Thursday, 30 September 2010

My Creative Space

A Slouch Bag

OK - so I'm not totally sold on this one .... yet!  I love the pattern / shape of the bag and I love the main fabric, but I did a couple of things that I now regret.  

The first I will fix as soon as I find a better fabric for the strap - I'd really like to find some chocolate brown canvas, but the patterned fabric I used here really doesn't work (even A thought so and commented and it isn't like him to have much of an opinion on these things).  

The second one isn't fixable, but I can live with that ... I used fusible fleece because the main fabric wasn't my normal cotton duck and therefore wasn't as sturdy - now I wish I hadn't added it in; I think it spoils the slouchy shape slightly.

Never mind - you can't get it right all the time (at least not in my world!) and sometimes you just have to try things out.

I was given several crafty books for my birthday last weekend - this one seems to have a lot of good tips about bag construction plus some patterns to try at some point in the future.  I've only had a quick flick through so far and have an overwhelming impression of some very big bags in which I would inevitably be searching around for what I need amongst too much 'stuff' for a very long time!!

Head on over to Kirsty's blog to see what everyone else is making

Thursday, 23 September 2010

More Finished Objects!

Here is the finished panel bag that I started on last week:

It's really not my style (I prefer a smaller bag with a zipped closure), but I think it's turned out quite nicely.  I'm sure it won't stay in my stockpile for too long! 

And this is a quick present for a friend's birthday later this year:

I love the grey and red combination (it's lined in red too) - very similar to another one I made in a slightly different shape a few months back.

Things have been going slowly as I'm having a few problems with nerve pain in my right arm - so, no crocheting or knitting at the moment - and then yesterday I saw fit (don't ask me why - no, really, don't!) to slam the patio door shut on my right thumb.  The air was blue round here for a while!

Accidents and injured arm allowing, I'm hoping to cut out a bag for me tomorrow!!  We'll see!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

My Creative Space

I think I've just about got Christmas sewn up ... literally!  All the presents are sat on my spare bed waiting to be packed into a suitcase for my trip or parcelled up and posted.  What a relief!!

And I'm completely up-to-date on my orders!!!  Shhhh - don't tell anyone!

So, what next?

I had meant to make myself a bag (for which I have the fabric ready and waiting!) but instead I've been tempted by one of the new patterns that I've got recently and been itching to try.  So, this one is for stock - and, as my stock has dwindled to virtually nothing in the last few months - that's no bad thing!

Just cutting it all out at the moment:

I knew that this would be a big bag ... but now that I've got the pieces cut out, I can really see the size.  Possibly my largest bag yet!

The odd thing is that this is the only thing I have on the go at the moment - having had weeks of sewing small, fiddly things and always having some other projects on the go too.

That should mean it goes faster, right?!!

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Monday, 13 September 2010

More Finished Stuff!

It doesn't feel like I've been very productive recently because I've been working on Christmas presents and I can't show you those yet.

However I can show you these:

This is the crocheted cardigan for my niece's birthday (she's not aware of blogs just yet - so I'm safe posting about this!), made using Lion Brand's Bebop Cardi pattern.  Took me a while to figure it all out but I'm quite happy with the result and I think she'll like it.  Made with some lovely nubbly cotton yarn from Mission Falls.

I got there in the end and I even had the right number of stitches on the last row - quite an achievement for me!!  My crocheting skills are still rather limited and I'm always surprised when it goes right.

I finished off this frame purse for a customer yesterday - it's been waiting for the frame to be attached for nearly a week, but I've been waiting for A to be at home to help (it's do-able on my own, but goes so much faster with a second pair of hands!).

That's it for now.  One more present to finish for my UK trip and then I may have time to make myself something - what shall I have?

A new bag?
Or maybe a beret?
Or perhaps I'll work out what to do with some internal frames that I bought a while back and just haven't sorted out how to use them!  I know what I want to make with them - just need to draft up a pattern and try it out.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

My Creative Space

Thankfully the sewing machine is over its tantrum and is working for the time being, so...

.. the 'To Do' pile is growing again!

.. my work in progress is this chunky 200mm purse frame - nearly finished.

And here's last week's finished project - a Baguette bag using a Nicole Mallalieu pattern.

I've got lots of secret projects underway too - but you'll have to wait until after Christmas to see those!  My deadline is fast approaching as I only have 3 and a half weeks before everything needs to be finished (Santa's delivering early this year!).


There's some crochet on the go too for when I want a change from sewing ... this should have been finished by now, but I kept getting it wrong.  Think I've now just about sorted out how to do the bobble stitch properly and I've found my missing 3-chain spaces (long story!).   

This is the start of a birthday present for my niece:

And it too needs to be in the post sometime in October if she's to see it for an early January birthday (the Australian post office seems to like sitting on my parcels and delivering them just after the intended celebration - I'm determined to beat them this time round!).

That's everything on my work table at the moment.  Take a peek at what everyone else is up to over at Kirsty's blog.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

My Creative Space

Work in Progress...

A baguette bag ... nearly finished.

It's been a bad sewing week ... my sewing machine seems to have hiccups.  The timing is off and it isn't sewing reliably (yes, I'm blaming the machine and justly so). 

It's entirely possible that it's an effect of running for a year on a transformer with the wrong hertz (or something), but it's also a very old machine (25 years) and feeling its age.  

Here's hoping I can keep it hobbling along as I have no wish to buy a new machine over here.  Murphy's Law states that if we make a major electrical purchase we will swiftly be relocated to somewhere that said electrical product doesn't work ... on second thoughts, maybe I should buy a new sewing machine for just that reason!!

Anyway, the bag above has been made extra challenging as a result of the machine problems and I'm honestly not that happy with it.  I'm going to finish it and see what I think when its completed.

To see what is happening in other people's creative space this week, visit Kirsty's blog.