Monday, 28 February 2011

First Parade of Patchwork Purses

It's lovely to be back from my little break and as hoped; I feel all refreshed and eager.So to start my week I finally started adding some new bags to my little corner of Folksy

I've always harboured a fondness for patchwork and find the notion of carefully piecing together small precious fragments intoxicating.This 'Queen Bee' clutch bag is inspired by the fairytale of the same name and I tried incorporating different textures and images to reflect the many layers which occupy most fairytales.  

The bag has hand drawn illustrations,new and vintage fabric pieces and trims,glass pearls,embroidery,a floral hand painted button and detachable wristlet strap.

This clutch has a more nostalgic feel as I used squares of reproduction 30's feedsack cloth alongside a linen mix fabric.When I was making the bag the shape reminded of a letter so I hand embroidered my Gracie Make keyhole logo in the style of a vintage postal stamp.

And finally this patchwork 'happy' purse just in time for Spring.It again features reproduction 30's feedsack cloth,embroidery,a mother of pearl button and hanging leather and lace leaf zip pull.

Will now have to get back to finishing more bags and purses.I'm working on framed bags and leather purses too so if zipped clutches aren't your 'bag'(sorry - couldn't resist the pun!)there will be lots of other choices very soon.
Take Care

Sunday, 20 February 2011

A little break and a lovely people

I'm off on a wee holiday today to visit family so wanted to pop in to say hello and show my virtual face.I'm really looking forward to the break and the hope I'll come home all spritely and refreshed.

But before I head off on my travels and I wanted to say thank you to Supercutetilly , NOfkantsCurios and Sugarplum Kawaii for passing on the Stylish Blogger Award to me.I highly recommend all three lovely ladies' great blogs and wonderful shops!

The rules of the nomination are
1. Thank the person and include the link for the nomination.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3.Nominate 15 blogs for the award.

Here are my seven 'interesting' facts about myself.

One - I'm scared of mashed potato,I even feel strange typing this(quickly fetch the smelling salts!)

Two -  I never ever wear matching socks or stockings.My feet only match when wearing tights.

Three - I'm the queen of phases and these phases are often lengthy.As a teenager I wore a ring on each of my fingers but for the past seven years my hands have remained naked and ring less.Also I drank only milk for five years solid many moons ago.

Four - I own eighty five dresses of which I probably only wear twenty.I obviously have hoarding issues but they are just too pretty to part with!

Five - Drawing and painting have always been my first loves but recently hand sewing has been creeping in to compete for first place.So combining all three seems to be the most obvious way to go.

Six - I would love to be as graceful as Vivian Leigh was,sing like Kate Bush,be as talented as my grandmother,as brave as Joan of Arc and have teeth like Patricia Arquette's.

Seven -  My greatest ambition is to have my own book published and see it on a shelf in my grandparents library.You never know..  

And now for the blogs I would like to nominate.I will try to not duplicate any blogs but I think it's inevitable.I love these blogs for so many different reasons; some inspire me; some teach me,others make me chuckle and some feel so familiar and warm that it's like popping in for a cup of tea and chat.

Folk and Fairy


Tilly Rose

Sixty one A

The Secret Hermit

Just Lilla

Mitzi Makes

Hope you enjoy all these other blogs if you have not seen them already.I'll be back in a week so take care until then,

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Busy as a bee but yet no honey

These dear ladies are the guardians of my work corner.They are supposed to symbolize the changing seasons but to be honest they kind of make me giggle.As you can see they are wading through an ocean of pretty offcuts and this is pretty much how I feel myself as of late.

Do you ever feel weighed down by how much you want to make but simply do not have the hours available to get it done in? I have always been a parallel creator with several makes on the go at once and this approach has always served me well...until now.

I won't bore you with the details but my making time has been halved recently due to other commitments and I have at least twenty unfinished makes sitting patiently on my desk.Each one flirting with me as I pass and sending guilty vibes through the cottage.To make matters worse when I do get a spare moment I start random makes like the knitted offcuts shown above so I can masochistically add another project to the unfinished pile.Anyway,self pitying moan over!

And all these unfinished makes?It is mostly bags and purses that I have been working on and trying to combine all sorts of techniques such as patchwork,leather work,making fabric flowers and more illustration on fabric.

These little illustrations are elements of a collection of patchwork fairytale purses. I've really enjoyed making these but I have added small details with gold embroidery thread which I have a passionately temperamental relationship with.I love the way it looks but hate using it..any helpful tips about using metallic thread would be very welcome! 

Well I better get back to finishing something..anything,lol.I'll of course show you the FINISHED products of my labour very soon I hope,I promise.
Take Care