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!




Friday, 16 December 2016

and more stones!

I am really getting the hang of this. Here are some more painted sea stones which are painted on all sides:

One side

and the other side!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Painted sea stones

As I still have to wear my sling and am still not able to do any sewing or keeping my left arm up for a long period of time, I have taken to painting stones that I found on the beach. It's a lot of fun!

Only the stone in the centre has been painted on both sides!
One side and
the other side

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Keep on sewing bags!

The second bag finished in Ireland:

Front

Back

Slip pocket for mobile

Large enough for laptop, A4 files, etc.

Large side zippered pocket

Closed side zippered pocket

Inside with two slip pockets covered with a flap, bottle holder and key clip.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Irish handwoven wool


I just finished my first bag since we are back in Ireland. Due to all sorts of problems it took quite a while before I could start again but here we are with this beautiful bag made of vegan suede and handwoven (Irish) wool. Ideal for the dark autumn and winter days! Very spacious and ideal for everyday use!