Monday, 19 October 2009

Bags and beads

I promised you last week that if the sun shone again I would rush outside and take some pictures of the other bags that I have been making... well, here they are.....
As you can see, I have been inspired by the lovely heathery colours that are filling the moors at the moment...
The main body of these bags is made from a vintage blanket that I have dyed and felted...

I do so love this squirly, circley design.. It's so much fun to do.. if you've never had a go at freehand embroidery on your sewing machine, I would urge you to give it a go... it's not nearly as scary as you think it will be and you will be amazed at what you can do!!



This one is very retro don't you think? I'm especially pleased with this bow detail too... It's definitely all these little details that set you apart from other designer/makers and also add that little extra something


This was definitely my most favourite make of the day.... a new cushion for the sofa!

I just love the colours together and the big shiny buttons!!
I do get moaned at for having so many cushions on my sofa, but I think you can never really have too many can you?
As an aside..... see all those gorgeous cosmos flowers? Well, these are the ones that I grew from seed back in the spring, and they are STILL flowering profusely. I will be planting these again next year too as they are so easy to grow and give so much pleasure.
I took a trip here last week ( I know it's loathed by many!!!) and came home with a few extra things that snuck their way into my shopping basket... such as some new sewing threads... oh, and underneath them is my new table cloth... I LOVE the colours, and, although it's waterproof... I vowed I'd never have another one of those now that the children are all grown up - I really wanted to have grown up, vintage, fabric cloths (I do have those too), this doesn't look at all plasticky, just bright and colourful... yay!

Oh... how did they get in there??? More fabric I hear you say... well..... yeeessss!! Just a couple of metres for a few more bags and other goodies that I want to make. The sewing bug has really caught on again... I think I was shamed into it by a very dear friend... you know who you are J... who was shocked at my lack of sewing over the last few years and said as much... thanks for the shove!! So, watch this space for some more fabricky goodies in the near future...
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Well, here we are at The Bead lagoon..... This is the lovely shop in Sidmouth where I take jewellery making classes on a regular basis....
... and here we are inside... all prepared and ready to go....
I love the wall paper and curtain fabric.. it gives the shop a warm welcoming feel...
My students trying to choose their beads for earrings and necklaces...
This is the hardest part of the morning I think... choosing colours and styles!!!

Well, wouldn't you find it hard with all of this amazing selection to choose from?


... and this.....


Scrumptious!!!! If you are ever in the area this is a place NOT to be missed, you will be amazed by the selection and quality of the beads...

Here are just a couple of other shots of the shop... as you can see there are many, many trays of beads and findings and plenty of inspiration in the form of jewellery that has been made by Kate, at The Bead lagoon, and also some of my pieces too!!!

There are several more workshop dates in the diary now....
Saturday October 24th... Beginners workshop 10am - 1.30pm
Thursday November 5th... Beginners workshop 10am - 1.30pm
Saturday November 14th... Wire work jewellery workshop 10am - 1.30pm
Thursday November 26th... Beginners workshop 10am - 1.30pm
Saturday December 5th... Jewellery making for Christmas presents 10am - 11.30 am and 12pm - 1.30pm
I would love to see you if you are in the area.... and if not, why not treat yourself to break and stay at Pebbles, which is not far away, and come along to one of the workshops... you will not be disappointed with either!!!
I am now off to try and finish my promotional literature for some workshops that I will be holding at The Flavel in Dartmouth on the first three Tuesday evenings in December... could be difficult though as when I came to find the photo paper on which to print my posters, I discovered that there is only piece left... hmph! ... the others having been snaffled by a certain daughter who is taking photography as an 'A' level... grrrrr! Looks like I will be off to the shops then!!!

Bye for now xx

p.s if you would like to know how to do freehand machine embroidery on your sewing machine, please let me know and if there's enough interest, I may put a tutorial on the blog.. woo hoo.. my first one!
I'm happy to give you tutorials on jewellery making too if you would like them... just let me know

TTFN xx






8 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

I Love those bags, the purple colour is so rich and wonderful. I don't recognise the bead shop in Sidmouth where is it near? but in one of the photos with a shop opposite looking towards the door there is a man walking he is my friends father!
I would be very interested in machine embroidery.
Thee is an award for you on blog if you wish to collect it.
Julie x

Helen said...

Wonderful!! I love the cushion, but then I would!!

Jo, Cornwall said...

Yes - please, please a tutorial on machine embroidery. Having been a (silent) follower of your blog for ages, I know it would be good. Pleeese :)

Serenata said...

Oh yes please do a tutorial on freehand machine embroidery thank you! :-)

Karoline said...

I love the bags, the purple is just gorgeous. I would be very interested in a tutorial on machine embroidery

Pomona said...

The bags are lovely - I really like those purply colours, and the bead shop looks a dream!

Pomona x

Julia said...

Hello there :)

I do like your bags! Especially drawn to the freestyle embroidery one, the colour is gorgeous!
I have recently purchased Poppy Treffrys book on machine embroidery, so I would be eager to learn anything you might be sharing in a tutorial - I find this a really addictive medium to work with!

Love Julia x

Julia said...

Hello there :)

I do like your bags! Especially drawn to the freestyle embroidery one, the colour is gorgeous!
I have recently purchased Poppy Treffrys book on machine embroidery, so I would be eager to learn anything you might be sharing in a tutorial - I find this a really addictive medium to work with!

Love Julia x