Thursday, 15 November 2012

Are you getting bored yet....!?

Getting bored with posts about stitching I mean.   I think DD probably is because she told me that, although she enjoys my posts, she's not so keen on the crafty stuff.  If there's anything I've mentioned before that you'd like to hear more about  I'll try to oblige.  Until then, here are my latest crafty offerings: -

 Four tote bags made with a variety of strong furnishing weight fabics.  They are all lined and have a simple pocket for small essentials.
 This was the first, experimental version.  The flowered fabric is from my mother and looked like it was from a chair cover.  The blue-check is a strange fabric that felt like it had a rubber coating but I can't remember where I got it from.  It certainly made the handles strong (I broke a needle in the process!)

 The next three bags I made as a batch so they took no longer altogether than the first one.

 This one is my favourite of the bunch. The blue is from some old denim jeans.

 I had a revelation when topstitching the top edge of the bags (this orange polka-dot is the lining of the cream bag).  I'm sure this will come as no surprise to most stitchers but I realised that I could get a straighter stitch-line if I moved the needle position rather than the fabric, under the foot.  Here, I've lined up the seam with the line on the foot and moved the needle to the right, where I want the stitch-line to go.  It made it much easier to follow a straight line.

This scarf is similar to the one bought from my craft stall and which two people were interested in.  I've made this for the other person as a Christmas present. Spot the un-deliberate mistake that I won't be redoing!

Progress since last time:

1 brooch finished and another started.
1 recycled child's jeans bag finished.
Crocheted/knitted bag started.

Bye for now
Teresa x


Natalie Jones said...

Really love the bags! Such beautiful colour combinations, they'll be really popular.

wayside wanderer said...

Love all the stitching you do. Is the mistake two swirls really close together? IT took me a minute to spot it. Pretty scarf.

Little Green Doll said...

Great tote bags! Beautiful combinations of the fabrics, my favourite is the second one you show :) Silvia x

Kath said...

Hi, I came over from Kay and Sime's blog. I enjoyed seeing your crafts, especially your be quilt. I look forward to seeing that develop. You are a girl after my own heart with your hand pieced hexagons.
Best wishes Kath