I have a lot of fabrics which I have been collecting over the years and I’ve been wondering what to do with them for some time now. I found this amazing book on vintage bags by Emma Brennan called “Making Vintage Bags” and it has truly inspired me. This is a link to Emma’s blog www.charliesaunt.com
This bag is called “Dorothy” and it’s not too difficult to make, you can find the pattern here:
I’m not an expert in sewing (actually this is pretty much my first real sewing project) and I am rather pleased with the result. I’m giving these two 1930s style bags as presents this Christmas and I hope they will be cherished for a few years to come.
In my opinion there’s nothing better than a handmade present and coupled with the soothing ticking of knitting needles it’s one of my favourite ways to kick back and relax, knowing that by the end I’ll have something that I can be truly happy with.
There are times when I really cannot find the perfect present…I go round the shops in circles, spinning until I make myself dizzy and return home empty handed with crushed dreams because what I was looking for just wasn’t there, or more truthfully just doesn’t exist. I blame myself and my big ideas and the possibility that sometimes you have to give up and go with the flow… Ok, in that case I’d rather turn to knitting, since going with the flow is still not an option (not even after having well and truly surpassed the rebellious stage in my life). I know knitting isn’t exactly going to overturn the world as we know it, but still, I’d rather knit a pair of gloves for a loved one than give in to the masses of churned Christmas goods that we get shoved down our throats every year.
So well done all you crafters out there recycling the old and making new amazing gifts filled with thought and love. Just remeber, when you are ticking away and the yarn twists and spins and creates the pattern, send it off with a loving thought for the person it’s destined to, it will be that much more loved and cherished.
This is my attempt at making something lovingly handmade this Christmas, I changed mine slightly from the original pattern but these are my first pair of gloves and once you figure out the pattern they are incredibly simple to knit. I made them with Rowan Cashsoft 4ply, which is incredibly soft and warm, in this beautiful icecream blue. A wintry must have.
You can find the pattern here:
…So he’s appeared in one of my posts once before, he is the strongman in the strongman fabric design but the reason why I created him is more complicated than that…you see, he’s actually the main character of a story about a family of strongmen, but Victor is different from his father and his grandfather (also strongmen, champions actually). Victor has a softer side and sometimes looks at the world through rose coloured glasses. I will not give away the whole story now as this is an idea for a children’s book which I am planning to write and illustrate and would not want to spoil it, but I will leave you with Victor and the original drawing that made me fantasise of his life as a strongman who actually would rather be a florist…
I watched Water for Elephants this weekend snuggled up on the sofa with my fuzzy black cat and now I have fallen in love with elephants…
Just by chance or maybe it was meant to be I found this majestic sweet little elephant charm.
He’s made of bone and is victorian…I just know he will be my companion for years to come.