Thursday, 10 February 2011

Crafty Endeavours

Remember my hollyhocks knitting bag that I blogged about last month? Well, here’s the finished item and it doesn't look too dis-similar to the original design that I copied from my Good Needlework book...
 


For the lining I used some vintage eiderdown material with a lovely paisley design, which I brought a yard and a half of from eBay very cheaply years ago. I've hoarded this fabric and was a bit reticent about cutting into it, but thought that the colours suit the bag and went for it.



Although the majority of the designs in the Good Needlework books were supposed to be worked with transfers that were sent off for via mail order, I’ve found that some of these can be re-created from the transfer illustrations in the book. For my hollyhocks bag, I photocopied the transfer illustration, scaling it up to the required size and used the photocopies as templates to cut my felt from.


P.S.  Updates:

Moss stitch bolero: I’ve almost completed the back and will make a start on the fronts next.

  
 
Patchwork curtain: All the squares are cut out ready to be sewn up.





19 comments :

  1. Gorgeous bag and love the look of the patchwork too.
    Hen x

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  2. I love the bag - I scale up some of the designs from the old Needlewowan and Needlework magazines I own. Can't wait to see your bolero
    and the patchwork curtain looks lovely
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  3. Fab bag! It's going to get lots of admiring looks when you take your knitting out and about.

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  4. I am in awe of how much you have done. I have all these good intentions......

    LOVE the bag, I'd take it to the shops!

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  5. You are just brilliant! Here's me for feeling pleased with my measgre efforts and you whip up all that amazing crafty stuff. Come and teach me, please? xxx

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  6. The bag and its lining are gorgeous - and what is that lovely patchwork ensemble that it's photographed on? I like the look of that!

    I've seen lots of lovely patchwork on blogland today and yours is definitely one of them. Note to self: must get to grips with my patchwork picnic blankie. I started cutting out the squares but have temporarily given up because I had too many colours and patterns and they just didn't go together. Must revisit...

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  7. You have been a busy girl. The patchwork curtains looks particularly sensational/.

    XXXX

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  8. Lovely bag - and haven't you been busy? Well done for sticking with the moss stitch x

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  9. Thanks everyone for taking time to comment :-)

    Loo - the patchwork is a quilt that I made for Monkeychild after seeing one made out of Kaffe Fasset fabric in a copy of Homes & Antiques magazine. I sent a photo of it into their 'Letters' page and even got it printed - I didn't receive the 'star letter' antiques gift voucher though, unfortunately!

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  10. Errrrrrrr??? WOW??!!!!!! OUTstanding!!!!!

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  11. What a lovely job you have made of your bag can't knit for toffee myself well maybe holes.
    I love the curtains you just may have inspired me
    to have a go x

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  12. Yes indeed, a busy, busy bee! The bag is a beauty & what a great choice of lining. You're verging on prolific with all of this making VK! ;)

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  13. Noooo, sorry to hear your machine is not playing ball, I feel like someone's cut off my right arm when my machine breaks (but now I have stockpiled three to lessen the blow!) You might be able to part-ex the old one at a sewing machine shop and that way get more for your money? I think you can't beat buying local so that you can take your machine back for advice, servicing - and repairs, of course! (Ooh I'm bossy today - forgive me, I mean to be helpful!) Hope you get it sorted.
    Hen x

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  14. No worries Hen and thanks for your advice. My machine is quite old and a cheap make so I don't think I'd get much if anything at all for it. I'm hoping that the cotton thread has become jammed and that a bit of tender care from Husband will coax it into action again!

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  15. Wow - I absolutely love your bag - how gorgeous! Is the main fabric felt?

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  16. Great bag with lovely lining - what a result! Well done!

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  17. Veryberry & Vintage TT, thanks for leaving your kind comments, and yes Veryberry the main fabric is completely felt. I think I'm going to have to make some more felty things as I love working with it.

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