I listed another bag today, it is a remake of my red city tote with rainbow stripes that got sold recently (thank you, cousin :) - a roomy, sturdy everyday bag, stylish book tote or whatever you want it to be...
This weekend I won't have much time for sewing - first official weekend of autumn is going to be exceptionally sunny and warm so my family will try to make the most of it (chilly, foggy mornings are reminding us that winter is not that far away...).
Children enjoying themselves at the ever changing water fountains in front of the Pontarlier town hall
Made from lovely cream white basque cloth with woven stripes in rusty red, slate grey and taupe brown. I cut out some leaves from the same cloth and appliqued them in front and back. The bag has all the usual features: back zippered pocket, interior slip pocket for a phone and a handy D-ring for attaching keys.
Leaves are my favourite autumn inspiration and I intend to make more bags, especially zippered pouches, with leaves appliques. Stay tooned!
Today is a Loddelina Sunday so I am busy cutting fabric and preparing everything for my day of sewing. So far I have a neighbourhood of little house brooches in the works and I might relax a little in front of the TV later in the afternoon while I sew the brooches shut.
If time premits I also have a new hipster bag all cut out and ready to assemble...
And this is the latest addition to my shop, small money purse, made from chocolate brown wool cloth and embroidered with mustard yellow thread.
Have a great Sunday wherever you are!
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Update: several hours later my little house brooches are almost finished (I have to sew a pin in the back of each one) - hopefully I can add most of them to my shop tomorrow...
So far I have found only a handfull of Etsy shops, owned by fellow Slovenian artists, but we keep discovering each other through comments on our blogs or in Etsy forums. I found Saša from Tika Ceramicsthrough Sonja's blog and I instantly became a fan of her beautiful ceramic dishes, cookie jars and oil burners. When we started emailing eachother she mentioned she likes my handbags and that is how we decided to do a swap!
Pippa Grande in sky blue corduroy with applique, buttons and embroidery
We met during my summer holidays in Slovenia (it was all in a bit of a hurry so unfortunately there was no time for a picture) and exchanged the goodies. I made Saša a larger version of my sky blue corduroy Pippa bag ...
...and in return she gave me this beautiful lidded cookie vessel, adorned with birds, imprints of handmade lace and delicately painted.
Saša also gave me a small handmade ceramic pendant (which I will model another time and post a picture!) and I really hope we have a chance to meet again soon.
If you want to see what Saša aka Tika is creating next or to know more about the beautiful part of Slovenija she is from, check out her blog, Tikin svet.
This year both my children are going to preschool, école maternelle in France, and to mark this event I made them each a new toy. Gaston will keep his bat under the pillow to protect him from monsters at night and Lily will take her bunny to school every day - if there is ever a moment of homesickness, she has both mine and her father's pictures attached to little bunny's pocket...
I made the bat's wings in one piece from shiny viscose fabric that I stuffed with vegetal fibres and overstitched to give it a 3D look. Then I attached the little bat, made from black velvety fabric, stuffed and sewn shut. The bat has two golden beads for eyes and embroidered mouth.
Bunny is made from some leftover floral print fabric and beige linen with button eyes and embroidered face. It has soft lavender terry-cloth ears and a front pocket in which it keeps his photographs - I transfered the two pictures on cotton canvas and sewed them together.
I found it hard to get the iron temperature just right so three sheets of transfer paper later I had two small
images I could use and the rest were either overburned or not transfered entirely...
I wish all of you a happy Monday and creative week ahead!
Time to switch to warmer, more muted shades and wooly, cozy materials.
Some fabrics I have worked with before and am coming back to, like this dark grey wool cloth, meant for mens' wear and perfect for decorating with freehand embroidery and lace.Little money purse is also adorned with some embroidered ric rac trim and a wooden button.
Others I am testing out, like this upholstery canvas I purchased recently and is actually black floral jacquard on brown chenille base - I used its reverse side for more elegant look of this medium hipster bag and am quite pleased with the result.