hope you sewers and crafters out there are having equally productive times..