Monday, 8 May 2017

QuBa - Fair - Handmade and More

Just a few pictures of our fair. We had a great time despite the rain and the lack of visitors! And new ideas keep popping up. A great thank you to Titi for organising this fair.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Finished commission

Another commission finished!

One flap opens the back compartment which contains
one slip pocket
Both flaps open and this contains the front

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Paper beads and silver plate

For the Easter Fair in the Lohnhof in Basel on March 25th, I have made a selection of paper bead necklaces. Normally I use 925 Sterling silver, but so as to have some cheaper items for sale as well, I have made a selection with silver plate. They turned out pretty well and if I can sell some of these I will make some more for the Mother's Day fair, which we will have in Basel on May 6th (Mother's Day there is always the second Sunday in May!).

I love making these beads. Once I have cut the paper and selected the colours I want, I can roll them while watching TV in the evening. After making the beads they get varnished twice to make them water resistant. And of course afterwards comes the most rewarding part - sorting out the colours that go together to make them into a necklace. Obviously no bead is the same, which makes them so interesting!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Double flap bag finished!

The end result:

Closed bag. Body of the bag is made of faux suede,
outside of the top flap, same colour but made of pure linen.

Back of the top flap is made of green cotton with blue dots

The fabric of the bottom flap is the same on both sides.
The bottom flap does not have a separate closure but is
held down by the top flap.

Inside the bag there are two compartments

The back compartment has a slip pocket

The back of the bag is plain.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Hoorah, I can sew again!

Last week I started sewing again after a break of about four months. I still have to take it easy because my left arm is not completely healed but I have made a start with some small and easy to finish bags:

Using some of my painted sea stones to keep the pattern down.
This will be the third and last of this series. After this one I will start at a different series.

Some bits needed for the bag.

Cutting the fleece.

Getting ready for the back outside zippered pocket.

Nearly ready for assembling.

The first one I made two weeks ago and

the second one, made last week!