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Thoughts of France

As the sun shone today I began to dream of my forthcoming trip to France… lazy days to enjoy the surrounding countryside of the Loire region. I was planning a sewing project for my Etsy shop as stocks are getting low! With thoughts of France still in my mind, I was drawn to this beautiful piece of grey linen fabric with sunflowers that I’d purchased – I suppose attracted at the thought of fields of sunflowers in Provence!

I love this roomy shoulder bag. Although made for my shop, I am tempted to make another for myself ready for my trip! Perfect for a day out,  far too nice as a picnic bag but I’d certainly fit plenty of baguettes in this!

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Happy New Year!

The New Year has started well with  my  ‘Next Stitch’ intermediate bag making workshop.  I’m itching now to start some new IMG_2931style workshops for this year.IMG_2944IMG_2938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many of you have got a new sewing machine, with every intention of becoming a sewing bee, but are reluctant to admit – it’s still sitting in its box unopened! Perhaps you just need that little push to make a News Years resolution to brush off the dust and read through the guidance notes and begin your first project! Hmmm –  all well and good, but sometimes, you just need that little extra help.

Look no further! I will be running the first of my ‘Back to Basics’ in February. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use a machine for the first time, so you can plan some simple projects for the Spring. My new bunting making workshop will be a good place to start or perhaps a cushion cover workshop? All my workshops are listed on my ‘Which Workshops is Best for Me’ page. For images of recent workshops go to my blog here.


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Bootiful Bag!

IMG_0167I loved my old Camper boots. I have happy thoughts of a ‘special’ birthday trip to Barcelona where my husband bought them for me 6 years ago. Every time I wore them it brought back happy memories.  Despite their shabby appearance, I continued to wear them, as they were so incredibly comfy, warm and cosy. Sadly these old worn boots have finally succumbed to too much wear and tear, but rather than cast them away, I thought it an opportunity to get creative!

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I designed a bag from fabric of a similar colour to the suede of my boots, and used one of the chunky zips from one boot for the fastener and added some of the lime green leather lining as a trim on the strap which went really well with a remnant of striped fabric I used for the outer pocket.

I really love this design so much I am planning on making some for my Etsy shop soon. (Without the recycled parts though!)


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Winter Tweeds

I have to confess I have a passion for tweed! The moment winter arrives I begin to make new bags for my shop from this versatile fabric which never dates. Hence the Harris tweed ipad bag I currently have in my shop! So this weekend I decided to make another tweed bag, in Scottish tweed wool – the one shown here – for my Etsy shop. Made from a lovely thick brown/khaki/ stone checked tweed with a splash of rich turquoise and a border edge of khaki linen.

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